Oddities and Statistical Facts, Week 6

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 15:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the dugout after hitting his 400th career homerun against Bruce Chen #52 of the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 15, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Welcome back to another edition of random statistical facts and oddities from the week that was Texas Rangers baseball.

Week Six featured a player’s first career home run and another’s 400th. Both of them have their own stories. There were several things that were less important, but little fun things nonetheless.

Game 32

Thomas Field‘s first career long ball came in his Ranger debut. With this act, the 28-year old became the 34th player in franchise history to go yard in the first game with the Rangers (including Washington D.C. era). Last player to accomplish the feat was Jurickson Profar on September 2nd, 2012.

Game 33

Alex Claudio came into the game with one out in the seventh, relieving Nick Martinez. Three pitches later, he gave up a solo home run to Mike Moustakas.  That was it for him. If you seem to remember reading this sentence in last week’s recap, it’s not déjà vu all over again. It was his second one-batter faced, one-home run outing in a mere five days. Going so, he became the 23rd pitcher in known history to have two such outings in a season. With more than two-thirds of the season left in 2015, the Puerto Rican southpaw has a chance to be the first pitcher ever to have three in a single season.

Rk Player Year #Matching ERA IP H ER HR WPA Tm
1 Ron Willis 1967 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.4 STL
2 Ron Villone 2008 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.3 STL
3 Joe Thatcher 2013 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.6 SDP,ARI
4 Rudy Seanez 1995 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.8 LAD
5 Fred Scherman 1975 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.5 HOU,MON
6 Sean Runyan 1998 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 3 3 3 -0.7 DET
7 Dennys Reyes 2008 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.5 MIN
8 Billy Pierce 1963 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.8 SFG
9 Mike Myers 2003 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.5 ARI
10 Rob Murphy 1990 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 3 3 3 -0.2 BOS
11 Kent Mercker 2004 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.4 CHC
12 Scott Linebrink 2008 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.7 CHW
13 Cal Koonce 1970 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.5 NYM,BOS
14 Byung-Hyun Kim 2001 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 3 3 3 -1.1 ARI
15 Shawn Kelley 2012 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.4 SEA
16 Bob Howry 2009 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 1 2 -0.4 SFG
17 Brian Holton 1987 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.4 LAD
18 Trevor Hoffman 1995 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -1.0 SDP
19 Luke Gregerson 2010 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.7 SDP
20 Jose Contreras 2010 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.7 PHI
21 Alex Claudio 2015 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.3 TEX
22 Jim Brewer 1970 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.7 LAD
23 Randy Bockus 1987 2 Ind. Games inf 0.0 2 2 2 -0.2 SFG

Game 34

A little history was made this night. Fort Worth native Yovani Gallardo took the mound for the Rangers while the Royals sent out young flamethrower Yordano Ventura. It was the first time in major league history in which both starters’ first names started with Y. Though the game turned out to be a blowout early as the Rangers took a 5-0 lead by the end of the third inning. Not quite yo-yo-esque.

Shin-Soo Choo continues to be red hot. His solo shot in the first inning made him the first Rangers player to hit a lead-off home run in back-to-back contests since Ian Kinsler on 4/1-2/2011.

Game 36

I have to throw in a little anecdote to Adrian Beltre‘s 400th career home run saga. In the history of baseball, all the way back to 1871, there are only two third baseman with at least 400 home runs and 2500 hits in career. One is Beltre, the other is Chipper Jones. You know these simple stats don’t tell a player’s overall value entirely, but these are also what the Hall of Fame voters care about. If you think Jones is a bona fide first ballot HOFer, (yes, I agree) but remember, so is Adrian Beltre.

Rk Player HR H From To Age G PA R 2B 3B RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
1 Chipper Jones 468 2726 1993 2012 21-40 2499 10614 1619 549 38 1623 1512 1409 .303 .401 .529
2 Adrian Beltre 400 2644 1998 2015 19-36 2462 10168 1276 535 33 1399 693 1468 .284 .337 .478

Game 37

Getting picked off and caught stealing in the 8th, Elvis Andrus tied with Toby Harrah for the franchise record, 69.

Rk Player CS From To Age G PA SB Pos
1 Elvis Andrus 69 2009 2015 20-26 952 4145 197 *6/DH
2 Toby Harrah 69 1969 1986 20-37 1355 5408 153 *654/HD
3 Lenny Randle 59 1971 1976 22-27 608 2392 77 *45/87HD692
4 Bump Wills 55 1977 1981 24-28 703 2963 161 *4/HD
5 Dave Nelson 55 1970 1975 26-31 568 2295 144 *45/H87D
6 Ian Kinsler 42 2006 2013 24-31 1066 4791 172 *4/DH5
7 Ivan Rodriguez 40 1991 2009 19-37 1507 6166 81 *2/HD
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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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