MLB Notebook: Coors Field a haven for Holliday
At his peak with the Colorado Rockies in 2006-07, Matt Holliday posted a line of .375/.438/.707/1.145 at Coors Field. Those numbers look otherworldly until they are juxtaposed against those compiled by Chuck Klein at his home in the early 1930s.
In 1932, the Phillies outfielder led the National League in runs, hits, home runs, steals, slugging percentage, OPS, extra-base hits and total bases. Klein won the National League Triple Crown the following season, while also leading the league in hits, doubles, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, extra-base hits and total bases.
In these two years, Klein's home ballpark was the Baker Bowl, and his slash line at home was an almost unfathomable .443/.488/.795/1.283.
Holliday hit two homers, singled and drove in five runs as the Cardinals defeated Colorado at Coors Field, 9-6, on Wednesday.
The five-RBI game came one day after Holliday drove in four runs. He is the first Cardinals player since Albert Pujols in April 2010 to have back-to-back four-RBI games.
In 367 career games at Coors Field, Holliday owns a .358/.423/.650 slash line.
Holliday was hitting .215/.277/.376 with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBIs after 22 games in April. Since then, he has played 79 games and owns a line of .360/.446/.620 with 41 extra-base hits and 62 RBIs.
Holliday is playing in his ninth season and has 585 career extra-base hits. That places him in 23rd place all-time for nine-year players. He is two behind Eddie Mathews and eight behind Ralph Kiner.
The Yankees defeated the Orioles, 12-3, with Cano hitting the team's eighth grand slam of the season.
The club record for slams is 10, set in 1987 and matched in 2010 and '11. The Yankees' 28 slams since the start of the 2010 season are the most in the Major Leagues, with the next-highest total being 13.
Cano's home run gave him 54 extra-base hits (tied for the league lead, with Miguel Cabrera). The American League high mark for extra-base hits by a second baseman in a season is 92, set by Alfonso Soriano in 2002.
That season, Soriano had a 12.4 extra-base hit percentage (percentage of all plate appearances concluding with an extra-base hit). This season, Cano is at 12.1 percent.
Jeter collected three hits for the second consecutive day, raising his hit total to 137 and his batting average to .316.
For any qualifying shortstop in his age-38 season or older, the highest batting average ever attained is .324 by Honus Wagner in 1912. Luke Appling owns the next three highest marks: .309 in 1946, .306 in '47, and .301 in '49.
The highest hit total for all shortstops in their age-38 season or older is Wagner's 181 in 1912.
Peavy allowed two runs in eight innings and picked up his ninth win, as the White Sox defeated the Twins, 3-2.
Chicago has allowed two or fewer runs in 38 games this season, tying it with the Reds for the fifth most in the Major Leagues. The Nationals have the most with 42 such games. The Pirates, Athletics and Giants each have 39.
Braun hit his NL-leading 29th home run and now has 422 career extra-base hits.
Braun is eight extra-base hits behind Hank Aaron for the 11th most for any player in history, through his first six seasons.
The D-backs shut out the Dodgers, 4-0, while the Giants lost to the Mets, 2-1.
Third-place Arizona is now 2 1/2 games behind San Francisco for first in the NL West. The Dodgers are one game behind the Giants in second place. Arizona owns a run differential of plus-44, while the Giants are at plus-5 and the Dodgers plus-7.
The Pirates defeated the Cubs, 8-4, for their 60th win of the season. The last time the club had 60 victories after 104 games was in 1991, when it was 62 and 42.
Since the beginning of June, the Pirates are 35-19, tying them with the Reds for the best record in the Major Leagues over that span.
Ludwick hit his 19th home run in a three-hit, four-RBI game, and the Reds defeated the Padres, 6-4.
Ludwick, who had four RBIs for the second consecutive game, is batting .313/.371/.681 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs over his past 41 appearances. He is the first Reds player with back-to-back four-RBI games since Bret Boone on Aug. 27-28, 1998.
The Rangers rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the middle innings and a three-run hole in extra innings, and defeated the Angels, 11-10, in 10 innings.
The comeback win after being down six runs was the largest of the season for the Rangers, who scored 10-plus runs for the 12th time this season. The Rangers are tied with the Cardinals for the second most in the Majors. The Red Sox have reached double digits in runs 13 times this season.
Ian Kinsler sent the game into extra innings with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Kinsler is responsible for each of the past two game-tying ninth-inning home runs hit by a Rangers player, with the other coming in an eventual loss on Sept. 7, 2011, against the Rays.
The last time the Rangers got a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and then went on to win the game was on August 5 of last year, when Michael Young hit a two-run shot.
The Angels hadn't lost a game in which they scored 10 or more runs since Sept. 26, 2009, when they lost to the Athletics, 15-10.
In between the two losses, they had won 29 straight when scoring 10.
For the second straight game, Pujols homered twice. Pujols is the fifth player in Angels history to have back-to-back multihomer games.
Jeff DaVanon hit two in three consecutive games in 2003, while Leon Wagner (1963), Joe Rudi ('77) and Vladimir Guerrero (2007) did it in two straight.
Since the beginning of June (52 games), Pujols owns a .328/.408/.636 slash line.
Pujols has 44 multihomer games, tying him with Willie McCovey and Mike Schmidt for the 19th most in history.
Pujols drove in four runs to reach 1,400 for his career. He is the fourth player in history to reach the milestone in his first 12 seasons. Joe DiMaggio had 1,466, Al Simmons had 1,458 and Lou Gehrig had 1,450.
The Mariners defeated the Blue Jays, 5-3, to extend their winning streak to seven games. Seattle last won seven consecutive contests in 2007.
During the course of this run (which has come exclusively at home), Seattle's team ERA is 2.29, while the team OPS is .808. For the season, the Mariners own the Majors' fifth-best home ERA and the Majors' worst home OPS.
Wright collected three hits and drew a walk, as the Mets defeated the Giants, 2-1.
Wright and Daniel Murphy each have five games this season in which they have reached base safely at least four times -- tied for the most on the club. Keith Hernandez, who had 16 such games in 1985 owns the franchise single-season best for such games.
Wright's career high is 14 games (done in 2008), which ties him with Rickey Henderson (1999) for the third most in team history. John Olerud had 15 in 1998.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.