Did You Know: Jays Rookie Gurriel Already in HOF Company

From the offices of Major League Baseball

The Blue Jays are getting a quick repayment of their investment in Cuban middle infielder Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. Gurriel, signed by the Blue Jays prior to the 2017 season, made his big-league debut this season and caught the attention of the rest of MLB with his efforts in July.

He had an 11-game hitting streak in which he had at least two hits in each game, breaking the club record for consecutive multi-hit games set by five-time All-Star Tony Fernandez June 18-27, 1986,

In fact, he became only the sixth player since at least 1908 to have a multi-hit streak of at least 11 games, two shy of the record set by Rogers Hornsby in 1923. He's the first player to accomplish that since fellow Cuban Tony Perez with the Reds in August of 1973.

Multi-Faced Hitting Streaks

Player, Club Games Streak Dates R H 2B HR RBI
Rogers Hornsby, STL 13 July 5-18, 1923 16 33 7 3 21
Lourdes Gurriel Jr., TOR 11 July 11-29, 2018 7 25 3 3 9
Tony Perez, CIN 11 August 8-20, 1973 5 22 3 1 11
Paul Waner, PIT 11 June 3-16, 1927 15 26 9 3 21
Sam Rice, WSH 11 May 26-June 3, 1925 8 27 3 0 3
Shoeless Joe Jackson, CLE 11 June 21-30, 1912 15 27 4 0 9

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor reached base in all six plate appearances against Baltimore on Thursday. He scored three runs, walked five times, hit a home run and drove in three runs. He is the fourth player in Major League history to have five walks and a home run in the same game. He is the only one of the group to not have an intentional walk among the five. He also is the only one of the five to score three runs and drive in three runs in the game.

Patience and Power

Player, Club Date PA AB H R HR RBI BB
Rougned Odor, TEX Aug. 2, 2018 6 1 1 3 1 3 5
Edgar Martinez, SEA June 24, 2004 9 4 2 2 1 1 5
Mark McGwire, OAK April 26, 1997 7 2 2 1 1 1 5
Hank Aaron, ATL July 11, 1972 8 3 1 1 1 3 5

The standings are tighter than they were a year ago. Going into the weekend there were 15 teams -- six in first place and nine other teams within two games of first place -- giving their fans something to be excited about. A year ago, the Dodgers were leading the NL West, with the D-Backs in second place and Rockies in third place.

That hasn't changed, but what has is the D-Backs, 14 games out the morning of Aug. 3 last year, were a game out of first this year, and the Rockies, 14 1/2 games out of first a year ago, were two games back of the Dodgers. 

Aug. 3, 2018 Aug. 3, 2017
AL
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Red Sox 76 34 0.691 - Red Sox 60 49 0.55 -
Yankees 68 39 0.636 6.5 Yankees 57 50 0.533 2
Rays 56 53 0.514 19.5 Rays 57 53 0.518 3.5
Blue Jays 49 59 0.454 26 Orioles 53 55 0.491 6.5
Orioles 33 76 0.303 42.5 Blue Jays 51 57 0.472 8.5
Central Division Central Division
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Indians 59 48 0.551 - Indians 58 48 0.547 -
Tw8hs 49 58 0.458 10 Royals 56 51 0.523 2.5
Tigers 47 62 0.431 13 Twins 51 55 0.481 7
White Sox 38 70 0.352 21.5 Tigers 50 57 0.467 8.5
Royals 34 74 0.315 25.5 White Sox 41 65 0.387 17
West Division West Division
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Astros 69 41 0.627 - Astros 69 39 0.639 -
Athletics 64 46 0.582 5 Mariners 55 55 0.5 15
Mariners 63 46 0.578 5.5 Angels 54 55 0.495 15.5
Angels 54 56 0.491 15 Rangers 52 56 0.481 17
Rangers 47 63 0.427 22 Athletics 48 61 0.44 21.5
NL
East Division East Division
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Phillies 60 48 0.556 - Nationals 63 43 0.594 -
Braves 58 47 0.552 0.5 Marlins 51 55 0.481 12
Nationals 55 53 0.509 5 Mets 49 57 0.462 14
Marlins 46 64 0.418 15 Braves 49 58 0.458 14.5
Mets 44 62 0.415 15 Phillies 39 67 0.368 24
Central Division Central Division
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Cubs 62 46 0.574 - Cubs 57 50 0.533 -
Brewers 63 49 0.563 2 Brewers 57 53 0.518 1.5
Pirates 56 53 0.514 6.5 Cardinals 53 55 0.491 4.5
Cardinals 56 53 0.514 6.5 Pirates 52 56 0.481 5.5
Reds 48 61 0.44 14.5 Reds 44 64 0.407 13.5
West Division West Division
Team W L Pct GB Team W L Pct. GB
Dodgers 61 49 0.555 - Dodgers 76 32 0.704 -
D-backs 60 50 0.545 1 D-backs 62 46 0.574 14
Rockies 58 50 0.537 2 Rockies 62 47 0.569 14.5
Giants 56 54 0.509 5 Padres 48 59 0.449 27.5
Padres 43 68 0.387 18.5 Giants 42 68 0.382 35

