Each week, Big League Stew stat doctor Alex Remington will bring you a few baseball numbers you need to know.
The number of games this year in which a starter has given up five runs but also struck out 10 men. Tommy Hanson(notes) did it on May 15, and Roy Halladay(notes) did it in a 6-5 win over the Mets on Sunday, prompting the seemingly bizarre headline "Halladay struggles, K's 10." It takes a pretty good pitcher to struggle like that.
The number of times this year that a Blue Jay has had a multihomer game: including five by Jose Bautista(notes), three by John Buck(notes), and one by J.P. Arencibia(notes), the rookie catcher who was called up when Buck went on the disabled list, and who is due to be sent back down despite going 4-for-5 with two homers in his first major league game on Saturday.
Toronto leads the majors in this category, with four more multihomer games than any other team. The Washington Nationals are in second place with five apiece from Adam Dunn(notes) and Ryan Zimmerman(notes).
Tim Hudson's(notes) strikeout rate per nine innings, the 15th-lowest among all major league starters and a number low enough to qualify him for our Zach Duke All-Star award. Hudson has been simply brilliant in his return from injury, making a run as a dark horse Cy Young candidate as he's currently third in the majors with his 2.24 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles' team batting average with runners in scoring position. That's a full 33 points lower than their overal team batting average, .259. They have a .611 OPS with RISP, the lowest in baseball by 62 points. The Orioles, however, have been hot of late, winning five of their first six games under Buck Showalter, and they've scored 28 runs in six games. That 4.67 run/game average is more than a full run higher than the 3.61 run/game average they'd maintained during the first 105 games of the season. The offensive uptick comes a little late for fired skipper Dave Trembley, but there may be hope for the Orioles' young bats yet.
The average number of runs the New York Yankees score every game, most in the majors. The defending world champions have led the majors in runs per game four out of the past five seasons, including this year. So, naturally, they were one of the more active teams at the trade deadline, picking up Austin Kearns(notes), Lance Berkman(notes), and Kerry Wood(notes) to bolster their offense and bullpen. The Yankees are one of only three teams in baseball to average at least five runs a game. (The other two are the Red Sox and Rays, but you probably knew that already.)
Colorado's major-league leading triples total as three Rockies are tied for, — respectively — first, eleventh, and sixteenth in the major leagues in triples. Dexter Fowler(notes) has eight, Carlos Gonzalez(notes) has six, and Miguel Olivo(notes) has a suprising total of five. Since the beginning of 2009, Olivo has hit 10 triples, most among all major league catchers.
The average number of innings per appearance for Tampa Bay reliever Randy Choate(notes), fewest in the majors. If things keep going the way they have, Choate will win the Mike Myers Memorial award for specialist reliever on the shortest leash. Myers had the lowest number of innings per appearance of any reliever in the past five years, with his .49 innings per game in 2006. Over the course of his 13-year career, Myers averaged .61 innings per appearance — so Choate has a lot more paychecks to look forward to, if he can keep it up.