It’s that time of year again. Baseball season is upon us, and the first month of the season is over. As we’re all aware, April is a very strange month where we can witness an awful lot of weird things. Here are some of the MLB Quirkjians from the first month of the season:
This past weekend featured a very diverse mix of MLB games. From Daniel Murphy hitting home runs in each game of a homestand, to the Cubs and Brewers both getting swept by a division rival, it was a weekend of variety across the league. The Brewers dropped both games against the Cardinals, who have a chance to really make a push for a Wild Card spot in the last few weeks of the regular season. The Cardinals won the first game on Friday by a score of 7-1 backed by a vintage performance from Adam Wainwright, who tossed a complete game shutout. This came after the Cardinals were shut out in the previous game against the Reds. The Brewers did not fare much better in the second game of the series as they were
Quirkjian is my own work, an obsession for almost 60 years. I’ve always loved the intricate statistics, the strange correlations of random names and numbers, the amazing coincidences that baseball, more than any other sport, always offers. Every night you attend a Major League game or watch it on television, you may see something you’ve never seen before. Some Quirkjian doesn’t make sense. There’s no excuse for that here. Some days baseball can be meaningless, and other days it’s another great feature of a great game. So, with some stats confirmed by the Elias Sports Bureau, here are the Quirkjian’s for April.
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April Yermin Mercedes batted 5-for-5, while teammate Yoan Moncada went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. The only time teammates have done it since 1900 was on the 4th. June 2009, when Toronto’s Adam Lind went 5-for-5 and Alex Rios went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts. Moncada fell one game short of joining former White Sox catcher Ron Karkovitz as the only players to go 0-for-5 with five on Opening Day.
The 3rd. On April
, Zack McKinstry of the Dodgers hit his first home run of his career, and it was an inside-the-park home run. In 1992, the first homer of Butch Henry’s pitching career was an inside-the-park homer for the Astros. This is the only home run of his career. McKinstry threw out at the 11th. April, his second career home run. She went over the fence.
Marlins reliever Zach Pop made his major league debut with a scoreless sixth inning. His second baseman in that game was Jazz Chisholm, marking the first time in major league history that Jazz and Pop played in the same game.
The White Sox batting order has three batters whose last names begin with Y : Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Yermin Mercedes. This is the first result for a team since 1900.
Rookie Ka’ai Tom pitched in his fourth game of the year. Tom pitched a scoreless inning against the Astros but gave up a hit, meaning the position player gave up a hit before he got a hit in his major league career. At the time Tom pitched, he was 0-for-5 in his career. The only post-1950 position player we could find who did this was Red Sox catcher Dusty Brown, who hit 0-for-1 in his career in 2009 when he went 0-for-1 at third base. October pitched an inning.
Music and baseball met in Philadelphia. Ian Anderson, whose name is the same as the lead singer of the band Jethro Tull, is a member of the Braves team. They also called on Chris Martin, the lead singer of the band Coldplay.
5. April 1, 2009 Robbie Grossman of the Tigers becomes the first player since 1900 to walk eight and not bat in the first four games of the season. In the last 50 years, the only player to walk more than eight for his first strikeout of the season is D.J. Stewart of the Orioles, who had nine in 2020.
April Phillies reliever Vince Velasquez drew four walks and four strikeouts, gave up four earned runs and did not allow a hit in 1⅓ innings against the Mets. No pitcher has gone that many innings since 1900: 1⅓-0-4-4-4-4.
Angels shortstop Jose Iglesias committed three errors (only the second time in his career he committed multiple errors in one game), struckout two and turned a double play against the Blue Jays. Since GIDP was made official in both leagues in 1940, he is the seventh player to do so, and the second (with Seattle’s Dylan Moore) in the last 16 years.
April Ten days into the season, only one player has 16 strikeouts in four balls per game. In every season from the modern era (1900-present) through 1957, there were fewer than 17 individual games with four strikeouts in an entire season, including 12 in 1955.
