MLB Notebook: A Striking Reality: deGrom Lives in No-Walk Zone

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From The Media Relations Staff of MLB

In Sunday afternoon’s start against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets fired 6.0 innings of two-run ball without allowing a walk to go along with nine strikeouts.

Over his last seven appearances dating back to May 22nd, deGrom has dominated opponents with 54 strikeouts, six walks, 39 hits allowed and a 2.40 ERA across 45.0 innings pitched. The Florida native has not allowed more than two runs scored in each of his previous seven outings.

In addition, Sunday’s start was the third consecutive outing in which deGrom logged at least eight strikeouts while not allowing a walk and permitting no more than two runs. Jacob matched his own record, shared by 11 other hurlers for the most consecutive such starts in a single season in MLB history. His is also the second hurler in 2019 to accomplish the feat, joining his All-Star peer Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox.

deGrom is the only pitcher in Baseball history to post two such streaks in his career, and will look to become the first pitcher in history to post four straight starts when he takes the mound in his next start tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The table below details each of the 12 starter’s dominant three-game streaks.

BRONX BOMBERS

On Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays the New York Yankees extended their Major League record with a home run in their 29th consecutive game dating back to May 26th . This year’s rendition of them Bronx Bombers surpassed the 2002 Texas Rangers for the most consecutive games with a home run in MLB history. In addition, the 2019 Yankees eclipsed the franchise record for consecutive games with a home run (25), set by the 1941 Yankees, who went on to win the World Series that year. The table below illustrates the statistics for each Club that produced a streak longer than 24 games.

In addition, yesterday’s contest was the Yankees’ 80th game of the 2019 season and the 69th in which they hit at least one home run. Since 1908, the 2019 Yankees have recorded the most games with a home run over the Club’s first 80 games of a season in Major League history. Additionally, this year’s Seattle Mariners tied for fourth after clubbing a home run in 66 of its first 80 games, and the Minnesota Twins tied for 10th with 65 round-trippers. Entering play today, the Twins have clubbed 149 home runs on the season, the most across a Club’s first 80 games in MLB history, while the Mariners ranked second with 141 over its first 80 contests. The table below details Club statistics for teams that have recorded 65-or-more games with at least home run in their first 80 games of a season.

On Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, rookie starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto of the Miami Marlins picked up his third victory in as many starts after tossing 5.0 innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Hawaii native became the first pitcher in franchise history to earn the win in the first three appearances of his career. Entering play today with a 0.95 ERA on the season, Yamamoto became the third pitcher in team history to possess an ERA under 1.00 after his first three career starts, joining Jarlín Garcia (0.53, 2018) and Alex Sanabia (0.69, 2010), and the first Major League hurler to accomplish the feat since Tanner Roark (0.95) in 2013.

Moreover, Yamamoto permitted just seven hits across his first three starts, establishing a new franchise record for the fewest hits allowed across a pitcher’s first three outings. He became just the second pitcher since 1900 to win each of his three starts and allow seven-or-fewer hits, joining Wayne Simpson (1970).

Additionally, in each of his three outings, the right-hander logged at least five strikeouts while not permitting more than three hits. Jordan became the fifth starting pitcher since at least 1908 to post three such starts to begin a career, joining Freddy Peralta, who holds the record with four outings, as well as Eduardo Rodriguez, Jeremy Hellickson and Chan Ho Park. The table below depicts each of the aforementioned hurler’s cumulative stats across their historic starts of their careers.

LINE DRIVES (Compiled from Club Game Notes)

LONDON CALLING: The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play a two-game series in London this Saturday and Sunday. The Sox will serve as the home team for both games, to be played at London Stadium. The London Series will mark MLB’s first games ever played in Europe. The Sox last played a game outside of the U.S. and Canada in 2008, when they opened the season with two games against the Oakland Athletics at Japan’s Tokyo Dome. Click HERE for a time-lapse video of London Stadium being transformed into an MLB ballpark.

MULTI-HIT SPECIALIST: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Ketel Marte’s logged eight straight multi-hit games from June 15th-25th en route to setting the record for the longest streak in Club history, surpassing Luis Gonzalez’s seven-game streak from June 6-13, 2001.

WHO’S THE NEW GUY?: Chi Chi Gonazlez made his Colorado Rockies debut on Tuesday night in San Francisco, taking the loss in a 4-2 game. He was the first pitcher signed as a free agent to start for the Rockies since Kyle Kendrick in 2015. The Rockies have used 14 starting pitchers over that span, all either drafted or signed by the team, acquired in a trade, or claimed off waivers.