Line Drives

CLOSING TIME: Boston's closer Craig Kimbrel went into the weekend 99-for-108 (91.7%) in save chances with the Red Sox. The only Red Sox pitchers with over 100 saves since the stat became official in 1969 are Jonathan Papelbon (219-for- 248, 88.3%), and Bob Stanley (132-for-187, 70.6%).

ACUÑA JR. LEADING OFF: Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. finished 3-for-5 on Wednesday with his 11th home run of the season. Since moving to the leadoff spot on July 20th in Washington for the first game out of the All-Star break, Acuña is hitting .357 (15-for-42) with three doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

GATORADE SHOWER: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal’s  two-run,  walk-off  homer  on Wednesday  night in the 10th inning was the Club’s first regular season walk-off home run since the home finale of the 2016 campaign, when Charlie Culberson’s blast clinched the division title. The walk-off win is just the second for the Dodgers this season, following an 11-inning victory over the Rangers on June 13th. Los Angeles also improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

AS EASY AS 1-2-3: Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz retired the Astros in order in the ninth inning on Monday for his 40th save of the season. In 24 of his 40 saves, he has faced the minimum three batters in an outing of exactly 1.0 inning, the most such saves in the Majors. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ranks second with 17 saves of 1.0 inning and 3 batters faced.

MIKE MASHES #30: On Tuesday, Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout connected for his 30th HR of the season to join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players in MLB history with three 30 HR/20 SB seasons by their age-26 campaign-or-younger (first in AL history).

JULY SURGE: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reached base safely in 12-of-16 games in the month of July. Joseph reached safely in ten straight games from July 9th-24th. He hit .340 (18-for-53) with four doubles, one home run, 10 runs, and eight RBI in his 16 July games. His .340 batting average in July ranked second-best among AL catchers.

STATS ABOUT SOTO: With 13 home runs as a teenager, the record-breaking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is tied with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1951) for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in Major League history. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who clubbed 16 homers during the 1989 season.

SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY: The Friars are looking forward to August, having accrued a 5-20 record in the month of July (.200 winning percentage). It was the second-worst month in San Diego history, better than only August 1969, when they posted a 5-22 record and a .185 winning percentage.

RUN ALONG, ROOKIE: Marlins rookie infielder Brian Anderson is continuing to be one of the main contributors to Miami's offense. He has accounted for 15.0% of the Marlins run total, which is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie in the last 50 years. Mike Trout accounted for 16.8% of the Angels team run total in 2012, while Hanley Ramirez owned 15.7% of the Marlins total in 2006. Ron Gant had 15.3% of Atlanta's runs in 1988, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg accounted for 15.2% of the Cubs total in 1982.

BREAK ‘EM OFF: Since the All-Star break, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is slashing .314/.400/.629 (11-35) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, and nine runs scored across nine games to raise his batting average to a season-high .223 mark.

AN OFFENSIVE MONTH: The Indians finished the month of July with the Major League lead in runs scored (153), steals (26), team OPS (.835), team batting average (.284) and extra-base hits (97, T-1st).

CLOSING TIME: Boston's closer Craig Kimbrel is 99-for-108 (91.7%) in save chances with the Red Sox. The only Red Sox pitchers with over 100 saves since the stat became official in 1969 are Jonathan Papelbon (219-for- 248, 88.3%), and Bob Stanley (132-for-187, 70.6%).

