A Stat-happy Freaky Friday

DMantweetNot quite eight hours, D-Man. But, given the wild doubleheader that took place in Chicago last night, I did sit down this morning over coffee to look up some factoids. I’m not on the road for this series, and I opted for family time over watching the games on Friday, but that twin bill was right in my statistical wheelhouse. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to witness it first-hand.

Let’s get at it…

KipometerFlamesFor starters, we’ll take a look at the Kip-o-Meter, which had been downgraded to yellow on Thursday night. Well, it went from back in the red to off the charts with Jason Kipnis’ performance back in his hometown against the White Sox.

In Game 1’s 19-10 win, Kipnis had three doubles and three walks, making him the first Major League player to have that type of game since at least 1916. That’s almost 100 years of baseball, and he stands alone. And, to make sure his stat line is even harder to duplicate in the next 100 years, he stole a base and mixed in a pair of RBIs.

Kipnis became the 6th player since 1916 to have a game with three walk and three extra-base hits. The others include George Foster (Oct. 1, 1978), Reggie Jackson (June 11, 1969), Dolph Camilli (July 29, 1941), Del Bissonette (June 14, 1930) and Jim Bottomley (June 22, 1927).

Some more Kip Facts:

  • Hitting .486 (18-for-37) with 11 extra-base hits and 15 RBI in 11-game hitting streak
  • Has reached base via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 31 straight games
  • Has posted a .373/.471/.618 slash line in those 31 contests for the Indians
  • Marks longest on-base streak since Ryan Garko went 32 from Aug. 14-Sept.24, 2008
  • In June, has hit .411/.509/.667, 3 HR, 12 2B, 1 3B, 8 SB, 16 R, 19 BB, 23 RBI
  • Already has first 37-hit, 19-walk month since Jim Thome did so in July 2001
  • Currently best one-month slash line since Albert Belle’s .416/.527/.809 in May 1994
  • Prior to Belle, have to go all the way back to Tris Speaker (1925) to find a one-month line as good

Here are Kipnis’ season stats (entering Saturday) with his rank among qualifying American League second basemen in parentheses: .295 average (5), .380 OBP (2), .520 SLG (1), .900 OPS (1), 11 homers (2), 22 doubles (1), three triples (1), 43 runs (3), 49 RBI (1), 38 walks (3), 18 stolen bases (t-1). In the most recent fan All-Star voting, Kipnis wasn’t in the top five. Hopefully his peers views things differently.

Other items of note from Friday’s doubleheader sweep on Chicago’s South Side:

  • The Indians allowed at least eight runs in both games and still swept the twin bill. The last time Cleveland gave up at least eight runs in back-to-back wins was June 8-9, 1962 against Boston. The last time the Tribe allowed at least eight runs in both games of a doubleheader, and still won both games, was July 15, 1934 against Washington.
  • The Indians collected 19 runs, 10 extra-base hits and 21 hits in Friday’s Game 1 win. The Tribe has had just six games with at least 19 runs, 10 extra-base hits and 21 hits since 1916. The Indians have had two such games this season. Game 1 on Friday was the first such game in team history that also included at least nine walks. Think about that. Cleveland had 30 baserunners via hits and walks alone in a game that has 27 outs.
  • The Tribe scored at least 19 runs for the 21st time in team history. Cleveland has scored at least 19 runs in two games in a single season for the first time since 1923. The Indians also scored 19 on April 20 this year against the Astros.
  • Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer allowed five earned runs on six hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Then, the Indians rallied, won the game, and Bauer escaped with a no-decision. It marked the first time that an Indians starter allowed at least five earned runs and six hits with no more than two outs recorded in a no-decision since Rick Waits did so on May 7, 1982.
  • There have been 12 instances since 1916 in which an Indians starter allowed at least five runs and six hits with no more than two outs recorded. Cleveland is 2-10 in those games. The only other win came in that 1982 tilt against the A’s.
  • In Game 1, Cleveland had seven players with at least two RBI. The Indians hadn’t achieved that rare feat in one game since June 28, 1950 against the St. Louis Browns. It’s been done seven times in team history.
  • Game 1 was the 30th game in Indians history in which eight players had at least two hits. The team record of nine — done just once — took place on June 14, 1954 against Boston.
  • The Indians established a club record in Game 1 with seven players who had at least two hits and two RBI. That’s been done 17 times in MLB history since at least 1916. The last team to pull it off was the Rangers on Aug. 22, 2007.
  • Finally, Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs finally hit into a double play. He opened the season with an American League-best 242 at-bats without a GIDP on his season line.

Catch you again from the road on Tuesday in Kansas City.


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