Stats of the week: Verdugo sets tone, Elly’s arm, 20-20 for Volpe and more


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Here’s our weekly take a look at 10 astonishing notes from the recently in baseball (August 25-31).

Leadoff expertise: Last Thursday, Alex Verdugo led off the video game for the Red Sox with a crowning achievement. On Friday, he did the very same. And on Saturday, he did yet once again. He ended up being the 3rd gamer with a minimum of 3 successive video games with a leadoff crowning achievement given that 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He signed up with 1996 Brady Anderson, who did so in 4 directly, and 2018 Ronald Acuna Jr.

Speed vs. speed: Elly De La Cruz made a 99.7 miles per hour toss to the plate on Sunday to ward off Corbin Carroll’s quote at an inside-the-park crowning achievement. Carroll had elite, 30.4 ft/sec sprint speed on the play. De La Cruz’s toss was the second-fastest tracked help by an infielder tracked by Statcast (given that 2015), and he has the fastest, too (7/20/23: 99.8 miles per hour). He now has 8 95.0+ miles per hour helps as an infielder, two times as numerous as anybody else in a profession under Statcast (Fernando Tatis Jr.: 4).

Grand occasions: Royce Lewis hit grand slams in back-to-back video games on Sunday and Monday, marking his ninth and 10 th profession crowning achievement. His very first profession homer, on May 13, 2022, was likewise a grand slam. Lewis ended up being the 10 th gamer with 3 grand slams within his very first 10 profession crowning achievement, signing up with Dom Dallessandro, Russ Derry, David Eckstein, Brian Johnson, Justin Maxwell, Brian Roberts, Shane Spencer, Jim Tabor and Chris Taylor.

JULIOOO: Julio Rodríguez’s 28 strikes in his last 10 video games, through Monday, are the most by a gamer in a 10- video game period considering that Kenny Lofton in1997 Rodríguez’s 5 four-hit video games are the most by a gamer in a 10- video game period given that 1900, per Elias. His 5 four-hit video games in August connected for the second-most in a calendar month given that 1901, behind May 1921 Ty Cobb’s 6. Rodríguez’s 5 four-hit video games were one of the most in a calendar month given that August 1938 Zeke Bonura likewise had 5.

Cobb’s gem: Alex Cobb had the efficiency of a life time on Tuesday, coming within an out of a no-hitter and completing with a complete-game one-hitter. At 35 years and 326 days old, Cobb ended up being the third-oldest Giants pitcher given that 1901 to permit one or no hits in a total video game. He was more youthful than just Carl Hubbell in 2 one-hitters, on June 5, 1943 at age 39 years and 348 days old and on May 30, 1940 at 36 years and 343 days.

Dodgers’ winning methods: The Dodgers won 24 video games in August, the third-most in a calendar month in franchise history, behind just August 1953 and July 1947, when they had 25 wins each. 21 of those wins were by several runs, connected for the sixth-most in a calendar month in MLB history, behind just the 1916 Giants in September (25 multi-run wins), 1938 Yankees in August (24), 1929 A’s in July (23), 1939 Yankees in May (22) and 1891 Beaneaters in September (22).

20-20: With his ninth-inning, game-tying homer on Thursday, Anthony Volpe ended up being the 6th gamer with a minimum of 20 crowning achievement and 20 taken bases in his very first MLB season. He signed up with 2022 Bobby Witt Jr., 2022 Rodríguez, 1995 Marty Cordova, 1987 Ellis Burks and 1977 Mitchell Page. He’s the 15 th novice general to do so– keep in mind, not every novice remains in his initially year– and the 2nd this year, with Corbin Carroll. The only other seasons with 2 20-20 novices were 2022, with Rodríguez and Witt and 1987, with Burks and Devon White.

Historic accomplishment from Acuña: On Thursday, Ronald Acuña Jr. struck his 30 th crowning achievement of the season, ending up being the very first gamer in MLB history with a minimum of 30 homers and 60 taken bases in a season. While the round-number accomplishment is 30 homers and 60 taken bases, Acuña was currently in a special club prior to his grand slam. On Monday, he struck his 29 th crowning achievement of the season, while likewise including his 60 th and 61 st taken bases. He remained in a group all his own the minute he got to 29 homers and 59 taken bases, which no one else has actually ever done.

Tight race: The leading 3 groups in the AL West are all separated by a video game or less. This is the 3rd time considering that departments started in 1969 that 3 groups in the exact same department were within a video game or less of the lead getting in September, signing up with the 1980 NL East and 1969 NL West.

And still unswept: Teams get in each series attempting to win the series, however even simply preventing being swept deserves keeping in mind. To that end, the Orioles have actually now gone 82 straight series without being swept, getting in the weekend. That’s the fourth-most successive series of numerous video games without being swept, per Elias. They track just the 1942-44 Cardinals (125), 1903-05 Giants (106) and 1922-24 Yankees (83).

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