Four stats you may not know about Christian Yelich’s 2019 season
The Milwaukee Brewers 2019 season ended with their Wild Card loss to the Washington Nationals, but we’ll never know if things might have been different had Christian Yelich not missed the last 15 games of the season (and the Wild Card contest) due to a fractured right knee cap he sustained in a September 10 game against the Cardinals.
Yelich ended the season with a .329 batting average and had enough plate appearances at the time of his injury to qualify for the National League batting title, his second consecutive N.L. batting crown. He also had 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. It will also be interesting to see how much support Yelich gets for the N.L. MVP Award; will missing the last 15 games of the season cost him a legit shot at a repeat MVP honor? My guess is that the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger will win the honor; he was the best player on a team that had the best record in the National League. Yelich will certainly receive a lot of support for the award and will likely finish in the Top 3.
All that being said, Yelich had a memorable 2019 campaign. Here are four stats you may not know about his 2019 season.
40-30 Player: Yelich and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. both had 40 or more HRs and 30 or more stolen bases in 2019, making them the first pair of 40-30 players in the majors since 1997. Acuna ended the year with 41 homers and 37 steals, while Yelich reached 40-30 with 44 HRs and 30 swipes. Acuna and Yelich were the first 40-30 players since Yelich’s current teammate, Ryan Braun, had 41 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 2012. (Acuna became the youngest 40-30 in MLB history at age 21.)
Acuna and Yelich became the 10th and 11th players to reach 40-30 in a season. It has been done now 13 times in baseball history with Barry Bonds and Jeff Bagwell doing it twice in their careers.
The first player with a 40-30 season? There’s another Milwaukee connection… Hank Aaron did it for the Milwaukee Braves with 44 home runs and 31 steals in 1963.
Back-to-Back Batting Titles: Yelich became the 26th player in MLB history to win back-to-back batting titles. It has now been done 12 times in the National League; the last time was Larry Walker in 1998-99. There have been 14 back-to-back batting title winners in the American League; the last time was in 2016-17 when Houston’s Jose Altuve won consecutive A.L. batting crowns.
The back-to-back batting champs: American League… Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ferris Fain, Tony Oliva, Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, Nomar Garciaparra, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve; National League… Honus Wagner, Jake Daubert, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Tommy Davis, Roberto Clemente, Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, Dave Parker, Tony Gwynn, Larry Walker, Christian Yelich.
Forty or more HRs, less than 100 RBIs: Although Yelich had 44 home runs for the season, he fell short of the 100-RBI mark, finishing with 97 RBIs for the season. He became the 23rd player in MLB history to have 40 or more HRs in a season with less than 100 RBIs. Four players did it twice in their careers: Adam Dunn, Hank Aaron, Joey Gallo and Mickey Mantle.
Alfonso Soriano holds the Major League record for most home runs in a season with less than 100 RBIs with 46; he had 46 HRs and 95 RBIs in 2006. Barry Bonds in 2003 and Harmon Killebrew in 1963 each had 45 homers with less than 100 RBIs in a season; Yelich is tied with two other players with 44 homers in a season with less than 100 RBIs.
Joey Gallo holds the MLB record for fewest RBIs in a season with 40 or more home runs; in 2017 Gallo had 41 HRs and only 80 RBIs for the Texas Rangers.
The Brewers have another member of this club… former first baseman Chris Carter had 41 home runs and 94 RBIs for the Brew Crew in 2016.
Back-to-Back seasons with a .325 batting average: Yelich became the first Brewers player in team history to hit .325 in back-to-back seasons (must have had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title to be on this list). He also became the third Brewers player with enough qualifying plate appearances to have two seasons with the Brewers with a .325 or higher batting average. The others: Jeff Cirillo (1996 and 1999) and Paul Molitor (1987 and 1991).
Ty Cobb and Cap Anson hold the MLB record with 19 seasons with a .325 or higher season batting average. They are followed by Tris Speaker (14 seasons), Stan Musial (13 seasons) and Ted Williams, Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner (12 seasons each).
Most of the above players ended their careers well before 1960 (Musial ended his career in 1962). There are four players who had eight or more seasons with a .325 (or higher batting average) since 1960: Wade Boggs and Rod Carew had nine seasons each, while Albert Pujols and Tony Gwynn had eight seasons each where they hit .325 or higher in a campaign.
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PACKERSTATS-Game #4-2019 season
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26.
- Green Bay is now 10-28 (.263) since 2010 in games where they allow the opponents to score 30 or more points in a game. They have lost 17 of their last 20 games when they allow 30 or more points.
- The Eagles tallied 176 yards rushing in the game. Green Bay is now 12-21-1 (.368) since 2010 in games where the opposition gains 170 or more yards rushing in a game; they have lost four of their last six games when the opponents rush for 170 or more yards in a game.
- The Packers had 491 total yards in the contest. Since 2008, when Aaron Rodgers took over as the starting QB, the Pack is 11-3-1 (.767) in games when they accumulate 475 or more total yards in a game.
