Bill Chuck's Friday Nine to Know - with a lot of Beltre
Positive thoughts and best wishes to Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy who is alert after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. McCarthy was awake, resting comfortably in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital.
Adrian Beltre passed Dave Parker, Boog Powell and Tino Martinez and tied Jack Clark for 89th place on the all time HR list, with 340. Beltre reached 30 homers for the third time and second consecutive year.
Last season, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia appeared in 103 games had 386 PA and 119 strikeouts. This season? 105 games, 386 PA and 119 strikeouts.
30 Doubles/30 Homer guys: Miguel Cabrera 34/35, Jay Bruce 34/32, Adrian Beltre 30/30.
Batters hit .228 against Ian Kennedy in 2010-11, but this year he is getting slammed at .270 leading the lead with 27 gophers.
Adam Dunn leads the majors by homering once every 12.4 at bats, but that still doesn’t have as much impact as his whiffing once every 2.4 at bats.
The three worst ERA in Cleveland Indians history: Lary Sorenson 5.61 in 1982, Jack Morris 5.60 in 1994, Ubaldo Jimenez 5.58 in 2012.
Yo, Adrian! Adrian Gonzalez and Adrian Beltre each finished their Red Sox careers hitting .321. (as mentioned in Nick Cafardo's Sunday Boston Globe Baseball Notes)
Josh Beckett had 89 wins as a pitcher for the Red Sox, so did Babe Ruth. (as mentioned in Nick Cafardo's Sunday Boston Globe Baseball Notes)