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Fun With Retrosheet Data, Episode 3

By Tom Ruane

A while back, I started collecting my Retrosheet posts in a place on the web-site. This series eventually grew to encompass four articles. Here are the three others:

Fun With Retrosheet Data
Fun With Retrosheet Data, the Sequel
Fun With Retrosheet Data, Episode 4

I hope at least some of this is of general interest and, as always:

Thanks for your patience.

List of Articles (starting with most recent)

Most Surprising Pitching Performances (July 5, 2014)
Both Starting Pitchers Making MLB Exits (May 26, 2014)
Both Starting Pitchers Making MLB Debuts (May 19, 2014)
The Age of Starting Lineups (May 5, 2014)
Hot Starts to Careers, the Pitching Edition (April 29, 2014)
Hot Starts to Careers, the Batting Edition (April 28, 2014)
Hard to Hit Pitchers (April 5, 2014)
Unique Batting Lines (August 26, 2012)
Come-From-Behind Wins and Losses (July 8, 2012)
A Tour of Team Pitching Logs (July 7, 2012)
A Tour of Team Batting Logs (July 5, 2012)
Consecutive Winless Starts (June 23, 2012)
Low-Hit Clusters (June 19, 2012)
When Winning Streaks Collide (June 14, 2012)
Defensive Juggling (May 8, 2012)
Incomplete Games By Position (April 8, 2012)
A Look at Triple-Crown Leaders (December 19, 2011)
Do Only Slow Runners Ground into a Lot of DPs? (December 15, 2011)
The Homering-est Teammates (and Multiple Debuts) (December 12, 2011)
Multiple Hitting Streaks (November 29, 2011)
The Most Exciting Games (October 28, 2011)
League Leaders With the Fewest Games Played (October 14, 2011)
Nelson Cruz Made Me Do It (October 15, 2011)
Players With The Highest Percentage of Post-Season Homers (October 7, 2011)
Doubling Their Home Runs (September 27, 2011)
Top Hitting Streaks By Batting Order and Defensive Position (September 27, 2011)
Come-From-Behind Batting Champions, An Update (September 26, 2011)
Best Career Marks By Park (September 24, 2011)
Come-From-Behind Batting Champions (September 23, 2011)
Best Career Hitters By Lineup Position (September 18, 2011)
Best Hitters By Lineup Position (September 16, 2011)
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About 1-0 Games (September 15, 2011)
Best/Worst Month for a Team's Pitchers (September 14, 2011)
Batters Supporting Starting Pitchers (September 10, 2011)
Most Strikeouts Between Hits Allowed... And Then Some (September 5, 2011)
Double-Digits In Strikeouts and Hits Allowed (September 3, 2011)
Bases-Loaded Plate Appearances (August 31, 2011)
Palindromic At-Bat Line (August 27, 2011)
Most At-Bats With the Bases Loaded (August 25, 2011)
Starting Infields, Then And Now (August 24, 2011)
Easy schedule runs (July 15, 2011)
Parity Comes to MLB (May 29, 2011)
Two .400 Hitters on a Team (May 3, 2011)
Pitcher versus Team (July 22, 2010)
Expected Pitcher Match-Ups (July 21, 2010)
Consecutive Starts With IPs greater than or equal to Hits (July 19, 2010)
Consecutive Starts With Ks greater than or equal to IPs (July 17,2010)
Pitcher Match-Ups (July 16, 2010)
Most Blown Saves Combo (June 3, 2009)

Come-From-Behind Wins and Losses

The topic for today is (as the title suggests) come-from-behind wins and losses. Right off the bat, I should define precisely what I mean by one of these things. For the purposes of most of this article, I will define a come-from-behind win as one in which the team trailed at any point from the seventh inning onward. And a loss is what you'd expect: a game in which the losing team led at some point over the same span. (And I realize that such a loss shouldn't be prefaced with "come-from-behind" but rather with something like "gone-from-ahead," but you get the idea.) (And given my definition, perhaps I should have called these "late-come-from-behind" wins, but a) that's a little bit cumbersome, and b) I will discuss earlier and later comebacks in the article as well.) Note that for every one of these wins, there has to be a corresponding loss.

This article will cover all the games played from 1916 to 2011.

With that out of the way, I thought I'd start by looking at how many of these we had in each decade. My feeling is that with the development and refinement of the modern bullpen over the last sixty years or so, we should see a decline over that period of comeback wins (which are also, as the pessimists would be quick to point out, blown leads). Here's the data:

  Years    Total   CFB   Pct    RPG 
1916-1919   4569   670  14.66   7.34
1920-1929  12254  2102  17.15   9.63
1930-1939  12218  2080  17.02   9.88
1940-1949  12274  2001  16.30   8.63
1950-1959  12314  2032  16.50   8.90
1960-1969  15922  2600  16.33   8.08
1970-1979  19791  3272  16.53   8.31
1980-1989  20315  3288  16.19   8.60
1990-1999  21587  3579  16.58   9.35
2000-2009  24286  3906  16.08   9.52
2010-2011   4859   755  15.54   8.67

CFB - come-from-behind wins
RPG - combined runs per game

Feel free to make of that what you will.

Note that for the purposes of this analysis I am not counting either tie games or forfeits.

Here are the individual years with the fewest and the most. Let's start with the fewest:

Year  Total   CFB   Pct    RPG 
1968   1619   228  14.08   6.84
1917   1224   175  14.30   7.20
1946   1233   178  14.44   8.02
1942   1214   176  14.50   8.19
1988   2098   305  14.54   8.28
1919   1113   162  14.56   7.75
1916   1226   181  14.76   7.16
1990   2105   312  14.82   8.51
1976   1939   288  14.85   7.99
2003   2429   361  14.86   9.46

With one big exception (2003), these are all low-offense years, which is another thing you might expect, since the more runs you score, the more likely you are to come from behind.

And here are the most:

Year  Total   CFB   Pct    RPG 
1957   1230   233  18.94   8.62
1949   1231   232  18.85   9.20
1934   1215   227  18.68   9.84
1970   1943   363  18.68   8.68
1961   1423   259  18.20   9.05
1921   1226   222  18.11   9.72
1932   1228   222  18.08   9.83
1929   1221   220  18.02  10.38
1927   1228   221  18.00   9.51
1994   1599   286  17.89   9.84

All of the years on the "most" list saw more runs scored per game than all of the years on the "least," again with the exception of 2003. So it does seem as if the level of offense, rather than the quality of the late-inning pitching, could be the biggest factor in determine how many of these we see.

So with that as an introduction, what teams had the most come-from-behind wins? Well, I thought I'd look at this two ways, both by the number of wins and the percentage of a team's total wins. Here are the teams with the most:

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1977 PIT N 162  96  66   27  10   22.84  28.12  15.15
1927 NY  N 154  92  62   25  12   24.03  27.17  19.35
1924 BRO N 154  92  62   24   7   20.13  26.09  11.29
1957 NY  A 154  98  56   24  11   22.73  24.49  19.64
1959 PIT N 154  78  76   24  12   23.38  30.77  15.79
1982 SF  N 162  87  75   24  12   22.22  27.59  16.00
1998 HOU N 162 102  60   24  12   22.22  23.53  20.00
1934 DET A 154 101  53   23  10   21.43  22.77  18.87
1940 CIN N 153 100  53   23  13   23.53  23.00  24.53
1978 CIN N 161  92  69   23   9   19.88  25.00  13.04
1978 KC  A 162  92  70   23  12   21.60  25.00  17.14

Hopefully each of these columns make sense. For each team, I have their overall record, their record in come-from-behind games and three percentages: the percentage of all their games that were either CFB wins or losses, and the percentages of their wins and losses that fall into this category.

And the fewest:

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1919 WAS A 140  56  84    2  15   12.14   3.57  17.86
1981 NY  A 107  59  48    2   7    8.41   3.39  14.58
2001 STL N 162  93  69    3   7    6.17   3.23  10.14
1928 WAS A 154  75  79    4  11    9.74   5.33  13.92
1935 BOS N 153  38 115    4  17   13.73  10.53  14.78
1942 PHI N 151  42 109    4   9    8.61   9.52   8.26
1943 STL A 152  72  80    4  12   10.53   5.56  15.00
1946 CLE A 154  68  86    4  12   10.39   5.88  13.95
1958 PIT N 154  84  70    4   9    8.44   4.76  12.86
1983 MON N 162  82  80    4  13   10.49   4.88  16.25
1994 TOR A 115  55  60    4  10   12.17   7.27  16.67
1997 MIN A 162  68  94    4   9    8.02   5.88   9.57
2002 TOR A 162  78  84    4  18   13.58   5.13  21.43
2003 TOR A 162  86  76    4  16   12.35   4.65  21.05

So the year before the 1959 Pirates had twenty-four come-from-behind victories, they managed only four.

I was surprised that the difference in quality between these two sets of teams was as large as it is. For some reason, I figured that really good teams might not have as many come-from-behind wins because they would be less likely to be trailing in the late innings. And I figured that the really bad teams would have more opportunities to rally from a deficit.

Special mention should be made of the 1919 Senators, who won only two games all season that they trailed in the late innings. And both of those wins only barely qualified. In the second game of their double-header on June 28th, they scored two runs in the top of the seventh to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead. And on August 15th they also scored two runs in the top of the seventh, this time to tie a game they eventually won. Which means that for the entire (albeit shortened) 1919 season, the Senators never once rallied to win a game that they were losing at the seventh-inning stretch.

And since both the 2002 and 2003 Blue Jays ended up on this list, I thought it might be interesting to look at the worst two-year winning percentages in these games.

                Overall      CFB  
 Years  Team    G   W   L    W   L  WPct
2002-03 TOR A 324 164 160    8  34  .190
1919-20 WAS A 292 124 168   10  30  .250
2002-03 TEX A 324 143 181   14  36  .280
1925-26 CHI A 306 160 146   14  35  .286
1988-89 ATL N 320 117 203   16  40  .286
1961-62 WAS A 322 121 201   15  37  .288
1993-94 HOU N 277 151 126   12  29  .293

The strange thing is that three of these teams, including the Blue Jays, had a winning record overall.

And the best:

                Overall      CFB  
 Years  Team    G   W   L    W   L  WPct
1919-20 CHI A 293 183 110   32   8  .800
1954-55 CLE A 308 204 104   37  10  .787
1952-53 BRO N 307 201 106   40  12  .769
2003-04 LA  N 324 178 146   32  10  .762
2008-09 NY  A 324 192 132   35  12  .745
1960-61 NY  A 316 206 110   39  14  .736
1944-45 PIT N 307 172 135   36  14  .720
1984-85 STL N 324 185 139   30  12  .714
2005-06 MIN A 324 179 145   32  13  .711

So how about the teams who rallied to win the highest percentage of their victories?

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1949 WAS A 154  50 104   18  20   24.68  36.00  19.23
1948 CHI A 152  51 101   17  15   21.05  33.33  14.85
1934 STL A 152  67  85   22  15   24.34  32.84  17.65
2002 TB  A 161  55 106   17  19   22.36  30.91  17.92
1959 PIT N 154  78  76   24  12   23.38  30.77  15.79
1951 CHI N 154  62  92   19  11   19.48  30.65  11.96
1919 PHI A 140  36 104   11  14   17.86  30.56  13.46
1981 PHI N 107  59  48   18   6   22.43  30.51  12.50
1962 NY  N 160  40 120   12  21   20.62  30.00  17.50
1964 KC  A 162  57 105   17  16   20.37  29.82  15.24

Now this is more like it! With the exception of the 1959 Pirates and the 1981 Phillies, there isn't a good team on the list. And the majority of these are truly horrible,

Time for the losses.

Here are the teams blowing the most late leads:

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1973 MIL A 162  74  88   12  31   26.54  16.22  35.23
1928 PHI N 152  43 109   12  26   25.00  27.91  23.85
1984 TOR A 162  89  73   22  25   29.01  24.72  34.25
1999 KC  A 161  64  97    8  25   20.50  12.50  25.77
2004 COL N 162  68  94   14  25   24.07  20.59  26.60
1936 PHI N 154  54 100    8  24   20.78  14.81  24.00
1954 WAS A 154  66  88   11  24   22.73  16.67  27.27
1963 SF  N 162  88  74    9  24   20.37  10.23  32.43
1973 ATL N 161  76  85   16  24   24.84  21.05  28.24
1986 LA  N 162  73  89    6  24   18.52   8.22  26.97

The 1973 Brewers are way ahead of the rest of the field. And the strange thing is that they are actually one of the better teams on this list (although that isn't saying much).

And the fewest:

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1919 CHI A 140  88  52   14   3   12.14  15.91   5.77
1942 STL N 154 106  48    8   3    7.14   7.55   6.25
1952 BRO N 153  96  57   19   3   14.38  19.79   5.26
1954 CLE A 154 111  43   20   3   14.94  18.02   6.98
1969 NY  N 162 100  62   11   3    8.64  11.00   4.84
1946 NY  A 154  87  67    9   4    8.44  10.34   5.97
1960 STL N 154  86  68   18   4   14.29  20.93   5.88
1981 MIL A 109  62  47    9   4   11.93  14.52   8.51
1985 STL N 162 101  61   15   4   11.73  14.85   6.56
1985 SEA A 162  74  88    8   4    7.41  10.81   4.55
1990 OAK A 162 103  59   14   4   11.11  13.59   6.78
2004 LA  N 162  93  69   20   4   14.81  21.51   5.80
2006 MIN A 162  96  66   19   4   14.20  19.79   6.06
2007 STL N 162  78  84   14   4   11.11  17.95   4.76

I guess really good teams don't toss away a lot of late leads. Imagine how bad the 2007 Cardinals would have been if they hadn't been so good at the end of games.

And now the same two lists as a percentage of their total losses:

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1973 MIL A 162  74  88   12  31   26.54  16.22  35.23
1927 PIT N 154  94  60   13  21   22.08  13.83  35.00
1994 CHI A 113  67  46   12  16   24.78  17.91  34.78
1984 TOR A 162  89  73   22  25   29.01  24.72  34.25
1932 NY  A 154 107  47   16  16   20.78  14.95  34.04
1963 SF  N 162  88  74    9  24   20.37  10.23  32.43
1985 TOR A 161  99  62   12  20   19.88  12.12  32.26
1929 CHI N 152  98  54   14  17   20.39  14.29  31.48
1977 LA  N 162  98  64   12  20   19.75  12.24  31.25
1927 CHI N 153  85  68   11  21   20.92  12.94  30.88
             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1985 SEA A 162  74  88    8   4    7.41  10.81   4.55
2007 STL N 162  78  84   14   4   11.11  17.95   4.76
1969 NY  N 162 100  62   11   3    8.64  11.00   4.84
1933 STL A 151  55  96   10   5    9.93  18.18   5.21
1952 BRO N 153  96  57   19   3   14.38  19.79   5.26
1958 WAS A 154  61  93   13   5   11.69  21.31   5.38
1919 CHI A 140  88  52   14   3   12.14  15.91   5.77
2004 LA  N 162  93  69   20   4   14.81  21.51   5.80
1960 STL N 154  86  68   18   4   14.29  20.93   5.88
1946 NY  A 154  87  67    9   4    8.44  10.34   5.97

And here are the teams that had the highest percentage of both of these types of games (wins and losses):

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
1984 TOR A 162  89  73   22  25   29.01  24.72  34.25
1973 MIL A 162  74  88   12  31   26.54  16.22  35.23
1973 MON N 162  79  83   22  21   26.54  27.85  25.30
1981 BOS A 108  59  49   16  12   25.93  27.12  24.49
1994 LA  N 114  58  56   12  17   25.44  20.69  30.36
1949 BOS N 154  75  79   20  19   25.32  26.67  24.05
1932 DET A 151  76  75   19  19   25.17  25.00  25.33
1928 PHI N 152  43 109   12  26   25.00  27.91  23.85
1973 ATL N 161  76  85   16  24   24.84  21.05  28.24
1994 CHI A 113  67  46   12  16   24.78  17.91  34.78
1994 NY  N 113  55  58   12  16   24.78  21.82  27.59

Fans of the 1984 Blue Jays probably learned not to leave the park (or turn off their TV sets) an inning or two early.

             Overall      CFB  
Year Team    G   W   L    W   L  TotPct   WPct   LPct
2001 STL N 162  93  69    3   7    6.17   3.23  10.14
1942 STL N 154 106  48    8   3    7.14   7.55   6.25
1985 SEA A 162  74  88    8   4    7.41  10.81   4.55
1997 MIN A 162  68  94    4   9    8.02   5.88   9.57
1946 NY  A 154  87  67    9   4    8.44  10.34   5.97
1958 PIT N 154  84  70    4   9    8.44   4.76  12.86
1981 NY  A 107  59  48    2   7    8.41   3.39  14.58
1926 PIT N 153  84  69    7   6    8.50   8.33   8.70
1940 BOS N 152  65  87    5   8    8.55   7.69   9.20
1942 PHI N 151  42 109    4   9    8.61   9.52   8.26

Both ends of the 1942 National League are represented here, the first-place Cardinals and the last-place Phillies. One weird thing is that the two teams traded come-from-behind wins on back-to-back days that September.

Okay. Way back at the start of this piece, I promised to look at earlier (and later) come-from-behind victories. Here are the most come-from-behind wins of all varieties. In the table below, the inning column holds the earliest deficit that we included (so all the data above would fall into the "7" column):

                 Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB
INN Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L
  1 2004 NY  A 162 101  61   61  25
  2 2004 NY  A 162 101  61   58  24
  3 2004 NY  A 162 101  61   52  23
  4 2004 NY  A 162 101  61   45  20
  5 1944 PIT N 153  90  63   35  12    1977 PIT N 162  96  66   35  20    2011 ARI N 162  94  68   35  14
  6 1930 PHI A 154 102  52   30  13    1934 DET A 154 101  53   30  13    1996 BAL A 162  88  74   30  13
  7 1977 PIT N 162  96  66   27  10
  8 1940 BOS A 154  82  72   19  10    1982 SF  N 162  87  75   19   8    1998 HOU N 162 102  60   19   9
  9 1921 STL A 154  81  73   12   2    1959 CHI A 154  94  60   12   3    1987 STL N 162  95  67   12   3

Six teams won twelve times when trailing in the ninth inning. I've shown the three with the fewest losses.

