Still On Vacation, But Still Working
With the Chicago and Hawaiian portions of my trip complete, I'm in San Diego to see my oldest gal friend get married (we've known each other for about 24 years now). Before I head out to the rehearsal dinner and what figures to be copious amounts of fruity drinks, I thought I'd check in with a few facts that caught my eye from the diamond.
Miguel Cabrera celebrated 10 years in the big leagues Thursday. Here are some amazing facts from that 10-year run.
1 - Cabrera is 5th in homers, first in RBIs, and second in runs and doubles since his big league debut.
2 - Cabrera is one of just six men to have 300 home runs and 1,100 RBI at the time of his 10-year anniversary of a debut in the big leagues. The others: Mark Teixeira, Many Ramirez, Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols and Hank Aaron.
3 – No defending Triple Crown winner has finished first in one of the three big categories the year after winning the crown. As of this writing here is how Cabrera ranks: .359 average (first), 19 homers (tied for second), 71 runs batted in (first).
Chris Davis and Lou Gehrig... the only two men in the history of baseball to have 26 homers and 23 doubles through 72 games.
Josh Hamilton has gotten even worse in June (.170/.200/.343). How is that even possible?
The season isn't even halfway over...
The Fantastic with Yasiel Puig – he had 27 hits through his first 15 big league games tying him with Terry Pendelton and Joe DiMaggio for 3rd all-time. The horrible with Yasiel Puig (and yes, contrary to popular belief he has been atrocious in one aspect of the game) – has has walked a total of one time through 16 games. Remember when I warned you about Starling Marte's average coming down because of his approach?
Lance Lynn is 15-1 in his last 16 decisions. That is all.
Eric Young has the speed and talent to steal 50 bases if he were to be given 150 games of playing time. If he can carve out a full-time role with the Mets which seems very doable, watch him run.
Jordan Zimmermann is fifth in the NL with a 2.26 ERA. Only three times in 15 starts this season has he allowed more than three earned runs. In the other 12 starts he has allowed a total of 11 earned runs.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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