Following up on our prior post, here are the pitchers with the records for most consecutive seasons with decreasing stats:
If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar. So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.
We’ll start with the batters’ increases first. Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals:
Now that the regular season is over, let’s mine some of its data for fun nuggets (dipping sauce optional):
- NL batting champ Jose Reyes appeared in only 126 games, but tied for the league lead with 16 triples. The entire Orioles squad had 13 three-baggers.
- Can you name the only player to appear in all 162 games this season? Would you believe it was Prince Fielder? He’s missed a total of 13 games over the last six years.
- Curtis Granderson led the majors with 136 runs scored, 15 more than runner-up Ian Kinsler. That margin is the largest for a runs leader since 1991, when Paul Molitor’s 133 were 18 more than anyone else.
- Melky Cabrera, a career .267 hitter coming into 2011, hit .305 with 201 hits. This is only the 27th time in baseball history that a 200+ hit player batted .305 or lower.
- Jeff Francoeur had 47 doubles and 20 homers in a solid season for the Royals. However, he scored a mere 77 runs despite his extra-base prowess. That’s the fewest runs ever scored while having those minimum number of doubles and homers.
- Victor Martinez (12 homers) and Michael Young (11 homers) each managed to drive in over 100 runs. The last time we had at least two players with 100+ RBIs and 12 or fewer homers was 1975.
- 78 players struck out 100 or more times in 2011, the fifth-highest total ever (each of the last five seasons are in there). A record nine players had 162 or more strikeouts.
- There has been only 54 player-seasons of 10 or more homers but an OPS of .625 or less. The 2011 White Sox had two of them (Alex Rios and Adam Dunn).
- Speaking of Dunn, he had 66 total hits all year. Prior to 2011, he had seven seasons (out of his first ten) of 63 or more extra-base hits. Only 12 players in history had more 63+ XBH years in their first 10 seasons.
- The Cubs’ Starlin Castro joined the 20-20 club . . . 20 stolen bases and 20 GIDPs. He was the only one in the club in 2011. Alex Rios had made it in each of the prior three seasons.
- Reed Johnson had his second straight season of five or fewer walks in over 200 plate appearances. Only one player in history has had three such seasons. Johnson is the first player to end a season with ten or more HBPs and five or fewer walks.