3: Sizing up MVP candidates; Met’s Alonso hits 47th HR-TUE0910

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 Comparing the top three NL candidates for MVP, and Mike Trout
2 Mets' rookie Pete Alonso hits 2 HRs to reclaim MLB lead at 47
3 A day after 21-2 win vs. Mariners, Astros pound Athletics 15-0
4 Cubs top prospect debuts with three-hit, four-RBI game vs. Padres
5 Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt, Randy Johnson have birthdays on 9/10

BATTER UP

Facts & figures from around

Major League Baseball


1, 2

Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich continue to lead MLB.com poll

for Natonal League MVP


3

Nationals’ 3B Anthony Rendon became first other player to receive a first-base vote in the poll


38

Mike Trout, out with a sore toe, received all the AL first-place votes


COMPARING MVP CANDIDATES
MT-Mike Trout, Angels
CB-Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
CY-Christian Yelich, Brewers
AR-Anthony Rendon, Nationals
STAT MT CB CY AR
Games 134 140 129 128
At-bats 470 500 488 487
Average .291 .306 .330 .337
Runs 110 108 100 108
Hits 137 153 161 164
Doubles 27 30 29 41
Triples 2 3 3 3
Home runs 45 44 44 32
Batted in 104 105 97 114
Steals 11 11 30 3
Caught 2 5 2 1
Walks 110 88 80 60
Intentional 14 29 16 7
Strikeouts 120 96 117 75
On-base .438 .410 ,430 .417
Slugging .645 .642 .672 .630
Total bases 303 321 328 307

Mets' rookie Pete Alonso retakes MLB home run lead


FOR THE RECORD

36

Franchise record runs by Astros in last two games: 21-2 vs. Mariners on 9/8; 15-0 vs. A’s on 9/9

6, 2

Astros hit MLB-record 6 homers in first 2 innings vs. A’s and led 11-0; had 7 HRs in game


9/9/2000

Astros set their fanchise record

of 7 HRs in game on this date against the Cubs


Astros' runs, hits in last 2 games


11, 11, 11

11 Astros scored in 21-2 win with franchise-record 11 doubles in

11th straight win vs. Seattle

  • 28-2: Astros record at home against the AL West

  • 56: Franchise record for home wins

  • 20: Third 20-plus game in Astros history (23 on 8/10 vs. Baltimore; 21 vs. Arizona 10/2/2015)

  • 16-1: Houston record vs Seattle with 2 games left (record was 15 vs. Giants in 1985)


12

Astros ended Mike Fiers streak of 12 straight wins and his bid to match Catfish Hunter's 1973 franchise mark

  • 9: Fiers allowed career-high nine runs on nine hits

  • 1: Inning Fiers pitched, facing 12 batters

  • 5: He allowed a career-high five home runs


NOTABLE NUMBERS

3, 4

Hits, RBI for shortstop Nico Hoerner in his MLB debuts for Cubs in 10-2 win over Padres

1951

Hoerner, 22, is first Cubs player with 3 hit, 4 RBIs in first game since Dee Fondy on April 17, 1951


MLB leaders in runs


MLB leaders in RBI


MILESTONE TRACKER

24

Yordan Alvarez hit two HRs and his 24 is the Astros’ rookie record


72, 71

Alvarez has 72 RBIs in his

first 71 games, tied for

second-most in MLB history

  • 1939: Ted Williams

  • 1937: Rudy York

  • 1949-50: Record 80 by Walt Dropo


IT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

Sept. 10, 1974

Lou Brock has 2 steals to tie and pass Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record of 104

1989

Five days after hitting HR for Yankees, Deion Sanders returns punt for TD in debut with Falcons

1919

Ray Caldwell of Cleveland

pitches no-hitter vs. Yankees


BORN ON THIS DATE

303, 3.29

Career wins, ERA for Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, who was born on Sept. 10, 1963

6

Players who have appeared

in MLB game in 2019 who celebrate birthdays on Sept. 10

  • 27: Mitch Walding, 1992

  • 29: Dustin Peterson, 1994

  • 32: Paul Goldschmidt, 1987

  • 34: Neil Walker, 1985

  • 34: Anthony Swarzak, 1985

  • 36: Joey Votto, 1983


Sept. 10 birthday leaders: HRs


Sources: mlb.com; baseball-reference.com; todayinbaseballhistory.com