 

ACUÑA JR. LEADING OFF: Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. finished 3-for-5 on Wednesday with his 11th home run of the season. Since moving to the leadoff spot on July 20th in Washington for the first game out of the All-Star break, Acuña is hitting .357 (15-for-42) with three doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

 

GATORADE SHOWER: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal’s  two-run,  walk-off  homer  on Wednesday  night in the 10th inning was the Club’s first regular season walk-off home run since the home finale of the 2016 campaign, when Charlie Culberson’s blast clinched the division title. The walk-off win is just the second for the Dodgers this season, following an 11-inning victory over the Rangers on June 13th. Los Angeles also improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

 

AS EASY AS 1-2-3: Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz retired the Astros in order in the ninth inning on Monday for his 40th save of the season. In 24 of his 40 saves, he has faced the minimum three batters in an outing of exactly 1.0 inning, the most such saves in the Majors. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ranks second with 17 saves of 1.0 inning and 3 batters faced.

 

MIKE MASHES #30: On Tuesday, Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout connected for his 30th HR of the season to join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players in MLB history with three 30 HR/20 SB seasons by their age-26 campaign-or-younger (first in AL history).

 

JULY SURGE: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reached base safely in 12-of-16 games in the month of July. Joseph reached safely in ten straight games from July 9th-24th. He hit .340 (18-for-53) with four doubles, one home run, 10 runs, and eight RBI in his 16 July games. His .340 batting average in July ranked second-best among AL catchers.

 

STATS ABOUT SOTO: With 13 home runs as a teenager, the record-breaking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is tied with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1951) for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in Major League history. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who clubbed 16 homers during the 1989 season.

 

SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY: The Friars are looking forward to August, having accrued a 5-20 record in the month of July (.200 winning percentage). It was the second-worst month in San Diego history, better than only August 1969, when they posted a 5-22 record and a .185 winning percentage.

 

RUN ALONG, ROOKIE: Marlins rookie infielder Brian Anderson is continuing to be one of the main contributors to Miami's offense. He has accounted for 15.0% of the Marlins run total, which is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie in the last 50 years. Mike Trout accounted for 16.8% of the Angels team run total in 2012, while Hanley Ramirez owned 15.7% of the Marlins total in 2006. Ron Gant had 15.3% of Atlanta's runs in 1988, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg accounted for 15.2% of the Cubs total in 1982.

 

BREAK ‘EM OFF: Since the All-Star break, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is slashing .314/.400/.629 (11-

35) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, and nine runs scored across nine games to raise his batting average to a season-high .223 mark.

 

AN OFFENSIVE MONTH: The Indians finished the month of July with the Major League lead in runs scored (153), steals (26), team OPS (.835), team batting average (.284) and extra-base hits (97, T-1st).

 

HOMER HAPPY: The Chicago White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 12 games, and 24 over the last 16. Avisaíl García has hit 10 homers in his last 25 contests.

 

ALL GOOD THINGS: Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night. Blackmon batted .345 (19-for-55) with 10 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, five RBI and four walks over the streak, which was tied for the longest hitting streak for a Rockies batter this season along with Ian Desmond and Trevor Story.

 

ROOKIE RACER: Cardinals rookie outfielder Harrison Bader stole his 10th base on Wednesday, marking the first time a Cardinals rookie posted double-digit stolen bases since Kolten Wong (20) in 2014, and before that Kerry Robinson (11) in 2001. The Cardinals stole three bases on Wednesday to match their season-high, done previously at Cincinnati (April 14th) when Tommy Pham stole two and Bader had one.

 

WHAT A CATCH: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has hit a career-high 10 home runs, nine from the catcher’s position and one as a pinch hitter. The last Bucco backstop to hit 10 in a season was Russell Martin in 2014 (11).

 

IT’S HITTIN’ SEASON: The Phillies have slugged 60 home runs in their last 43 games dating back to June 14th, which is second amongst all National League teams behind only the Dodgers (68).

 

PITCHING POINTS: On Wednesday night, newly-acquired Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow became the 15th different starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, which represents the most in the Majors.