And the fewest:

                 Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB
INN Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L
  1 1916 PHI A 153  36 117    8  44
  2 1916 PHI A 153  36 117    8  36
  3 1916 PHI A 153  36 117    8  31
  4 1916 PHI A 153  36 117    7  27    1919 WAS A 140  56  84    7  26
  5 1919 WAS A 140  56  84    4  23
  6 1919 WAS A 140  56  84    3  19
  7 1919 WAS A 140  56  84    2  15    1981 NY  A 107  59  48    2   7
  8 1919 WAS A 140  56  84    0  11
  9 1996 TEX A 162  90  72    0  11    1920 WAS A 152  68  84    0   8    1969 MON N 162  52 110    0   8

Twenty-six teams failed to win a game all season in which they trailed in the ninth inning. I've shown the three with the most losses.

On July 19, 1918, the Senators scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 6-5. They would not win another game in which they trailed in the ninth inning until June 1, 1921.

The most of these losses:

                 Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB
INN Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L
  1 1998 FLA N 162  54 108   30  66
  2 1962 NY  N 160  40 120   22  61
  3 1962 NY  N 160  40 120   22  53    1998 FLA N 162  54 108   24  53
  4 1998 FLA N 162  54 108   23  48
  5 2003 CLE A 162  68  94   18  41
  6 1973 ATL N 161  76  85   21  35
  7 1973 MIL A 162  74  88   12  31
  8 1973 MIL A 162  74  88    8  23
  9 1991 CHI N 160  77  83    6  14

And the fewest:

                 Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB                   Overall      CFB
INN Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L    Year Team    G   W   L    W   L
  1 1918 CHI N 129  84  45   38  12
  2 1918 CHI N 129  84  45   36  12    1981 HOU N 110  61  49   18  12
  3 1918 CHI N 129  84  45   30  11    1981 HOU N 110  61  49   16  11
  4 1918 CHI N 129  84  45   23  10    1960 STL N 154  86  68   36  10
  5 1985 SEA A 162  74  88   18   6    2006 MIN A 162  96  66   28   6
  6 1985 SEA A 162  74  88   17   5    1990 OAK A 162 103  59   19   5
  7 1954 CLE A 154 111  43   20   3    1952 BRO N 153  96  57   19   3  * - happened four times, these had the most wins
  8 2006 MIN A 162  96  66   15   1  * - happened ten times, this had the most wins
  9 1995 CLE A 144 100  44   11   0    1954 CLE A 154 111  43    8   0    1967 WAS A 161  76  85    8   0

Twenty-six teams failed to lose a game all season in which they led in the ninth inning. I've shown the three with the most wins.

The most consecutive wins:

INN  G Year Team   Start     End      Year Team   Start     End
1-2  8 1930 WAS A   4-20     4-29     2008 CHI N   5-27     6- 3
3-4  7 1965 PIT N   5-22     5-29     1986 CLE A   4-27     5- 5
  5  5 2004 SEA A   8-27     8-31     2011 COL N   4-10     4-14    * - happened fifteen times, these are the last two
  6  5 1997 SF  N   4-14     4-19     1998 TOR A   8- 8     8-13    * - happened four times, these are the last two
  7  5 1998 TOR A   8- 8     8-13
  8  4 1986 CLE A   5- 2     5- 5     2006 WAS N   8-31     9- 3    * - happened five times, these are the last two
  9  3 1998 DET A   9-17     9-19     2009 FLA N   4-17     4-19    * - happened nine times, these are the last two

And losses:

INN  G Year Team   Start     End      Year Team   Start     End
  1  9 1949 BOS N   9- 2     9- 8
  2  7 1999 ANA A   8-24     8-31     2004 PIT N   6- 7     6-15    * - happened seven times, these are the last two
  3  7 1999 ANA A   8-24     8-31     2004 PIT N   6- 7     6-15    * - happened five times, these are the last two
  4  7 1939 PIT N   8- 9     8-16(1)
  5  6 1926 BOS N   6-23(1)  6-28     1932 PHI N   8- 6(1)  8-10
  6  5 1957 BAL A   5-11     5-17     2009 HOU N   9-14     9-19    * - happened four times, these are the last two
  7  5 1933 CIN N   7-27     7-30(2)
  8  4 1978 SF  N   6- 5     6- 9     2008 COL N   4-20     4-23
  9  3 2002 TB  A   5- 2     5- 4     2009 WAS N   4-17     4-19    * - happened ten times, these are the last two

The 2009 Marlins and Nationals played each other from April 17th to 19th.

Unique Batting Lines

Have you ever looked at a strange batting line and wondered if it was unique in baseball history? For example, on August 25, 2011, Curtis Granderson had two hits in four at-bats, scored four runs and drove in five. So his line in the box score looked as follows:

                       AB   R   H RBI1
Granderson              4   4   2   5

Was this the first time a line like that had appeared in a major league box score? Well, no. As it turns out, two other players had that line before Granderson, Ron Fairly in 1964 and Devon White in 1998. But there are plenty of others that are unique.

Between the beginning of 1920 (when the RBI became an official statistic) and the end of 2011, there have been 1314 different batting lines. The most common? Well, here are the ten most popular:

      #   AB   R   H RBI
 431834    0   0   0   0  -  note: this doesn't include pitchers who didn't bat due to the DH
 364254    1   0   0   0
 311768    4   0   0   0  
 284305    3   0   0   0
 225274    4   0   1   0
 170275    2   0   0   0
 136073    3   0   1   0
 109006    4   1   1   0
  69407    3   1   1   0
  65800    4   0   1   1

To give you some idea of their frequency, there were 156,229 games from 1920 to 2011 and 3,742,416 total lines. That works out to around 24 per game. So the 0-0-0-0 line appeared nearly three times a game, 1-0-0-0 close to two and a third, and so on. The top ten lines occurred 2,167,996 times, or 57.9 per cent of the total.

245 of the batting lines (or 0.0065 per cent) have occurred exactly once. Of course, this could change every year. Prior to 2011, there were 244 unique lines. During the year, there were two new additions:

Player               Date   AB   R   H RBI
Nelson Cruz          7-22    4   1   4   8 
Ronny Paulino        5- 1    7   0   5   1

And one previously unique line was duplicated:

Player              Date         AB   R   H RBI    Matched By          Date
Jack Fournier     8-11-1920       7   4   5   1    Corey Patterson   5-28-2011

Before it fell off the list, Fournier's was the third oldest unique batting line. The two oldest occurred in the longest game in major league history, on May 1, 1920:

                       AB   R   H RBI
Charlie Pick           11   0   0   0
Tony Boeckel           11   0   3   1

As you may have guessed, the longer a game goes, the easier it is to produce a unique batting line. Here's the breakdown by inning:

 INN  Unique    TotG  TotG/Unique
 5-8       0    1246     -
  9      128  140450  1097.3
10-13     20   13175   693.4
14-17     32    1238    38.7
 18+      65     120     1.8

Seven games have produced three or more unique batting lines. The top game shouldn't be a surprise. Actually, most of these games are pretty well known.

 #      Teams          Date       INN   Players            AB   R   H RBI
10  PHI A at CLE A   7-10-1932     18   Mule Haas           9   3   2   0
                                        Jimmy Dykes        10   2   3   4
                                        Al Simmons          9   4   5   2
                                        Jimmie Foxx         9   4   6   8
                                        Dick Porter        10   3   3   2
                                        Johnny Burnett     11   4   9   2
                                        Earl Averill        9   3   5   4
                                        Joe Vosmik         10   2   2   1
                                        Ed Morgan          11   1   5   4
                                        Bill Cissell        9   1   4   3
 6  MIL A at CHI A   5- 8-1984     25   Cecil Cooper       11   1   2   0
                                        Ben Oglivie        10   1   2   4
                                        Rudy Law           11   1   4   1
                                        Carlton Fisk       11   1   3   1
                                        Tom Paciorek        9   1   5   3
                                        Julio Cruz         11   1   1   1
 4  NY  N at ATL N   7- 4-1985     19   Wally Backman      10   2   4   2
                                        Keith Hernandez    10   3   4   3
                                        Dale Murphy         8   1   1   3
                                        Terry Harper       10   3   5   4
 3  NY  N at PIT N   6-15-1929     14   Edd Roush           9   3   5   1
                                        Travis Jackson      7   4   4   7
                                        Lloyd Waner         8   2   6   2
 3  CHI N at CIN N   8- 9-1942(1)  18   Lou Stringer        7   3   1   0
                                        Clyde McCullough   10   0   2   2
                                        Eddie Joost         9   0   4   4
 3  NY  A at DET A   6-24-1962     22   Bobby Richardson   11   2   3   0
                                        Purnal Goldy       10   1   1   3
                                        Rocky Colavito     10   1   7   1
 3  SD  N at MON N   5-21-1977     21   Mike Champion       9   0   1   2
                                        Dave Cash          11   1   4   2
                                        Pete Mackanin      10   1   3   0

That game from 1932 produced more entries than any other single year. The second biggest year, with nine, was 1977. In addition to the three listed above, here are the others from 1977:

Player              Date       AB   R   H RBI
George Foster       4-25        4   5   4   7 *
Garry Templeton     4-27        7   5   3   1 *
Jim Spencer         5-14        3   2   3   8 *
Joe Morgan          6-30        2   5   0   0 *
Gene Richards       7-26(2)     7   1   6   0
Bill Buckner        7-28        8   2   2   5

* - a regulation game

Only three regulation games have produced more than a single unique batting line:

 #      Teams          Date        Players            AB   R   H RBI
 2  BRO N at NY  N   4-30-1944(1)  Mel Ott             2   6   2   1
                                   Phil Weintraub      5   5   4  11
 2  CHI N at BOS N   7- 3-1945     Don Johnson         7   5   5   4
                                   Phil Cavarretta     7   5   5   5
 2  PIT N at CHI N   9-16-1975     Rennie Stennett     7   5   7   2
                                   Richie Hebner       7   3   2   3

So what player has produced the most unique batting lines? Well, Babe Ruth never had one. But his most famous teammate is the only player with more than two to his credit:

Player             Date          AB   R   H RBI
Lou Gehrig       6-12-1928        4   5   4   5 *
                 7-31-1930        3   3   3   8 *
                 9- 9-1932(1)     6   2   2   8

* - a regulation game

Surprisingly, his four-homer game did not produce a unique line. He was the first with the 6-4-4-6 mark that he produced in that game, but it has been done seven times since. The second player to do it? Babe Dahlgren, on August 12, 1939.

He had one other line that was unique for nearly fifty years. His 3-4-2-5 line on July 7, 1935 would not be duplicated until Mike Schmidt matched it on August 8. 1983.

Thirteen other players have two unique batting lines.

Player               Date          AB   R   H RBI
Don Baylor         8-25-1979        7   3   3   8 *
                   4-13-1982        9   2   5   1
Barry Bonds        8- 7-1996        1   3   1   4 *
                   4-18-2000        2   5   1   2 *
Jose Cardenal      5-31-1966        8   1   5   3
                   5- 2-1976(1)     7   2   6   4
Rocky Colavito     5-15-1957        8   3   2   3
                   6-24-1962       10   1   7   1
Johnny Damon       8-10-1996        6   1   2   7 *
                   4-29-2006        5   5   3   3 *
Jimmie Foxx        7-10-1932        9   4   6   8
                   8-14-1933        5   1   4   9 *
David Ortiz        7- 3-2000        0   0   0   3 *
                   7-15-2005        6   2   1   5 *
Mel Ott            8- 4-1934(2)     4   6   4   4 *
                   4-30-1944(1)     2   6   2   1 *
Joe Pepitone       4-16-1967        9   0   4   3
                   8-15-1967        7   1   2   5
Pete Rose          9-12-1967        6   4   2   4 *
                   5-17-1979        7   4   3   4
Al Simmons         9- 4-1930        8   1   4   6
                   7-10-1932        9   4   5   2
Mickey Tettleton   6-27-1989        2   4   1   4 *
                   4-19-1996        2   3   0   2 *
Lloyd Waner        6-15-1929        8   2   6   2
                   5-15-1935        6   5   3   0 *

* - a regulation game

Joe Pepitone is the only player with more than one in a single season.

How many pitchers have produced a unique batting line? Only one. My guess would have been Tony Cloninger, who had a 5-2-3-9 line when he hit two grand-slam home runs for the Braves in 1966, but I would have been wrong. Carlos Delgado removed Cloninger from this club when he duplicated his performance on June 27, 2008. Well, he hit only one grand slam instead of two, but his line was the same. The only pitcher left after that was Ellis Kinder who put up a 4-2-1-6 line on August 6, 1950. He hit the only home run of his career in that game, a grand-slam, and those six RBIs were four more than his next best game.

Here are some other pitchers who spent some time in the club:

Player              Date         AB   R   H RBI    Matched By           Date
George Uhle       9-24-1921       0   3   0   1    Max Bishop         4-29-1929
Jack Quinn        9-21-1922       1   3   1   3    Tommy Harper       9- 7-1972
George Uhle       5-24-1929       9   1   4   0    Paul Casanova      8- 9-1967
Hank Johnson      8- 1-1928       5   0   5   1    Pinky Higgins      7-25-1934
Bill McCahan      8-10-1948(2)    4   0   1   5    Scott Cooper       7- 1-1995
Blue Moon Odom    5- 4-1969(2)    3   1   3   6    Tim Laudner        7- 3-1985
Robert Person     6- 2-2002       3   3   2   7    John Olerud        8- 2-2003

A few other tidbits and then I'll stop. The 6-4-5-7 line has occurred twice, less than a year apart in 1937 and 1938, both times by Bob Johnson, and both times he hit one double and two home runs. Cap Peterson had a 9-2-4-3 line in a twenty-two inning game on June 12, 1967. Less than two months later, teammate Frank Howard duplicated that feat, this time in twenty innings. That has not been done before or since.

Since 1920, the 5-5-5-5 line has appeared five times, the first in 1921 and the last in 1977. Here they are:

Player              Date
Earl Sheely       9- 9-1921
Bibb Falk         5-11-1930
Al Simmons        6-23-1930(2)
Larry Parrish     5-29-1977
Steve Garvey      8-28-1977

The complete data associated with this article is here.

For a somewhat different look at this topic (she looks at starters and covers the zero, one and two at-bat batting lines), please see the three articles by Diane Firstman: zero at-bats, one at-bat, and two at-bats.

1Yes, I know that modern box scores now list a host of other statistics, and that older box scores didn't list RBIs, but included putouts and assists instead. Still, the kind of box scores I grew up with (and we're talking about the 1960s and 1970s) displayed at-bats, runs, hits and RBIs, and so that's what I'll be talking about.

Hard to Hit Pitchers

While researching a biography for SABR's BioProject, Dan Levitt asked me if I knew which pitcher had allowed the fewest hits over a 150 at-bat span. Well thanks to Retrosheet, determining this since 1950 was easy, since their collection of play-by-play data (some of it deduced) is complete for the last 64 years.

So without further ado, here are the toughest pitchers to hit over any stretch of 150 at-bats since the start of the 1950 season:

Player              H  2B  3B  HR  SO   AVG   SLG  Start         INN   End           INN
Johan Santana      12   2   0   5  64  .080  .193  2004- 7- 6      1   2004- 8- 7      2
Ewell Blackwell    14   0   0   1  34  .093  .113  1950- 8-28      5   1950- 9-20(1)   7
Bob Turley         14   0   0   2  54  .093  .133  1955- 4-21      4   1955- 5-15(2)   6
Andy Messersmith   14   4   0   0  47  .093  .120  1968- 7-13      4   1968- 9- 6      6
Nolan Ryan         14   1   1   1  53  .093  .133  1974- 9-11      6   1975- 4- 7      7
Craig Kimbrel      14   0   0   3  85  .093  .153  2012- 5- 4     11   2012- 9-17      9
Whitey Ford        15   2   0   2  24  .100  .153  1955- 8-14(1)   5   1955- 9-11(2)   1
Billy Pierce       15   3   1   0  32  .100  .133  1957- 5-16      8   1957- 6- 8      7
Jim Maloney        15   3   0   1  48  .100  .140  1964- 9- 6      6   1965- 4-27      3
Nolan Ryan         15   0   0   2  53  .100  .140  1973- 8-29      1   1973- 9-23      2
Nolan Ryan         15   2   0   1  53  .100  .133  1976- 9-15      6   1977- 4-11      4
J.R. Richard       15   4   0   0  62  .100  .127  1979- 9-25      7   1980- 4-30      6
Mario Soto         15   3   0   5  37  .100  .220  1984- 5- 7      3   1984- 6-11      7
Teddy Higuera      15   3   1   0  40  .100  .133  1987- 8-10      7   1987- 9- 6      8
Mark Langston      15   2   0   1  41  .100  .133  1988- 8-29      4   1988- 9-29      1
Dave Stieb         15   3   0   0  28  .100  .120  1988- 9-18      1   1989- 4-21      4
Jeff Zimmerman     15   5   0   1  43  .100  .153  1999- 4-13      8   1999- 7- 2      8
Armando Benitez    15   1   0   4  42  .100  .187  2004- 5- 4      9   2004- 9-16      9
Kenley Jansen      15   2   0   2  80  .100  .153  2011- 6-18      6   2012- 4-27      9

Note: overlapping streaks have been removed.

