After latest output, Astros' 20-year-old has 9 extra-base hits through 1st 15 games
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday:
• Carlos Correa (3-for-6, four RBIs, a triple shy of the cycle) and Luis Valbuena (3-for-5, two homers) supplied a lot of lumber in the Astros' 13-3 victory over the Angels. At 20 years old, Correa has nine extra-base hits through his first 15 games. Since 1914, the list of 20-year-olds (or younger players) who have had at least nine extra-base hits through their first 15 games is short, but stacked: Andruw Jones (who had 10), Miguel Cabrera (10), Ted Williams (nine) and Del Ennis (nine). Valbuena has homered 19 times this season, but he still carries a .195 batting average. No player has reached the All-Star break with so many homers and an average below the Mendoza line. The most home runs in a full season for a player with a sub-.200 average is 32, by .198-hitting Mark Reynolds in 2010.
• In the Phillies' 11-6 win over the Yankees, Maikel Franco doubled, homered and -- for the second game in a row -- drove in five. In June, Franco is slugging .805. Dating back to 1914, the highest slugging percentage in any monthly split for a Phillies player in an age-22 or younger season (minimum 20 games) is Don Hurst's .670 in July of 1928. Franco's eight June home runs ties him with Hurst (June 1928) for the most homers in any monthly split for any Phillies player in an age-22 or younger season. Franco is the only Phillies player since 1920 (the year RBIs were first officially compiled) to have at least five RBIs in back-to-back games.
• Starting at catcher, Josh Phegley doubled and homered, playing a significant role in the Athletics' 8-6 win over the Rangers. Oakland's catchers (Phegley and Stephen Vogt) have combined for a .959 OPS this season. Since 1914, four teams have seen the catching position as a whole finish the year with an OPS of at least .950: the 1953 Dodgers (with Roy Campanella as the primary backstop), and three teams that were living the good life with Mike Piazza behind the dish for the majority of the games -- the 1996 and '97 Dodgers and the 2000 Mets.
• Pitching in his fifth Major League game, Mariners southpaw Mike Montgomery hurled a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks in a 7-0 win over the Royals. Dating back to 1914, he is only the third pitcher to have -- within his first five games -- a shutout featuring at least 10 strikeouts and no walks. In his third game, on Aug. 17, 1964, the Mets' Dennis Ribant hung a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts on the Pirates. On May 6, 1998, Kerry Wood -- in his fifth game -- fanned 20 Astros while throwing a one-hitter for the Cubs.
Milestone watch for Wednesday:
• Joc Pederson needs one home run to become the eighth rookie in Dodgers history to hit at least 20.
• Chris Sale needs 12 strikeouts to become the first pitcher ever to have at least a dozen K's in six straight starts.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.