CLOSING TIME: Boston's closer Craig Kimbrel is 99-for-108 (91.7%) in save chances with the Red Sox. The only Red Sox pitchers with over 100 saves since the stat became official in 1969 are Jonathan Papelbon (219-for- 248, 88.3%), and Bob Stanley (132-for-187, 70.6%).

 

ACUÑA JR. LEADING OFF: Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. finished 3-for-5 on Wednesday with his 11th home run of the season. Since moving to the leadoff spot on July 20th in Washington for the first game out of the All-Star break, Acuña is hitting .357 (15-for-42) with three doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

 

GATORADE SHOWER: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal’s  two-run,  walk-off  homer  on Wednesday  night in the 10th inning was the Club’s first regular season walk-off home run since the home finale of the 2016 campaign, when Charlie Culberson’s blast clinched the division title. The walk-off win is just the second for the Dodgers this season, following an 11-inning victory over the Rangers on June 13th. Los Angeles also improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

 

AS EASY AS 1-2-3: Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz retired the Astros in order in the ninth inning on Monday for his 40th save of the season. In 24 of his 40 saves, he has faced the minimum three batters in an outing of exactly 1.0 inning, the most such saves in the Majors. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ranks second with 17 saves of 1.0 inning and 3 batters faced.

 

MIKE MASHES #30: On Tuesday, Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout connected for his 30th HR of the season to join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players in MLB history with three 30 HR/20 SB seasons by their age-26 campaign-or-younger (first in AL history).

 

JULY SURGE: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reached base safely in 12-of-16 games in the month of July. Joseph reached safely in ten straight games from July 9th-24th. He hit .340 (18-for-53) with four doubles, one home run, 10 runs, and eight RBI in his 16 July games. His .340 batting average in July ranked second-best among AL catchers.

 

STATS ABOUT SOTO: With 13 home runs as a teenager, the record-breaking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is tied with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1951) for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in Major League history. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who clubbed 16 homers during the 1989 season.

 

SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY: The Friars are looking forward to August, having accrued a 5-20 record in the month of July (.200 winning percentage). It was the second-worst month in San Diego history, better than only August 1969, when they posted a 5-22 record and a .185 winning percentage.

 

RUN ALONG, ROOKIE: Marlins rookie infielder Brian Anderson is continuing to be one of the main contributors to Miami's offense. He has accounted for 15.0% of the Marlins run total, which is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie in the last 50 years. Mike Trout accounted for 16.8% of the Angels team run total in 2012, while Hanley Ramirez owned 15.7% of the Marlins total in 2006. Ron Gant had 15.3% of Atlanta's runs in 1988, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg accounted for 15.2% of the Cubs total in 1982.

 

BREAK ‘EM OFF: Since the All-Star break, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is slashing .314/.400/.629 (11-

35) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, and nine runs scored across nine games to raise his batting average to a season-high .223 mark.

 

AN OFFENSIVE MONTH: The Indians finished the month of July with the Major League lead in runs scored (153), steals (26), team OPS (.835), team batting average (.284) and extra-base hits (97, T-1st).

 

HOMER HAPPY: The Chicago White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 12 games, and 24 over the last 16. Avisaíl García has hit 10 homers in his last 25 contests.

 

ALL GOOD THINGS: Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night. Blackmon batted .345 (19-for-55) with 10 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, five RBI and four walks over the streak, which was tied for the longest hitting streak for a Rockies batter this season along with Ian Desmond and Trevor Story.

 

ROOKIE RACER: Cardinals rookie outfielder Harrison Bader stole his 10th base on Wednesday, marking the first time a Cardinals rookie posted double-digit stolen bases since Kolten Wong (20) in 2014, and before that Kerry Robinson (11) in 2001. The Cardinals stole three bases on Wednesday to match their season-high, done previously at Cincinnati (April 14th) when Tommy Pham stole two and Bader had one.

 

WHAT A CATCH: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has hit a career-high 10 home runs, nine from the catcher’s position and one as a pinch hitter. The last Bucco backstop to hit 10 in a season was Russell Martin in 2014 (11).

 

IT’S HITTIN’ SEASON: The Phillies have slugged 60 home runs in their last 43 games dating back to June 14th, which is second amongst all National League teams behind only the Dodgers (68).

 

PITCHING POINTS: On Wednesday night, newly-acquired Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow became the 15th different starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, which represents the most in the Majors.

