MLB Weekly Notebook: Bregman Lands in Elite company

Astros All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman became the eighth player in MLB history — the first since Albert Pujols in 2012 — to have 30 home runs and 50 doubles In a season when he doubled on Wednesday night against the Tigers at Comerica Park. He drove in three runs with the double, giving him 1— RBI in a season for the first time.

He went into Thursday hitting .296 with a .398 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage in 143 games. The Astros selected Bergman second overall in the 2015 draft. Among the other seven players to combine 50 doubles and 30 home runs in a season is Matt Holliday, in 2007 with the Rockies.

Doubles, Triples and RBI

Player, Club Year R 2B HR RBI SB
Alex Bregman, HOU 2018 100 50 30 100 10
Matt Holliday, COL 2007 120 50 36 137 11
Derrek Lee, CHI 2005 120 50 46 107 15
Alfonso Soriano, NYY 2002 128 51 39 102 41
Alex Rodriguez, SEA 1996 141 54 36 123 15
Frank Robinson, CIN 1962 134 51 39 136 18
Chuck Klein, PHI 1932 152 50 38 137 20
Lou Gehrig, NYY 1927 149 52 47 173 10

Brewer All-Star reliever Josh Hader earned his sixth win of the season after registering each of his outs via strikeout against the Cubs on Wednesday. In his previous appearance on Monday, the 24-year-old struck out all six Cubs batters he faced, posting his 20th hold of the campaign. Hader is 6-1 with 130 strikeouts and a 2.05 ERA, limiting opposing batters to just 26 walks and 30 hits in 74 2/3 innings pitched.

 The Wednesday appearance was the fourth in a row in which he notched at least three strikeouts, and his 26th overall this season. Hader is tied for fourth for the most three-strikeout performances by a reliever in Major League history. Two- time All-Star Dick Radatz of the Red Sox holds the MLB record, posting 36 such games during his dominant 1964 campaign.

Pitchers with 26 or more 3-Strikeout Performances

Pitcher, Club Year Games W-L ERA SV SO BB
Dick Radatz, BOS 1964 36 16-9 2.29 29 183 58
Mark Eichhorn, TOR 1986 28 14-6 1.72 10 166 45
Dick Radatz, BOS 1962 27 9-8 2.24 24 144 40
Dick Selma, PHI 1970 26 8-9 2.75 22 153 59
Brad Lidge, HOU 2004 26 6-5 1.9 29 157 30
Josh Hader, MIL 2018 26 6-1 2.05 11 130 26

Around the Horn

INTERNAL AFFAIRS: With the Padres 5-4 victory against the Mariners on Wednesday night, the NL won its 147th inter-league game of the season, the league’s highest win total since the inception of Inter League play in 1997. The AL holds the all-time record iwth a 167-133 record in 2015. The NL goes into the weekend with a 147-133 record, in position to have a winning record in Inter League pay for only the fifth time. The NL had winning records in 1997 (117-97, .547), 2003 (137-115, .544), 1999 (134-116, .538) and 2002 (129-123, .512). 

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF: With his appearance last night, outfielder DJ Stewart became the 14th Oriole to make his Major League debut this season. The 14 debuts match the most in a season in Orioles history (since 1954), set in 1955 (the club’s second year in Baltimore). Stewart became the 55th player to appear in a game for the Orioles this season. The 55 players used marks the most in Orioles history, surpassing the 54 players used during the 1955 season.

GOLDSCHMIDT HOVERING AROUND .300: All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks raised his batting average to .300 for the first time this season on Friday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Goldschmidt is the first player since at least 1920 to increase his batting average to .300-or- higher in a season in which it was under .200 at some point after at least 200 plate appearances.

FIRST IMPRESSION: Following last night's win, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora became the first MLB manager to guide a team to 100-or-more wins in his first season with the club since Felipe Alou (2003 Giants, 100-61). The last coach to lead a team to at least 100 wins in his first year as an MLB manager was Dusty Baker (1993 Giants, 103-59). The only other manager to guide the Sox to 100-or-more wins in his first season with the club is Jake Stahl (105-47 in 1912).

COMPLETE GAME: All-Star starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves threw a six-hitter to lead the Braves to a 4-1 win on Tuesday night, and collected his second complete game of the season. Folty is the first Braves pitcher with multiple complete games in a season since 2015, when Shelby Miller also had two.

