Tag:Mark Reynolds
Posted on: October 1, 2010 12:03 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 12:04 am
 

Dunn second in 200K club?

Adam Dunn
It took more than a century of baseball for someone to strike out 200 times in a season. Just two years later, Mark Reynolds could have company in that distinction.

The Diamondbacks' Reynolds broke the threshold in 2008 with 204 strikeouts, then upped it to 223 last season. This year he's headed for a truly ugly record: more strikeouts than batting average points.

The Nationals are thankful Adam Dunn won't be matching that feat, but he does have a shot at reaching 200 Ks. Washington, idle on Thursday, has three games left this weekend against the Mets, and has 195 strikeouts. Dunn averages 1.3 strikeouts per game, so if he plays all three it could be close.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:37 am
 

D-backs' Reynolds approaches K history

Mark Reynolds
There has been a lot of attention on the Diamondbacks breaking the single-season record for team strikeouts, which is actually good, because it points out that strikeouts are overrated as a "bad" outcome.  A strikeout is just an out, and even while being the strikeout-ingest team in history, the Diamondbacks are solidly average offensively (eighth in the National League in runs scored).

But the strikeout-related landmark third baseman Mark Reynolds is on the verge of reaching at least has to be considered interesting. As noted by baseball-reference.com, Reynolds is on pace to become the first regular player in history to finish with a strikeout total higher than his batting average (or, technically, his batting average multiplied by 1,000).

Reynolds is batting .200 with 206 strikeouts. No other non-pitcher has had more strikeouts than batting-average points while making more than 35 plate appearances. Reynolds has the three highest single-season strikeout totals in major-league history -- he's the only man ever to top 200, and his 223 last year is the record.

Actually, the .200 part of his stat line is the troubling part, not the strikeouts. And it's fairly impressive that someone batting .200 could get enough playing time to amass 206 strikeouts.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:04 pm
 

Arizona goes back-to-back-to-back-to-back


At what point, if you're Dave Bush, do you just go ahead and hit someone?

Instead, the Diamondbacks became the seventh team in history to hit four consecutive home runs. With one out in the fourth inning, Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew homered off of Bush.

Bush then gave up a single to Gerardo Perra after Drew's homer, but got out of the inning without further damage. And in another odd note, the fourth was the first inning for Bush without a leadoff hit by the Diamondbacks.

Interestingly enough, Bush was the second Brewer pitcher to allow four homers in an inning, as Mike Caldwell allowed four to Boston in the fourth inning on May 31, 1980.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 11:33 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 2:44 am
 

Burnett hammered again

A.J. Burnett A.J. Burnett's season continued to careen off the rails Monday, as the Yankees starter gave up three homers and five runs in the first inning in Arizona.

The Diamondbacks added a run against Burnett in the second inning and another in the fourth. All seven runs were scored with two outs -- Burnett gave up an amazing eight two-out hits in just the first two innings.

Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the first inning, sandwiched between solo shots by Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds.

At the end of May, Burnett was 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA. He has lost all four of his starts this month, and after going four innings Monday has a June ERA of 10.35.

When a pitcher drops off this dramatically and suddenly, it's often a sign that there's a correctable mechanical reason. The Yankees certainly hope so, given that they're on the hook to pay him $16.5 million a year through 2013.

-- David Andriesen

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