CLOSING TIME: Boston's closer Craig Kimbrel is 99-for-108 (91.7%) in save chances with the Red Sox. The only Red Sox pitchers with over 100 saves since the stat became official in 1969 are Jonathan Papelbon (219-for- 248, 88.3%), and Bob Stanley (132-for-187, 70.6%).

 

ACUÑA JR. LEADING OFF: Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. finished 3-for-5 on Wednesday with his 11th home run of the season. Since moving to the leadoff spot on July 20th in Washington for the first game out of the All-Star break, Acuña is hitting .357 (15-for-42) with three doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

 

GATORADE SHOWER: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal’s  two-run,  walk-off  homer  on Wednesday  night in the 10th inning was the Club’s first regular season walk-off home run since the home finale of the 2016 campaign, when Charlie Culberson’s blast clinched the division title. The walk-off win is just the second for the Dodgers this season, following an 11-inning victory over the Rangers on June 13th. Los Angeles also improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

 

AS EASY AS 1-2-3: Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz retired the Astros in order in the ninth inning on Monday for his 40th save of the season. In 24 of his 40 saves, he has faced the minimum three batters in an outing of exactly 1.0 inning, the most such saves in the Majors. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ranks second with 17 saves of 1.0 inning and 3 batters faced.

 

MIKE MASHES #30: On Tuesday, Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout connected for his 30th HR of the season to join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players in MLB history with three 30 HR/20 SB seasons by their age-26 campaign-or-younger (first in AL history).

 

JULY SURGE: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reached base safely in 12-of-16 games in the month of July. Joseph reached safely in ten straight games from July 9th-24th. He hit .340 (18-for-53) with four doubles, one home run, 10 runs, and eight RBI in his 16 July games. His .340 batting average in July ranked second-best among AL catchers.

 

STATS ABOUT SOTO: With 13 home runs as a teenager, the record-breaking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is tied with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1951) for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in Major League history. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who clubbed 16 homers during the 1989 season.

 

SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY: The Friars are looking forward to August, having accrued a 5-20 record in the month of July (.200 winning percentage). It was the second-worst month in San Diego history, better than only August 1969, when they posted a 5-22 record and a .185 winning percentage.

 

RUN ALONG, ROOKIE: Marlins rookie infielder Brian Anderson is continuing to be one of the main contributors to Miami's offense. He has accounted for 15.0% of the Marlins run total, which is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie in the last 50 years. Mike Trout accounted for 16.8% of the Angels team run total in 2012, while Hanley Ramirez owned 15.7% of the Marlins total in 2006. Ron Gant had 15.3% of Atlanta's runs in 1988, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg accounted for 15.2% of the Cubs total in 1982.

 

BREAK ‘EM OFF: Since the All-Star break, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is slashing .314/.400/.629 (11-

35) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, and nine runs scored across nine games to raise his batting average to a season-high .223 mark.

 

AN OFFENSIVE MONTH: The Indians finished the month of July with the Major League lead in runs scored (153), steals (26), team OPS (.835), team batting average (.284) and extra-base hits (97, T-1st).

 

HOMER HAPPY: The Chicago White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 12 games, and 24 over the last 16. Avisaíl García has hit 10 homers in his last 25 contests.

 

ALL GOOD THINGS: Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night. Blackmon batted .345 (19-for-55) with 10 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, five RBI and four walks over the streak, which was tied for the longest hitting streak for a Rockies batter this season along with Ian Desmond and Trevor Story.

 

ROOKIE RACER: Cardinals rookie outfielder Harrison Bader stole his 10th base on Wednesday, marking the first time a Cardinals rookie posted double-digit stolen bases since Kolten Wong (20) in 2014, and before that Kerry Robinson (11) in 2001. The Cardinals stole three bases on Wednesday to match their season-high, done previously at Cincinnati (April 14th) when Tommy Pham stole two and Bader had one.

 

WHAT A CATCH: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has hit a career-high 10 home runs, nine from the catcher’s position and one as a pinch hitter. The last Bucco backstop to hit 10 in a season was Russell Martin in 2014 (11).

 

IT’S HITTIN’ SEASON: The Phillies have slugged 60 home runs in their last 43 games dating back to June 14th, which is second amongst all National League teams behind only the Dodgers (68).