GIMME A BREAK: Entering play today, Christian Yelich has hit 29 home runs his season, which matches Prince Fielder (2007) for the most in franchise history prior to the All-Star break.

PETE POWER: With his fourth-inning homer on Sunday, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new Club record for home runs in a single season by a rookie (27). Darryl Strawberry previously held the record with 26 round-trippers during his NL Rookie of the Year-winning 1983 campaign.

TURNING THE LINEUP OVER: The Pittsburgh Pirates recorded five hits from four different players (Steven Brault, Jason Martin, Corey Dickerson and Adam Frazier) from the ninth spot of the lineup on Sunday against San Diego. According to Elias, it was the first time the Pirates had five hits from the ninth spot of the lineup in a game since August 7, 1922, at Philadelphia.

MAD MAX: Washington Nationals All-Star pitcher Max Scherzer topped the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. It was his third straight start with 10-or-more strikeouts. The three-game streak is the second-longest in Major League Baseball this season, behind only Chris Sale (four games, May 3rd-19th and May 31st-June 15th).

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Javier Báez has hit nine homers after falling behind 0-2 in an at-bat this season. Just in June, Báez has already tied Todd Frazier (2016) and Bryce Harper (2015) for the most by any active player in a single season.

ROSIE’S ARE RED HOT: Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario has hit 20 home runs this season, becoming the first Twin to reach that mark before July since Justin Morneau in his All-Star 2007 season. His 60 RBI this season are also the most pre-July since Morneau had 64 in 2009.

RECORD-BREAKER: Oakland Athletics reliever Joakim Soria has 675 career appearances, which surpassed Dennys Reyes’s record of 673 on Tuesday for the most in Major League history by a Mexican-born pitcher.

THE KID CAN PLAY: Houston Astros rookie Yordan Alvarez clubbed his seventh home run of the season in Houston’s win over the Yankees on Sunday. According to Elias, Alvarez is the only player since 1920 (when RBI became an official statistic) with at least seven homers and 16 RBI through his first 12 games in the Majors.

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: On Monday night, the Kansas City Royals fell for a Major League-leading 27th time after possessing a lead, but on Tuesday night, Kansas City’s five-run outburst in the top of teh ninth snapped an 0-for-42 run to start this year when trailing after eight innings.

OSCAR’S NOT A GROUCH: Cleveland Indians rookie outfielder Oscar Mercado collected 40 hits through his first 34 career games, the most by a Cleveland batter through 34 contests since Richie Sexson logged 41 hits through 34 games in 1997-98. Mercado is one of just 13 members of the Tribe since 1908 to have at least 40 hits through their first 34 career games.

STREAK SNAPPED: The Baltimore Orioles snapped a 10-game losing streak on Saturday with a win over the Seattle Mariners. It was the Club’s longest since also dropping 10 straight games from May 26-June 5, 2010, and tied for the longest in the Majors this season (Kansas City, March 31st-April 11th).

END OF THE LINE: Before blowing a save on Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox, White Sox closer Alex Colomé had converted all 16 of his save opportunities in 2019, the longest season-opening streak in team history (Dustin Hermanson was 15-15 in 2005).

BLACK & BLUE: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Derek Dietrich was by a pitch six times in the four-game series at Milwaukee, all in the first three games. He became the first player in Major League history to get hit by a pitch six times in a series of any length.

BAMBOO-YA: In beating the Mets 7-5 on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies hit four home runs for the second consecutive game. They had a leadoff home run (Scott Kingery), pinch-hit home run (Brad Miller) and back-to-back home runs (Miller and Maikel Franco), something no Phillies team has done in a game since July 29, 1984 vs. Montreal, according to Elias.

SWING AND MISS: San Francisco Giants pitchers recorded 15 strikeouts on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, the most they have recorded in a 9.0 inning game since also recording 15 strikeouts on April 29, 2017 vs. San Diego.

NO. 9 LIVES: Over the course of Sunday night’s game, the Cardinals went 4-for-4 in the No. 9 spot of the lineup as Miles Mikolas, Yairo Muñoz, Tommy Edman and Dexter Fowler each recorded hits. It marked the first time the Cardinals had four different players record a hit from the No. 9 position since almost 16 years earlier on June 24, 2003 (Brett Tomko, Kerry Robinson, Cal Eldred, Mike Matheny) vs. Cincinnati.

84: There has been at least one home run in each of the Mariners 84 games this season. This marks the longest single-season streak in MLB history, surpassing the record of 69 straight games set by three different teams: 1985 Orioles, 2017 White Sox and 2017 Rangers.

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