Astros' ace one of three lefties in club history to notch at least 12 K's in shutout
By Roger Schlueter
Special to MLB.com |
Here are five interesting items from around the big leagues on Thursday:
• Astros starter Dallas Keuchel notched his third career shutout (and second in 2015), holding the visiting Yankees to six hits and a walk in a 4-0 win. The left-hander fanned 12 and won his ninth game. The 12 K's tied for the fourth most by an Astros southpaw in a shutout. Randy Johnson, who made 11 starts for Houston in 1998, owns the top three marks, 16, 14 and 13. Mike Cuellar had a pair of 12-K performances -- one in '66 and one in '67. Keuchel was the second left-hander since 1914 to throw a shutout against the Yankees while allowing no extra-base hits and fanning at least 12. Mickey Lolich -- on Sept. 9, 1964 -- was the other.
• Oakland's Sonny Gray picked up his ninth victory of the season in a 6-3 win over Texas. Although he wasn't as stingy as he normally is (allowing nine hits and a walk in six innings), his WHIP for the season still stands below 1.00 (0.994). Gray is fourth in the American League in WHIP, with all three pitchers ahead of him (Chris Archer, Keuchel and Chris Sale) in their age-27 season or younger.
• Jacob deGrom worked eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, no walks and fanning seven. The right-hander won his eighth of the year as the Mets blanked the Brewers, 2-0. deGrom owns a career 148 ERA+ in 37 starts. For all pitchers since 1893 with at least 35 starts through their first two seasons, that ERA+ stands among the 20 best. There are a couple of other Mets hurlers in the top 20: Dwight Gooden (176) and Matt Harvey (152). DeGrom has seven career starts that have ended with at least seven innings and no runs allowed. Those seven through his first 37 games tie him for the fourth most among pitchers since 1914.
• In the D-backs' 6-4 loss to the Rockies, Paul Goldschmidt stole his 13th base of the year. Goldschmidt owns a 1.127 OPS. Since 1898, there have been 16 players to finish a year with at least 13 stolen bases and an OPS of at least 1.100, with the most recent player to do this being Albert Pujols in 2009. The most stolen bases for a player with a season-ending 1.100 OPS or better was Larry Walker's 33 in 1997.
• Brandon Phillips hit a go-ahead homer in the 13th inning, Todd Frazier clubbed his 24th home run of the season, and the Reds defeated the Pirates, 5-4. Phillips also stole a base in the game. It was the 19th time in his Reds career Phillips had a theft and a roundtripper in a contest. Those 19 tie him with Dave Concepcion for the sixth most for the franchise since 1914. Those ahead: Joe Morgan (45), Eric Davis (31), Frank Robinson (27), Barry Larkin (24) and Vada Pinson (20). Frazier's 24 home runs before the All-Star break tie him with Hank Sauer (1948), Johnny Bench ('72) and Adam Dunn (2007) for the 13th most for a Reds player. Frazier's 46 extra-base hits tie him with Gus Bell (1953) for the eighth most for any Reds player before the All-Star break.
Milestone watch for Friday
• Max Scherzer has the chance to join Johnny Vander Meer (1938) as the only pitchers to throw back-to-back no-hitters.
• Miguel Cabrera stands at 3,999 career total bases. There have been 86 players in history to reach 4,000 in their career, but only five got there by the end of their age-32 season. Cabrera would join Alex Rodriguez, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Aaron, Pujols and Mel Ott.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.