Elias Says: Aug. 16, 2017

Stanton shows no sign of slowing down

Giancarlo Stanton slugged his 44th home run of the season and already his 11th of August in the Marlins’ loss to the Giants on Tuesday. His 11 homers in August match the highest total through the first 15 days of a month; the others with 11 through the 15th were Ralph Kiner (September 1949), Sammy Sosa (June 1998) and Troy Tulowitzki (September 2010).

Stanton has hit 23 home runs over his last 35 games, something only three other players have done within one season in major-league history. Sammy Sosa hit 25 longballs over 35 games in 1998, Barry Bonds had 24 in 2001 and Mark McGwire hit 23 in 1999.

Bumgarner helps his own cause

Madison Bumgarner got the win and drove in a run in the Giants’ win over the Marlins on Tuesday. It’s the first time that Bumgarner has gotten an RBI and a W in the same game this season, although he’s done that 25 times in his major-league career, tied for the second-highest total among active pitchers. Adam Wainwright has 37 RBI/W games and Yovani Gallardo has done it 25 times.

Wood helps Dodgers to 50 games over .500

Alex Wood allowed a leadoff home run but nothing more and the Dodgers came back to defeat the White Sox on Tuesday, 6–1, to improve to 84–34. That’s the fewest games any major-league team has needed to go 50 games over .500 since the Mariners started 80–30 in 2001 and it’s the fewest games the Dodgers have ever need to move to 50 games over. That distinction had belonged to the 1899 team, which got there with an 87–37 record, en route to winning the National League pennant.

Wood now has 12 starts this season in which he allowed no more than one run, tying Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn for the highest total in the major leagues.

Joey Gallo going crazy in August

Joey Gallo slugged his ninth home run of August in the Rangers’ win over the Tigers on Tuesday. Gallo, who doesn’t turn 24 years old until November, is the third player in major-league history to homer nine times in the first 15 days of a month at age 23 or younger, joining Joe DiMaggio (9 in June 1937) and Harmon Killebrew (9 in May 1959).

Votto’s incredible 20-game stretch

Joey Votto drew three walks and scored one of the Reds’ two runs in their win over the Cubs on Tuesday, extending his streak of reaching base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) at least twice to 20 straight games, tying the second-longest streak in the modern era. The only other major-league players to do that in each of 20 straight games since 1900 were Ted Williams (21 games in 1948), Pete Rose (20 in 1979) and Barry Bonds (20 in 2004).

Votto has reached base safely 55 times over his last 20 games, but that’s not even his highest total in a 20-game stretch. In 2015 he reached safely 59 games in a 20-game span.

Beckham just needed a change of scenery

Tim Beckham went 1-for-4 in the Orioles’ loss in Seattle on Tuesday, giving him 30 hits in 15 games since the Rays traded him to the Orioles. That’s the most hits in a player’s first 15 games for a team since Kenny Lofton had 31 through 15 games for Atlanta in 1997. Before Lofton, the last player with 30 hits in his first 15 games for a team was Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie, who did it in consecutive years, for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901, the first year of the American League (36 hits) and for the Indians the next year (30 hits).

Cruz ties longest RBI streak this season

Nelson Cruz extended his RBI streak to eight games in the Mariners’ win over the Orioles on Tuesday. That’s the longest RBI streak of Cruz’s major-league career and it’s tied for the longest such streak this season. Jonathan Schoop and Marwin Gonzalez each had eight-game streaks in July.

Trade for Nunez paying off for Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers each had two hits in Boston’s win at Fenway Park against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Nunez and Devers each played their first home game for the Red Sox on July 28 and since that date they rank 1–2 in the major leagues in hits at home with 21 and 17, respectively. The only player in Red Sox history to collect as many as 21 hits in his first 11 home games for the team was Baby Doll Jacobson, with 22 hits in 1926.

You may be seated

The Yankees defeated the Mets on Tuesday, 5–4, but Aaron Judge tied an unwanted record in the process. He struck out for the 32nd consecutive game, tying the longest streak within one season by a position player. Adam Dunn set the record with the White Sox in 2012 when he struck out in 32 straight games. Those were Dunn’s first 32 games that season, in which he struck out 222 times, the second-highest total in a major-league season. (Mark Reynolds struck out 223 times in 2009.)

Trade for Kendrick paying off for Nationals

Howie Kendrick hit two home runs against his longtime team, his 100th and 101st in the major leagues.in the Nationals’ 3–1 win over the Angels on Tuesday. Kendrick has hit four home runs this month, all as a left fielder, after Nationals left fielders hit only one home run in 24 games in July.

No K in Zach

Zach Davies earned his 14th win of the season in Milwaukee’s win over the Pirates on Tuesday, a day that the Brewers’ main competition in the N.L. Central, the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates, all lost. Davies struck out only two batters but that’s not unusual for him: he has six wins this season in which he struck out three or fewer batters, tying Jason Vargas for the second-highest total among major-league starting pitchers, one behind Kyle Freeland.

A wild 8th inning in Oakland…but not the wildest inning there this season

The Royals scored five runs to take a lead in the top of the eighth inning on Tuesday in Oakland but the Athletics responded with six runs to re-take the lead. It’s the second major-league game this season in which each team scored five runs in an inning, and the A’s hosted the other one too: on June 4, when the Nationals scored five in the top of the ninth inning and the A’s scored six in the bottom half, but fell one run shy of tying the game.

Rays get back on track against Estrada

The Rays defeated the Blue Jays on Tuesday, 6–4, after Tampa Bay entered the game having scored only 12 runs in its previous 10 games, the lowest total for an American League team since that league adopted the designated hitter in 1973.

The Rays defeated Marco Estrada for the fourth time this season and for the seventh time in his last seven starts against them. The only other team to hang an “L” on a certain pitcher four times this season is the Astros against Andrew Cashner.

Indians feel at home in Minneapolis

The Indians defeated the Twins on Tuesday, 8–1, for their ninth straight win at Target Field. That’s the second-longest current road winning streak by one major-league team over another; the Astros have won their last 10 games at the Oakland Coliseum. It’s Cleveland’s longest road winning streak against one team since taking 13 straight against the Angels in Anaheim from 1973 to 1975.

Braves end Denver losing streak

The Braves won at Coors Field on Tuesday, 4–3, to snap their 11-game losing streak in Denver. That had been tied for the longest current home winning streak by one major-league team over another entering the day; the Mets have won all 11 home games they’ve played against the Blue Jays, dating back to the start of interleague play in 1997. It was Colorado’s longest home winning streak against one opponent.

Lamet takes no-no to fifth inning

Dinelson Lamet did not allow a hit on Tuesday until Jorge Alfaro hit his first major-league home run with two outs in the fifth inning. For the Padres, who have never thrown a no-hitter, it’s the deepest into a game one of their pitchers has taken a no-hitter bid this season.