Braves slugger extends streak of reaching safely to 45 consecutive games
By Roger Schlueter
Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday …
• Atlanta's Freddie Freeman homered, singled, drew a walk and scored three runs in his team's 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 45 consecutive games (and his hitting streak to 29 games). Freeman has the third-longest on-base streak for a Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, behind only Gary Sheffield's 52-game streak in 2002 and Dale Murphy's 48-game mark in 1987. Freeman is on pace to be the first Braves player to lead the National League in OPS+ since Chipper Jones in 2007, and the first to lead the NL in extra-base hits since Murphy in 1984.
• In Detroit, Justin Verlander struck out 12 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings and came away a winner in the Tigers' 12-0 victory over the Indians. Verlander's strikeout percentage stands at 28.1, and his WHIP is at 1.002. Looking at qualifying pitchers in age-33 or older seasons, Verlander would be the first to finish with a strikeout percentage of at least 28.0 since Randy Johnson in 2004, when the Hall of Famer authored a 30.1 K percentage in his age-40 season. Verlander would also be the first American League hurler in his age-33 season or older to have a WHIP this low since Gaylord Perry turned in a 0.978 in his age-33 season in 1972. Since Perry, six NL pitchers in their age-33 or older season have gone this low, with Pedro Martinez in 2005 (0.949) being the most recent.
• Arizona's Jean Segura became the 12th second baseman in 2016 to hit at least 20 homers. Before this year, the most in any season had been eight ('09 and '11). Segura's 20th homer also marked the eighth time this season he led off the first inning with a long ball. He joined Charlie Blackmon (nine), George Springer (eight), and Ian Kinsler, Dexter Fowler and Curtis Granderson (seven apiece) to become the sixth player in '16 to have at least seven leadoff homers. Segura is one shy of Chris Young's franchise record of seven, set in '07.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.