1st Pitch: On pace for (obscure) history

Quick Hits: With the exception of the Phillies, every team now has 100 or fewer games remaining in the season. As the season draws on, several players are on pace to make rather obscure history. Here are some to keep an eye on:

  • Ichiro Suzuki is on pace for 226 hits but only 72 runs scored. The fewest runs scored for a player with 200+ hits was 67 by George Sisler. However, the fewest runs for a player with 225+ hits is 88 by... Ichiro in 2009.

  • Ryan Theriot is on pace for 185 hits, but only 12 doubles. Since 1900, there have only been three players with 185 or more hits and 12 or fewer doubles. Jesse Burkett (1900), Ginger Beaumont (1904) and Maury Wills (1967).

  • Jose Bautista is on pace for just 83 extra-base hits and 45 singles. The most extra-base hits for a player with 45 or fewer singles in 66 by Carlos Pena in 2009. No other player has had a season with 60.

  • Prince Fielder is on pace for 30 home runs and just 61 RBI. The fewest RBI for a player with 30+ HR is 64, done by both Rob Deer (1992) and Felix Mantilla (1964).

  • Denard Span and Carl Crawford share the AL triples lead with only four. That just puts them on pace for 10. The last full season in which no AL player had 10 triples was 1972 when Carlton Fisk and Joe Rudi shared the league lead with nine.

  • Nyjer Morgan is on pace for 30 stolen bases, but also 25 caught stealings. Since 1950, the most CS for a player with 30 or fewer steals was 24 by Garry Templeton in 1977.

  • Billy Butler is on pace to ground into 43 double plays. Since being tracked by both leagues in 1940, Jim Rice holds the record with 36 in 1984. Only six players have had 30 doubles and 30 GIDPs in a season, but Butler would be the first with 40 of each.

Today’s Trivia: Ichiro Suzuki and Albert Pujols will be in opposing dugouts for just the 7th time (not including All-Star Games) on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball. Both won their league’s Rookie of the Year in 2001 and have been destroying the record books since. Pujols holds the record for home runs in a player’s first 10 seasons, while Ichiro holds that distinction for hits. Who holds the record for most RBI in his first 10 seasons?

Today’s Leaderboard: Jon Garland takes the mound against the Blue Jays while sporting the league’s best ERA at home. Garland has a 1.15 ERA at home compared to 4.39 away from Petco. Meanwhile, Adam Wainwright brings his 1.62 home ERA up against the Mariners.

Lowest ERA in Home Games, 2010 Season

Key Matchups: A nine-year veteran of the AL, Jon Garland is 11-2 all-time against the Blue Jays. His team has won 13 of his last 15 starts against Toronto. Garland saw a lot of John Buck as AL Central rivals. Buck picked up only one hit in his first 12 at-bats against Garland, but since then, he is hitting .363 with four doubles in 24 at-bats.

Adam Wainwright is looking to extend his record streak of 20 straight quality starts at home. He’ll face the Mariners for the first time in his career. However, opponents have posted six straight quality starts against the Mariners, who have only exceeded 4 runs once in their last 14 games.

Trivia Answer: Joe DiMaggio had 1,277 RBI in his first 10 seasons, two more than Al Simmons. Pujols is currently 102 RBI behind Ted Williams for third on the list.