TODAYSPORTSTAT-June 27, 2017
Milwaukee Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon last night was chosen as the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year. He is only the second Bucks player to win the honor… Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award in 1969-70.
Three interesting stats regarding Brogdon’s selection:
- He averaged 26.4 minutes per game. That is the fewest of any ROY recipient in league history. Mike Miller won the award with Orlando in 2001 and averaged 29.1 minutes per game, the fewest for a ROY award winner prior to Brogdon.
- Brogdon, at age 24, is one of only three ROY award winners to win the award at age 24 (the oldest age to win a ROY). The others: David Robinson (1990) and Elgin Baylor (1959). Since 2000, 11 of the 19 ROY winners were under the age 21.
- Brogdon averaged 10.2 points per game for the Bucks in his first season, the lowest points per game of a ROY recipient in NBA history.
A pair of rookie outfielders already have over 50 RBI this season and could make a serious run at a 100-RBI season in 2017: The Yankees’ Aaron Judge (59) and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (55).
Since 1901, there have been 43 rookies who reached 100 RBI in a season. The last player was the White Sox Jose Abreu who had 107 RBI in his rookie season in 2014. The other 100-RBI rookies this century are Ryan Zimmerman (2006), Hideki Matsui (2003) and Albert Pujols (2001).
The rookie record for most RBI in a season is held by Ted Williams with 145 in 1939. Walt Dropo is second on the list with 144 in 1950.
The Miami Marlins won two games this past week where they collected three or fewer hits in the game… they defeated the Cubs on June 23, 2-0, where they had only three hits in that contest; on June 21 they won 2-1 over Washington with only two hits in the game.
Teams that had three or fewer hits in a game this season are 9-94 (a .087 winning percentage).
The MLB record for most wins in a season with three or fewer hits in a game is five, held by nine different teams. The last team to win five games in a season with three or fewer hits in a game was the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.
The first selection in the recent NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz, played one season of college basketball at the University of Washington. He became the highest U-Washington player chosen in the NBA Draft since Bob Houbregs was the #2 pick in 1953.
Fultz was the 57th player drafted into the NBA from U-Washington and the 14th player from the university chosen in the first round. Last year the school had two players picked in the first round… Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray.
Of the U-Washington players chosen in the NBA Draft, two have played over 1,000 career games in the NBA: James Edwards (1,168) and Detlef Schrempf (1,136).
Last Sunday, June 18, on Father’s Day, Jimmy Nelson gave the Brewers their first complete game of the season, a 2-1 win over the Padres. It was Nelson’s first career complete game after 88 career starts with the Brewers without one.
With his previous 88 starts without a complete game, Nelson sat atop the list of Brewers pitchers with the most starts for the team without a complete game. That honor now belongs to Manny Parra, who had 74 starts with the Brewers without a complete game.
Here’s a look at the Brewers starting pitchers who have started the most games in team history without a complete game in the stat column.
Brewers pitchers with most starts without a complete game
Manny Parra… 74
Marco Estrada… 70
Chris Narveson… 62
Jimmy Haynes… 62
Mike Fiers… 56
Shawn Marcum… 54
A pair of current Brewers hurlers, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson, could soon be joining the above list. Davies now has 49 starts in a Brewers uniform without a complete game, while Anderson is close behind with 45.
Nelson, who will start for the Brewers tonight (June 23) in Atlanta, now has 89 career starts and one complete game. Of all Milwaukee pitchers with just one complete game in their careers, Nelson is third on that list with the most starts with one complete game. Jeff Suppan had 97 starts for the Brew Crew and only complete game, most in that stat category. He is followed by Randy Wolf who had 91 starts and one complete game. Another current Brewers pitcher, Matt Garza is fourth on this list; he has started 81 games for the Brewers in his career and has only one complete game.
If we widen the scope to look at all MLB teams, here are the leaders in most career starts with no complete games in their careers, and those with the most starts with only one complete game in their career:
Most MLB career starts with no complete games: Bud Norris, 185… Tony Armas, 167… Wei-Yen Chen, 144… Marco Estrada, 142… Shawn Chacon, 134… Travis Wood, 133. Norris, Chen, Estrada and Wood are all active players.
Most MLB career starts with one career complete game: Erik Bedard, 230… Chris Young, 221. Young is still active, pitching for the Kansas City Royals.
One final stat: Nelson’s complete game last weekend was the fourth for the Brewers since the start of the 2014 season. It moved them out of a four-team tie for fewest complete games since ’14. The Orioles, Marlins and Nets each have four complete games in that time frame, the Brewers and Rays each have only five complete games. The Giants have the most complete games since 2014 with 27. They are followed by the Indians with 25.