MLB Notes, August 8th, 2013

Maybe I’ll make it a lengthy one.

I’m not just saying that…I really haven’t decided. I’m thinking out-loud, onto this keyboard, so-to-speak.

  • The top 5 players leading the MLB in hits are all American Leaguers: Angels’ Mike Trout (145), Rangers’ Adrian Beltre (145), Orioles’ Manny Machado (144), Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera (142), and the Orioles’ Adam Jones (141)
  • The Pirates have scored the fewest runs in the NL Central, but own the best ERA in the MLB (3.06)
  • The Indians lead the MLB in Shutouts with 15, but their starters have only thrown 3 Complete Games
  • The Cubs starting pitchers have recorded 68 Quality Starts (QS) – 3rd best in the MLB – but are the only team in the top 5 of QS with a losing record (50-63)
  • After going +6 over the last 3 days, the Tigers are now tied with the Cardinals for the best run differential in the MLB at +144
  • Home field advantage? The Braves have the MLB’s best run differential at home, with a mark of +105.
  • The Astros are the worst in that same category, with a -120 mark. For some perspective on that awfulness, the Phillies are second worst in the category, with a -38.
  • Road Warriors: the Cardinals have a +85 run differential on the road this season. The Red Sox (+55), Tigers (+54), and Dodgers (+50) round out the top 4 in that category.
  • The Yankees finished the 2012 season with the greatest overall run differential at +129. This season, they are 15th in the MLB, at -20.
  • The Nationals lead the league in runners left on base per game with nearly 13 (12.88). Perhaps that is part of the reason why they are 28th in the majors with an average of 3.68 runs per game.
  • The Cubs (3.96) and White Sox (3.67) are 21st and 29th, respectively, in runs scored per game.
  • Dingers: The Orioles’ Chris Davis leads the majors with 41 home runs this season and his Baltimore clubs leads the MLB with an average of 1.33 home runs per game.

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