- The Packers defense had no sacks and no takeaways in the game. It was the first time this has happened for the Packers “D” in a game since December 18, 2011. The Packers are now 2-8 since 2000 in games when they do not have a sack or a takeaway.
- Green Bay had a pair of turnovers in the game. They are 20-29 (.408) since 2010 in games where they have two or more turnovers.
- Davante Adams had 10 catches for 180 yards. It was the eighth time in his career that he had 10 or more catches in a game (the Packers are 4-4 in those games). The 180 yards receiving were a career high. Adams has five career games where he has had 133 or more yards receiving… the Packers have lost all five of those games.
- Aaron Rodgers had 46 yards rushing in the game, the sixth most in his career. In the 10 games where Rodgers has rushed for 43 or more yards, the Pack is 2-8.
- The 422 yards passing in the contest was the fifth most in Rodgers’ career. Green Bay is 5-3 in games when Rodgers passes for 400 or more yards. He attempted 53 passes, the fourth most in his career; the Packers are 2-6 in games when Rodgers throws 50 or more passes.
- Green Bay is now 12-7 (.632) in Thursday games since 2000.
- Since 2000, the Packers are now 22-15 (.595) versus the NFC East.
- With a win, the Packers would have been 4-0 for the first time since 2015.
- Green Bay won the coin toss; they are now 11-5 (.688) since 2015 in games where they won the coin toss at home.
- Green Bay is now 13-4-1 (.750) in September games since 2015… that is the third highest win percentage in September games since 2015 (New England is at .824, Kansas City is at .813). The Pack is 10-1-1 in home September games since 2015, again third best in the league. New England 9-1 (.900) and Minnesota 8-1 (.889) have the two best September home winning percentages since 2015.
- The Eagles scored 21 points in the second quarter. Green Bay is now 5-29 (.147) in their history when they allow the opponents to score 21 or more points in the second quarter of a game. Green Bay is 3-19 in these games since 1970.
- The Packers had 20 points at halftime (they were losing 21-20 at half). Scoring 20 or more points in the first half is usually good news for the Packers; they are now 58-8 (.879) since 2000 in games when they tally 20 or more points in the first half. They had won 30 straight games at Lambeau when they scored 20 or more points in the first half. They are now 41-3 (.932) since 2000 in games when they score 20 or more points in the first half of a home game.
- Carson Wentz had three TD passes for the Eagles in the game. The Pack is 15-17-1 since 2010 in games where an opposing QB has three or more TD passes.
- The game was tied 27-27 going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is now 82-18-1 (.817) since 2000 in games where they are tied or have the lead going into the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field.
All four NFC North teams above .500 after three games
If you haven’t done so already, take a look at the standings in the NFL after Week #3. The thing that might pop out at you immediately is that all four teams in the NFC North, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota, are all above .500 after three games, the only division with all four teams above .500 after Week #3.
The Packers top the division with a 3-0 record; the Lions are undefeated, but have a tie game on their 2-0-1 record, and the Bears and Vikings are “bringing” up the rear with very respectable 2-1 records.
Yes, we are only three weeks into the season, I know. But it got me thinking about whether or not there has been a season where all four teams in a division ended the year with records above .500.
Back in 2002, the NFL went to the current set-up with four four-team divisions in each conference. Since that year, there has not been any division where all four teams were above .500 at the conclusion of the season. There has been, however, six times when all four teams ended the season at .500 or better. The last time it happened was in 2008 when both the NFC East and the NFC South had all four of the teams in their division end the year with an 8-8 record or better.
(Ironically, the six times it happened were in three years; in 2002, 2007 and 2008 there were two divisions each season that had all four teams at .500 or better.)
Here is a look at the six times all four teams in a division ended the season at .500 or better.
2002 AFC West (Oakland 11-5, Denver 9-7, San Diego 8-8, Kansas City 8-8)
2002 AFC East (New York Jets 9-7, New England 9-7, Miami 9-7, Buffalo 8-8)
2007 NFC East (Dallas 13-3, New York Giants 10-6, Washington 9-7, Philadelphia 8-8)
2007 AFC South (Indianapolis 13-3, Jacksonville 11-5, Tennessee 10-6, Houston 8-8)
2008 NFC South (Carolina 12-4, Atlanta 11-5, Tampa Bay 9-7, New Orleans 8-8)
2008 NFC East (New York Giants 12-4, Philadelphia 9-6-1, Dallas, 9-7, Washington 8-8)
Will the NFC North join this list? Or, could the NFC North become the first division in league history to have each team above .500 at the end of the year?
We’ve got 13 more games (14 weeks with a bye for each team) to see.
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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 27-16 win over the Denver Broncos on September 22.
- Green Bay is now 7-6-1 all-time versus the Broncos (regular season and playoffs). They are still undefeated against Denver in Green Bay (6-0-1).
- Green Bay has now won eight straight versus AFC West teams at home; they are 13-2 against AFC West foes at home since 1993.
- The Pack is 14-3 (.824) versus AFC West teams this century.
- The Packers last started 3-0 in 2015. In addition to the 2015 season, the Packers started 3-0 in 2011, 2007 and 2001 this century. They finished 10-6 in 2015… 15-1 in 2011… 13-3 in 2007… and 12-4 in 2001.
