From MLB: Albies Giving That Extra Effort & Other Notes

EXTRA-BASE HIT HISTORY

On Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his 14th home run of the season. The multi-hit effort was his 19th on the season, and are the most by a player younger than 22 years old within their Club's first 50 games  of a season since Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles, who logged 22 multi-hit games during his All-Star 2013 campaign.

Additionally, his 19 multi-hit outings are the most by a second baseman under the age of 22  in the team's first 50 games of a season, besting the previous mark of 17 set by Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (1989).

Moreover, the round-tripper was Ozzie's 31st extra-base hit of the season. Since 1908, the Curaçao native is just the sixth player, and first second baseman, younger than 22 years old to register at least 30 extra-base  hits in his team's first 50 games of a season. Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda and Vada Pinson were the last to accomplish the feat, doing so during the 1959 season. Below is a table depicting each young player's hot start to their respective seasons.

Player, Club Year Age R H 2B 3B HR XBH
Vada Pinson, CIN 1959 20 26 44 18 6 8 32
Hal Trosky, CLE 1934 21 26 44 16 4 11 31
Ozzie Albies, ATL 2018 21 37 43 15 2 14 31
Eddie Mathews, MIL 1953 21 29 40 8 4 19 31
Ken Keltner, CLE 1938 21 22 43 14 5 11 30
Orlando Cepeda, SF 1959 21 24 42 15 3 12 30

Entering play today, Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts has logged 36 extra-base hits to pace all Major League hitters (Albies ranks second). Across Boston's first 50 games of the season, the 25-year-old is  the 21st player since 1908 to tally that many extra-base hits in his team's first 50 games, and the first since his former teammate David Ortiz (37) during his 2016 season. As seen in the table below, Mookie is just the fifth player younger than 26 years old to accomplish the feat, and the first since Hall of Famer Hank Aaron recorded 38 extra-base hits during the 1959 campaign. The Nashville, Tennessee native is also the first player since 1908 to post four games (April 10th, April 17th, May 2nd, May 18th) with at least three extra-base hits within his Club's first 50 games.

Player, Club Year Age R H 2B 3B HR XBH
Lou Gehrig, NYY 1927 24 40 58 19 7 14 40
Chuck Klein, PHI 1930 25 43 62 16 3 19 38
Hank Aaron, MIL 1959 25 31 62 20 3 15 38
Vic Saier, CHI 1915 24 31 45 22 8 6 36
Mookie Betts, BOS 2018 25 36 46 19 1 16 36
Joe Medwick, STL 1937 25 32 52 20 3 12 35

LUCKY SEVENS

In his lone start of the week on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer fired 7.0 innings of two-run ball with 13 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young Award winner logged his seventh outing with at least 10 punchouts, and has recorded at least seven punchouts in each of his first 10 starts.

The five-time All-Star is just the second pitcher since 1908 to begin a season with at least seven strikeouts in each of his first ten starts. Hall of Famer Randy Johnson posted streaks of 15 such outings during each of his Cy Young Award- winning seasons in 1999 and 2000. Arizona Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin posted the second-longest streak of the 2018 campaign, tossing six such starts with his streak concluding on April 28th.

Scherzer, who is expected to make his next start tomorrow night against the Miami Marlins, eclipsed his previous personal record of eight starts with at least seven punchouts, which he posted last year during his Cy Young Award-winning campaign. Scherzer and Johnson are the only two hurlers to post a pair of streaks with at least eight starts to begin a campaign. Below is a table depicting the nine streaks of at least eight starts with seven strikeouts-or-more since 1908.

Pitcher, Club Dates Games W-L ERA SO
Randy Johnson, ARI April 4 - June 19, 2000 15 11-1 1.47 158
Randy Johnson, ARI April 5 - June 14, 1999 15 9-2 2.96 151
Max Scherzer, WSH March 30 - May 19, 2018 10 7-1 1.78 104
Chris Sale, BOS April 5 - May 19, 2017 9 4-2 2.19 95
Pedro Martínez, BOS April 5 - May 18, 1999 9 8-1 1.89 102
Bob Feller, CLE April 16 - May 21, 1946 9 6-3 2.03 93
Max Scherzer, WSH April 7 - May 14, 2017 8 4-2 2.8 70
Curt Schilling, PHI March 31 - May 7, 1998 8 4-3 1.74 90
Sam McDowell, CLE April 11 - May 17, 1966 8 4-0 1.52 74

LINE DRIVES

THE GLEY-HEY KID: Second baseman Gleyber Torres  collected his first career multi-homer game on Monday  at Texas. At 21 years, 159 days old, he became the second-youngest player in Yankees history with a multi-HR game. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle hit two homers on August 11, 1952 vs. Boston at 20 years, 296 days. Both round-trippers came off Bartolo Colon (44.362), who is 23 years and 203 days older than Torres. This marks the third-largest age difference between an older pitcher and younger batter on a home run in Yankees history, behind Mantle/Hall of Famer Satchel Paige (25 years, 105 days difference) in 1951 and Bobby Murcer/Hoyt Wilhelm (23 years, 298 days difference) in 1969.

COMMITTING ACTS OF THIEVERY: Arizona had a season-high four stolen bases on Saturday against the Mets, the most since also swiping four bases on May 2, 2017 at the Nationals. Chris Owings and Jarrod Dyson each recorded two stolen bases, the sixth time in franchise history that the D-backs have had teammates with two-plus stolen bases, and the first time since June 24, 2016 at the Rockies (Michael Bourn and Jean Segura each with two).

