Bill Gilbert: Triple Milestones – 2015

Astros analyst Bill Gilbert light the fires of the Hot Stove League season with a look at Triple Milestone winners from 2015.

Astros analyst Bill Gilbert lights the fires of the Hot Stove League season with a look at Triple Milestone winners from 2015.

 

Triple Milestones – 2015

 By Bill Gilbert

      Offensive production in the major leagues increased slightly in 2015. The number of runs and home runs per game increased in 2015 and batting average, on-base percentage and slugging average also increased in 2015 after steadily declining since 2000.

Year      Runs/Game HR/Game BAVG      OBA   SLG   OPS      Triple Milestone Hitters

—-      ——— ——- —-   —-   —- —     ————————

1990     8.51     1.58   .258 .324   .386   .710                  2

1991     8.62     1.61   .255 .323   .384   .707                  3

1992     8.23     1.44   .256 .322   .377   .699                  2

1993     9.20     1.78   .266 .332   .404   .736                  5

1994     9.85     2.07   .270 .339   .424 .763                  3

1995    9.69     2.02   .267 .338   .417   .755                  8

1996      10.07      2.19   .270      .340      .427   .767                 21

1997         9.53      2.05   .267      .337      .419   .756                  7

1998         9.58      2.08   .266      .335      .420   .755                 14

1999      10.17      2.28   .271 .345   .434   .779                 19

2000   10.28     2.34   .271 .345   .437   .782                 26

2001     9.55     2.25   .264 .332   .427   .759                 21

2002     9.24     2.09   .261 .331   .417   .748                 12

2003         9.46      2.14      .264      .332   .422   .754                  8

2004     9.63     2.25   .266 .335   .428   .763                 12

2005     9.18     2.06   .265 .330   .419   .749                 10

2006     9.72     2.22   .269 .336   .432   .768                 13

2007         9.59     2.04   .268 .336   .423   .759                  8

2008         9.30      2.01      .264 .333   .417   .750                   7

2009     9.23     2.02   .262 .333   .418   .751                 6

2010    8.77     1.90   .257 .325   .403   .728                 6

2011    8.57     1.87   .255 .321   .399   .720                 7

2012     8.64     2.03   .255 .319   .405   .724                 4

2013     8.33     1.92   .253 .318   .396   .714                 3

2014     8.13     1.73   .251 .314  .386   .700                 2

2015    8.50     2.02   .254 .317   .405   .721                 1

      Runs and home runs were up in 2015 to the highest level in 3 years. Nine players hit 40 or more home runs in 2015 compared to one in 2014 and two in 2013. The 30 home run level was reached by 20 players in 2015 compared to 11 in 2014 and 14 in 2013.

      A useful indicator for tracking offense is the number of players who hit for both power and average by achieving a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. A record 26 players reached all three milestones in 2000, but that figure has dropped significantly in recent years. Only one player achieved all three in 2015, the lowest since 1989 when no players did it. Of the 20 players with 30+ home runs, only three batted over .300 and eleven had 100+ RBIs. Maintaining a .300 batting average is clearly the major problem in achieving triple milestones.

            The player that made the .300-30-100 club in 2015 was Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona, who did it for the second time

Player           Times BAVG-HR-RBI            Comments

Paul Goldschmidt      2      .321-33-110             Also stole 21 bases.

      The two MVP players just missed as did four others.

Player           Times BAVG-HR-RBI            Comments

Bryce Harper       0   .330-42- 99            Needed one more RBI.        

Josh Donaldson     0   .297-41-123         Lost .300 average in last week.

Mike Trout         0   .299-41- 90         Hasn’t made it yet.

Nelson Cruz       0   .302-44- 93         Better numbers than Trout.

Yoenis Cespedes   0   .291-35-105         Split between both leagues.

Jose Abreu         1   .290-30-101         Made it as rookie in 2014.

One other player made it in 2014 in addition to Abreu.

                           2014           2015

   Player           Times BAVG-HR-RBI   BAVG-HR-RBI  

Jose Abreu         1   .317-36-107   .290-30-101

Victor Martinez  1   .335-32-103   .245-11- 6

      The following list contains the names of players, active in 2015, who have had multiple .300-30-100 seasons in the past but have not done it in the last three years. Many have been limited by injuries. Some are still productive players like Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun and Adrian Beltre, but not at the same level as in their peak years. Since this list was started in 2004, David Ortiz is the only player that has come back with another triple milestone season.

                                Last

               .300-30-100 .300-30-100

Player           Seasons      Season     2015    Comments

Albert Pujols       10           2010   .244-40- 95   Five straight years under .300

Mark Teixeira       3           2008   .255-31- 79  Injuries have taken toll.

Ryan Braun           3         .2012   .285-25- 84   Minor comeback in 2015,

Aramis Ramirez       2           2004   .246-17- 75  Plans to retire.

Matt Holliday       2          2007   .279- 4- 35  Slowed by injuries.

David Wright         2           2008   .289- 5- 17 Injured most of season.

Josh Hamilton       2           2010   .253- 8- 25   No longer a superstar.

Adrian Beltre       2           2012   .287-18- 83   Slow start, strong finish.

      Twenty nine of the thirty major league teams have had at least one triple milestone hitter since the year 2000. Kansas City has not had a triple milestone hitter since Danny Tartabull in 1991.

      Only one minor league player recorded a triple milestone season in 2015.  

Player            Team (Level)         Organization Age      BAVG-HR-RBI

A.J. Reed            Lancaster (HiA)       Houston Astros 22         .346-23- 81                    

                 Corpus Christi (AA)                               .332-11- 46

                                                                     .340-34-127

     Another player, who split time between the majors and minors, just missed:

Carlos Correa     Corpus Christi (AA)   Houston Astros   20        .385- 7- 32      

                 Fresno (AAA)                                      .276- 3- 12

                 Houston (MAJ)                                      .279-22- 68

                                                                     .299-32-112                               

      No college players achieved triple milestones in 2015.

      Pitchers also strive for triple milestones – 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00. Only two pitchers made all three in 2015 and they were the Cy Young Award winners:

               Wins-SO-ERA

Jake Arrieta     22-236-1.77

Dallas Keuchel   20-216-2.48

      Four other pitchers came close:

Gerrit Cole     19-202-2.60

Zack Greinke     19-200-1.66

Madison Bumgarner 18-234-2.93

David Price       18-225-2.45

      Of these six pitchers, Price is the only one with a previous triple milestone season. Arrieta and Keuchel were the only 20-game winners in 2015 but there were 12 pitchers with an ERA under 3.00 and 15 pitchers with 200 strikeouts. Winning 20 games is clearly the biggest obstacle in achieving a triple milestone season.

Bill Gilbert

bgilbert35@yahoo.com

12/28/15

 

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