My first reaction to this list was that Nolan Ryan was tough to hit, which I suppose is no surprise. My second reaction? All hail Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen! They not only held opponents to a .100 or less batting average, but did it while striking out 85 and 80 respectively. Jansen's poor start in 2011 (he had a 6.43 ERA at the end of May) disguised to some extent his phenomenal finish that year. Here are his splits before and after the end of May:

            G  GF  SV  IP     H  HR   R  ER  BB  SO   W   L    ERA
Apr-May    20   6   1  21    20   3  15  15  14  35   1   1   6.43
June+      31   7   4  32.2  10   0   2   2  12  61   1   0   0.55

Johan Santana's streak was part of a more prominent fantastic finish in 2004 (one that won him the Cy Young Award). His splits up to and after his first start that June:

            G  GS  CG SHO  IP     H   HR   R  ER  BB  SO   W   L    ERA
<=June 3   12  12   0   0  68.2  76   12  44  42  23  61   2   4   5.50
> June 3   22  22   1   1 159.1  80   12  26  24  31 204  18   2   1.36

Dave Stieb lost two consecutive no-hitters with two outs in the ninth during his hot run, had another one-hitter for good measure, but it also included a game in which he gave up four hits and three walks before leaving with only one out in the top of the first inning.

And finally, it occurred to me that there is hard to hit and then there is hard to hit. While it was incredibly difficult to hit a single against Johan Santana during the period referenced at the top of the list above, it wasn't any more difficult to take him deep. So I thought it might be interesting to look at the pitchers that held opposing hitters to the lowest slugging percentage over 150 at-bats. Here's what I found:

Player              H  2B  3B  HR  SO   AVG   SLG  Start         INN   End           INN
Ewell Blackwell    14   0   0   1  34  .093  .113  1950- 8-28      5   1950- 9-20(1)   7
Mickey Lolich      17   1   0   0  50  .113  .120  1964- 8-12      6   1964- 9- 9      7
Andy Messersmith   14   4   0   0  47  .093  .120  1968- 7-13      4   1968- 9- 6      6
Mike Marshall      17   1   0   0  44  .113  .120  1972- 6-20      9   1972- 8-15      9
Nolan Ryan         14   1   0   1  49  .093  .120  1974- 9-15      1   1975- 4-11      3
J.R. Richard       16   2   0   0  68  .107  .120  1979- 9-21      7   1980- 4-25      3
Dave Smith         17   1   0   0  56  .113  .120  1986- 7-28      9   1987- 6-16      9
Dave Stieb         15   3   0   0  28  .100  .120  1988- 9-18      1   1989- 4-21      4
Hideo Nomo         16   2   0   0  57  .107  .120  1995- 6-14      8   1995- 7-20      2
Al Alburquerque    17   1   0   0  68  .113  .120  2011- 4-27      8   2012- 9-20      8
Mike Garcia        18   1   0   0  29  .120  .127  1954- 5-30      1   1954- 6-22      9
Nolan Ryan         16   0   0   1  51  .107  .127  1973- 8-25      6   1973- 9-19(1)   6
Nolan Ryan         15   2   1   0  56  .100  .127  1976- 9-25      4   1977- 4-20      1

Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo's streak does not include the two scoreless innings he threw during his start in the All-Star game on July 11th.

So what about the pitchers at the other end of the spectrum? Let's start with the bottom of the first list, the pitchers who gave up the most hits over an 150 at-bat stretch.

Player              H  2B  3B  HR  SO   AVG   SLG  Start         INN   End           INN
Mark Mulder        73  15   1  14  16  .487  .880  2006- 5-28      4   2007- 9-11      3
Connie Grob        69  16   6   6  10  .460  .767  1956- 6-11(1)   3   1956- 9- 8      8
Livan Hernandez    69  15   1   4   8  .460  .653  2008- 5-17      5   2008- 6-17      5
Nate Minchey       68  13   1   2  20  .453  .593  1993-10- 2      4   1997- 9-25      8
Vern Law           67  13   4   9  11  .447  .767  1954- 6-18      9   1954- 8- 4      6
Rick Waits         67  10   0   5  12  .447  .613  1981- 6- 7      6   1981- 9-11      2
Mike Maroth        67  14   0  10  16  .447  .740  2007- 6-25      8   2007- 9-18     14
Lary Sorensen      66  13   5   2   8  .440  .633  1982- 9- 1      5   1983- 4-20      2
Rick Langford      66  14   1   6   9  .440  .667  1982- 9-27      2   1984- 9- 9      4
John Butcher       66  10   0   4  10  .440  .587  1986- 7- 1      9   1986- 8-14      8
Juan Nieves        66  12   0   7  21  .440  .660  1986- 7-28      4   1986- 9-11      2
Charlie Leibrandt  66  11   4   5  18  .440  .667  1989- 7- 5      2   1989- 9-10      9
Sergio Mitre       66  10   0   2  11  .440  .547  2007- 8-15      5   2009- 7-31      2
George Stone       65  11   3   7  17  .433  .687  1971- 8-21      9   1972- 6- 9      8
Ed Figueroa        65  11   2   2   9  .433  .573  1980- 7- 1      6   1980- 8-23      2
John Doherty       65  14   0   7   9  .433  .667  1994- 5-30      7   1995- 4-28      1
Brian Meadows      65  12   0   6  16  .433  .633  1998- 7-23      3   1998- 9- 9      3
Andrew Miller      65  12   2   5  25  .433  .640  2007- 8- 3      2   2008- 4-29      2
Sean O'Sullivan    65  15   3   9   9  .433  .753  2011- 5-12      3   2013- 7-19      8

And the pitchers giving up the highest slugging percentage:

Player              H  2B  3B  HR  SO   AVG   SLG  Start         INN   End           INN
Mark Mulder        73  15   1  14  16  .487  .880  2006- 5-28      4   2007- 9-11      3
Brian Matusz       63  16   0  15  27  .420  .827  2011- 6-18      6   2012- 4- 9      1
Jonathan Sanchez   62  10   6  13  26  .413  .820  2012- 6-30(1)   3   2013- 4-29      5
Jose Lima          57  16   0  16  29  .380  .807  2000- 4-10      1   2000- 5- 7      4
Kameron Loe        59  13   2  15  19  .393  .807  2012- 8-27      6   2013- 9- 4      3
Ed Roebuck         58   9   5  14  11  .387  .793  1955- 7-18      8   1956- 5-18      9
Mark Thompson      59   8   2  16  15  .393  .793  1997- 4- 9      5   1998- 4-19(1)   3
Scott Aldred       58  19   0  13  16  .387  .773  1997- 5-16      4   1998- 6- 3      7
James Baldwin      54  11   3  15  20  .360  .773  2002- 8-11      2   2004- 5-15      1
Vern Law           67  13   4   9  11  .447  .767  1954- 6-18      9   1954- 8- 4      6
Connie Grob        69  16   6   6  10  .460  .767  1956- 6-11(1)   3   1956- 9- 8      8
Brian Anderson     57  10   3  14  24  .380  .767  1995- 8- 6      4   1996- 5-18      1
Carlos Silva       62  12   1  13   9  .413  .767  2006- 4-18      3   2006- 5-21      8
Mike Christopher   55  14   3  13  15  .367  .760  1995- 9-24      6   1996- 5-11      3
Willie Blair       58  11   0  15  21  .387  .760  1999- 4-23      1   1999- 6-12     14
Kris Wilson        58  16   2  12  14  .387  .760  2001- 8-25      2   2002- 9-17      8
David Hernandez    48   8   2  18  32  .320  .760  2009- 8- 6      2   2009- 9-19      2

Only three pitchers (Mulder, Grob and Law) are on both lists.

Rookie Ed Roebuck was terrible in the second half of 1955. Here are his splits before and after July 18th:

            G  GF  SV  IP     H   HR   R  ER  BB  SO   W   L    ERA
< July 18  35  23  11  64    56    4  24  17  17  28   5   5   2.39
>=July 18  12   4   1  20    40   10  27  27   7   5   0   1  12.15

Not only was he kept on the World Series roster that fall, but he actually pitched in a game. Sure, the Dodgers were already down 5-1 by the time he took the mound, but it's still a little surprising. What's more, he pitched well, allowing only a single in two innings.

Kameron Loe's more recent stretch of awful pitching was spread over four different teams.

It's a little more difficult doing a similar analysis before 1950, since we only have complete game-level data from 1914 to 1949. So I decided to look at each stretch of games encompassing at least 150 at-bats. Here are the lowest batting averages I found:

Player             AB   H  HR  SO   AVG  Start          End
Bob Feller        150  14   0  48  .093  1946- 7-21(2)  1946- 8-11(2)
Reb Russell       171  16   0  20  .094  1916- 6-18     1916- 7-10(2)
J. Vander Meer    178  17   1  35  .096  1938- 5-27     1938- 6-19   
Ferdie Schupp     172  17   1  24  .099  1916- 9- 7     1916- 9-28(2)
Eddie Plank       154  16   2  17  .104  1916- 7-30(2)  1916- 8-17(1)
Red Faber         150  16   0  17  .107  1914- 6-17     1914- 7- 5   
Pete Alexander    177  19   2  35  .107  1915- 6-19     1915- 7- 9   
Jeff Pfeffer      152  17   1  20  .112  1917- 8-21     1917- 9- 4   
Steve Swetonic    152  17   2  12  .112  1932- 4-16     1932- 5-22(1)
Fred Anderson     151  17   0  20  .113  1917- 9- 5(1)  1918- 4-20   
Claude Hendrix    170  20   0  22  .118  1914- 8-31(2)  1914- 9-15   
Claude Hendrix    150  18   1  22  .120  1916- 7-20     1916- 8- 5   
Bob Feller        178  22   3  47  .124  1947- 4-22     1947- 5-18   
Virgil Trucks     165  21   2  36  .127  1949- 5-29     1949- 6-19(1)
Carl Mays         157  20   0  20  .127  1918- 6-12     1918- 6-30   
Joe Benz          156  20   0  26  .128  1916- 7-29(2)  1916- 9- 8   

This list will no doubt look quite a bit different once we have box score data prior to 1914. Two pitchers, Bob Feller and Claude Hendrix, make two appearances and perhaps the most obscure pitcher on the list is Steve Swetonic, who was the best pitcher in baseball for about a month during the early going of 1932. Here are his splits before and after his three-hitter on May 22nd:

            G  GS  CG SHO  IP     H   HR   R  ER  BB  SO   W   L    ERA
<=May 22    7   5   4   3  45    17    2   6   5  16  12   4   1   1.00
> May 22   17  14   7   1 117.2 117    9  51  46  39  27   7   5   3.52

And the easiest pitchers to hit during those years:

Player             AB   H  HR  SO   AVG  Start          End
Ralph Head        167  78   3   8  .467  1923- 5-27     1923- 7-21(2)
Hal Elliott       159  73   0   9  .459  1930- 6-14(1)  1930- 8- 5   
Larry Benton      159  72   2  11  .453  1929- 8-25     1930- 5- 7   
Snipe Hansen      152  68   4   8  .447  1930- 8-18     1932- 4-20   
Benny Frey        167  73   5   6  .437  1935- 5-12     1935- 7- 4(1)
Jack Knight       163  71   6   4  .436  1925- 5-30(2)  1925- 8-18(2)
Tim McNamara      157  68   4   6  .433  1924- 8-16     1924- 9-10(1)
Milt Gaston       157  68   4  13  .433  1928- 7-31     1929- 5- 6   
Dewey Metivier    150  65   1   5  .433  1923- 6- 3     1924- 5-17   
Jakie May         153  66   3  15  .431  1930- 6- 8(2)  1930- 7-28(2)
John Singleton    151  65   5  11  .430  1922- 7-18     1922- 8-23   
Harry Smythe      151  65   3   5  .430  1929- 9-16(2)  1930- 5-10   
Les Sweetland     151  65   6   5  .430  1930- 5-17     1930- 7-10   
Clise Dudley      151  65   1  13  .430  1930- 6- 4     1930- 8-30   
Jimmy Zinn        157  67   4   7  .427  1929- 6-30     1929- 7-25   
Les Sweetland     162  69   7   6  .426  1930- 8-23     1930- 9-10   

As expected, 1930 (and 1929) dominate the list above. There are four entries alone courtesy of the 1930 Phillies: Hal Elliott, Snipe Hansen and two non-overlapping stretches by Les Sweetland.

Hot Starts to Careers, the Batting Edition

This all started innocently enough, with Rod Nelson pointing out that Jose Abreu was off to a hot start, having hit ten homers and driven in 31 Runs in his first 26 games. Rod wondered if I could generate a top-five list of HRs, RBIs and a few other metrics through a player's first, say, thirty or fifty games since 1914.

I figured that since Abreu had played 26 games so far, I would look at the leaders through that number of games, and determined that the home run leader was George Scott with 11 and the RBI leader was the immortal Mandy Brooks with 34.

When Peter Bjarkman saw my response, he found my criteria (26 games) unsatisfying and arbitrary. Where do we stop? he asked. Are we going to have separate records for 27, 28 and 29 games as well? It was a perfectly reasonable response, and I'm pretty sure he was figuring that my answer wasn't going to be: why the heck not?

So, in the spirit of the great poet William Blake, who once wrote that the Road of Excess leads to the Palace of Wisdom, I generated the all-time leaders in twelve different statistical categories from their first through their 162nd games.

So without further ado, here is the list. I was tempted to elide the entries where the leaders remained the same with only the totals changing, but figured a) that wouldn't be in the spirit of the rest of the piece, and b) wouldn't allow people to follow Abreu's progress as he attempts to rewrite this list during the upcoming season.

Where there was more than one player tied for the top spot, I have listed the last player to do it and put the total number of players in parentheses following the name. And in order to make the width of the list a little more manageable, I have used only first initials in some cases. So if you want to know, for example, which A. Rodriguez tied for the most at-bats after his first fifteen games in the majors (it was Aurelio), I suggest clicking on the player's name (which will take you to the player's page on Retrosheet's web-site).

Again, this data is only for players whose career began since 1914.

