The bar for the batting title is unusually low this yr — and that is creating wild races for the honour in each leagues.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the majors in hitting with a .321 common, and Trea Turner is atop the Nationwide League at .316. In accordance with Baseball-Reference.com, the only time the leaders in each leagues have been at .325 or decrease was in 1960, when Dick Groat topped the NL at .325 and Pete Runnels hit .320 to win the AL title.
The bottom common to win the NL batting crown was .313 by Tony Gwynn in 1988. The bottom to prime the AL was .301 by Carl Yastrzemski within the pitcher-dominated 1968 season.
These decrease batting averages by the league leaders are according to the sense that the game is dominated by homers and strikeouts now. Other than the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, no person has hit over .350 since Josh Hamilton in 2010.
With no person near a quantity like that this season, there may very well be a number of gamers in rivalry for the batting crown till the ultimate day. Houston’s Michael Brantley (.315) and Yuli Gurriel (.314) aren’t far behind Toronto’s Guerrero within the AL. Proper behind the Dodgers’ Turner within the NL are one other former Washington Nationwide and a present one. Bryce Harper is hitting .313 and Juan Soto is at .315.
HEAD TO HEAD
The St. Louis Cardinals swept a three-game collection in opposition to San Diego and prolonged their successful streak to eight video games. The Cardinals lead Cincinnati by three video games for the second NL wild card. The fading Padres at the moment are 3 1/2 again, together with Philadelphia.
With Jack Flaherty restricted to 14 begins to this point this yr due to damage issues, 40-year-old Adam Wainwright is 16-7 with a 2.89 ERA for the Cardinals.
Turner is making an attempt to turn into the primary Dodgers participant to win the batting title since Tommy Davis in 1963, and Harper is making an attempt to turn into the primary Phillie to do it since Richie Ashburn in 1958. Other than the Rays and Diamondbacks, who’ve by no means had a batting champion, which present franchise has gone the longest since its final one?
LINE OF THE WEEK
Atlanta’s Eddie Rosario hit for the cycle Sunday in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. He was the second Braves participant to try this not too long ago. Freddie Freeman pulled it off Aug. 18 at Miami.
Rosario hit a double within the second inning, a triple within the third, a homer within the seventh and a single within the ninth.
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK
Philadelphia trailed 7-0 in opposition to the Cubs on Thursday evening after Chicago scored seven runs within the third inning. The Phillies answered with seven of their very own within the fourth and went on to a 17-8 victory. Chicago had a 98.2% chance to win within the fourth inning, in response to Baseball Savant. However by the tip of the seventh, it was the Phillies whose probabilities have been north of 99%.
Philadelphia is 2 video games behind Atlanta atop the NL East.
Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman got here up as a pinch-hitter Friday evening within the eleventh inning in opposition to Atlanta, and he was in a position to hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to win the sport 6-5. San Francisco had tied that recreation on a homer by Donovan Solano — additionally a pinch-hitter — with two outs within the ninth. The Giants have been out of place gamers once they turned to Gausman, who hit a flyball to proper discipline.
The Athletics haven’t had a batting champ since 1952, when the group was in Philadelphia. Ferris Fain received it that yr with a .327 common.