Marlins slugger could be sitting in elite company by end of season
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday:
• In the Marlins' 11-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Giancarlo Stanton homered (his 19th of the season) and collected two doubles. Stanton has produced an extra-base hit in 11.4 percent of his career plate appearances. There are 17 players in history who concluded their age-25 season with at least 2,000 plate appearances and an extra-base hit percentage of at least 11.0, including these following Hall of Famers: Lou Gehrig, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Ducky Medwick, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. With one more home run, Stanton will become the seventh player in history to hit at least 20 long balls in every campaign from his age-20 season through his age-25 season. The six who have done this: Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Frank Robinson, Orlando Cepeda and Alex Rodriguez.
• Facing the Braves, Craig Kimbrel recorded the 200th save of his career (his first 186 saves came with Atlanta). He is one of 52 pitchers with at least 100 saves through his first six seasons. Among this group, Kimbrel owns the lowest ERA and best ERA+; the lowest WHIP and second-lowest hits per nine (he trails Aroldis Chapman); and the second-highest strikeout percentage (he trails Chapman).
• Chris Sale punched out 14 Astros batters over eight innings of one-run ball for the win as the White Sox topped Houston, 3-1. He has fanned at least 10 batters in each of his past four games. It's the longest streak in history for a White Sox hurler, surpassing the three straight from Ed Walsh (1910), Floyd Bannister ('85) and Edwin Jackson (2010). Sale is the ninth left-hander since 1914 to strike out at least 10 in at least four straight appearances. Randy Johnson did this 14 times for the most, with Sandy Koufax (five) the only other southpaw since 1914 to have multiple streaks. The others, with one: Al Downing, David Price, Johan Santana, Jon Lester, Mark Langston and Ron Guidry. Johnson owns the longest streak, at seven games (in 2001).
• In the Astros' loss, Carlos Correa made his Major League debut and went 1-for-4 with an RBI. At 20 years and 259 days old, Correa -- who started at shortstop -- is the youngest Houston position player to debut since Derrel Thomas (20 years, 243 days) on Sept. 14, 1971. Thomas pinch-hit in that contest, so Correa is the youngest Astros position player to make a start in his debut since outfielder Cesar Cedeno (19 years, 115 days) on June 20, 1970.
• The Royals defeated the Twins, 3-1, to move into a tie with Minnesota for first place in the American League Central. Kansas City is 31-6 this year when scoring at least three runs, for a Major League-best .838 winning percentage for that situation.
Milestone watch for Tuesday
• David Ortiz needs one double to tie Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent for 24th all time. Ortiz is also one extra-base hit away from 1,050 for his career. Only 25 players have collected that many.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.