  G   AB - Player                 R - Player                 H - Player                2B - Player
  1    7 - Brian Anderson (5)     5 - Eddie Moore            5 - Cecil Travis           3 - Nick Evans (2)      
  2   13 - Rocco Baldelli         6 - Eddie Moore            7 - Wilson Ramos (4)       4 - Ben Grieve          
  3   17 - Rocco Baldelli (3)     6 - A. Iwamura (5)         9 - C. Triplett            4 - Alex Avila (5)      
  4   22 - Rocco Baldelli (3)     8 - Mike Jacobs           10 - Ian Desmond (3)        4 - Ian Desmond (11)    
  5   27 - Dutch Holland          9 - Jim Gilliam           12 - Junior Lake (8)        5 - C. Dickerson        
  6   33 - Dutch Holland         10 - Jay Bruce (2)         15 - Bo Hart                5 - Ian Desmond (5)     
  7   36 - Rocco Baldelli        12 - Jay Bruce             18 - Bo Hart                5 - Josmil Pinto (11)   
  8   40 - Dutch Holland         12 - Jay Bruce (5)         18 - Bo Hart                7 - C. Gonzalez         
  9   45 - Bo Hart               13 - Craig Wilson (2)      22 - Bo Hart                7 - C. Gonzalez         
 10   50 - Bo Hart               15 - Sam Horn              23 - Bo Hart                7 - Daniel Nava (3)     
 11   54 - Bo Hart (2)           15 - Sam Horn (2)          23 - Bo Hart                8 - C. Gonzalez (2)     
 12   58 - Bo Hart (2)           16 - Wally Moon (2)        23 - Bo Hart (2)            8 - C. Gonzalez (3)     
 13   63 - Roy Hughes            16 - Sam Horn (3)          24 - Bo Hart (2)            9 - Joe DiMaggio        
 14   67 - Jimmy Outlaw (2)      17 - Wally Moon            27 - T. Pendleton           9 - Joe DiMaggio        
 15   71 - A. Rodriguez (2)      19 - Wally Moon            28 - Bo Hart                9 - Daric Barton (3)    
 16   76 - Jimmy Outlaw          19 - Wally Moon            30 - Joe DiMaggio          10 - Joe DiMaggio        
 17   80 - Jimmy Outlaw          20 - Wally Moon (2)        31 - T. Pendleton (2)      10 - Joe DiMaggio        
 18   85 - Jimmy Outlaw          20 - Sam Horn (5)          33 - Joe DiMaggio          11 - Joe DiMaggio        
 19   91 - Joe DiMaggio          22 - Joe DiMaggio (2)      36 - Joe DiMaggio          12 - Joe DiMaggio        
 20   96 - Joe DiMaggio          24 - Joe DiMaggio          37 - Joe DiMaggio (2)      12 - Joe DiMaggio        
 21  101 - Joe DiMaggio          24 - Joe DiMaggio (3)      39 - Tom Oliver            12 - Joe DiMaggio        
 22  107 - Joe DiMaggio          25 - Joe DiMaggio (3)      39 - Joe DiMaggio (2)      12 - Joe DiMaggio        
 23  112 - Joe DiMaggio          28 - Joe DiMaggio          42 - Joe DiMaggio          12 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 24  116 - Joe DiMaggio          31 - Wally Moon            43 - Joe DiMaggio          12 - Gus Zernial (3)     
 25  120 - Joe DiMaggio          31 - Wally Moon            46 - Joe DiMaggio          15 - Joe DiMaggio        
 26  126 - Joe DiMaggio          31 - Wally Moon (2)        48 - Joe DiMaggio          15 - Joe DiMaggio        
 27  131 - Joe DiMaggio          33 - L. Rosenthal          50 - Joe DiMaggio          16 - Joe DiMaggio        
 28  136 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - L. Rosenthal          52 - Joe DiMaggio          16 - Joe DiMaggio        
 29  140 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - L. Rosenthal          53 - Joe DiMaggio          16 - Joe DiMaggio        
 30  144 - Joe DiMaggio          35 - L. Rosenthal          55 - Joe DiMaggio          16 - Joe DiMaggio        
 31  148 - Joe DiMaggio          35 - L. Rosenthal          56 - Roy Weatherly         16 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 32  155 - Joe DiMaggio          35 - L. Rosenthal          56 - Roy Weatherly         16 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 33  160 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - L. Rosenthal (2)      58 - Joe DiMaggio          16 - Gus Zernial (3)     
 34  164 - Joe DiMaggio          37 - L. Rosenthal          59 - Roy Weatherly (2)     17 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 35  169 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - L. Rosenthal          61 - Roy Weatherly         17 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 36  171 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - L. Rosenthal          63 - Roy Weatherly         17 - Gus Zernial (2)     
 37  176 - Joe DiMaggio          43 - L. Rosenthal          66 - Roy Weatherly         18 - Roy Weatherly       
 38  181 - Joe DiMaggio          44 - L. Rosenthal          67 - Roy Weatherly         18 - Roy Weatherly (2)   
 39  185 - Joe DiMaggio          44 - L. Rosenthal          67 - Roy Weatherly         18 - Roy Weatherly (3)   
 40  189 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - L. Rosenthal          69 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     19 - Roy Johnson         
 41  194 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - L. Rosenthal          72 - Ichiro Suzuki         19 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 42  198 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - L. Rosenthal          72 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     19 - Roy Weatherly (3)   
 43  203 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - L. Rosenthal          73 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     19 - Roy Weatherly (3)   
 44  208 - Joe DiMaggio          47 - L. Rosenthal          75 - Roy Weatherly         19 - Roy Weatherly (3)   
 45  213 - Joe DiMaggio          47 - L. Rosenthal          78 - Roy Weatherly         21 - Roy Weatherly       
 46  219 - Joe DiMaggio          49 - Joe DiMaggio          79 - Roy Weatherly         21 - Roy Weatherly (2)   
 47  223 - Joe DiMaggio          50 - Joe DiMaggio          81 - Roy Weatherly         23 - Roy Weatherly       
 48  229 - Joe DiMaggio          52 - Joe DiMaggio          83 - Roy Weatherly         24 - Roy Weatherly       
 49  234 - Joe DiMaggio          53 - Joe DiMaggio          85 - Roy Weatherly (2)     24 - Roy Weatherly (2)   
 50  239 - Joe DiMaggio          54 - Joe DiMaggio          87 - Joe DiMaggio          25 - Roy Weatherly       
 51  244 - Joe DiMaggio          55 - Joe DiMaggio          88 - Joe DiMaggio          25 - Roy Weatherly       
 52  248 - Joe DiMaggio          57 - Joe DiMaggio          90 - Joe DiMaggio          25 - Roy Weatherly (2)   
 53  252 - Joe DiMaggio          58 - Joe DiMaggio          90 - Joe DiMaggio          25 - Roy Weatherly (2)   
 54  257 - Joe DiMaggio          58 - Joe DiMaggio          92 - Joe DiMaggio          26 - Joe DiMaggio        
 55  262 - Joe DiMaggio          59 - Joe DiMaggio          93 - Joe DiMaggio          26 - Joe DiMaggio        
 56  267 - Joe DiMaggio          61 - Joe DiMaggio          96 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 57  271 - Joe DiMaggio          61 - Joe DiMaggio          96 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 58  275 - Joe DiMaggio          62 - Joe DiMaggio          97 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 59  280 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio          99 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 60  284 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio          99 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 61  288 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio         100 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Joe DiMaggio        
 62  292 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio         101 - Joe DiMaggio          27 - Chris Sabo (2)      
 63  295 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio         101 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     28 - Chris Sabo (2)      
 64  300 - Joe DiMaggio          65 - Joe DiMaggio         103 - Ichiro Suzuki         28 - Chris Sabo (2)      
 65  303 - Joe DiMaggio          67 - Joe DiMaggio         104 - Ichiro Suzuki         29 - Bob Meusel          
 66  307 - Joe DiMaggio          68 - Joe DiMaggio         107 - Ichiro Suzuki         29 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 67  310 - Joe DiMaggio          69 - Joe DiMaggio         107 - Ichiro Suzuki         30 - Bob Meusel          
 68  313 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     69 - Joe DiMaggio         109 - Ichiro Suzuki         30 - Bob Meusel          
 69  318 - Ichiro Suzuki         72 - Joe DiMaggio         111 - Ichiro Suzuki         31 - Joe DiMaggio        
 70  323 - Ichiro Suzuki         73 - Joe DiMaggio         114 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio        
 71  327 - Ichiro Suzuki         73 - Joe DiMaggio         116 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio        
 72  332 - Ichiro Suzuki         74 - Joe DiMaggio         116 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio        
 73  336 - Ichiro Suzuki         76 - Joe DiMaggio         118 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 74  341 - Ichiro Suzuki         78 - Joe DiMaggio         119 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 75  345 - Ichiro Suzuki         78 - Joe DiMaggio         120 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 76  350 - Ichiro Suzuki         81 - Joe DiMaggio         122 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
 77  355 - Ichiro Suzuki         81 - Joe DiMaggio         124 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Chris Sabo (3)      
 78  359 - Ichiro Suzuki         81 - Joe DiMaggio         124 - Ichiro Suzuki         32 - Chris Sabo (3)      
 79  361 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     84 - Joe DiMaggio         125 - Ichiro Suzuki         33 - Bob Meusel          
 80  367 - Joe DiMaggio          87 - Joe DiMaggio         128 - Ichiro Suzuki         33 - Bob Meusel          
 81  372 - Joe DiMaggio          87 - Joe DiMaggio         129 - Ichiro Suzuki         34 - Bob Meusel          
 82  378 - Joe DiMaggio          88 - Joe DiMaggio         129 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     34 - Bob Meusel          
 83  383 - Joe DiMaggio          88 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Ichiro Suzuki         34 - Bob Meusel          
 84  391 - Joe DiMaggio          89 - Joe DiMaggio         133 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Bob Meusel          
 85  395 - Joe DiMaggio          90 - Joe DiMaggio         134 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Bob Meusel          
 86  400 - Joe DiMaggio          92 - Joe DiMaggio         136 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Roy Johnson (2)     
 87  404 - Joe DiMaggio          92 - Joe DiMaggio         136 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Roy Johnson (2)     
 88  409 - Joe DiMaggio          93 - Joe DiMaggio         137 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Roy Johnson (2)     
 89  413 - Joe DiMaggio          94 - Joe DiMaggio         139 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Roy Johnson (2)     
 90  417 - Joe DiMaggio          94 - Joe DiMaggio         140 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Roy Johnson (2)     
 91  421 - Joe DiMaggio          94 - Joe DiMaggio         141 - Joe DiMaggio          34 - Brad Fullmer (4)    
 92  425 - Joe DiMaggio          94 - Joe DiMaggio         143 - Joe DiMaggio          35 - Brad Fullmer (2)    
 93  430 - Joe DiMaggio          94 - Joe DiMaggio         143 - Joe DiMaggio          35 - Brad Fullmer (3)    
 94  434 - Joe DiMaggio          95 - Joe DiMaggio         143 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (2)    
 95  439 - Joe DiMaggio          96 - Joe DiMaggio         146 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (3)    
 96  443 - Joe DiMaggio          96 - Joe DiMaggio         147 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (3)    
 97  448 - Joe DiMaggio          98 - Joe DiMaggio         150 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (3)    
 98  453 - Joe DiMaggio          98 - Joe DiMaggio         150 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (4)    
 99  458 - Joe DiMaggio         100 - Joe DiMaggio         153 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Brad Fullmer (4)    
100  461 - Joe DiMaggio         100 - Joe DiMaggio         153 - Joe DiMaggio          37 - J. Frederick        
101  467 - Joe DiMaggio         100 - Joe DiMaggio         154 - Joe DiMaggio          37 - J. Frederick        
102  471 - Joe DiMaggio         101 - Joe DiMaggio         156 - Joe DiMaggio          37 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
103  476 - Joe DiMaggio         102 - Joe DiMaggio         158 - Joe DiMaggio          38 - J. Frederick        
104  482 - Joe DiMaggio         105 - Joe DiMaggio         163 - Joe DiMaggio          38 - Joe DiMaggio (2)    
105  486 - Joe DiMaggio         105 - Joe DiMaggio         165 - Joe DiMaggio          39 - Joe DiMaggio        
106  490 - Joe DiMaggio         107 - Joe DiMaggio         168 - Joe DiMaggio          39 - Joe DiMaggio        
107  495 - Joe DiMaggio         108 - Joe DiMaggio         169 - Joe DiMaggio          39 - Joe DiMaggio        
108  500 - Joe DiMaggio         109 - Joe DiMaggio         171 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - J. Frederick        
109  504 - Joe DiMaggio         109 - Joe DiMaggio         171 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - J. Frederick        
110  509 - Joe DiMaggio         109 - Joe DiMaggio         174 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - J. Frederick        
111  512 - Joe DiMaggio         110 - Joe DiMaggio         175 - Joe DiMaggio          40 - J. Frederick        
112  516 - Joe DiMaggio         111 - Joe DiMaggio         177 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - J. Frederick        
113  521 - Joe DiMaggio         111 - Joe DiMaggio         177 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - J. Frederick        
114  525 - Joe DiMaggio         111 - Joe DiMaggio         178 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - J. Frederick        
115  529 - Joe DiMaggio         112 - Joe DiMaggio         178 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - J. Frederick        
116  533 - Joe DiMaggio         112 - Joe DiMaggio         178 - Joe DiMaggio          42 - J. Frederick        
117  539 - Joe DiMaggio         115 - Joe DiMaggio         181 - Joe DiMaggio          42 - J. Frederick        
118  544 - Joe DiMaggio         115 - Joe DiMaggio         183 - Joe DiMaggio          44 - J. Frederick        
119  548 - Joe DiMaggio         115 - Joe DiMaggio         183 - Ichiro Suzuki (2)     44 - J. Frederick        
120  552 - Joe DiMaggio         115 - Joe DiMaggio         185 - Ichiro Suzuki         44 - J. Frederick        
121  556 - Joe DiMaggio         115 - Joe DiMaggio         186 - Ichiro Suzuki         44 - J. Frederick        
122  561 - Joe DiMaggio         116 - Joe DiMaggio         187 - Ichiro Suzuki         46 - J. Frederick        
123  565 - Joe DiMaggio         118 - Joe DiMaggio         188 - Ichiro Suzuki         46 - J. Frederick        
124  570 - Joe DiMaggio         118 - Joe DiMaggio         189 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
125  576 - Joe DiMaggio         118 - Joe DiMaggio         192 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
126  580 - Joe DiMaggio         119 - Joe DiMaggio         195 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
127  584 - Joe DiMaggio         121 - Joe DiMaggio         198 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
128  589 - Joe DiMaggio         124 - Joe DiMaggio         198 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
129  595 - Joe DiMaggio         127 - Joe DiMaggio         200 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
130  600 - Joe DiMaggio         127 - Joe DiMaggio         202 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
131  604 - Joe DiMaggio         127 - Joe DiMaggio         204 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
132  608 - Joe DiMaggio         127 - Joe DiMaggio         205 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
133  613 - Joe DiMaggio         129 - Joe DiMaggio         208 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - J. Frederick        
134  618 - Joe DiMaggio         131 - Joe DiMaggio         209 - Ichiro Suzuki         47 - Ryan Zimmerman (2)  
135  621 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Joe DiMaggio         211 - Ichiro Suzuki         48 - J. Frederick        
136  627 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Joe DiMaggio         211 - Ichiro Suzuki         49 - J. Frederick        
137  632 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Joe DiMaggio         212 - Ichiro Suzuki         49 - J. Frederick        
138  637 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Joe DiMaggio         215 - Ichiro Suzuki         49 - J. Frederick        
139  638 - Joe DiMaggio         132 - Joe DiMaggio         217 - Ichiro Suzuki         49 - J. Frederick        
140  642 - Joe DiMaggio         134 - Joe DiMaggio         217 - Ichiro Suzuki         49 - J. Frederick        
141  645 - Joe DiMaggio         135 - Joe DiMaggio         217 - Ichiro Suzuki         50 - J. Frederick        
142  650 - Joe DiMaggio         136 - Joe DiMaggio         220 - Ichiro Suzuki         51 - J. Frederick        
143  654 - Joe DiMaggio         136 - Joe DiMaggio         221 - Ichiro Suzuki         51 - J. Frederick        
144  659 - Joe DiMaggio         136 - Joe DiMaggio         221 - Ichiro Suzuki         51 - J. Frederick        
145  663 - Joe DiMaggio         138 - Joe DiMaggio         222 - Ichiro Suzuki         51 - J. Frederick        
146  666 - Joe DiMaggio         138 - Joe DiMaggio         224 - Ichiro Suzuki         51 - J. Frederick        
147  670 - Joe DiMaggio         139 - Joe DiMaggio         225 - Ichiro Suzuki         52 - J. Frederick        
148  674 - Joe DiMaggio         141 - Joe DiMaggio         227 - Ichiro Suzuki         52 - J. Frederick        
149  678 - Joe DiMaggio         141 - Joe DiMaggio         229 - Ichiro Suzuki         52 - J. Frederick        
150  682 - Joe DiMaggio         141 - Joe DiMaggio         231 - Ichiro Suzuki         52 - J. Frederick        
151  686 - Joe DiMaggio         142 - Joe DiMaggio         233 - Ichiro Suzuki         53 - J. Frederick        
152  691 - Joe DiMaggio         144 - Joe DiMaggio         234 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
153  694 - Joe DiMaggio         144 - Joe DiMaggio         235 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
154  698 - Joe DiMaggio         144 - Joe DiMaggio         239 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
155  702 - Joe DiMaggio         144 - Joe DiMaggio         240 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
156  708 - Joe DiMaggio         145 - Joe DiMaggio         241 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
157  713 - Joe DiMaggio         147 - Joe DiMaggio         242 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
158  718 - Joe DiMaggio         148 - Joe DiMaggio         245 - Ichiro Suzuki         54 - J. Frederick        
159  722 - Joe DiMaggio         151 - Joe DiMaggio         246 - Ichiro Suzuki         55 - J. Frederick        
160  726 - Joe DiMaggio         152 - Joe DiMaggio         247 - Ichiro Suzuki         55 - J. Frederick        
161  731 - Joe DiMaggio         152 - Joe DiMaggio         247 - Ichiro Suzuki         55 - J. Frederick        
162  736 - Joe DiMaggio         154 - Joe DiMaggio         248 - Ichiro Suzuki         55 - Lou Boudreau (2)    
  G   AB - Player                 R - Player                 H - Player                2B - Player

Most of DiMaggio's games above (138) were with the 1936 Yankees, where his 132 runs scored was only the third highest on the team. He tops all four lists above through 107 games, but he slumped down the stretch in his rookie season, posting a .636 OPS in September. And Coaker Triplett is the only player since at least 1914 to collect nine hits in his first three games, but he would go hitless for the next three weeks and would end his season with just those nine hits.