- The Packers offense did not turn the ball over and did not allow a sack in the game. It was the 25th time in team history that they played a game without allowing a sack and did not commit a turnover in the same game. The team is 24-1 in those games.
- Joe Flacco is now 1-3 all-time versus the Packers.
- Green Bay scored a TD in the first quarter. They are now 7-0-1 in their last eight games at home when they score in the first quarter.
- The Packers “D” held the Broncos scoreless in the first quarter. Since 2015, the Packers are 15-9 in games when they hold the opponents scoreless in the first quarter.
- Kicker Mason Crosby made two field goals and missed one. It was the 64th game that Crosby has missed at least one field goal; Green Bay is 41-22-1 (.648) in those games.
- Green Bay had six sacks in the contest. They are 19-0-1 in the last 20 games when they have six or more sacks. They are 57-2-1 (.958) all-time in games when they have six or more sacks. The last time Green Bay lost a game when their defense had six or more sacks was in 1952.
- The Packers did not commit a turnover in the game. Since 2010, they are 41-9-2 (.808) in games when they do not commit a turnover… 12-4-1 (.735) in their last 17 games with no turnovers.
- They did have three takeaways. Since 2010, they are 27-4 (.871) when they have three or more takeaways in a contest. They have won 15 straight games when they have three or more takeaways in a game.
- Green Bay had a 17-10 lead at halftime. Since 2000, the Packers are (.905) when they have a seven-point lead or more at halftime in a home game. They have now won 14 straight at home when they lead by seven points or more at halftime.
- Aaron Jones had two rushing touchdowns in the game. The Packers are 57-10 (.851) since 1970 when a Green Bay player has two or more rushing touchdowns in a game.
- The Packers had a 24-16 lead going into the fourth quarter. Since 2000 in home games, the Pack is 62-1-1 when they have a lead of eight points or more heading into the last quarter.
- The Packers offensive line did not allow Aaron Rodgers to be sacked by the Denver defense. Since 2000, Green Bay is 6-0 in games when they do not allow a sack. Since 1970, they are 35-11 (.761) in games where they did not allow a sack. They have now won 13 straight games when they did not allow a sack.
- Preston Smith had three sacks in the game. It was the second time in his career that he had three or more sacks in a game (he had three as a member of the Washington Redskins in a 12/26/2015 game against the Philadelphia Eagles). He was the 17th Green Bay player since 1982 to have three or more sacks in a game. The last one was Kyler Fackrell last season versus Seattle.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling led the offense with six receptions for 99 yards. The six catches were tied for the second-most in a game in his career. The Packers are 3-1 in games when MVS has five or more catches in a contest. They are 3-1 in games when MVS has 75 or more receiving yards in a game.
- Green Bay scored in every quarter in the game. Since 2000, they are 72-14-1 (.833) in games when they score in every quarter in a game.
- The Packers had less than 25 minutes Time of Possession in the game (24:26). They are now 8-9 since 2010 in games when they have less than 25 minutes TOP in a game.
- Aaron Rodgers does not have an interception in the first three games of the season. This is the fifth time in his career that he did not have an interception after the first three games of a season. It also happened in 2008, 2009, 2015 and last season. In 2015, he went the first four games of the season without an interception.
- Green Bay is now 64-10-1 (.860) in games when they score 27 or more points. They are 13-2-1 (.844) in their last 16 games when they score 27 or more points in a regular season game.
Most NFL touchdowns this decade
Which NFL player has had the most touchdowns this decade? Which player will end this decade with the most TDs?
The 2019 NFL season will be the last of this decade. When we close the book on this season, who will be the league’s most prolific TD machine?
After the second week of this season, we have a three-way tie for the most TDs this decade. The three? The recently-retired (but will he stay retired?) Rob Gronkowski, new Kansas City running back LeSean McCoy, and a player who has been in the news a bit these last few weeks… Antonio Brown. Each player has 80 TDs this decade. Brown scored a TD last week in his first game with his new team, the New England Patriots, to create the three-way tie.
If you were a betting man (or woman) who would you think would end the decade with the league’s most TDs? You might lean towards McCoy, especially if he becomes a major cog in the Chiefs’ offense. Gronk is probably a long, long shot, but who knows, he could come out of retirement at some time this campaign. Brown, on the other hand, might be a good bet, but with the black cloud hanging over him because of his off-the-field escapades, he may not even finish the year on an NFL roster.
Behind this trio are a pair of “retired” players, Dez Bryant and Marshawn Lynch, both with 75 TDs this decade. Tight End Jimmy Graham and running back Adrian Peterson have both scored a TD this season and are tied for sixth on the list with 72 touchdowns. Neither look like prime candidates to approach double-figures in TDs this season and seriously challenge for the title of most TDs this decade, but you never know.
Here is a look at the players who have scored 60 or more TDs this decade.
80-Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy
75-Dez Bryant, Marshawn Lynch
72-Jimmy Graham, Adrian Peterson
62-Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas
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