Friday’s Den: Baseball knowledge on a chilly day

Here is baseball knowledge, with help from the guys at CBS Fantasy Sports

13) Players who hit 31+ homers with 16+ stolen bases last year:
— Javier Baez
— Adolis Garcia
— Shohei Ohtani
— Jose Ramirez
— Fernando Tatis

12) Three players hit 300+ with 20+ stolen bases:
— Nicky Lopez
— Starling Marte
— Trea Turner

11) Of all the players with 300+ plate appearances last year, the guy who hit the most home runs per plate appearance was surprising— Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino. 

10) Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez led the major leagues LY in home runs and RBI, the last catcher to do that was Johnny Bench, in 1972. 

9) Washington’s Juan Soto had a .465 on-base %age last year, .525 in second half of the season. Curious to see how the Nationals rebuild their team around him. 

8) Reds’ ace Luis Castillo had a 7.22 ERA in April/May LY, but had a 2.73 mark from June 1st on. 

7) Pitchers with the most innings per start last year:
Zack Wheeler, Adam Wainwright, Walker Buehler

6) Oakland is expected to deal Frankie Montas sometime this year, as their cheapskate owner slashes the payroll. Last year, Montas had a 4.63 ERA in his first 17 starts, 2.11 in his last 15. 

5) They’re moving back the left-field fence at Camden Yards in Baltimore, raising it from 7 to 12-feet high in some places, but that shouldn’t impact Cedric Mullins much. None of Mullins’ 30 home runs last year went to the opposite field. 

4) Nick Castellanos is still a free agent, one of several outstanding free agents; he should really consider staying in Cincinnati.

Castellanos hit .359 at home, with a 1.109 OPS and 23 homers
On the road, he hit .260, with 11 homers and a .772 OPS. 

3) Also in Cincinnati, Joey Votto hit 36 homers last year, despite missing 33 games with a broken thumb. He his 31 of those 36 homers from June 8th on, after his thumb healed. Last year was Votto’s best OPS since 2017. 

2) Miami 2B Jazz Chisholm got lot of hype early last year, when he hit .311 in April with a .969 OPS, but after April, he hit only .236 with a .681 OPS. Flashy player, runs really fast, but maybe a little overrated. Marlins traded P Zac Gallen for him; not sure how smart that was. 

1) Last July 22, Tampa Bay traded for Nelson Cruz, trying to bolster their lineup to make the playoffs; at the time of the trade, Cruz was hitting .294, with a .904 OPS.

After the trade, Cruz hit .226 with a .725 OPS; he is a free agent, will be 42 in July. Which team is going to take a chance and sign Cruz as a DH? 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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