April Carlos Hernandez, an assistant with the Royals, faced three batters, walked them all, but threw only 11 innings. That’s because his first walk was intentional, so he didn’t increase his pitch count.
The Baltimore jury consisted of Ryan Blakeney, Ryan Additon, Brian O’Nora and Ryan Wills. Ryan, Ryan, Brian.
One time we missed Ty French in Seattle against Paul Frye of the Orioles, causing us to miss our first ever French Frye in the majors.
The Mets became the first team in history to field a pitcher (Marcus Stroman) in a number 0 uniform in the first game of a doubleheader and a pitcher (Taijuan Walker) in a number 99 uniform in the second game of a doubleheader.
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The 14th. On April
, Carlos Rodon of the White Sox became the third pitcher to lose a perfect game in the ninth inning or later because of a hit by a batter, but he still ended the game with a no-hitter. Max Scherzer did it for the Nationals in 2015, and in 1908, Hooks Wiltz of the Giants (he had a brother named Snake) lost his perfect game in the 10th. Inning when he hit pitcher George McQuillan.
In 12. In the second inning of the game against the Padres, Dodgers pitcher David Price laid down a sacrifice bunt, his second RBI of his career (50 strikeouts). The ball was caught by pitcher Joe Musgrove, who had given up a no-hitter seven days earlier. Musgrove had to play left field when second baseman Jake Cronenworth started throwing. It was the first time since September 30, 1984, when Shane Rowley struck out left fielder Don Robinson in the third inning, that a pitcher struck out a position pitcher. It’s the last game of the season, and Robinson, a good scorer, starts in left field.
April Albert Pujols, one of the greatest players of all time, played for the 400th time. It’s time for the double confrontation. Second on the list is Cal Ripken with 350.
White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes pitched against the Red Sox. It was the first time he played at the back in his short major league career (15 games at the time). He is the first position player to make his pitching debut since Curby Farrell of the Braves in 1943.
On the 20th. In April, the
Red Sox became the first team in history to win nine consecutive games after an 0-3 start. The A’s took it a step further by becoming the first team in history to win 10 consecutive games (they won 13) at one point in a season where they started 0-6.
Royals pitcher Mike Minor is still good for a Quirkjian. His final results on the day may not have matched his level of pitching – Minor Lake, Minor Sale, Minor Firs and Cole Minor. But Mynor takes on Zack Short of the Tigers in what is the first game ever between Mynor and Short.
Apr On this day, the Marlins committed an error in left field. At that point, the Padres had 13 errors on the left side.
Astros pitcher Kent Emanuel pitched 8⅔ innings in his major league debut. It was the longest relief effort on a pitching debut since John Montefusco, who threw nine innings in 1974. And the pitcher who replaced Emanuel in the game, Jake Odorizzi, has 62 career wins and 195 major league starts, the longest start in his career being eight innings.
April Reds pitcher Jose Castillo allowed three runs in the first inning and has now allowed 14 runs (11 earned) in the first inning. Up until that point, 23 teams had not scored that many pucks in the first inning all season, including the Yankees, who scored a puck in the first inning. The Twins allowed just two points in the first set, but are 7-13 on the season.
Twins rookie outfielder Alex Kirillov made it to the postseason last year before making his regular season debut this season. And he got hit. But it wasn’t technically his first major league hit, as he had yet to score in a regular season game. So he was still looking for his first official major league win. He started 0-for-15, but eventually got a hit on the day.
Jacob deGrom, an unassisted pitcher, lost on April 29. by a score of 0-1 against the Red Sox,
. It was DeGrom’s second 1-0 defeat of his career. Walter Johnson holds the record for most losses with a 1-0 record. He was a 1-0 pitcher in 26 games (and a 1-0 pitcher in 38 games). In this Mets – Red Sox game, there were 6 strikeouts and 30 outs. There have only been four games in Major League history with six or fewer hits and 30 or more strikeouts. One of them took place on the 3rd. April between the Twins and Brewers teams. The others took place in 2018 and 2015.
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