By the numbers …

533 – Total number of hits racked up by the Blue Jays in 53 games this year – tops in the majors. The Dodgers are second with 520.

77 – Aaron Hill’s league-leading number of hits so far this season. He’s the owner of a team-leading .333 batting average, 120 total bases and 12 home runs. At his current pace, he’d finish with 235 hits, which would shatter Vernon Wells’ franchise record 215 back in 2003.

70 – Second-most hits in the majors entering action Monday. The owner? Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson, whom the Jays dealt to Arizona after the ’05 season to open the door for Hill to take over the 2B job. Hudson is on pace for 218 hits. That would fall short of the Dodgers’ franchise mark of 241 by Babe Herman back in 1930. The Babe hit .393 that year.

– Games missed this season by either Hill (53 GP) or Hudson (52 GP).

6 – Number of consecutive quality starts delivered by reliever-turned-starter Brian Tallet. All of those have come in May, and the left-hander has gone 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in those six outings.

17 – Number of road losses for Toronto thus far (thanks in large part to a franchise-worst 0-9 road trip through Boston, Atlanta and Baltimore). Those 17 losses tie Tampa Bay and Cleveland for the most in the AL.

52 – Number of times the Jays have grounded into a double play this year – tied with Boston and Detroit for most in the majors.

.319 – Combined on-base percentage of the opposition against Toronto pitching in 2009 – lowest in the American League. The Jays’ pitching staff also owns the AL’s lowest WHIP (1.32).

951 – Total pitches seen by shortstop Marco Scutaro in 53 games this year – second-most in the AL (Carlos Pena, 961). Sixty-four of those were smacked for hits. Adam Lind, meanwhile, leads the Jays with the most pitches seen per plate appearance (4.25).

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One Response to “By the numbers …”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    Tallet really deserves some more wins.

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