POWER OF 10: Shane Bieber became the fifth Indians pitcher to reach the 10-win  mark  this  season, joining Corey Kluber (18), Carlos Carrasco (16), Trevor Bauer (12) and Mike Clevinger (11). Cleveland is the second team in the Majors this season to feature five pitchers with at least 10 wins, joining the Houston Astros. Cleveland has had five pitchers with 10-or-more wins in each of the last three seasons (since 2016), the first such streak in franchise history. This year's Indians are just the fifth team in the Majors with a similar three- season streak in the last 50 years, joining Tampa Bay (2010-12), Boston (1977-79), Los Angeles-NL (1976-78) and Cincinnati (1973-76).

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: The Tigers played their 46th one-run game of the season last night, falling to 20-26 in those contests with a 5-4 loss. Detroit’s 46 one-run games are the third-most in the American League (Seattle, 55 and Tampa Bay, 53). In addition to the 46 one-run games, the Tigers have also played 28 games that have been decided by two runs

JUST DÚ IT: Rookie third baseman Miguel Andújar of the New York Yankees went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Tuesday at Minnesota, his third multi-hit effort in his previous four games. The outing was his 48th multi- hit game, most among MLB rookies. Only six Yankees rookies in the last 100 years have totaled 50 multi-hit games in a season.

DYNAMIC DUO: All-Star rotation-mates Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, who rank first and second in the AL in strikeouts, respectively, are the first pair of right-handed pitchers since at least 1900 to each surpass 250 strikeouts in a season for the same club. The 2018 Astros are the sixth club overall to feature two pitchers with at least 250 punchouts.

THE EYES HAVE IT: On Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, first baseman Carlos Santana (97 BB) passed Pete Rose (95 BB) and moved into sole possession of first place on the Phillies’ single-season walk list among switch hitters.

IT’S A LONELY CLUB: Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story tallied his 40th double in the first inning on Tuesday to became the first shortstop in Major League history to record at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a single season. He is the 16th player all-time (19th time) to reach those numbers, and the third Rockies player to do so (Larry Walker, 1997 and Ellis Burks, 1996). Additionally, Story is the second shortstop since 1920 (when RBI became an official statistic) to have a season with 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 25 stolen bases (also Alex Rodriguez, 1998).

STEALIN' WHIT: Recording his American League-leading 34th and 35th stolen bases last night, Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield surpassed his career high from last season and eclipsed his teammate Adalberto Mondesi for the most in the Majors since the All-Star break (18). He’s the second Royals infielder with at least 34 stolen bases in consecutive seasons, joining Freddie Patek (51, 53 and 38 from 1976-78). His second steal was of third base, the 23rd steal of third in his career, surpassing Rajai Davis for most in the American League since 2016, including a Major League-leading 13 in 2018.

HEAN MACHINE: Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney has set new career highs in wins (nine), starts (27), strikeouts (161) and innings pitched (165.0) this season. He is the first Halo to reach the 160- strikeout mark since 2015 (Garrett Richards; 176 & Hector Santiago; 162) and has four double-digit strikeout games this season. In his last outing on Sunday, he logged a career-high 12 strikeouts, and joined Frank Tanana as the only left-handers in team history to record 12-or-more punchouts with zero walks in a game.

HISTORIC STREAKS: New York Mets All-Star starting pitcher Jacob deGrom has held opponents to three runs- or-less in 26 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in Major League history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. deGrom has hurled 21 straight quality starts, tied for the third-longest single-season streak in Major League history, one behind the record of 22 held by Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (1968) and Chris Carpen- ter (2005).

SAVING THE DAY: All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez of the Pittsburgh Pirates has converted each of his last 22 save opportunities, representing the longest streak in the National League this season. Felipe is the only left-handed pitcher in franchise history to amass that many saves in a single season, while his 53 saves in a Pirates uniform rank 10th in Club history.

CLUB 1,000: With his RBI last night against the San Diego Padres, Seattle  Mariners  All-Star  designated hitter Nelson Cruz became the 11th active player in the Majors to reach the 1,000-RBI milestone, joining Albert Pujols, Adrián Beltré, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Holliday, Robinson Canó, Adrián González, Victor Martinez, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Braun and Chase Utley. Cruz became the sixth player to reach the mark in a Mariners uniform, joining Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, John Olerud, Bret Boone and Canó.

WINNING SEASONS: The Cardinals need one win to record their 11th consecutive winning season, something they’ve done just once previously in franchise history (1939-1953).