 

PITCHING POINTS: On Wednesday night, newly-acquired Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow became the 15th different starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, which represents the most in the Majors.

 

THE LAST 40 GAMES: The Oakland A’s enter play today 30-10 (.750) dating back to June 16th, which is the best record in the Majors over that span. It matches the best 40-game stretch in the Majors this season.

 

HOUSTON TRAFFIC: Astros infielder Alex Bregman, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP, went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and has reached base safely in 63 of his last 65 games, dating back to May 15th.

 

SLAMMING: The Reds and Red Sox are tied for the Major League lead with nine grand slams, matching Cincinnati’s 2002 franchise single-season record. This year's Reds recorded a streak of six grand slams over a 17-game span from June 13th-July 1st.

 

ON FIRE: Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 games, batting .430 (43- for-100) with five home runs and 23 RBI during the torrid stretch. He enters play today leading the National League in batting average.

CLOSING TIME: Boston's closer Craig Kimbrel is 99-for-108 (91.7%) in save chances with the Red Sox. The only Red Sox pitchers with over 100 saves since the stat became official in 1969 are Jonathan Papelbon (219-for- 248, 88.3%), and Bob Stanley (132-for-187, 70.6%).

 

ACUÑA JR. LEADING OFF: Braves rookie outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. finished 3-for-5 on Wednesday with his 11th home run of the season. Since moving to the leadoff spot on July 20th in Washington for the first game out of the All-Star break, Acuña is hitting .357 (15-for-42) with three doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

 

GATORADE SHOWER: Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal’s  two-run,  walk-off  homer  on Wednesday  night in the 10th inning was the Club’s first regular season walk-off home run since the home finale of the 2016 campaign, when Charlie Culberson’s blast clinched the division title. The walk-off win is just the second for the Dodgers this season, following an 11-inning victory over the Rangers on June 13th. Los Angeles also improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

 

AS EASY AS 1-2-3: Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz retired the Astros in order in the ninth inning on Monday for his 40th save of the season. In 24 of his 40 saves, he has faced the minimum three batters in an outing of exactly 1.0 inning, the most such saves in the Majors. Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel ranks second with 17 saves of 1.0 inning and 3 batters faced.

 

MIKE MASHES #30: On Tuesday, Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout connected for his 30th HR of the season to join Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only players in MLB history with three 30 HR/20 SB seasons by their age-26 campaign-or-younger (first in AL history).

 

JULY SURGE: Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph reached base safely in 12-of-16 games in the month of July. Joseph reached safely in ten straight games from July 9th-24th. He hit .340 (18-for-53) with four doubles, one home run, 10 runs, and eight RBI in his 16 July games. His .340 batting average in July ranked second-best among AL catchers.

 

STATS ABOUT SOTO: With 13 home runs as a teenager, the record-breaking Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is tied with Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (1951) for the sixth-most home runs by a teenager in Major League history. Next on the list is Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who clubbed 16 homers during the 1989 season.

 

SAYING GOODBYE TO JULY: The Friars are looking forward to August, having accrued a 5-20 record in the month of July (.200 winning percentage). It was the second-worst month in San Diego history, better than only August 1969, when they posted a 5-22 record and a .185 winning percentage.

 

RUN ALONG, ROOKIE: Marlins rookie infielder Brian Anderson is continuing to be one of the main contributors to Miami's offense. He has accounted for 15.0% of the Marlins run total, which is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie in the last 50 years. Mike Trout accounted for 16.8% of the Angels team run total in 2012, while Hanley Ramirez owned 15.7% of the Marlins total in 2006. Ron Gant had 15.3% of Atlanta's runs in 1988, and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg accounted for 15.2% of the Cubs total in 1982.

 

BREAK ‘EM OFF: Since the All-Star break, Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is slashing .314/.400/.629 (11-

35) with three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI, and nine runs scored across nine games to raise his batting average to a season-high .223 mark.

 

AN OFFENSIVE MONTH: The Indians finished the month of July with the Major League lead in runs scored (153), steals (26), team OPS (.835), team batting average (.284) and extra-base hits (97, T-1st).

 

HOMER HAPPY: The Chicago White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 12 games, and 24 over the last 16. Avisaíl García has hit 10 homers in his last 25 contests.

