wagerbop.com image: New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso has a few games less to work with in a 60 game season to beat his home run total of 53 from last season
2020 Season: A Big Asterisk Year (Stats)
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
No season has been shorter than the one that is scheduled to begin this 24th of July, since 1878. We might get some wild season-ending stats for the length of the 2020 season. Of course all stats will display asterisks.
Here are some of the most interesting: Somebody could end the season with a .400 or more batting average. If that happens, Ted Williams (Bos) last to hit .406(1941) would be turning over in his grave.
The pitchers that win the Cy Young might win it with 8-2 and a 2.90-something ERA. A pitcher could be the strike-out king with 70-75 K’S, and a possibility for an extra-ordinary season if any hurler ends with 100 strikeouts, which is like the equivalent to 300 or more. In 2019 Gerrit Cole (NYY) served 326 strike outs while Justin Verlander (HOU) distributed 300. The incredible duo that were the best one-two at Houston.
The RBI leaders could end with 50 runs-batted-in. The leader in hits might end with 80 hits, the sexy home run leader, in a power game like today, could possibly win it with 15 home runs. Last season Pete Alonso (NY Mets) hit 53 and led the National League and the underrated Jorge Soler (KC) who led the American League with 48 home runs. A player could lead his league in stolen bases with 15. Last season Mallex Smith (SEA) stole 46 to lead the American League and Ronald Acuña Jr. (ATL) the National League with 37 steals. The forgotten bunt these days?
This season a player could get 3-4 bunt-hits and lead his league, and it would be an excellent bunter with great speed. Sacrifice bunts will be less because the NL is using the Designated Hitter. Most of the SAC-Bunts are from starting pitchers in the National League. The only bunts you might see these days are in old films at Cooperstown. Occasionally when ESPN or MLB Net. Open their vaults to bring us the 1952 World Series between the NY Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the bunt was part of the game.
This year if a team ends with a record of 41-19 that is a .683 percentage, and should be more than enough to win and advance to the playoffs. Last season, Yankees, Dodgers, Astros and Twins who won their respective divisions were the only teams to finish with an over .600 winning percentage.
One Safe Record: Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streaks in 1941.This season a player that plays all 60 games would not have much wiggle room to accomplish such feat. Image if it happens? Just like Ted Williams .406 in 1941, The Yankee Clipper will also be turning-over in his grave.
Another safe record this season. Barry Bonds (SF) 2001 season when he hit 73 home runs. If that happens in 60 games, then the year 2020 has really “Jumped the Shark”.
For broadcasters? With an empty stadium, we do not have to talk much louder. It would be interesting especially in such spacious places as the Oakland Coliseum.
Have a great weekend. Stay well and stay tuned.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play lead announcer on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com