Elias Says: Sept. 8, 2017

Hunt sets record for scrimmage yards in debut

The Chiefs stunned the Patriots with a 42–27 upset over the defending champions at Gillette Stadium. Kareem Hunt, a third-round pick in the 2017 draft, ran for 148 yards, gained 98 yards on receptions, and scored three touchdowns. Hunt’s 246 yards from scrimmage are a record in a player’s NFL debut. He broke the mark shared by Billy Sims (1980 Lions) and Anquan Boldin (2003 Cardinals), who each produced 217 yards from scrimmage in their first NFL game.

Hill sets record with 60-yard TD in 5 straight games

Tyreek Hill scored a touchdown of at least 60 yards in each of the final four games of the 2016 season and he caught a 75-yard TD pass on Thursday night. Hill is the first player in NFL history to score a 60-plus-yard touchdown in five consecutive regular season games. He had shared the record of four consecutive games with a TD of that length with the Packers’ Billy Grimes (1950) the Rams’ Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch (1951) and the Chiefs’ Dante Hall (2003).

Chiefs’ 537 yards unprecedented

The Chiefs’ 537 offensive yards are the most ever for a team in a season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion and also the most gained in one game against Bill Belichick’s team in any game of his 23 years as an NFL head coach.

Tribe goes 11-0 on road trip

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run home run in the first inning helping the Indians coast to their 15th consecutive win and an 11-0 road trip. Cleveland is the fifth team in major-league history to go 11-0 or better on a road trip. The others were the Yankees in 1953 (14-0), Reds in 1957 (12-0), A’s in 1931 (11-0) and White Sox in 1951 (11-0).

Kluber joins Feller and Lee

Corey Kluber, who earned the win, struck out 13 batters in seven innings in the Indians’ victory over the White Sox. With the win, Kluber improved his season record to 15-4 (.789) in 25 starts this season. Only two other pitchers in Indians history won 15 or more of their first 25 starts of a season with a winning percentage as high as Kluber’s: Bob Feller did it both in 1941 (19-5, .729 in his first 25 starts) and 1951 (20-4, .833) and Cliff Lee did so in 2008 (18-2, .900). Honorable mention goes to Johnny Allen, who went 15-1 (.938) in 20 starts in 1937.

Judge brings the gavel down on the O’s

Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the first inning in the Yankees’ rout of the Orioles on Thursday afternoon. Judge has hit nine home runs and driven in 18 runs in 15 games against the Orioles this season. Only four other rookies in the RBI era (since 1920) hit at least nine homers and drove in 18 or more runs against one team in one season. Hal Trosky of the Indians did it against the White Sox in 1934 (11 HR, 28 RBI), Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees against the Browns in 1936 (10 HR, 27 RBI), Walt Dropo of the Red Sox against the Indians in 1950 (9 HR, 31 RBI) and Frank Howard of the Dodgers against the Braves in 1960 (9 HR, 21 RBI).

Herrera extends hitting streak to 20 games

Odubel Herrera’s third-inning double extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest hitting streak in the major leagues this season. September 7 is the third-latest date into a season in the modern era (since 1900) in which the first 20-game hitting streak was recorded. The first 20-game hitting streak in 1910 was recorded on September 22 (Ed Konetchy of the Cardinals), and in 1903, the first 20-game hitting streak wasn’t until September 15 (Cy Seymour of the Reds).

Only once in the modern era has there been a season in which no player had a hitting streak of at least 20 games. The longest hitting streak in 1972 was a 19-gamer by Pittsburgh’s Dave Cash.

Mets find Nimmo in the fourth spot

Brandon Nimmo, making his second career start in the fourth spot in the batting order, slugged two home runs for the Mets in their victory over the Reds on Thursday night. It was the 34th and 35th homers by a #4 hitter for the Mets this season, the most in the National League.

Eight different players have homered from the fourth spot in the batting order for the Mets this season, the most for any major league team: Jay Bruce (14), Wilmer Flores (7), Neil Walker (7), Michael Conforto (2), Nimmo (2), Yoenis Cespedes (1), Travis d’Arnaud (1) and Lucas Duda (1).

Suzuki knocks in winning run

Kurt Suzuki’s run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Braves a win over the Marlins. It was the tenth walkoff RBI of Suzuki’s career, but only the second since 2011. Suzuki entered the game with a .154 batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position this season (4-for-26), the sixth worst such average in the National League entering Thursday’s games (minimum: 25 at-bats in those situations).

30 RBIs in 30 games for Polanco

Jorge Polanco’s two-run single in the top of the ninth inning turned a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 lead in the Twins’ win over the Royals. Polanco has driven in 30 runs over his last 30 games dating back to August 7, the most for any Twins player since that date. The only other players with 30 or more RBIs since August 7 are Giancarlo Stanton (33), Anthony Rizzo (32) and Manny Machado (30).

Arenado hits 3-run HR off Kershaw

Nolan Arenado’s three-run home run off Clayton Kershaw in the first inning set the tone for the Rockies in their win over the Dodgers on Thursday night. It was the first time Kershaw allowed a three-run homer or grand slam in the first inning since the Nationals’ Adam Dunn hit a three-runner against him on August 6, 2010.

Padres toss an 11-hit shutout

Clayton Richard and three relievers combined on an 11-hit shutout in the Padres’ 3-0 win over the Cardinals. It’s the second time in Padres history that they allowed 11 or more hits in a shutout. Kevin Brown and three relievers blanked the Braves despite allowing 11 hits on August 20, 1998 at Turner Field.