Kid's Stiff: Machado's Number Put Him In a Young, Impactful Group
On Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners, newly acquired Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado recorded the 500th and 501st run scored of his career.
Tallying his 1,000th career hit on August 9th, Machado became the third-youngest active player (26 years, 44 days) to record 1,000 hits and 500 runs scored in his career. Only All-Stars
Miguel Cabrera (25, 142) and Mike Trout (26, 0) reached the milestone at a younger age.
Since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2012, Machado goes into the weekend with a career .283 batting average to go along with 502 runs scored, 203 doubles and 167 home runs. The third overall selection of the 2010 MLB Draft is just the sixth player since at least 1871 to post those totals with a .280-or-better batting average through their age-25 season, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Mel Ott, as well as Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.
In addition, Machado, who logged his 13th stolen base of the season on Monday, has now amassed 52 stolen bases over the course of his career. His 13 stolen bases far are the the second-most in a single season for Machado, trailing only his 2015 campaign (20). Manny is just the sixth player in MLB history to notch at least 1,000 hits, 167 home runs and 52 stolen bases through his age-25 season, joining Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mickey Mantle, as well as Rodriguez and Trout.
|Ken Griffey Jr.||1989-95||19-25||1,039||189||92|
On Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, Atlanta Braves rookie Bryse Wilson made his Major League debut, tossing 5.0 shutout innings en route to earning his first career victory. The outing marked the third start this season by a 20-year-old Atlanta hurler. Right-handed pitcher Mike Soroka made his MLB debut on May 1st, while left-handed hurler Kolby Allard made his debut as a starter on July 31st.
Since 1900, the 2018 Braves are just the 14th team in the Majors, and the fourth in the NL, to have three hurlers make starts while younger than 21 years old in the same season. The 1965 Kansas CIty Athletics were the last team to accomplish the feat, while the 1963 Houston Colt .45s were the most recent NL team. Since the turn of the 20th Century, only four clubs have had four 20-year-old pitchers make a start in the same season: the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates; the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers; the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics; and the 1913 Washington Senators.
|1952 Pittsburgh Pirates||4||Bill Bell / Ron Kline / Ron Necciai / Jim Waugh|
|1944 Brooklyn Dodgers||4||Ralph Branca / Clyde King / Cal McLish / Frank Wurm|
|1915 Philadelphia Athletics||4||Rube Bressler / Bud Davis / Tom Knowlson / Bill Morrisette|
|1913 Washington Senators||4||Jack Bentley / Joe Engel / Jim Shaw / Mutt Williams|
|2018 Atlanta Braves||3||Kolby Allard / Mike Soroka / Bryse Wilson|
|1965 Kansas City Athletics||3||Don Buschhorn / Catfish Hunter / Ron Tompkins|
|1963 Houston Colt .45s||3||Jay Dahl / Larry Yellen / Chris Zachary|
|1959 Baltimore Orioles||3||Jack Fisher / Milt Pappas / Jerry Walker|
|1915 Washington Senators||3||Jack Bentley / George Dumont / Harry Harper|
|1914 Washington Senators||3||Jack Bentley / Harry Harper / Jim Shaw|
|1913 Philadelphia Athletics||3||Charlie Boardman / Bullet Joe Bush / Herb Pennock|
|1912 Detroit Tigers||3||George Boehler / Allan Travers / Charlie Wheatley|
|1912 Philadelphia Athletics||3||Bullet Joe Bush / Byron Houck / Herb Pennock|
|1902 Philadelphia Athletics||3||Andy Coakley / Tad Quinn / Tom Walker|
LINE DRIVES (Compiled from Club Game Notes)
10-WIN CLUB: The Arizona Diamondbacks are the only National League Club with at least three pitchers posting 10-or-more wins in 2018 (Patrick Corbin, Zack Godley, Zack Greinke). Across the Majors, the Boston Red Sox, the Houston Astros, and the Cleveland Indians also have at least three hurlers with 10-or-more wins.
COMPLETE CONTROL: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb tossed his fourth career complete game and first with the O’s in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Cleveland. His last complete game was on August 31, 2013 at Oakland while with Tampa Bay. Cobb’s complete game marked the second by an Orioles pitcher this season, following Dylan Bundy (May 24th at Chicago White Sox).
ANOTHER 1st: Thomas Pannone made his first Major League start yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, becoming the sixth pitcher to make his first MLB start with the Blue Jays this season and esablishing a new franchise record.