  G   3B - Player                HR - Player               RBI - Player                BB - Player
  1    2 - John Sipin (3)         2 - J.P. Arencibia (4)     6 - Starlin Castro         4 - Milt Galatzer (2)   
  2    2 - Dan Rohn (7)           3 - Joe Cunningham         9 - Joe Cunningham         5 - B. Estalella        
  3    2 - Gerardo Parra (21)     3 - Joe Cunningham         9 - Joe Cunningham         5 - T. d'Arnaud (13)    
  4    3 - Mike Gates (4)         4 - Mike Jacobs            9 - Yasiel Puig (8)        7 - Kazuo Matsui (2)    
  5    3 - Adam Piatt (6)         4 - Yasiel Puig (2)       10 - Yasiel Puig (3)        7 - Kazuo Matsui (9)    
  6    3 - Adam Piatt (7)         4 - Yasiel Puig (5)       13 - Dale Alexander        10 - Earle Brucker       
  7    3 - Jemile Weeks (12)      5 - Mark Quinn            14 - Dale Alexander        11 - Earle Brucker       
  8    3 - Jemile Weeks (17)      5 - Shelley Duncan (3)    15 - Mitchell Page         13 - Earle Brucker       
  9    4 - Carlos Bernier         5 - T. Teagarden (7)      15 - Mitchell Page         14 - Earle Brucker       
 10    4 - Carlos Bernier (2)     6 - Dino Restelli         16 - Mandy Brooks          14 - Earle Brucker       
 11    4 - Carlos Bernier (3)     6 - Carlos Delgado (2)    19 - Mandy Brooks          14 - Tony Bernazard (3)  
 12    4 - Carlos Bernier (3)     7 - Dino Restelli         19 - Jim Greengrass (2)    15 - L. Rosenthal (2)    
 13    4 - Carlos Bernier (3)     7 - Carlos Delgado (2)    21 - Jim Greengrass        16 - B. Estalella        
 14    4 - Jeff Stone (4)         7 - Carlos Delgado (2)    21 - Jim Greengrass        17 - B. Estalella        
 15    5 - Johnny Rizzo           8 - Carlos Delgado        24 - Mandy Brooks          17 - Jim Gilliam (3)     
 16    5 - Jeff Stone (2)         8 - Carlos Delgado        24 - Mandy Brooks          18 - Jim Gilliam (3)     
 17    5 - A. McCutchen (3)       8 - Carlos Delgado        27 - Mandy Brooks          20 - Jim Gilliam (2)     
 18    5 - A. McCutchen (6)       9 - George Scott          27 - Mandy Brooks          20 - Jim Gilliam (2)     
 19    6 - Jeff Heath             9 - George Scott          28 - Mandy Brooks          20 - Quilvio Veras (3)   
 20    6 - Jeff Heath             9 - Alvin Davis (2)       28 - Mandy Brooks          22 - L. Rosenthal        
 21    7 - Jeff Heath            10 - George Scott          30 - Mandy Brooks          23 - L. Rosenthal        
 22    7 - Jeff Heath            10 - George Scott          31 - Mandy Brooks          23 - Jim Gilliam (2)     
 23    7 - Jeff Heath            10 - George Scott          33 - Mandy Brooks          24 - Jim Gilliam         
 24    7 - Jeff Heath            10 - George Scott          34 - Mandy Brooks          24 - Jim Gilliam         
 25    7 - Jeff Heath            10 - Chris Davis (4)       34 - Mandy Brooks          24 - Jim Gilliam (3)     
 26    7 - Jeff Heath            11 - George Scott          34 - Mandy Brooks          25 - L. Rosenthal        
 27    7 - Jeff Heath (2)        11 - George Scott          34 - Mandy Brooks          26 - L. Rosenthal        
 28    7 - Chet Ross (3)         11 - George Scott          34 - Mandy Brooks          26 - Jim Gilliam (2)     
 29    7 - Chet Ross (3)         11 - Kevin Maas (2)        34 - Mandy Brooks          27 - Ferris Fain         
 30    7 - Chet Ross (3)         12 - Kevin Maas            34 - Albert Pujols (2)     30 - Ferris Fain         
 31    7 - Chet Ross (3)         12 - Kevin Maas (2)        35 - Albert Pujols         30 - Ferris Fain         
 32    7 - Chet Ross (3)         12 - Mike Jacobs (3)       36 - Ted Williams          30 - Ferris Fain (2)     
 33    7 - Chet Ross (4)         12 - Mike Jacobs (5)       37 - Ted Williams (3)      30 - Carlos Santana (3)  
 34    7 - Chet Ross (5)         13 - Mike Jacobs (3)       37 - Albert Pujols (4)     31 - Carlos Santana (3)  
 35    8 - Hack Wilson           13 - Mike Jacobs (4)       39 - Albert Pujols         32 - Carlos Santana (2)  
 36    8 - Hack Wilson           15 - Wally Joyner          42 - Albert Pujols         33 - Johnny Schulte      
 37    8 - Jeff Heath (2)        15 - Wally Joyner          43 - Albert Pujols         35 - Johnny Schulte      
 38    8 - Jeff Heath (3)        15 - Wally Joyner (2)      44 - Albert Pujols         35 - Johnny Schulte      
 39    8 - Jeff Heath (3)        15 - Wally Joyner (2)      44 - Albert Pujols         36 - Johnny Schulte      
 40    8 - Jeff Heath (3)        15 - Wally Joyner (2)      44 - Albert Pujols (2)     36 - Johnny Schulte      
 41    8 - Jeff Heath (3)        16 - Wally Berger          45 - Joe DiMaggio          36 - Bernie Carbo (3)    
 42    8 - Jeff Heath (3)        17 - Wally Berger          45 - Joe DiMaggio          39 - Bernie Carbo        
 43    8 - Jeff Heath (4)        17 - Wally Berger          47 - Joe DiMaggio          39 - Bernie Carbo (2)    
 44    8 - Chet Ross (5)         17 - Wally Berger          47 - Ted Williams (2)      40 - Johnny Schulte      
 45    9 - Braggo Roth           17 - Wally Berger          47 - Ted Williams (2)      41 - Johnny Schulte      
 46    9 - Braggo Roth           17 - Wally Berger          52 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - Johnny Schulte      
 47    9 - Jeff Heath (2)        18 - Wally Berger          53 - Walt Dropo (2)        41 - Johnny Schulte      
 48    9 - Jeff Heath (2)        18 - Wally Berger          54 - Joe DiMaggio          41 - Johnny Schulte      
 49    9 - Jeff Heath (2)        18 - Wally Berger          57 - Walt Dropo            42 - Bernie Carbo        
 50    9 - Jeff Heath (2)        18 - Wally Berger          57 - Walt Dropo            42 - Bernie Carbo        
 51   10 - Braggo Roth           20 - Wally Berger          58 - Walt Dropo            42 - Bernie Carbo        
 52   11 - Braggo Roth           20 - Wally Berger          58 - Walt Dropo            43 - Bernie Carbo        
 53   11 - Braggo Roth           20 - Wally Berger          58 - Walt Dropo            43 - Bernie Carbo        
 54   11 - Braggo Roth           20 - Wally Berger          60 - Joe DiMaggio          45 - Don Hurst           
 55   11 - Braggo Roth           21 - Wally Berger          60 - Joe DiMaggio          45 - Bernie Carbo (2)    
 56   11 - Braggo Roth           22 - Wally Berger          62 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - Bernie Carbo        
 57   11 - Jeff Heath (2)        22 - Wally Berger          62 - Joe DiMaggio          46 - Bernie Carbo (2)    
 58   12 - Jeff Heath            22 - Wally Berger          63 - Joe DiMaggio          48 - Don Hurst           
 59   12 - Jeff Heath            22 - Wally Berger          65 - Joe DiMaggio          48 - Don Hurst           
 60   12 - Jeff Heath            22 - Mark McGwire (2)      65 - Ted Williams (2)      49 - Don Hurst           
 61   12 - Jeff Heath (2)        22 - Mark McGwire (2)      65 - Ted Williams (2)      49 - L. Rosenthal (2)    
 62   12 - Jeff Heath (2)        22 - Mark McGwire (2)      67 - Ted Williams          49 - L. Rosenthal (2)    
 63   13 - Braggo Roth           22 - Mark McGwire (2)      68 - Ted Williams          50 - L. Rosenthal (2)    
 64   13 - Jim Bottomley (2)     22 - Mark McGwire (2)      69 - Ted Williams          51 - L. Rosenthal (2)    
 65   13 - Jim Bottomley (2)     22 - Mark McGwire (2)      69 - Ted Williams          51 - Ferris Fain (3)     
 66   13 - Jim Bottomley (2)     22 - Mark McGwire (2)      70 - Ted Williams          52 - Don Hurst           
 67   13 - Jim Bottomley (2)     23 - Wally Berger          70 - Ted Williams          53 - Don Hurst           
 68   13 - Jeff Heath (3)        23 - Wally Berger          71 - Ted Williams          55 - Don Hurst           
 69   13 - Jeff Heath (3)        23 - Wally Berger          72 - Ted Williams          57 - Don Hurst           
 70   13 - Jeff Heath (3)        23 - Wally Berger          78 - Walt Dropo            58 - Don Hurst           
 71   13 - Jeff Heath (3)        24 - Rudy York (2)         80 - Walt Dropo            58 - Don Hurst           
 72   14 - Jeff Heath            25 - Rudy York             83 - Walt Dropo            59 - Don Hurst           
 73   14 - Jeff Heath (2)        26 - Rudy York             83 - Walt Dropo            59 - Don Hurst           
 74   14 - Jeff Heath (2)        26 - Rudy York             84 - Walt Dropo            59 - Don Hurst           
 75   15 - Jeff Heath (2)        27 - Rudy York             84 - Walt Dropo            60 - Ferris Fain         
 76   15 - Jeff Heath (2)        27 - Rudy York             84 - Walt Dropo            60 - Ferris Fain         
 77   15 - Jeff Heath (2)        27 - Rudy York             84 - Walt Dropo            60 - Ferris Fain         
 78   15 - Jeff Heath (2)        28 - Rudy York             84 - Walt Dropo (2)        60 - Carlos Santana (3)  
 79   16 - Braggo Roth           30 - Rudy York             91 - Rudy York             62 - Charlie Keller      
 80   16 - Paul Waner (2)        30 - Rudy York             91 - Walt Dropo (2)        62 - Charlie Keller      
 81   16 - Paul Waner (2)        30 - Rudy York             91 - Walt Dropo (2)        64 - Carlos Santana (2)  
 82   16 - Paul Waner (2)        30 - Rudy York             92 - Walt Dropo (2)        65 - Carlos Santana (2)  
 83   16 - Paul Waner (2)        30 - Rudy York             93 - Walt Dropo (2)        68 - Charlie Keller      
 84   16 - Jeff Heath (3)        31 - Rudy York             94 - Walt Dropo (2)        68 - Charlie Keller      
 85   16 - Jeff Heath (3)        31 - Rudy York             95 - Walt Dropo            68 - Carlos Santana (3)  
 86   16 - Jeff Heath (3)        31 - Mark McGwire (2)      95 - Walt Dropo            69 - Charlie Keller      
 87   16 - Jeff Heath (3)        31 - Mark McGwire (2)      95 - Walt Dropo            69 - Frank Thomas (2)    
 88   16 - Jeff Heath (3)        31 - Mark McGwire (2)      95 - Walt Dropo            71 - Frank Thomas        
 89   18 - Jeff Heath            31 - Mark McGwire (2)      95 - Walt Dropo            71 - Frank Thomas        
 90   18 - Jeff Heath            32 - Mark McGwire          95 - Walt Dropo            72 - Frank Thomas        
 91   18 - Jeff Heath            33 - Mark McGwire          95 - Walt Dropo            72 - Frank Thomas        
 92   18 - Jeff Heath            33 - Mark McGwire          95 - Walt Dropo            72 - Frank Thomas        
 93   19 - Jeff Heath            33 - Mark McGwire          95 - Walt Dropo            74 - Frank Thomas        
 94   20 - Jeff Heath            34 - Mark McGwire          98 - Walt Dropo            74 - Frank Thomas        
 95   20 - Jeff Heath            34 - Mark McGwire         100 - Walt Dropo            75 - Carlos Santana (2)  
 96   20 - Jeff Heath            34 - Mark McGwire         102 - Walt Dropo            77 - Carlos Santana      
 97   20 - Jeff Heath            36 - Mark McGwire         103 - Walt Dropo            77 - Carlos Santana      
 98   20 - Jeff Heath            36 - Mark McGwire         103 - Walt Dropo            78 - Frank Thomas        
 99   20 - Jeff Heath            36 - Mark McGwire         106 - Walt Dropo            79 - Frank Thomas        
100   20 - Jeff Heath            37 - Mark McGwire         106 - Walt Dropo            80 - Frank Thomas        
101   20 - Jeff Heath            37 - Mark McGwire         107 - Walt Dropo            80 - Frank Thomas        
102   20 - Jeff Heath            37 - Mark McGwire         107 - Walt Dropo            81 - Frank Thomas        
103   20 - Jeff Heath            37 - Mark McGwire         107 - Walt Dropo            82 - Frank Thomas        
104   20 - Jeff Heath            38 - Mark McGwire         108 - Walt Dropo            85 - Frank Thomas        
105   20 - Jeff Heath            39 - Mark McGwire         108 - Walt Dropo            86 - Frank Thomas        
106   20 - Jeff Heath            39 - Mark McGwire         108 - Walt Dropo            86 - Frank Thomas        
107   20 - Jeff Heath            39 - Mark McGwire         111 - Walt Dropo            87 - Frank Thomas        
108   20 - Jeff Heath            39 - Mark McGwire         112 - Walt Dropo            87 - Frank Thomas        
109   20 - Jeff Heath            39 - Mark McGwire         114 - Walt Dropo            88 - Frank Thomas        
110   20 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         114 - Walt Dropo            90 - Frank Thomas        
111   20 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         114 - Walt Dropo            91 - Frank Thomas        
112   20 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         117 - Walt Dropo            92 - Frank Thomas        
113   20 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         118 - Walt Dropo            93 - Frank Thomas        
114   20 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         119 - Walt Dropo            95 - Frank Thomas        
115   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         119 - Walt Dropo            95 - Frank Thomas        
116   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         123 - Walt Dropo            96 - Frank Thomas        
117   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         125 - Walt Dropo            96 - Frank Thomas        
118   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         127 - Walt Dropo            96 - Frank Thomas        
119   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         127 - Walt Dropo            97 - Frank Thomas        
120   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         129 - Walt Dropo            98 - Frank Thomas        
121   21 - Jeff Heath            40 - Mark McGwire         130 - Walt Dropo            98 - Frank Thomas        
122   21 - Jeff Heath            41 - Mark McGwire         130 - Walt Dropo            98 - Frank Thomas        
123   22 - Jeff Heath            41 - Mark McGwire         131 - Walt Dropo            99 - Frank Thomas        
124   22 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         131 - Walt Dropo           100 - Frank Thomas        
125   22 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         132 - Walt Dropo           100 - Frank Thomas        
126   23 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         137 - Walt Dropo           103 - Frank Thomas        
127   24 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         138 - Walt Dropo           103 - Frank Thomas        
128   24 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         138 - Walt Dropo           104 - Frank Thomas        
129   25 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         140 - Walt Dropo           106 - Frank Thomas        
130   25 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         140 - Walt Dropo           108 - Frank Thomas        
131   25 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         141 - Walt Dropo           108 - Frank Thomas        
132   25 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         141 - Walt Dropo           108 - Frank Thomas        
133   25 - Jeff Heath            42 - Mark McGwire         141 - Walt Dropo           108 - Frank Thomas        
134   25 - Jeff Heath            43 - Rudy York            141 - Walt Dropo           110 - Frank Thomas        
135   25 - Jeff Heath            43 - Rudy York            142 - Walt Dropo           110 - Frank Thomas        
136   25 - Jeff Heath            43 - Rudy York            142 - Walt Dropo           112 - Frank Thomas        
137   25 - Jeff Heath            43 - Mark McGwire (2)     143 - Walt Dropo           112 - Frank Thomas        
138   25 - Jeff Heath            43 - Mark McGwire (2)     143 - Walt Dropo           114 - Frank Thomas        
139   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Rudy York            143 - Walt Dropo           114 - Frank Thomas        
140   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Rudy York            144 - Walt Dropo           116 - Frank Thomas        
141   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Rudy York            144 - Walt Dropo           117 - Frank Thomas        
142   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Rudy York            144 - Walt Dropo           118 - Frank Thomas        
143   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Rudy York            144 - Walt Dropo           118 - Frank Thomas        
144   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Mark McGwire (2)     144 - Walt Dropo (2)       119 - Frank Thomas        
145   25 - Jeff Heath            45 - Mark McGwire (2)     145 - Walt Dropo           119 - Frank Thomas        
146   25 - Jeff Heath            46 - Rudy York            145 - Walt Dropo           119 - Frank Thomas        
147   25 - Jeff Heath            47 - Rudy York            145 - Walt Dropo           120 - Frank Thomas        
148   25 - Jeff Heath            48 - Rudy York            145 - Walt Dropo           122 - Frank Thomas        
149   25 - Jeff Heath            48 - Rudy York            145 - Walt Dropo (2)       122 - Frank Thomas        
150   25 - Jeff Heath            48 - Rudy York            145 - Walt Dropo (2)       123 - Frank Thomas        
151   25 - Jeff Heath            49 - Rudy York            146 - Rudy York            123 - Frank Thomas        
152   25 - Jeff Heath            49 - Rudy York            146 - Rudy York            124 - Frank Thomas        
153   25 - Jeff Heath            50 - Rudy York            149 - Walt Dropo           125 - Frank Thomas        
154   25 - Jeff Heath            51 - Rudy York            151 - Rudy York            126 - Frank Thomas        
155   25 - Jeff Heath            51 - Rudy York            152 - Rudy York            127 - Frank Thomas        
156   25 - Jeff Heath            51 - Rudy York            153 - Rudy York            127 - Frank Thomas        
157   25 - Jeff Heath            51 - Rudy York            153 - Rudy York            128 - Frank Thomas        
158   25 - Jeff Heath            52 - Rudy York            156 - Rudy York            129 - Frank Thomas        
159   25 - Jeff Heath            53 - Rudy York            157 - Rudy York            130 - Frank Thomas        
160   25 - Jeff Heath            54 - Rudy York            159 - Rudy York            133 - Frank Thomas        
161   25 - Jeff Heath            54 - Rudy York            160 - Rudy York            133 - Frank Thomas        
162   25 - Jeff Heath            55 - Rudy York            163 - Rudy York            134 - Frank Thomas        
  G   3B - Player                HR - Player               RBI - Player                BB - Player

I knew Rudy York hit well from the outset of his career, but I was a little surprised to see him at the top of the home run and RBI lists (as well as the Slugging Percentage and OPS ones below). And no one since at least 1914 was able to match Jose Abreu's feat of having three multi-homer games in his first 24. Zeke Bonura was the next fastest to three such games, collecting his third in game twenty-five in 1934. And Abreu's mark of four games with four or more RBIs within his first 26 has also not been matched since at least 1914. The closest is Gabe Alvarez who did it in his first 33 games, but had only eleven more RBIs in his career.

