MLB Notebook: Trout close to a run scored per game
MLB Notebook: Trout close to a run scored per game
By Roger Schlueter
From 1901 through 2011, 14 players had a season in which they qualified for the batting title and averaged more than a run scored per game. As is so often the case in baseball history, Babe Ruth looms over this collection. The Babe accomplished this feat six times, while only his Yankees teammate -- Lou Gehrig (with two seasons) -- did it more than once.
Nap Lajoie managed it in in the first year of the American League in 1901, and a decade later, Ty Cobb managed the achievement. The 1930s saw a rash of these occurrences, with Chuck Klein (the only National League player in the group of 14), Al Simmons and Ruth all making it happen in '30, Ruth and Gehrig managing the feat in '31, Gehrig having his second season in '36, and Jimmie Foxx doing it in '39. And then no one else joined this group until 1985, when Rickey Henderson scored 146 runs in 143 games.
Paul Molitor (114 runs in 118 games in 1987), Alex Rodriguez (141 runs in 146 games in '96) and Jeff Bagwell (152 runs in 159 games in 2000) have come close, but since Rickey, no one else has managed to get over the hump. That means that in a 72-year span between 1940 and 2011, only one qualifying player has managed this achievement.
This season, Mike Trout got off to a slow start in the runs scored department, crossing the plate only once in his first six games. Since then, he has scored 50 runs in 51 games, giving him 51 in 57 games and yet another perspective to appreciate his phenomenal first half of the season.
In the Angels' 10-6 win against the Blue Jays, Mark Trumbo hit his 20th home run and Trout -- in a two-hit, three-run day -- hit his ninth homer.
Trout is tied for eighth in the AL in runs scored, with 51. He is averaging 0.89 runs scored per game played -- he is the only player in the Majors with at least 25 games to be at or above 0.85.
Trumbo became the seventh player in Angels history to reach 20 home runs in 79 team games. In the Angels' second year of existence -- 1962 -- Leon Wagner had 24 home runs through the club's first 79 games. Troy Glaus had 23 in 2000 and Garret Anderson had 22 that same year. Mo Vaughn (2000) and Glaus (2001) are tied for the fourth most, with 21, while Tim Salmon had 20 in 1996.
With his 20th home run, Trumbo now has more homers than walks (19). Last season, he finished the year with 29 home runs and 25 walks. If his home run total exceeds his walk total again this year, he would join 19 others in history to have multiple 20-homer seasons in which the final year walk total was less than the season-ending home run count. Juan Gonzalez did this six times -- the most ever.
Clippard pitched a perfect ninth inning, closing out an 8-4 Nationals victory over the Braves. Since May 22, Clippard has saved 13 games in 13 opportunities, and has thrown 15 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and six walks while striking out 16.
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Jones went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Jones is now at 1,590 career RBIs, five behind Mike Schmidt and six away from George Brett. Brett and Schmidt are first and second, respectively, in RBIs all-time for players with more than half of their games at third.
Cano went 2-for-4 with his 20th home run of the season (and his 16th in his past 36 games). The homer was the 501st extra-base hit for the eighth-year player. Cano's 501 are tied for the 32nd most for any player through his first eight seasons, and are the most for any player with at least 51 percent of his games at second. Interestingly, four of the top five among the second basemen started their careers with the Yankees.
In the Twins' 10-8 victory over the Royals, Plouffe hit his 17th and 18th home runs of the season. Plouffe has 13 home runs since the beginning of June -- the second most in the Majors behind Jose Bautista's 14. Rounding out the top-five totals: Cano (12), Trumbo (10), Colby Rasmus (nine) and David Ortiz (nine).
Darvish struck out 11 batters while taking the loss in Oakland's 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Darvish has reached 10 K's in five of his starts this season, tying R.A. Dickey for the most in the Majors.
Darvish has made 16 Major League starts. He is the seventh player in the live-ball era to have at least five games with 10 or more K's through his first 16 games. The others: Dwight Gooden (six), Hideo Nomo (six), Mark Prior (six), Bob Feller (five), Tom Griffin (five) and Kerry Wood (five).
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Darvish's six games with 10 or more strikeouts -- through the club's first 80 contests -- ties him with C.J. Wilson in 2011 for the second most for the franchise. In 1989, Nolan Ryan had seven double-digit K games at that stage of the season.
Blackley allowed one run in seven innings for his second win of the season. Oakland's pitchers have 19 starts in which they have gone at least seven innings and allowed no more than one run. Those 19 tie the Athletics with the Dodgers and Mets for the second most in the Majors. The Giants have 22 such starts this season.
Stanton hit his 19th home run of the season and 75th of his career. Stanton -- playing in his age-22 season -- is now tied with Joe DiMaggio and Gonzalez for the 17th-most homers for any player through his age-22 campaign. Up next for Stanton: Orlando Cepeda (76 homers), Miguel Cabrera (78), Boog Powell (79) and Andruw Jones (80).
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.