ELITE COMPANY: New York Mets All-Star starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is just the fourth NL pitcher in MLB history to post 200 strikeouts and a sub-2.00 ERA through 25 starts in a season, joining Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax (1966) and Pedro Martinez (1997), as well as Clayton Kershaw (2014).
JOIN THE CLUB: Tuesday night marked the first time that the Astros used a starting pitcher outside of their original, season-opening five-man starting rotation of Verlander-Keuchel-McCullers Jr.-Morton-Cole. Brad Peacock became the sixth different pitcher to make a start for the Astros, which is still the fewest in the Majors.
DEBUT WIN: Bryse Wilson of the Atlanta Braves tossed 5.0 shutout innings on Tuesday night, becoming the youngest starter (20 years, 243 days) in MLB history to win 1-0 in his MLB debut. Wilson also became the fourth Braves starter this season to win his debut, joing Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard and Touki Toussaint.
ABREU'S HISTORIC RUN: Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu is attempting to join Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio (1936-41) and Albert Pujols (2001-10) as one of three players in Major League history to begin his career with at least five consecutive seasons of 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI.
20/20 VISION: All-Star infielder Javier Báez recorded his 20th stolen base of the season on Sunday. With 25 home runs on the season, he is the first Cub to record a 20/20 season since outfielder Corey Patterson had 24 homers and 32 stolen bases in 2004. Báez is the first Cubs middle infielder to turn the trick since Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (26, 22) in 1991. Javy is now one of six players in franchise history to post a 20/20 campaign.
NEVER HEARD OF HIM: All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies is the first NL third baseman since Hall of Famer Chipper Jones to hit 30-or-more home runs in four consecutive seasons. Jones did so from 1998 to 2001.
A LONG TIME COMING: The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers played for four hours and 10 minutes on Tuesday night. It was the longest nine-inning game of the season by the Cardinals, and their longest nine-inning contest since April 16, 2000 at Colorado.
PERALTA SOLID IN CLOSER ROLE: Kansas City Royals closer Wily Peralta needed just 11 pitches to secure KC's 3-1 victory on Saturday. It marked Peralta’s eighth save in as many opportunities, and he is one of just two Major League pitchers to be perfect in his save chances this year with at least eight rescues. Newly acquired Ken Giles of the Toronto Blue Jays is 16-for-16 across stints with Toronto and the Houston Astros.
THE CROSSOVER: Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols is one of nine players all- time with 1,000 hits in each league (2,073 with St. Louis; 1,008 with LA Angels). He is one of only two sluggers in MLB history with at least 2,000 hits in one league and 1,000 in another. Eddie Collins tallied 2,007 knocks with the White Sox and 1,308 with the Philadelphia A’s.
DOUBLE DUTY: Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun swiped his 10th base of the season on Tuesday night, and now has a franchise-best 11 seasons with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Robin Yount each had nine such seasons. Among active players, only Boston’s Ian Kinsler has more seasons (12) with double-digit totals in both home runs and stolen bases in a season.
JUST DÚ IT: New York Yankees rookie third baseman Miguel Andújar hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 12th inning on Tuesday at Miami. It was his second game-winning RBI in the 12th inning-or-later this month (also August 7th at Chciago White Sox).
HI-RHYS-TORY: Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins reached the 162-game mark in his career on August 16th with the following numbers: .257/.376/.542 with 35 doubles, 43 home runs, 125 RBI and 104 walks. Hoskins joined All-Star Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees as the only players in Major League history to record 40-or-more homers in his first 162 contests. Additionally, his 104 walks are the most of any player in Phillies history through 162 career games.
RIGHT ON THE MARK: Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco connected for his 20th home run of the season on Tuesday night. In team history, only four other Pirates have hit 20-or-more home runs in one season while playing right field. Dave Parker accomplished the feat four times; Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente did it three times, and Bobby Bonilla and Reggie Sanders each accomplished it once.
DOUBLE UP: The Seattle Mariners turned a Club record six double plays on Tuesday night, breaking the previous record of five. The M's last turned five double plays in a single contest on September 3, 1981 at Boston.
THROWING BLANKS: The Tampa Bay Rays recorded back-to-back shutout wins on Sunday-Monday earlier this week. Tampa Bay is the first team since at least 1920 to record back-to-back shutouts with their starting pitchers going two innings pitched-or-fewer in both contests. The Rays recorded back-to-back shutouts for the third time this season, folliwing July 7th-8th and June 25th-26th.
HARPER IS HITTIN': On Friday night, All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals recorded his 500th career RBI. Additionally, the 30 home runs he has hit this season are the most since his MVP 2015 campaign.