  G   SO - Player               HBP - Player                SB - Player                CS - Player
  1    4 - Esteban German (7)     2 - Skeeter Barnes         2 - Trent Oeltjen (5)      1 - Engel Beltre (105)  
  2    6 - Josh Kroeger (4)       2 - Kevin Frandsen (6)     3 - Rod Gaspar             2 - Eric Young (4)      
  3    8 - Brett Jackson (2)      3 - Kevin Frandsen         3 - Billy Hamilton (7)     2 - Eric Young (15)     
  4   10 - Josh Kroeger (4)       3 - Kevin Frandsen (2)     5 - Vince Coleman          3 - Vince Coleman       
  5   12 - Matt Williams          4 - Kevin Frandsen (2)     5 - Luis Castillo (4)      3 - Vince Coleman (3)   
  6   13 - Matt Williams          4 - Kevin Frandsen (2)     6 - Ced Landrum (2)        3 - Vince Coleman (3)   
  7   14 - Brett Jackson (5)      4 - Kevin Frandsen (2)     6 - Ced Landrum (3)        3 - Vince Coleman (5)   
  8   17 - Ray Durham             4 - Kevin Frandsen (2)     9 - Billy Hamilton         3 - Brandon Inge (9)    
  9   18 - Brett Jackson (2)      4 - Kevin Frandsen (2)    10 - Billy Hamilton (3)     4 - Amos Otis (3)       
 10   20 - Aaron Hicks (2)        6 - Ed Fitzpatrick        12 - Billy Hamilton         4 - Amos Otis (3)       
 11   21 - R. Branyan             6 - Ed Fitzpatrick        13 - Billy Hamilton         5 - Jim Gilliam         
 12   23 - Brett Jackson          6 - Vince Barton (2)      13 - Billy Hamilton         5 - Jim Gilliam         
 13   24 - Brett Jackson          6 - Vince Barton (2)      13 - Billy Hamilton         5 - Jim Gilliam         
 14   25 - Brett Jackson (2)      6 - Vince Barton (2)      14 - Vince Coleman          5 - Jim Gilliam         
 15   28 - Reggie Jackson         6 - Vince Barton (2)      17 - Vince Coleman          5 - Jim Gilliam (2)     
 16   29 - Brett Jackson (2)      6 - Vince Barton (2)      17 - Vince Coleman          5 - Joey Cora (4)       
 17   30 - Brett Jackson          6 - Vince Barton (2)      19 - Vince Coleman          5 - Joey Cora (8)       
 18   31 - Brett Jackson (2)      7 - Ed Fitzpatrick        20 - Vince Coleman          5 - D. DeShields (10)   
 19   32 - Austin Jackson (2)     7 - Ed Fitzpatrick        20 - Vince Coleman          6 - Gil Flores (2)      
 20   34 - Bruce Hurst            7 - Vince Barton (2)      21 - Vince Coleman          6 - Gil Flores (2)      
 21   35 - Mike Stanton           7 - Vince Barton (2)      21 - Vince Coleman          6 - Gil Flores (2)      
 22   36 - Brett Jackson (2)      7 - Vince Barton (2)      23 - Vince Coleman          7 - Gil Flores          
 23   38 - Mike Stanton           7 - Vince Barton (2)      25 - Vince Coleman          7 - Gil Flores          
 24   39 - Mike Stanton           7 - Vince Barton (2)      25 - Vince Coleman          7 - Joey Cora (2)       
 25   41 - Mike Stanton           7 - Alex Gordon (3)       26 - Vince Coleman          7 - Joey Cora (2)       
 26   42 - Brett Jackson (2)      7 - Alex Gordon (3)       26 - Vince Coleman          8 - Gil Flores          
 27   44 - Mike Stanton           7 - Alex Gordon (4)       28 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 28   44 - Brett Jackson (2)      7 - Alex Gordon (4)       28 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 29   45 - Brett Jackson          7 - Brett Wallace (5)     28 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 30   47 - Brett Jackson          8 - Nick Johnson          28 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 31   48 - Brett Jackson (2)      9 - Nick Johnson          28 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 32   50 - Brett Jackson          9 - Nick Johnson          29 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 33   51 - Gary Gentry            9 - Nick Johnson          29 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 34   51 - Gary Gentry            9 - Nick Johnson          29 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 35   52 - Gary Gentry            9 - Nick Johnson          29 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora           
 36   55 - Gary Gentry            9 - Nick Johnson          31 - Vince Coleman          9 - Joey Cora (2)       
 37   55 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          33 - Vince Coleman          9 - D. DeShields (3)    
 38   56 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          34 - Vince Coleman          9 - D. DeShields (3)    
 39   58 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          36 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora           
 40   59 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          39 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora           
 41   61 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          39 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora           
 42   63 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          39 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora           
 43   67 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          39 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora (2)       
 44   68 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          40 - Vince Coleman         10 - Joey Cora (3)       
 45   72 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson          41 - Vince Coleman         10 - D. DeShields (4)    
 46   72 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson (2)      41 - Vince Coleman         11 - Joey Cora           
 47   72 - Gary Gentry           10 - Nick Johnson (2)      41 - Vince Coleman         11 - Joey Cora           
 48   74 - Gary Gentry           10 - Ryan Doumit (3)       41 - Vince Coleman         11 - D. DeShields (2)    
 49   75 - Gary Gentry           10 - Ryan Doumit (3)       42 - Vince Coleman         12 - D. DeShields        
 50   75 - Gary Gentry           10 - Ryan Doumit (3)       42 - Vince Coleman         12 - D. DeShields        
 51   78 - Gary Gentry           10 - Ryan Doumit (3)       42 - Vince Coleman         12 - D. DeShields (2)    
 52   80 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           44 - Vince Coleman         13 - D. DeShields        
 53   80 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           44 - Vince Coleman         13 - D. DeShields        
 54   81 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           44 - Vince Coleman         13 - D. DeShields        
 55   81 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           46 - Vince Coleman         13 - D. DeShields        
 56   82 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           46 - Vince Coleman         14 - D. DeShields        
 57   83 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit           47 - Vince Coleman         15 - D. DeShields        
 58   86 - Gary Gentry           11 - Ryan Doumit (2)       48 - Vince Coleman         17 - D. DeShields        
 59   87 - Jerry Koosman         11 - Ryan Doumit (3)       50 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 60   90 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit           50 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 61   90 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (2)       50 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 62   91 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (2)       51 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 63   91 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (2)       52 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 64   93 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (3)       53 - Vince Coleman         18 - D. DeShields        
 65   96 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (4)       54 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 66   97 - Jerry Koosman         12 - Ryan Doumit (4)       55 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 67   99 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Reed Johnson          55 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 68  100 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Reed Johnson (2)      56 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 69  100 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (3)       57 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 70  101 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (3)       59 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 71  102 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (3)       62 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 72  103 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (3)       62 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 73  106 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (3)       63 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 74  108 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (4)       63 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 75  109 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (4)       64 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 76  109 - Jerry Koosman         13 - Ryan Doumit (4)       64 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 77  110 - Jerry Koosman         14 - Reed Johnson (2)      64 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 78  111 - Jerry Koosman         14 - Ryan Doumit (3)       65 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 79  114 - Jerry Koosman         15 - Ryan Doumit (2)       66 - Vince Coleman         19 - D. DeShields        
 80  114 - Jerry Koosman         15 - Ryan Doumit (3)       66 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 81  115 - Jerry Koosman         15 - Ryan Doumit (3)       66 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 82  116 - Jerry Koosman         15 - Ryan Doumit (3)       68 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 83  118 - Jerry Koosman         16 - Ryan Doumit (2)       69 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 84  120 - Jerry Koosman         17 - Reed Johnson          69 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 85  120 - Jerry Koosman         17 - Reed Johnson          69 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 86  120 - Jerry Koosman         17 - Reed Johnson          70 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 87  122 - Jerry Koosman         17 - Reed Johnson          72 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 88  125 - Jerry Koosman         17 - Reed Johnson          74 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 89  126 - Bo Jackson (2)        18 - Reed Johnson          74 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 90  128 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          74 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 91  129 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          74 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 92  133 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          74 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 93  136 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          75 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 94  137 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          76 - Vince Coleman         20 - D. DeShields        
 95  138 - Jerry Koosman         18 - Reed Johnson          76 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
 96  139 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          77 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
 97  139 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          78 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
 98  141 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          81 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
 99  143 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          81 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
100  143 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          81 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
101  147 - Jerry Koosman         19 - Reed Johnson          81 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
102  148 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          81 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
103  152 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          82 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
104  152 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          82 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
105  152 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          82 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields        
106  155 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          83 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields (2)    
107  156 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          83 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields (3)    
108  157 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          84 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields (4)    
109  157 - Bo Jackson (2)        20 - Reed Johnson          86 - Vince Coleman         21 - D. DeShields (4)    
110  159 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          86 - Vince Coleman         22 - Dan Gladden         
111  160 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          86 - Vince Coleman         22 - Dan Gladden         
112  160 - Bo Jackson (2)        20 - Reed Johnson          87 - Vince Coleman         22 - Dan Gladden         
113  163 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         23 - Sparky Adams        
114  165 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         23 - Sparky Adams (2)    
115  166 - Jerry Koosman         20 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         23 - Dan Gladden (3)     
116  167 - Jerry Koosman         21 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         23 - Vince Coleman (4)   
117  167 - Jerry Koosman         21 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         24 - G. Grantham         
118  167 - Jerry Koosman         22 - Reed Johnson          88 - Vince Coleman         25 - G. Grantham         
119  168 - Jerry Koosman         23 - Reed Johnson          90 - Vince Coleman         25 - G. Grantham         
120  170 - Jerry Koosman         23 - Reed Johnson          90 - Vince Coleman         25 - G. Grantham         
121  171 - Jerry Koosman         24 - Reed Johnson          90 - Vince Coleman         25 - Vince Coleman (2)   
122  172 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          91 - Vince Coleman         25 - Vince Coleman (2)   
123  173 - Bo Jackson (2)        24 - Reed Johnson          91 - Vince Coleman         26 - G. Grantham         
124  176 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          92 - Vince Coleman         26 - G. Grantham         
125  180 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          93 - Vince Coleman         26 - G. Grantham         
126  182 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          93 - Vince Coleman         26 - G. Grantham         
127  183 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          93 - Vince Coleman         27 - G. Grantham         
128  184 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          94 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
129  184 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          95 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
130  184 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          95 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
131  184 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          96 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
132  187 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          96 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
133  187 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          98 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
134  187 - Bo Jackson            24 - Reed Johnson          99 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
135  187 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      100 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
136  188 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      101 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
137  188 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      101 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
138  190 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      101 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
139  191 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      101 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
140  192 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      102 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
141  192 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      105 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
142  193 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      105 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
143  195 - Bo Jackson            24 - Ryan Doumit (2)      105 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
144  195 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          109 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
145  195 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          109 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
146  198 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          109 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
147  199 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          109 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
148  201 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          109 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
149  202 - Bo Jackson            25 - Ryan Doumit          110 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
150  204 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          110 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
151  207 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          110 - Vince Coleman         28 - G. Grantham         
152  207 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          110 - Vince Coleman         28 - Sparky Adams (2)    
153  210 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          110 - Vince Coleman         28 - Sparky Adams (2)    
154  210 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          113 - Vince Coleman         28 - Ron LeFlore (3)     
155  211 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         28 - Ron LeFlore (3)     
156  212 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         28 - Ron LeFlore (3)     
157  212 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         29 - Sparky Adams        
158  213 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         30 - Sparky Adams        
159  214 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         30 - Sparky Adams        
160  215 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         30 - Sparky Adams        
161  216 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         30 - Sparky Adams        
162  216 - Bo Jackson            26 - Ryan Doumit          114 - Vince Coleman         30 - Sparky Adams (2)    
  G   SO - Player               HBP - Player                SB - Player                CS - Player

It was nice to see first Gary Gentry and then Jerry Koosman last so long atop the strikeout list. Not too surprisingly, George Grantham was the one tied with Sparky Adams with thirty caught stealing after 162 games.

