Roger Schlueter

MLB Notebook: Trout having dynamic first half

MLB Notebook: Trout having dynamic first half

MLB Notebook: Trout having dynamic first half
In the live-ball era, Al Simmons holds the single season mark for the most multihit games, with 85 in 1925. Over that same span of seasons, Lou Gehrig holds the mark for the most games with multiple runs, with 52 in '31. Combining the two perspectives, Chuck Klein owns the most games with multiple hits and runs in a season, with 42 in '32. That year, Klein played in 154 games, meaning he averaged one of those performances for every 3.7 games played.

With half of the 2012 season complete, Mike Trout is just about one-third of the way to Klein's total and is averaging one game with multiple hits and runs for every 4.7 games played. Then again, Klein's 1932 season was one of the gaudier campaigns in history, and Mike Trout is still a month shy of turning 21 years old.

In the Angels' 9-7 win over the Orioles on Thursday, Trout (20 years and 333 days old) had two hits, scored twice, drove in a pair of runs and stole three bases.

The three steals increased Trout's American League-leading total to 26 and gave him a pair of three-steal games this season (the other was on June 18). Between 1918-2011, there were only six instances of a 20-year-old collecting three or more stolen bases in a game. Frankie Frisch did it in 1919, Rickey Henderson accomplished the feat in '79, Tim Raines did it in '80, Luis Castillo did it in '96 and Elvis Andrus did it twice in 2009.

Thursday's game marked the third time this season Trout had at least two runs, two RBIs, two hits and two steals. Since 1918, only four other players have had as many as three such games in a full season. Ben Chapman had four in '31, George Sisler had three in '20, Jose Canseco had three in '88 and Luis Polonia had three in '91.

Trout has 13 games with multiple hits and runs this season, tying Carlos Gonzalez for the most in the Majors.

Miguel Cabrera
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Detroit's 7-3 victory over the Twins.

Cabrera has 1,054 RBIs in his career. That total is 10th highest for all players through their age-29 season, leaving Cabrera nine shy of tying Mickey Mantle for ninth.

Jose Quintana
Quintana allowed one run and two hits in eight innings and picked up the win as the White Sox defeated the Rangers, 2-1.

Quintana -- who made his Major League debut on May 7 and has eight starts under his belt -- has made three starts in which he has gone at least eight innings and allowed no more than one run. Those three are tied for the fourth most in the Majors.

Mark Buehrle
Buehrle (7 2/3 innings, six hits, eight K's) and three relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout and the Marlins defeated the Brewers, 4-0. With his eight strikeouts, Buehrle now has three consecutive starts with at least seven K's -- the first time in his 382-start career he has done that.

Jim Palmer vs. Mark Buehrle
Pitcher Innings Winning % K/9 WHIP ERA+
Jim Palmer 3,958 .638 5.04 1.180 125
Mark Buehrle 2,590 1/3 .571 5.08 1.275 120
Buehrle owns a career .571 winning percentage and an ERA+ of 120 in 2,590.1 innings. He is one of 39 pitchers in the modern era with 2,500 innings, an ERA+ of at least 120 and a winning percentage of at least .570.

Among those 39, Buehrle's strikeouts per nine are the 13th lowest. Of the 12 pitchers ahead of him, 11 retired by 1943. The only post-WWII pitcher with a lower K/9 among this group was Jim Palmer, who had a career mark of 5.04, compared to Buehrle's 5.08.

Shin-Soo Choo
Choo hit his fourth career homer to lead off a game and the Indians defeated the Rays, 3-1.

Choo, whose four leadoff homers in 2012 are tied for the most in the Majors with Derek Jeter, owns a .327/.394/.566 slash line in his 47 starts as the leadoff hitter. The overall slash line for AL hitters in the top spot in the lineup is .266/.331/.401.

The Nationals -- trailing, 5-1, in the bottom of the seventh -- got three in the seventh and two in the ninth and rallied to defeat the Giants, 6-5. Washington -- which swept San Francisco in the three-game set -- owns the best record in the National League (48-32) and the third best record in the Majors.

The last time the franchise had 48 wins through its first 80 games was in 2005, when the club was 49-31, in first place and up 5 1/2 games on the Braves in the NL East. From that point on, Washington would post the worst record in the NL and finish the season at 81-81.

Jeff Karstens (eight innings, four hits) and Joel Hanrahan combined on a four-hit shutout as the Pirates beat the Astros, 2-0, to complete a four-game sweep.

The first-place Pirates have allowed two runs or fewer in 31 games this season -- a total that ties them with the Nationals and White Sox for the third most in the Majors. The Dodgers have 33 and the Athletics have 32.

Brian McCann
McCann went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Braves' 7-3 victory over the Cubs.

McCann owns 358 career extra-base hits -- the fifth highest for any catcher in history through his age-28 season. McCann trails Johnny Bench (535), Ivan Rodriguez (483), Ted Simmons (437) and Gary Carter (377).

David Wright
The Mets defeated the Phillies, 6-5, with the contest coming to an end on Wright's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Wright has seven walk-off hits for the Mets, which ties him with Ed Kranepool, Rusty Staub and Kevin McReynolds for the most in franchise history.

Kenley Jansen
Jansen struck out three in a perfect ninth inning to record his 15th save for the Dodgers, and now has 61 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

Among pitchers with at least 30 innings in 2012, Jansen's rate of 14.32 K's per nine innings is the fourth highest, behind the rates of Aroldis Chapman (15.91), Craig Kimbrel (15.10) and Ernesto Frieri (14.84). Jason Grilli is just behind Jansen, at 14.05 K's per nine.

Entering this year, there had been 11 pitchers in history to finish a season with at least 50 innings and a K rate of at least 14 per nine. Rob Dibble (1992) was the first to do it, and he was followed by Billy Wagner ('97, '98, '99), Armando Benitez ('99), Byung-Hyun Kim (2000), Eric Gagne ('03), Brad Lidge ('04), Carlos Marmol ('10), Kimbrel ('11) and Jansen ('11).

Pitchers' Duel
In a matchup between starting pitchers who were involved in the same trade this past offseason, San Diego's Edinson Volquez (7 innings, five hits, one run, 10 K's) and Cincinnati's Mat Latos (7 innings, four hits, 0 runs, eight K's) each finished with games scores (an equation used to determine a pitcher's dominance) of at least 70.

It was the 26th time this season (in a total of 1,237 games) that both starters reached or exceeded a game score of 70.

Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.