 

ALL GOOD THINGS: Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night. Blackmon batted .345 (19-for-55) with 10 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, five RBI and four walks over the streak, which was tied for the longest hitting streak for a Rockies batter this season along with Ian Desmond and Trevor Story.

 

ROOKIE RACER: Cardinals rookie outfielder Harrison Bader stole his 10th base on Wednesday, marking the first time a Cardinals rookie posted double-digit stolen bases since Kolten Wong (20) in 2014, and before that Kerry Robinson (11) in 2001. The Cardinals stole three bases on Wednesday to match their season-high, done previously at Cincinnati (April 14th) when Tommy Pham stole two and Bader had one.

 

WHAT A CATCH: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has hit a career-high 10 home runs, nine from the catcher’s position and one as a pinch hitter. The last Bucco backstop to hit 10 in a season was Russell Martin in 2014 (11).

 

IT’S HITTIN’ SEASON: The Phillies have slugged 60 home runs in their last 43 games dating back to June 14th, which is second amongst all National League teams behind only the Dodgers (68).

 

PITCHING POINTS: On Wednesday night, newly-acquired Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow became the 15th different starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, which represents the most in the Majors.

THE LAST 40 GAMES: The Oakland A’s enter play today 30-10 (.750) dating back to June 16th, which is the best record in the Majors over that span. It matches the best 40-game stretch in the Majors this season.

HOUSTON TRAFFIC: Astros infielder Alex Bregman, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP, went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and has reached base safely in 63 of his last 65 games, dating back to May 15th.

SLAMMING: The Reds and Red Sox are tied for the Major League lead with nine grand slams, matching Cincinnati’s 2002 franchise single-season record. This year's Reds recorded a streak of six grand slams over a 17-game span from June 13th-July 1st.

ON FIRE: Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 games, batting .430 (43- for-100) with five home runs and 23 RBI during the torrid stretch. He enters play today leading the National League in batting averag

THE LAST 40 GAMES: The Oakland A’s enter play today 30-10 (.750) dating back to June 16th, which is the best record in the Majors over that span. It matches the best 40-game stretch in the Majors this season.

HOMER HAPPY: The Chicago White Sox have hit 19 home runs in their last 12 games, and 24 over the last 16. Avisaíl García has hit 10 homers in his last 25 contests.

ALL GOOD THINGS: Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon had his season-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday night. Blackmon batted .345 (19-for-55) with 10 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, five RBI and four walks over the streak, which was tied for the longest hitting streak for a Rockies batter this season along with Ian Desmond and Trevor Story.

ROOKIE RACER: Cardinals rookie outfielder Harrison Bader stole his 10th base on Wednesday, marking the first time a Cardinals rookie posted double-digit stolen bases since Kolten Wong (20) in 2014, and before that Kerry Robinson (11) in 2001. The Cardinals stole three bases on Wednesday to match their season-high, done previously at Cincinnati (April 14th) when Tommy Pham stole two and Bader had one.

WHAT A CATCH: Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has hit a career-high 10 home runs, nine from the catcher’s position and one as a pinch hitter. The last Bucco backstop to hit 10 in a season was Russell Martin in 2014 (11).

IT’S HITTIN’ SEASON: The Phillies have slugged 60 home runs in their last 43 games dating back to June 14th, which is second amongst all National League teams behind only the Dodgers (68).

PITCHING POINTS: On Wednesday night, newly-acquired Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow became the 15th different starting pitcher used by the Rays this season, which represents the most in the Majors.

THE LAST 40 GAMES: The Oakland A’s enter play today 30-10 (.750) dating back to June 16th, which is the best record in the Majors over that span. It matches the best 40-game stretch in the Majors this season.

HOUSTON TRAFFIC: Astros infielder Alex Bregman, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP, went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and has reached base safely in 63 of his last 65 games, dating back to May 15th.

SLAMMING: The Reds and Red Sox are tied for the Major League lead with nine grand slams, matching Cincinnati’s 2002 franchise single-season record. This year's Reds recorded a streak of six grand slams over a 17-game span from June 13th-July 1st.

ON FIRE: Brewers All-Star outfielder Christian Yelich has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 games, batting .430 (43- for-100) with five home runs and 23 RBI during the torrid stretch. He enters play today leading the National League in batting average.

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