  G    AVG - Player                 OBP - Player                 SLG - Player                 OPS - Player
  1  1.000 - Josh Rutledge (23)   1.000 - Josh Rutledge (23)   2.667 - Kazuo Matsui         3.667 - Kazuo Matsui        
  2   .833 - Dave Ferriss          .857 - Rey Quinones (4)     1.800 - Ricky Jordan         2.514 - Ricky Jordan        
  3   .727 - Delmon Young          .769 - Bucky Jacobsen       1.400 - John Bowker          2.144 - Bucky Jacobsen      
  4   .643 - Josmil Pinto (3)      .714 - Larry Walker         1.538 - Mike Jacobs          2.163 - Mike Jacobs         
  5   .615 - Ed Lucas              .722 - L. Rosenthal         1.312 - Danny Espinosa (2)   1.913 - Mike Jacobs         
  6   .591 - Jay Bruce             .708 - Fern Bell            1.167 - Danny Espinosa       1.757 - Roy Campanella      
  7   .577 - Jay Bruce (2)         .679 - Fern Bell            1.100 - Alex Avila           1.705 - Jay Bruce           
  8   .552 - Jay Bruce (2)         .690 - Fern Bell            1.000 - Sam Horn             1.614 - Jay Bruce           
  9   .552 - Tom Hughes            .649 - L. Rosenthal         1.000 - T. Teagarden         1.560 - Ian Kinsler         
 10   .545 - Tom Hughes            .643 - L. Rosenthal          .967 - T. Teagarden         1.470 - L. Rosenthal        
 11   .514 - Tom Hughes            .614 - L. Rosenthal          .969 - Jose Oliva           1.441 - Jose Oliva          
 12   .487 - Tom Hughes            .604 - L. Rosenthal          .972 - T. Teagarden         1.397 - T. Teagarden        
 13   .479 - Yasiel Puig           .559 - Gus Suhr              .946 - T. Teagarden         1.375 - T. Teagarden        
 14   .482 - T. Pendleton          .536 - L. Rosenthal          .927 - T. Teagarden         1.376 - Willie McCovey      
 15   .488 - Duane Kuiper          .553 - Duane Kuiper          .884 - T. Teagarden         1.312 - T. Teagarden        
 16   .457 - Duane Kuiper          .544 - Jim Piersall          .898 - Jeff Francoeur       1.318 - Jeff Francoeur      
 17   .456 - T. Pendleton          .534 - Sammy Holbrook        .922 - G. Jefferies         1.385 - G. Jefferies        
 18   .444 - T. Pendleton          .535 - Austin Kearns         .889 - G. Jefferies         1.354 - G. Jefferies        
 19   .466 - G. Jefferies          .547 - Austin Kearns         .931 - G. Jefferies         1.431 - G. Jefferies        
 20   .442 - Yasiel Puig           .544 - Austin Kearns         .871 - G. Jefferies         1.341 - G. Jefferies        
 21   .431 - Duane Kuiper          .518 - Austin Kearns         .818 - G. Jefferies         1.261 - G. Jefferies        
 22   .446 - Bob Hazle             .523 - Austin Kearns         .824 - Mandy Brooks         1.228 - Jeff Francoeur      
 23   .446 - Bob Hazle             .511 - Austin Kearns         .833 - Mandy Brooks         1.266 - Jeff Francoeur      
 24   .448 - Bob Hazle             .536 - Austin Kearns         .820 - Mandy Brooks         1.228 - Jeff Francoeur      
 25   .471 - Bob Hazle             .529 - Austin Kearns         .825 - Mandy Brooks         1.278 - Bob Hazle           
 26   .473 - Bob Hazle             .528 - Austin Kearns         .810 - Mandy Brooks         1.276 - Bob Hazle           
 27   .462 - Bob Hazle             .505 - Austin Kearns         .798 - Mandy Brooks         1.238 - Bob Hazle           
 28   .463 - Bob Hazle             .511 - Bob Hazle             .786 - Mandy Brooks         1.248 - Bob Hazle           
 29   .440 - Bob Hazle             .500 - Austin Kearns         .767 - Mandy Brooks         1.197 - Bob Hazle           
 30   .437 - Bob Hazle             .490 - Bob Hazle             .755 - Jeff Francoeur       1.180 - Bob Hazle           
 31   .447 - Bob Hazle             .495 - Bob Hazle             .763 - Dave Hostetler       1.208 - Bob Hazle           
 32   .429 - Bob Hazle             .489 - Sam Chapman           .739 - Jeff Francoeur       1.197 - John Kroner         
 33   .416 - Bob Hazle             .474 - Sam Chapman           .738 - Willie McCovey       1.170 - Willie McCovey      
 34   .418 - John Kroner           .479 - Bob Hazle             .723 - Willie McCovey       1.188 - John Kroner         
 35   .422 - John Kroner           .475 - John Kroner           .736 - Wally Berger         1.200 - John Kroner         
 36   .429 - Tony Oliva            .477 - Sam Chapman           .758 - Wally Berger         1.207 - Tony Oliva          
 37   .431 - Tony Oliva            .475 - Tony Oliva            .755 - Albert Pujols        1.218 - Albert Pujols       
 38   .430 - Tony Oliva            .472 - Tony Oliva            .765 - Wally Berger         1.199 - Albert Pujols       
 39   .441 - Tony Oliva            .517 - Johnny Schulte        .750 - Wally Berger         1.209 - Tony Oliva          
 40   .439 - Tony Oliva            .508 - Johnny Schulte        .729 - Wally Berger         1.193 - Tony Oliva          
 41   .425 - Tony Oliva            .490 - Bernie Carbo          .743 - Wally Berger         1.156 - Tony Oliva          
 42   .417 - Tony Oliva            .500 - Bernie Carbo          .757 - Wally Berger         1.142 - Albert Pujols       
 43   .426 - Tony Oliva            .493 - Bernie Carbo          .744 - Wally Berger         1.164 - George Watkins      
 44   .411 - Tony Oliva            .484 - Bernie Carbo          .733 - Wally Berger         1.128 - Albert Pujols       
 45   .400 - Tony Oliva            .478 - Bernie Carbo          .738 - Wally Berger         1.144 - George Watkins      
 46   .405 - George Watkins        .479 - Bernie Carbo          .732 - Wally Berger         1.144 - George Watkins      
 47   .403 - George Watkins        .485 - Bernie Carbo          .744 - Wally Berger         1.145 - George Watkins      
 48   .401 - Roy Weatherly         .480 - Bernie Carbo          .737 - Wally Berger         1.121 - George Watkins      
 49   .401 - George Watkins        .480 - Bernie Carbo          .733 - Wally Berger         1.130 - George Watkins      
 50   .398 - Roy Weatherly         .478 - Bernie Carbo          .717 - Wally Berger         1.114 - George Watkins      
 51   .407 - Earle Combs           .491 - Earle Combs           .745 - Wally Berger         1.121 - George Watkins      
 52   .406 - Earle Combs           .491 - Earle Combs           .738 - Wally Berger         1.114 - Wally Berger        
 53   .411 - Earle Combs           .494 - Earle Combs           .733 - Wally Berger         1.110 - Wally Berger        
 54   .417 - Earle Combs           .503 - Earle Combs           .719 - Wally Berger         1.088 - Wally Berger        
 55   .405 - Earle Combs           .494 - Earle Combs           .724 - Wally Berger         1.097 - Wally Berger        
 56   .401 - Earle Combs           .492 - Earle Combs           .729 - Wally Berger         1.101 - Wally Berger        
 57   .404 - Earle Combs           .492 - Earle Combs           .730 - Wally Berger         1.103 - Wally Berger        
 58   .396 - Earle Combs           .487 - Earle Combs           .718 - Wally Berger         1.121 - George Watkins      
 59   .390 - Tony Oliva            .477 - Earle Combs           .705 - Wally Berger         1.091 - George Watkins      
 60   .395 - Tony Oliva            .470 - Earle Combs           .702 - Wally Berger         1.095 - Tony Oliva          
 61   .392 - M. Archdeacon         .469 - Minnie Minoso         .702 - Wally Berger         1.085 - Albert Pujols       
 62   .395 - M. Archdeacon         .483 - Minnie Minoso         .691 - Wally Berger         1.088 - Albert Pujols       
 63   .397 - M. Archdeacon         .477 - Minnie Minoso         .684 - Wally Berger         1.108 - Albert Pujols       
 64   .394 - M. Archdeacon         .477 - Minnie Minoso         .682 - Wally Berger         1.105 - Albert Pujols       
 65   .390 - M. Archdeacon         .478 - Minnie Minoso         .686 - Wally Berger         1.111 - Albert Pujols       
 66   .389 - M. Archdeacon         .472 - Minnie Minoso         .683 - Wally Berger         1.088 - Albert Pujols       
 67   .395 - M. Archdeacon         .469 - Minnie Minoso         .693 - Wally Berger         1.118 - Willie McCovey      
 68   .395 - M. Archdeacon         .466 - Minnie Minoso         .684 - Willie McCovey       1.119 - Willie McCovey      
 69   .392 - M. Archdeacon         .472 - Earle Combs           .681 - Willie McCovey       1.120 - Willie McCovey      
 70   .393 - Earle Combs           .474 - Earle Combs           .681 - Willie McCovey       1.121 - Willie McCovey      
 71   .393 - Earle Combs           .477 - Earle Combs           .693 - Willie McCovey       1.137 - Willie McCovey      
 72   .394 - Earle Combs           .479 - Earle Combs           .685 - Willie McCovey       1.124 - Willie McCovey      
 73   .392 - Earle Combs           .477 - Earle Combs           .685 - Willie McCovey       1.127 - Willie McCovey      
 74   .394 - M. Archdeacon         .470 - Earle Combs           .676 - Johnny Mize          1.111 - Willie McCovey      
 75   .398 - M. Archdeacon         .464 - Bernie Carbo          .674 - Johnny Mize          1.108 - Willie McCovey      
 76   .395 - M. Archdeacon         .464 - Bernie Carbo          .681 - Johnny Mize          1.111 - Willie McCovey      
 77   .396 - M. Archdeacon         .468 - Earle Combs           .694 - Johnny Mize          1.128 - Johnny Mize         
 78   .394 - M. Archdeacon         .465 - Earle Combs           .692 - Johnny Mize          1.121 - Johnny Mize         
 79   .388 - M. Archdeacon         .466 - Charlie Keller        .695 - Johnny Mize          1.133 - Johnny Mize         
 80   .390 - M. Archdeacon         .466 - Charlie Keller        .696 - Johnny Mize          1.137 - Johnny Mize         
 81   .384 - M. Archdeacon         .472 - Charlie Keller        .708 - Johnny Mize          1.151 - Johnny Mize         
 82   .382 - Johnny Mize           .468 - Charlie Keller        .701 - Johnny Mize          1.141 - Johnny Mize         
 83   .382 - Earle Combs           .473 - Charlie Keller        .694 - Johnny Mize          1.132 - Johnny Mize         
 84   .383 - Earle Combs           .472 - Charlie Keller        .695 - Johnny Mize          1.132 - Johnny Mize         
 85   .381 - Earle Combs           .471 - Charlie Keller        .688 - Johnny Mize          1.123 - Johnny Mize         
 86   .379 - Wade Boggs            .472 - Charlie Keller        .684 - Johnny Mize          1.120 - Johnny Mize         
 87   .378 - Wade Boggs            .470 - Charlie Keller        .678 - Johnny Mize          1.111 - Johnny Mize         
 88   .380 - Wade Boggs            .466 - Charlie Keller        .674 - Johnny Mize          1.106 - Johnny Mize         
 89   .379 - Wade Boggs            .467 - Bernie Carbo          .671 - Johnny Mize          1.101 - Johnny Mize         
 90   .379 - Wade Boggs            .464 - Bernie Carbo          .676 - Johnny Mize          1.106 - Johnny Mize         
 91   .374 - Wade Boggs            .461 - Charlie Keller        .674 - Johnny Mize          1.101 - Johnny Mize         
 92   .371 - Wade Boggs            .459 - Charlie Keller        .667 - Johnny Mize          1.092 - Johnny Mize         
 93   .367 - Wade Boggs            .457 - Bernie Carbo          .661 - Johnny Mize          1.084 - Johnny Mize         
 94   .368 - Kiki Cuyler           .456 - Bernie Carbo          .659 - Johnny Mize          1.083 - Johnny Mize         
 95   .366 - Kiki Cuyler           .454 - Bernie Carbo          .653 - Johnny Mize          1.075 - Johnny Mize         
 96   .367 - Kiki Cuyler           .454 - Frank Thomas          .648 - Johnny Mize          1.068 - Johnny Mize         
 97   .366 - Kiki Cuyler           .456 - Bernie Carbo          .650 - Rudy York            1.059 - Bernie Carbo        
 98   .366 - Earle Combs           .456 - Bernie Carbo          .654 - Rudy York            1.054 - Bernie Carbo        
 99   .367 - Earle Combs           .454 - Bernie Carbo          .647 - Rudy York            1.046 - Bernie Carbo        
100   .369 - George Watkins        .457 - Bernie Carbo          .640 - Rudy York            1.048 - Bernie Carbo        
101   .368 - George Watkins        .457 - Bernie Carbo          .641 - Rudy York            1.046 - Bernie Carbo        
102   .367 - George Watkins        .458 - Bernie Carbo          .642 - Rudy York            1.044 - Bernie Carbo        
103   .367 - Earle Combs           .458 - Bernie Carbo          .636 - Rudy York            1.042 - Bernie Carbo        
104   .366 - Earle Combs           .465 - Bernie Carbo          .634 - Rudy York            1.053 - Bernie Carbo        
105   .364 - Earle Combs           .462 - Bernie Carbo          .642 - Rudy York            1.043 - Bernie Carbo        
106   .370 - Earle Combs           .462 - Bernie Carbo          .646 - Rudy York            1.052 - Bernie Carbo        
107   .372 - Earle Combs           .464 - Bernie Carbo          .643 - Rudy York            1.058 - Bernie Carbo        
108   .368 - Earle Combs           .462 - Bernie Carbo          .641 - Rudy York            1.051 - Bernie Carbo        
109   .364 - Earle Combs           .459 - Bernie Carbo          .642 - Rudy York            1.040 - Bernie Carbo        
110   .366 - Kiki Cuyler           .461 - Frank Thomas          .639 - Ryan Braun           1.038 - Bernie Carbo        
111   .364 - Kiki Cuyler           .459 - Frank Thomas          .634 - Ryan Braun           1.026 - Bernie Carbo        
112   .365 - Kiki Cuyler           .457 - Frank Thomas          .632 - Ryan Braun           1.023 - Fred Lynn           
113   .365 - Kiki Cuyler           .456 - Frank Thomas          .634 - Ryan Braun           1.029 - Fred Lynn           
114   .364 - Kiki Cuyler           .456 - Frank Thomas          .629 - Ryan Braun           1.026 - Fred Lynn           
115   .366 - George Watkins        .454 - Frank Thomas          .635 - Chuck Klein          1.024 - Chuck Klein         
116   .369 - George Watkins        .455 - Frank Thomas          .642 - Chuck Klein          1.033 - Chuck Klein         
117   .368 - George Watkins        .454 - Frank Thomas          .641 - Chuck Klein          1.034 - Chuck Klein         
118   .372 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .639 - Chuck Klein          1.035 - Chuck Klein         
119   .373 - George Watkins        .458 - Frank Thomas          .637 - Chuck Klein          1.034 - Chuck Klein         
120   .370 - George Watkins        .459 - Frank Thomas          .633 - Chuck Klein          1.028 - Chuck Klein         
121   .368 - George Watkins        .458 - Frank Thomas          .630 - Ryan Braun           1.021 - Albert Pujols       
122   .370 - George Watkins        .458 - Frank Thomas          .625 - Ryan Braun           1.021 - Albert Pujols       
123   .371 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .620 - Ryan Braun           1.027 - Albert Pujols       
124   .372 - George Watkins        .455 - Frank Thomas          .621 - Albert Pujols        1.032 - Albert Pujols       
125   .373 - George Watkins        .451 - Frank Thomas          .617 - George Watkins       1.027 - George Watkins      
126   .377 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .620 - Albert Pujols        1.031 - George Watkins      
127   .376 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .617 - Rudy York            1.028 - George Watkins      
128   .373 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .613 - George Watkins       1.021 - George Watkins      
129   .372 - George Watkins        .457 - Frank Thomas          .618 - Rudy York            1.020 - Albert Pujols       
130   .373 - George Watkins        .459 - Frank Thomas          .614 - Rudy York            1.016 - George Watkins      
131   .370 - George Watkins        .456 - Frank Thomas          .614 - Albert Pujols        1.027 - Ted Williams        
132   .367 - George Watkins        .453 - Frank Thomas          .616 - Albert Pujols        1.026 - Ted Williams        
133   .364 - George Watkins        .450 - Frank Thomas          .616 - Albert Pujols        1.029 - Ted Williams        
134   .364 - George Watkins        .450 - Frank Thomas          .623 - Rudy York            1.024 - Ted Williams        
135   .365 - George Watkins        .450 - Frank Thomas          .619 - Rudy York            1.026 - Ted Williams        
136   .364 - George Watkins        .449 - Frank Thomas          .618 - Albert Pujols        1.030 - Ted Williams        
137   .361 - George Watkins        .449 - Frank Thomas          .622 - Albert Pujols        1.032 - Ted Williams        
138   .359 - George Watkins        .451 - Frank Thomas          .627 - Albert Pujols        1.037 - Albert Pujols       
139   .360 - George Watkins        .451 - Frank Thomas          .626 - Rudy York            1.037 - Ted Williams        
140   .360 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .624 - Rudy York            1.030 - Albert Pujols       
141   .360 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .624 - Rudy York            1.037 - Ted Williams        
142   .360 - Chuck Klein           .455 - Frank Thomas          .624 - Rudy York            1.031 - Ted Williams        
143   .364 - Chuck Klein           .454 - Frank Thomas          .631 - Chuck Klein          1.035 - Ted Williams        
144   .365 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .635 - Chuck Klein          1.044 - Ted Williams        
145   .366 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .644 - Chuck Klein          1.049 - Ted Williams        
146   .367 - Chuck Klein           .450 - Frank Thomas          .643 - Chuck Klein          1.043 - Ted Williams        
147   .366 - Chuck Klein           .450 - Frank Thomas          .640 - Chuck Klein          1.041 - Albert Pujols       
148   .365 - Chuck Klein           .451 - Frank Thomas          .642 - Chuck Klein          1.042 - Albert Pujols       
149   .364 - Chuck Klein           .451 - Frank Thomas          .640 - Rudy York            1.042 - Ted Williams        
150   .363 - Chuck Klein           .450 - Frank Thomas          .638 - Chuck Klein          1.043 - Ted Williams        
151   .366 - Chuck Klein           .447 - Frank Thomas          .639 - Chuck Klein          1.046 - Ted Williams        
152   .365 - Chuck Klein           .446 - Frank Thomas          .638 - Chuck Klein          1.042 - Ted Williams        
153   .365 - Chuck Klein           .444 - Frank Thomas          .641 - Chuck Klein          1.038 - Chuck Klein         
154   .367 - Chuck Klein           .446 - Frank Thomas          .651 - Chuck Klein          1.050 - Chuck Klein         
155   .366 - Chuck Klein           .446 - Frank Thomas          .648 - Chuck Klein          1.046 - Chuck Klein         
156   .366 - Chuck Klein           .447 - Frank Thomas          .647 - Chuck Klein          1.046 - Chuck Klein         
157   .364 - Chuck Klein           .446 - Frank Thomas          .643 - Chuck Klein          1.040 - Chuck Klein         
158   .362 - Chuck Klein           .448 - Frank Thomas          .648 - Rudy York            1.048 - Rudy York           
159   .361 - Chuck Klein           .448 - Frank Thomas          .653 - Rudy York            1.053 - Rudy York           
160   .363 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .656 - Rudy York            1.057 - Rudy York           
161   .363 - Chuck Klein           .453 - Frank Thomas          .655 - Rudy York            1.055 - Rudy York           
162   .361 - Chuck Klein           .452 - Frank Thomas          .660 - Rudy York            1.060 - Rudy York           
  G    AVG - Player                 OBP - Player                 SLG - Player                 OPS - Player

The top of these lists reads like a Who's Who of players who took the world briefly by storm. Tom Hughes' career lasted only seventeen games, but for the first twelve, there was none better. John Kroner made believers out of Red Sox fans for a couple of months during 1936, the same summer Larry Rosenthal tore up the league for a time with the White Sox. Mandy Brooks was great for a month eleven years earlier for the crosstown Cubs, and then suddenly he wasn't. There are no guarantees in baseball, but White Sox fans are certainly hoping that Jose Abreu has a career more like the players at the bottom of these lists than many of those at the top.

Hot Starts to Careers, the Pitching Edition

After my previous post, I guess it was inevitable that I'd do something similar for pitchers. I decided to look at only games started. Since these lists will feature pitchers who had the most of various stats (innings pitched, hits allowed, walks and so on), and since relief outings tend to be brutish and short, I figured that the lists would be more interesting with the relievers sent packing. I also decided to look at only the first forty starts of each pitchers career, or a little more than what would be a normal seasonal workload, at least in the good old days when men were men.

Once again, these list include only those who debuted from 1914 to 2013. Here they are:

  G   IP   - Player                 H - Player                 R - Player                ER - Player
  1   14.1 - Hi Bell               19 - Larry Jacobus         15 - Bruno Haas            11 - Arnie Munoz (2)     
  2   24.2 - M. Pieretti           30 - George LeClair        24 - George LeClair        22 - George LeClair      
  3   33.2 - M. Pieretti           43 - Ed Baecht             27 - George LeClair        25 - George LeClair      
  4   42   - Pete Henning          54 - Ed Baecht             31 - Joe Dobson            27 - Joe Dobson (4)      
  5   51   - Pete Henning          63 - Ed Baecht             36 - George Grant          33 - Leon Chagnon        
  6   59   - Pete Henning          68 - Ed Baecht             41 - Steve Sundra          37 - Leon Chagnon (2)    
  7   65.2 - M. Pieretti           75 - Ed Baecht             47 - Nels Potter           43 - Nels Potter         
  8   74.2 - Red Faber             81 - Les Sweetland         54 - Nels Potter           50 - Nels Potter         
  9   82.2 - Eric Erickson         92 - Les Sweetland         58 - Nels Potter           53 - Nels Potter         
 10   95.1 - Nate Andrews          98 - K. Greenfield         65 - Shovel Hodge          54 - Nels Potter (2)     
 11  104.1 - Nate Andrews         109 - Bob Joyce             70 - Shovel Hodge          59 - Nels Potter (2)     
 12  111.1 - Mark Fidrych         116 - Les Sweetland         75 - Shovel Hodge          62 - Sid Hudson (3)      
 13  120.1 - Mark Fidrych         126 - Tom Sheehan           79 - Shovel Hodge          66 - Nels Potter (3)     
 14  126.2 - Waite Hoyt           132 - Al Milnar             81 - Buck Ross             74 - Buck Ross           
 15  134.1 - Dave Ferriss         143 - Julio Bonetti         94 - Carl Doyle            82 - Carl Doyle (2)      
 16  143.1 - Dave Ferriss         154 - Julio Bonetti         94 - Carl Doyle            82 - Carl Doyle (2)      
 17  152.1 - Dave Ferriss         158 - Jimmy Zinn (2)        96 - Carl Doyle            85 - Buck Ross           
 18  161.1 - Dave Ferriss         169 - Roy Wilkinson        102 - Shovel Hodge          89 - Buck Ross           
 19  170.1 - Dave Ferriss         179 - Roy Wilkinson        106 - Shovel Hodge          93 - Buck Ross           
 20  180.1 - Dave Ferriss         189 - Ted Lyons            108 - Shovel Hodge          97 - Nels Potter (2)     
 21  189.1 - Dave Ferriss         204 - Ted Lyons            111 - Nels Potter (2)      102 - Nels Potter (2)     
 22  198   - Mark Fidrych         214 - Ted Lyons            123 - Chubby Dean          109 - Chubby Dean         
 23  206.1 - Dave Ferriss         228 - Ted Lyons            125 - Nels Potter          114 - Nels Potter         
 24  210.2 - Mark Fidrych         239 - Jimmy Zinn           134 - Chubby Dean          120 - Chubby Dean (2)     
 25  219.2 - Mark Fidrych         248 - Jimmy Zinn           141 - Chubby Dean          128 - Nels Potter         
 26  228.1 - Dave Ferriss         258 - Jimmy Zinn           147 - Chubby Dean          132 - Chubby Dean (2)     
 27  236.1 - Dave Ferriss         261 - Ted Lyons            152 - Chubby Dean          139 - Nels Potter         
 28  244   - Urban Shocker        268 - Ted Lyons            157 - Nels Potter          145 - Nels Potter         
 29  252.2 - Urban Shocker        281 - Ted Lyons            164 - Nels Potter          150 - Nels Potter         
 30  261.2 - Urban Shocker        290 - Ted Lyons            166 - Nels Potter          152 - Nels Potter         
 31  271.1 - Urban Shocker        300 - Ted Lyons            172 - Nels Potter          158 - Nels Potter         
 32  277.1 - Urban Shocker        307 - Ted Lyons            176 - Nels Potter          162 - Nels Potter         
 33  286.1 - Urban Shocker        314 - Ted Lyons            178 - Nels Potter          164 - Nels Potter         
 34  295.1 - Urban Shocker        319 - Ted Lyons            186 - Nels Potter          172 - Nels Potter         
 35  304.1 - Urban Shocker        329 - Ted Lyons            190 - Nels Potter          176 - Nels Potter         
 36  309.1 - Mark Fidrych         334 - Ted Lyons            194 - Nels Potter          180 - Nels Potter         
 37  318.1 - Mark Fidrych         339 - Ted Lyons            197 - Lefty Mills          181 - Nels Potter         
 38  324.1 - Urban Shocker        350 - S. Thurston          204 - Lefty Mills          183 - Nels Potter         
 39  333.1 - Urban Shocker        358 - S. Thurston          210 - Lefty Mills          186 - Nels Potter         
 40  341.1 - Urban Shocker        365 - Ted Lyons            215 - Lefty Mills          193 - Nels Potter         
  G   IP   - Player                 H - Player                 R - Player                ER - Player

Larry Jacobus also allowed eleven earned runs in his first (and only) career start, although officially he appeared in relief that day. And of all the starts that allowed Nels Potter, Chubby Dean, Buck Ross and Carl Doyle to dominate the bottom two-thirds of the earned runs allowed list, all but one of them occurred while pitching for the Philadelphia A's from 1936 to 1941. That one start? A three-hit shutout Doyle pitched for the 1939 Dodgers. Note that Doyle is tied atop the earned run list (with 82 earned runs allowed) after both fifteen and sixteen career starts. The man he is tied with? Buck Ross, whose sixteenth career start was also a shutout.

