D-backs first baseman on pace to finish 2015 campaign in elite company
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues on Monday:
• In the D-backs' 7-3 win over the Angels, Paul Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. Goldschmidt has a slash line of .366/.484/.678, good for a 212 OPS+. Between 1893 and 2014, there were only 10 first basemen to qualify for the batting title and finish the year with an OPS+ of at least 200. The names/seasons, as one might expect, are legendary: Lou Gehrig (in 1927, 1930, and '34), Jimmie Foxx (1932, '33), Norm Cash (1961), Willie McCovey (1969), Frank Thomas (1994), Jeff Bagwell ('94) and Mark McGwire (1998).
• In the Marlins 2-1 win against the Yankees, Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 to tie Zack Wheat at 2,884 hits for 38th all-time. Suzuki now has 863 career multihit games; the only player since 1914 to have more from his 27th birthday through his 42nd birthday is Pete Rose, with 870.
• In Detroit, Anibal Sanchez threw a two-hit shutout with seven K's and no walks. Sanchez has five shutouts in which he has allowed two or fewer hits (a no-hitter, three one-hitters and this two-hitter). Those five are tied for the most among active pitchers, with Sanchez joining Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Tim Hudson, Justin Verlander and Adam Wainwright.
• In his seventh career appearance, Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard fanned 11 Blue Jays. Syndergaard has 45 strikeouts through his first seven games -- the only Mets pitchers with more in their first seven are Dwight Gooden (51), Nolan Ryan (50) and Matt Harvey (49).
Milestone watch for Tuesday
• Dustin Pedroia needs one walk for 500 in his career. With it, he will become the 10th player in Red Sox history to have at least 500 free passes and at least 300 doubles.
• Tim Lincecum is two strikeouts away from 1,700 for his career. When he gets there, he will become the 20th pitcher to reach the number through his first nine seasons.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.