What one of the best of one of the best in MLB can do in a 60-game season

You in all probability already know that the common season of Main League Baseball in 2020 might be simply 60 video games. However what does that imply for the gamers and what they will obtain in that brief period of time?

No matter else occurs, the numbers that gamers put up of their 60-game seasons will nonetheless be season totals, sure for his or her locations on the backs of baseball playing cards and the pages of Baseball-Reference.com. Whereas no one’s going to set a single-season file for dwelling runs or steals, a season this brief may make doable a participant reaching a uncommon single-season feat in one in every of baseball’s fee statistics — like batting common or earned run common. May we see a .400 hitter, or a pitcher publish an ERA below 1.00? Neither could also be probably, however such feats additionally aren’t fairly inconceivable in a season lasting simply 60 video games.

With that in thoughts and to present followers a way of what this 12 months’s leaderboards within the main statistical classes may find yourself trying like, we requested ESPN Stats & Data to share the MLB leaderboards by groups’ first 60 video games over two intervals. First, we now have these numbers since 1945 to present you a historic perspective of what is doable, in addition to from the previous 5 seasons (2015-2019) to indicate you what has been doable extra lately by a few of the recreation’s energetic stars.

Lastly, keep in mind that all of those numbers had been achieved by these gamers of their staff’s first 60 video games performed, not their particular person first 60 video games that these gamers appeared in. That is an vital distinction to bear in mind as a result of, this 12 months, there might be solely these 60 staff video games on the schedule earlier than we head into the postseason.

Hitting and offense

Greatest batting common, first 60 video games since 1945
1994 Paul O’Neill .417
1997 Larry Walker .417
1948 Ted Williams .412
1983 Rod Carew .411
2008 Chipper Jones .409
Min. 3.1 PA/per staff recreation

Greatest BA, first 60 video games since 2015
2019 Cody Bellinger .376
2016 Daniel Murphy .374
2017 Ryan Zimmerman .365
2018 Mookie Betts .359
2015 Dee Gordon .356
Min. 3.1 PA/per staff recreation

Most HR, first 60 video games since 1945
2001 Barry Bonds 32
1998 Mark McGwire 28
1956 Mickey Mantle 27
1969 Reggie Jackson 26

Most HR, first 60 video games since 2015
2019 Christian Yelich 22
2017 Aaron Choose 21
2015 Giancarlo Stanton 21
2019 Cody Bellinger 20
2019 Pete Alonso 20
2016 Mark Trumbo 20
2015 Bryce Harper 20

Most RBIs, first 60 video games since 1945
1998 Juan Gonzalez 76
1999 Manny Ramirez 72
1954 Stan Musial 71
1998 Mark McGwire 70
1949 Ted Williams 69
1948 Ted Williams 69

Most RBIs, first 60 video games since 2015
2016 David Ortiz 55
2019 Nolan Arenado 54
2019 Josh Bell 54
2019 Cody Bellinger 52

Most stolen bases, first 60 video games since 1945
1982 Rickey Henderson 58
1981 Tim Raines 50
1987 Vince Coleman 42
1985 Vince Coleman 42
1988 Rickey Henderson 41

Most SB, first 60 video games since 2015
2017 Billy Hamilton 28
2015 Billy Hamilton 25
2019 Adalberto Mondesi 22
2016 Jonathan Villar 22
2017 Trea Turner 21
2017 Dee Gordon 21

Pitching

Most strikeouts, first 60 video games since 1945
1977 Nolan Ryan 167
1946 Bob Feller 152
1973 Nolan Ryan 149
1972 Steve Carlton 146
1999 Pedro Martinez 143
1999 Randy Johnson 143

Most strikeouts, first 60 video games since 2015
2018 Max Scherzer 133
2017 Chris Sale 119
2019 Max Scherzer 117
2019 Gerrit Cole 116
2018 Gerrit Cole 116

Greatest ERA, first 60 video games since 1945
2010 Ubaldo Jimenez 0.93
2000 Pedro Martinez 0.95
1988 John Tudor 1.03
1981 Bob Knepper 1.15
1968 Luis Tiant 1.22

Greatest ERA, first 60 video games since 2015
2018 Justin Verlander 1.24
2016 Clayton Kershaw 1.46
2019 Hyun-Jin Ryu 1.48
2018 Jacob deGrom 1.57
2017 Dallas Keuchel 1.67

Most Wins, first 60 video games since 1945
1973 Wilbur Wooden 14
1971 Vida Blue 13
1952 Bobby Shantz 13
eight pitchers with 12

Most wins, first 60 video games since 2015
2018 Max Scherzer 10
2016 Jake Arrieta 10
11 pitchers with 9

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