  G   BB - Player                SO - Player               HBP - Player                WP - Player
  1   16 - Bruno Haas            15 - J.R. Richard (3)       3 - Brett Cecil (8)        4 - Steve Hargan        
  2   21 - G. Turbeville         27 - Karl Spooner           4 - Hugh Canavan           5 - Bobby Witt (2)      
  3   26 - G. Turbeville         32 - S. Strasburg           5 - Ryan Dempster (2)      6 - Bobby Witt (2)      
  4   30 - G. Turbeville         41 - S. Strasburg           6 - Ryan Dempster (3)      7 - Bobby Witt          
  5   38 - Carl Doyle            50 - Herb Score             7 - Ryan Dempster (2)      8 - Ken Howell          
  6   41 - Carl Doyle            58 - Kerry Wood             7 - R. Rodriguez (3)       8 - Ken Howell          
  7   48 - Carl Doyle            66 - Kerry Wood (2)         8 - Johnny Hellweg (3)     9 - Ken Howell          
  8   50 - Dick Weik             77 - Herb Score             8 - Johnny Hellweg (3)     9 - Ken Howell          
  9   55 - Dick Weik (2)         85 - Kerry Wood             8 - Johnny Hellweg (5)    10 - Ken Howell          
 10   59 - Dick Weik (2)         94 - Kerry Wood             9 - Chris Capuano (4)     10 - Ken Howell (2)      
 11   65 - Dick Weik             98 - Kerry Wood             9 - Chris Capuano (4)     11 - Bobby Witt (2)      
 12   78 - Dick Weik            109 - Hideo Nomo            11 - Jakie May             11 - Bobby Witt (2)      
 13   81 - Dick Weik            119 - Hideo Nomo            12 - Jakie May             13 - Ken Howell          
 14   88 - Dick Weik            129 - Hideo Nomo            13 - Jakie May             13 - Ken Howell          
 15   95 - Dick Weik            139 - Kerry Wood            14 - Jakie May             14 - Ken Howell          
 16   97 - Dick Weik            148 - Kerry Wood            14 - Jakie May             14 - Ken Howell          
 17   99 - Dick Weik            156 - Kerry Wood            14 - Jakie May             14 - Jason Grimsley (4)  
 18  105 - Dick Weik            167 - Kerry Wood            15 - Jakie May             16 - Ken Howell          
 19  111 - Dick Weik            173 - Kerry Wood            16 - Jakie May             16 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 20  116 - Dick Weik            179 - Kerry Wood            16 - Jakie May             18 - Jason Grimsley      
 21  126 - Dick Weik            188 - Hideo Nomo            16 - Jakie May             18 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 22  134 - Dick Weik            194 - Hideo Nomo            18 - Jakie May             19 - Ken Howell          
 23  141 - Dick Weik            205 - Hideo Nomo            19 - Jakie May             19 - Ken Howell          
 24  145 - Dick Weik            212 - Hideo Nomo            19 - Jakie May             19 - Ken Howell (2)      
 25  148 - Dick Weik            223 - Kerry Wood            19 - Jakie May             20 - Bobby Witt          
 26  151 - Dick Weik (2)        233 - Kerry Wood            19 - Jakie May             20 - Jason Grimsley (3)  
 27  157 - Tommy Byrne          237 - Kerry Wood            19 - Jakie May             22 - Jason Grimsley      
 28  160 - Tommy Byrne          243 - Kerry Wood            19 - Jakie May             23 - Jason Grimsley      
 29  167 - Tommy Byrne          251 - Dwight Gooden         20 - Jakie May             23 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 30  171 - Tommy Byrne          267 - Dwight Gooden         20 - Jakie May             23 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 31  178 - Tommy Byrne          276 - Dwight Gooden         21 - Jakie May             23 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 32  184 - Tommy Byrne          282 - Dwight Gooden         24 - Jakie May             23 - Jason Grimsley (4)  
 33  189 - Tommy Byrne          292 - Dwight Gooden         26 - Jakie May             24 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 34  193 - Tommy Byrne          299 - Dwight Gooden         27 - Jakie May             25 - Jason Grimsley      
 35  201 - Tommy Byrne          302 - Dwight Gooden         27 - Jakie May             25 - Jason Grimsley      
 36  204 - Tommy Byrne          310 - Dwight Gooden         27 - Jakie May             26 - Jason Grimsley      
 37  209 - Tommy Byrne          319 - Dwight Gooden         28 - Jakie May             26 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 38  215 - Tommy Byrne          332 - Dwight Gooden         28 - Jakie May             26 - Jason Grimsley (2)  
 39  220 - Tommy Byrne          333 - Dwight Gooden         28 - Jakie May             28 - Jason Grimsley      
 40  228 - Tommy Byrne          342 - Dwight Gooden         29 - Jakie May             29 - Jason Grimsley      
  G   BB - Player                SO - Player               HBP - Player                WP - Player

The two other pitchers who struck out fifteen batters in their first start were Bob Feller and Karl Spooner. And while Johnny Hellweg is tied for the most hit batters after nine career starts, he had only seven as of the end of the 2013, so he will have an opportunity to grab the lead all by himself in his next two starts.

  G    W - Player                 L - Player                CG - Player               SHO - Player
  1    1 - James Paxton (1353)    1 - Sam Dyson (1868)       1 - Doug Waechter (773)    1 - Doug Waechter (133) 
  2    2 - James Paxton (409)     2 - Erik Johnson (673)     2 - Tom Candiotti (258)    2 - John Hiller (11)    
  3    3 - Tanner Roark (115)     3 - Johnny Hellweg (242)   3 - F. Valenzuela (88)     2 - F. Valenzuela (26)  
  4    4 - Gerrit Cole (47)       4 - Fernando Abad (102)    4 - F. Valenzuela (43)     3 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
  5    5 - Jered Weaver (23)      5 - Fernando Abad (44)     5 - F. Valenzuela (22)     4 - F. Valenzuela       
  6    6 - Jered Weaver (8)       6 - Fernando Abad (16)     6 - Mark Fidrych (11)      4 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
  7    7 - Jered Weaver (6)       7 - Scott Ruffcorn (7)     7 - Dave Ferriss (5)       5 - F. Valenzuela       
  8    8 - F. Valenzuela (3)      8 - Mike Morgan (4)        8 - Dave Ferriss (4)       5 - F. Valenzuela       
  9    8 - F. Valenzuela (8)      9 - Mike Morgan (3)        9 - Dave Ferriss (3)       5 - F. Valenzuela       
 10    9 - Mark Fidrych (3)       9 - Mike Morgan (9)       10 - Dave Ferriss (3)       5 - F. Valenzuela       
 11    9 - Kazuhisa Ishii (9)    10 - Dick Weik (4)         11 - Art Reinhart (2)       5 - F. Valenzuela       
 12   10 - Kazuhisa Ishii (3)    11 - Dick Weik (3)         12 - Art Reinhart           5 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 13   11 - Mark Fidrych (2)      12 - Dick Weik (2)         12 - Mark Fidrych (4)       5 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 14   12 - Dave Ferriss          13 - Dick Weik (2)         13 - Dave Ferriss (3)       5 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 15   13 - Dave Ferriss          14 - Roy Moore             14 - Dave Ferriss (3)       5 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
 16   14 - Dave Ferriss          14 - Curt Fullerton (2)    15 - Dave Ferriss (2)       5 - F. Valenzuela (5)   
 17   15 - Dave Ferriss          15 - Curt Fullerton        16 - Dave Ferriss (2)       5 - F. Valenzuela (5)   
 18   16 - Dave Ferriss          16 - Curt Fullerton        17 - Dave Ferriss           6 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
 19   16 - Dave Ferriss          17 - Curt Fullerton        18 - Dave Ferriss           6 - F. Valenzuela (4)   
 20   16 - Dave Ferriss (2)      18 - Curt Fullerton        19 - Dave Ferriss           7 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 21   17 - Dave Ferriss          18 - Curt Fullerton        20 - Dave Ferriss           8 - Sal Maglie          
 22   17 - Dave Ferriss (2)      18 - Curt Fullerton        21 - Dave Ferriss           8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 23   18 - Dave Ferriss          19 - Curt Fullerton        22 - Dave Ferriss           8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 24   18 - Dave Ferriss          19 - Curt Fullerton        22 - Dave Ferriss           8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 25   18 - Dave Ferriss (2)      19 - Lefty Hoerst (4)      22 - Dave Ferriss (3)       8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 26   19 - Dave Ferriss          20 - Curt Fullerton        23 - Dave Ferriss (3)       8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 27   19 - Dave Ferriss (2)      21 - Curt Fullerton        24 - Dave Ferriss (3)       8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 28   20 - Art Reinhart          21 - Lefty Hoerst (4)      25 - Art Reinhart (2)       8 - F. Valenzuela (2)   
 29   20 - Gene Bearden (7)      22 - Lefty Hoerst (2)      26 - Elmer Myers            8 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
 30   21 - Gene Bearden (5)      23 - Lefty Hoerst (2)      27 - Elmer Myers            8 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
 31   22 - Gene Bearden (2)      23 - Bill Trotter (4)      28 - Elmer Myers            8 - F. Valenzuela (3)   
 32   23 - Gene Bearden (2)      24 - Lefty Hoerst (2)      29 - Elmer Myers            8 - F. Valenzuela (4)   
 33   24 - Tiny Bonham           25 - Lefty Hoerst          30 - Elmer Myers            9 - Vida Blue           
 34   25 - Tiny Bonham           26 - Lefty Hoerst          31 - Elmer Myers            9 - Vida Blue           
 35   25 - Tiny Bonham           27 - Lefty Hoerst          32 - Elmer Myers            9 - Vida Blue (2)       
 36   26 - Tiny Bonham           27 - Lefty Hoerst (2)      32 - Elmer Myers            9 - F. Valenzuela (4)   
 37   26 - Sal Maglie (2)        28 - Lefty Hoerst (2)      32 - Elmer Myers            9 - F. Valenzuela (4)   
 38   27 - Sal Maglie            29 - Ike Pearson           32 - Elmer Myers           10 - Vida Blue           
 39   27 - Sal Maglie (2)        30 - Ike Pearson           32 - Elmer Myers           10 - Vida Blue           
 40   28 - Sal Maglie (2)        31 - Ike Pearson           33 - Elmer Myers           10 - Vida Blue (2)       
  G    W - Player                 L - Player                CG - Player               SHO - Player

The pitcher tied with Sal Maglie in wins after forty starts was Tex Hughson, and Howie Pollet was tied with Vida Blue with ten shutouts. Although he never shows up on the shutout list (because in the case of ties I show the most recent pitcher), Ray Starr tied for the top spot by pitching five shutouts in his first sixteen starts and six shutouts in his first eighteen. Those starts were spread out over nearly ten years, however, with his first toward the end of 1932 and his eighteenth in 1942.

I only show the career records up to forty starts, but Ike Pearson has the most losses all the way up to fifty (at least). In those games, which took him up to his entry into military service after 1942, he had a career record of 5-39 as a starter.

Of the rate stats below, the first three (ERA, hits and walks allowed per nine innings) show the lowest of all qualifying starters (five or more innings pitched per start), while the last (strikeouts) show the highest.

  G    ERA - Player                 H/9 - Player                BB/9 - Player                SO/9 - Player
  1   0.00 - Matt Shoemaker (442)  0.00 - Darryl Kile (2)       0.00 - Tanner Roark (259)   19.80 - Matt Moore (2)      
  2   0.00 - Andrew Albers (55)    1.93 - Bill Phebus           0.00 - Gerrit Cole (33)     16.05 - S. Strasburg        
  3   0.00 - Mike Norris (2)       2.25 - Mike Norris           0.00 - Josh Banks (6)       14.90 - S. Strasburg        
  4   0.25 - F. Valenzuela (3)     2.37 - Burt Hooton           0.00 - Josh Banks           14.57 - S. Strasburg        
  5   0.20 - F. Valenzuela         3.38 - Burt Hooton           0.29 - Josh Banks           14.82 - Kerry Wood          
  6   0.33 - F. Valenzuela         4.05 - Matt Cain (2)         0.38 - Jake Northrop        15.20 - Kerry Wood          
  7   0.29 - F. Valenzuela         4.10 - Wayne Simpson         0.59 - Andrew Albers        14.73 - Kerry Wood          
  8   0.50 - F. Valenzuela         4.22 - Wayne Simpson         0.64 - Rene Arocha          13.99 - Kerry Wood          
  9   0.91 - F. Valenzuela         4.39 - Wayne Simpson         0.73 - Rene Arocha          14.34 - Kerry Wood          
 10   1.08 - Erv Lange             4.46 - Wayne Simpson         0.94 - Rene Arocha          13.79 - Kerry Wood          
 11   1.08 - Erv Lange             4.72 - Wayne Simpson         1.05 - Frank Gabler         13.64 - Kerry Wood          
 12   1.16 - Steve Rogers          5.06 - Wayne Simpson         1.03 - Ray Prim             13.38 - Kerry Wood          
 13   1.15 - Steve Rogers          5.08 - Hideo Nomo            1.02 - Josh Towers          13.39 - Kerry Wood          
 14   1.31 - Steve Rogers          4.89 - Hideo Nomo            0.94 - Josh Towers          13.29 - Kerry Wood          
 15   1.32 - Steve Rogers          4.86 - Hideo Nomo            0.89 - Josh Towers          13.40 - Kerry Wood          
 16   1.29 - Jesse Barnes          5.01 - Hideo Nomo            0.98 - Rene Arocha          13.28 - Kerry Wood          
 17   1.29 - Jesse Barnes          5.05 - Hideo Nomo            0.95 - Josh Towers          13.16 - Kerry Wood          
 18   1.34 - Jesse Barnes          4.77 - Hideo Nomo            0.98 - Josh Towers          13.15 - Kerry Wood          
 19   1.48 - M. Wolfgang           4.89 - Hideo Nomo            0.93 - Josh Towers          12.83 - Kerry Wood          
 20   1.53 - M. Wolfgang           5.35 - Hideo Nomo            1.03 - Josh Towers          12.52 - Kerry Wood          
 21   1.55 - Gary Peters           5.46 - Hideo Nomo            1.05 - Josh Towers          12.36 - Kerry Wood          
 22   1.50 - Gary Peters           5.52 - J. Vander Meer        1.05 - Rene Arocha          12.53 - Kerry Wood          
 23   1.51 - M. Wolfgang           5.56 - Hideo Nomo            1.08 - Rene Arocha          12.52 - Kerry Wood          
 24   1.44 - M. Wolfgang           5.55 - Hideo Nomo            1.10 - Rene Arocha          12.20 - Kerry Wood          
 25   1.43 - M. Wolfgang           5.61 - Hideo Nomo            1.16 - Josh Towers          12.49 - Kerry Wood          
 26   1.42 - M. Wolfgang           5.61 - Vida Blue             1.10 - Josh Towers          12.58 - Kerry Wood          
 27   1.40 - M. Wolfgang           5.51 - Tommy Byrne           1.06 - Josh Towers          12.35 - Kerry Wood          
 28   1.81 - Jesse Barnes          5.66 - Tommy Byrne           1.02 - Josh Towers          12.20 - Kerry Wood          
 29   1.87 - Vida Blue             5.66 - Vida Blue             1.03 - Josh Towers          12.27 - Kerry Wood          
 30   1.91 - Dutch Ruether         5.68 - Vida Blue             1.06 - Josh Towers          12.26 - Kerry Wood          
 31   1.83 - Dutch Ruether         5.78 - Hideo Nomo            1.06 - Josh Towers          12.05 - Kerry Wood          
 32   1.85 - Vida Blue             5.81 - Vida Blue             1.08 - Josh Towers          12.03 - Kerry Wood          
 33   1.79 - Vida Blue             5.64 - Vida Blue             1.14 - Josh Towers          11.90 - Kerry Wood          
 34   1.81 - Vida Blue             5.68 - Vida Blue             1.22 - Kevin Slowey         11.76 - Kerry Wood          
 35   1.77 - Vida Blue             5.58 - Vida Blue             1.22 - Kevin Slowey         11.64 - Kerry Wood          
 36   1.86 - Vida Blue             5.69 - Vida Blue             1.23 - Kevin Slowey         11.62 - Kerry Wood          
 37   1.96 - Vida Blue             5.87 - Vida Blue             1.26 - Josh Towers          11.48 - S. Strasburg        
 38   1.90 - Vida Blue             5.85 - Vida Blue             1.27 - Josh Towers          11.39 - S. Strasburg        
 39   1.93 - Vida Blue             5.94 - Vida Blue             1.28 - Josh Towers          11.33 - S. Strasburg        
 40   1.99 - Vida Blue             6.00 - Nolan Ryan            1.24 - Josh Towers          11.26 - S. Strasburg        
  G    ERA - Player                 H/9 - Player                BB/9 - Player                SO/9 - Player

Mellie Wolfgang drops off the ERA list after his 27th career start. That's because that was also his last start. Despite a 1.40 ERA, he had a 9-10 career record as a starter, due in part to his habit of giving up more than his share of unearned runs. In addition to Matt Moore, Tim Hudson also debuted by striking out eleven in five innings. And while Darryl Kile did pitch six hitless innings in his first major league start, I probably should have listed Bobo Holloman instead, since he pitched a complete game no-hitter.