Sunday, July 21, 2013

Strange but True Facts

If we told you these facts before the season started, would you believe it?
All stats are accurate as of July 21, 2013

What if I told you that...

1. Bartolo Colon would be tied for the most wins in the Majors.
2. Bartolo Colon would have a lower WHIP than Felix Hernandez and Stephen Strasburg.
3. Matt Carpenter has the 5th highest average in baseball.
4. Raul Ibanez has as many homeruns as Chase Utley and Ryan Howard combined.
5. Raul Ibanez has more homeruns than any Phillie other than Domonic Brown.
6. Matt Cain, the winning pitcher in the 2012 All Star Game, has the 86th lowest ERA in baseball.
7. 2 of the 3 pitchers with the lowest ERA are rookies. (Locke, Harvey)
8. Jim Johnson leads the Majors in saves and in blown saves.
9. A team had a player hit for the cycle...and still lost.
10. The same team only gave up 1 hit in a game... and still lost 4-2.
11. That team was the Astros.
12. R.A. Dickey, last year’s NL Cy Young, is 8-11 with a 4.75 ERA.
13. Chris Davis would be leading the majors in Home Runs.
14. Former Phillie Joe Blanton didn’t get a win until May 23.
15. Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels both lead the majors in losses. (12)
16. The Nationals, the preseason World Series favorites, would have a team average of .240
17. The Pirates are 57-39, yet they have a team average of .243
18. Pirates Closer Jason Grilli would be leading the NL in saves.
19. The defending champion Giants would be 45-52, yet are only 5.5 games out of the division lead.
20. The Cubs aren’t in last place.
21. The Los Angeles Angels would have a losing record at the All-Star break.
22. At one point, every team in the AL East was over .500 (June 26)
23. The Astros, Cubs, and Mets have been in first place more days this year than the Phillies.
24. Yasiel Puig has more hits than All Star starter Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward, and BJ Upton
25. Evan Gattis would be leading rookies in home runs (14) at the All-Star break.
26. BJ Upton has played more games (84) than he has total bases (83).
27. Barry Zito has a 2.45 ERA at home; on the road his ERA is 9.89.
28. After Justin Upton hit 12 homeruns in April he would only hit 4 more from May until the All-Star break.
29. Domonic Brown has played in all but one of this years Phillies games.
30. Domonic Brown would hit 12 home runs in the month of May.

Written by Nate Borrmann and Stevie Taylor

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