WHAT A START: On Sunday, outfielder Tyler O’Neill became the eighth Cardinal in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within his first career nine games, joining Jeremy Hazelbaker (2016), Keith McDonald (2000), Andy Van Slyke (1983), Hal Smith (1956), Joe Cunningham (1954), Tom Alston (1954), and George Puccinelli (1930).

HIT IT FAR, DRIVE THEM IN: In his 50th career game on Saturday vs. Pittsburgh, third baseman Christian Villanueva became the fifth-fastest NL hitter (by games) to reach 15 career home runs and 30 career RBI (tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and behind just Philadelphia's Rhys Hoskins, who did so in 32 games).

1,100 AND COUNTING: The winningest manager in Royals franchise history, Ned Yost recorded his 1,100th career win with Friday night’s victory, good for sixth among active managers. He has a 645-665 regular season record at the helm for the Royals, surpassing Whitey Herzog’s previous team mark of 410 wins (1975-79).

STARTING STRONG: The Tribe have received 23 starts of seven-or-more innings from its starters this season, second-most in MLB (Houston - 24). The Indians currently claim three pitchers in the American's League top  10 in ERA: Trevor Bauer (2.35, T-5th), Corey Kluber (2.36, 7th) and Mike Clevinger (2.87, 9th).

RAGING BULL: Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera saw his career-best 45-game on-base streak, and the fourth-longest streak in Phillies franchise history, snapped in Sunday’s game at St. Louis. He posted a .355/.418/.552 slash line over 194 plate appearances during the streak, which ranged from September 27, 2017 to May 19, 2018. Herrera had also reached base safely in each of his 41 games to begin the season which is tied for the ninth-longest streak to begin a season in Major League history with Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig and Luke Appling, as well as Toby Harrah.

WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN?: The star of Washington's Monday night 10-2 win was 19-year-old Juan Soto, who clubbed the first pitch he saw into San Diego’s bullpen to give the Nationals an early 3-0 lead. With the homer, he became the first teenager to hit a home run in a Major League game since his teammate Bryce Harper accomplished the feat on September 30, 2012 at St. Louis. At 19 years, 208 days, Soto became the youngest player to homer in a game since Jurickson Profar (19 years, 195 days) on September 2, 2012 at Cleveland.

HEY, HEY HAPP!: With solo homers in both ends of Saturday’s twin bill, Ian Happ became the first Cub to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Chris Coghlan did so July 8, 2014 in Cincinnati. In the early game, Happ had three hits, recording a double, a triple and a home run. He’s the first Cub to collect exactly one double, one triple and one home run in a game since Aramis Ramirez did so on July 1, 2006, vs. the White Sox.

SHO-KKKKKKK: With nine strikeouts on Sunday, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani extended his Club record for most strikeouts through his first seven games (52). He became the fourth Japanese pitcher with at least 50 strikeouts through his first seven games, joining Masahiro Tanaka (58), Hideo Nomo (55) and Yu Darvish (51). He became the first AL player ever to log at least 11 strikeouts in two of first six career games.

ONTHE DEFENSIVE: Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has not made an error in 48 games this year and has gone errorless in 58 consecutive games dating back to September 20, 2017. Correa is now one errorless game shy of the club record for a shortstop (59 games), set by Roger Metzger from June 8 - August 14, 1976.

SECOND BEST: Second baseman Jonathan Schoop hit a seventh-inning home run in Friday’s 7-4 win. It marked the 93rd home run of his career, passing Brian Roberts for the most home runs by a second baseman (primary position) in Orioles history (since 1954).

FREE WILLY:  On Tuesday  night, Willy Adames (22 years, 262 days) became the youngest positional player      to make his Major League debut for the Rays since outfielder Wil Myers on June 18, 2013 at Boston, and the youngest infielder since Reid Brignac on July 4, 2008 vs. Kansas City. He homered off Chris Sale in his second career at-bat and became the fifth Ray to homer in his Major League debut, following Brandon Guyer on May 6, 2011; Elijah Dukes on April 2, 2007; Delmon Young on August 29, 2006; and Brent Abernathy on June 25, 2001.

ONE IS ALL IT TAKES: The Mariners have won three 1-0 games this season: April 24th at Chicago, May 14th at Minnesota and May 23rd at Oakland. Through 48 games, the 2018 Mariners are tied for the third-most 1-0 wins in Club history (also: 2010, 2002 and 1979). Only the Mariners clubs of 2012 (six) and 2009 (four) have won more games by a final score of 1-0. Seattle’s three 1-0 wins are tied with Pittsburgh for the Major League-lead this season.

NEVER QUIT WITH SNIT: The Braves rallied from a five-run ninth-inning deficit on Sunday to beat Miami 10-9 for their biggest ninth-inning comeback in exactly eight years, when Brooks Conrad capped a seven-run rally with a game-ending grand slam on May 20, 2010 vs. Cincinnati.

FROM THE NINTH SPOT: Infielder Amed Rosario became the fourth Met to register a multi-homer game from the ninth spot in the batting order in team history. The others are Curtis Granderson (August 30, 2016 vs. Miami), Noah Syndergaard (May 11, 2016 at Los Angeles-NL) and Walt Terrell (August 6, 1983 at Chicago-NL).

YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR FIRST: In just his third big league game, outfielder Austin Meadows con- nected off San Diego’s Jordan Lyles on Sunday for his first Major League home run, while going 3-for-4 in the contest. The 23-year-old Meadows made his debut on Friday and went 2-for-4, singling off San Diego’s Tyson Ross for his first hit.

ONE-TWO PUNCH: Mookie Betts (16 HR) and J.D. Martinez (15 HR) are the first pair of Red Sox teammates to ever hit at least 15 home runs apiece within the team’s first 50 games of a season.