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Getting A Headstart On Whiffs

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 29, 2010

A quick list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - players with 9+ games of 2+ strikeouts within their first 20 games of the season, since 1973:

Rk Player Year #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Pat Burrell 2001 12 Ind. Games 50 45 8 1 0 1 2 4 27 .178 .260 .267 .527 0 0 0 1 0
2 Chris Davis 2009 11 Ind. Games 44 41 6 1 0 3 5 1 27 .146 .205 .390 .595 0 0 0 2 0
3 Preston Wilson 2000 10 Ind. Games 46 43 8 2 0 0 6 2 23 .186 .217 .233 .450 0 1 0 0 0
4 Brad Wilkerson 2006 10 Ind. Games 42 39 4 3 0 0 3 3 25 .103 .167 .179 .346 0 0 0 0 1
5 Bob Smith 2002 10 Ind. Games 42 39 6 2 0 1 4 3 22 .154 .214 .282 .496 0 0 0 0 0
6 Austin Jackson 2010 10 Ind. Games 48 45 11 1 1 0 1 3 23 .244 .292 .311 .603 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bill Hall 2008 10 Ind. Games 44 42 5 1 0 1 3 2 20 .119 .159 .214 .373 0 0 0 0 2
8 Andres Galarraga 1995 10 Ind. Games 45 41 8 0 0 2 7 3 24 .195 .267 .341 .608 0 0 0 1 0
9 Adam Dunn 2007 10 Ind. Games 44 40 9 2 0 1 3 4 22 .225 .295 .350 .645 0 0 0 0 1
10 Rob Deer 1991 10 Ind. Games 45 38 7 2 0 4 9 7 23 .184 .311 .553 .864 0 0 0 0 1
11 Preston Wilson 2002 9 Ind. Games 45 41 8 1 0 0 4 3 19 .195 .267 .220 .486 0 0 0 1 1
12 Rick Wilkins 1994 9 Ind. Games 39 33 6 3 0 0 5 5 21 .182 .282 .273 .555 0 1 1 0 0
13 Joey Votto 2010 9 Ind. Games 38 33 2 1 0 0 0 5 19 .061 .184 .091 .275 0 0 0 0 0
14 Mo Vaughn 1998 9 Ind. Games 45 39 11 2 0 3 13 4 21 .282 .378 .564 .942 0 0 1 2 1
15 Greg Vaughn 2002 9 Ind. Games 39 37 4 0 0 0 1 2 20 .108 .154 .108 .262 0 0 0 0 0
16 Mickey Tettleton 1990 9 Ind. Games 42 36 6 1 0 0 1 6 22 .167 .286 .194 .480 0 0 0 0 1
17 Mark Teahen 2007 9 Ind. Games 38 35 9 2 0 0 3 3 21 .257 .316 .314 .630 0 0 0 0 0
18 Jim Presley 1986 9 Ind. Games 37 35 5 0 0 0 2 0 21 .143 .143 .143 .286 2 0 0 0 0
19 Cameron Maybin 2010 9 Ind. Games 41 40 6 0 1 0 2 1 20 .150 .171 .200 .371 0 0 0 0 0
20 Derrek Lee 2002 9 Ind. Games 39 34 6 0 0 3 6 5 20 .176 .282 .441 .723 0 0 0 0 0
21 Ray Lankford 2000 9 Ind. Games 37 34 4 1 0 0 0 3 19 .118 .189 .147 .336 0 0 0 0 0
22 Dave Kingman 1976 9 Ind. Games 39 37 7 1 0 3 9 2 21 .189 .231 .459 .690 0 0 1 0 0
23 Dave Kingman 1982 9 Ind. Games 38 36 6 0 0 3 4 1 19 .167 .211 .417 .627 0 0 0 1 1
24 Darrin Jackson 1993 9 Ind. Games 38 36 6 1 0 0 3 0 20 .167 .167 .194 .361 2 0 0 0 1
25 Bo Jackson 1987 9 Ind. Games 36 34 4 2 0 0 1 1 21 .118 .143 .176 .319 1 0 0 0 0
26 Pete Incaviglia 1987 9 Ind. Games 43 40 13 1 0 2 10 3 18 .325 .372 .500 .872 0 0 0 0 0
27 Ron Gant 1997 9 Ind. Games 40 37 4 1 0 0 1 3 18 .108 .175 .135 .310 0 0 0 0 0
28 Dan Ford 1976 9 Ind. Games 40 38 8 0 0 3 8 1 21 .211 .250 .447 .697 0 0 0 1 0
29 Adam Dunn 2006 9 Ind. Games 38 32 4 0 0 2 3 5 20 .125 .237 .313 .549 0 1 1 0 0
30 Rob Deer 1993 9 Ind. Games 43 40 6 2 0 1 7 3 23 .150 .209 .275 .484 0 0 0 0 1
31 Eric Davis 1988 9 Ind. Games 42 36 7 0 0 1 3 6 20 .194 .310 .278 .587 0 0 1 0 0
32 Eric Davis 1985 9 Ind. Games 41 41 6 0 1 1 2 0 19 .146 .146 .268 .415 0 0 0 0 1
33 Mark Bellhorn 2005 9 Ind. Games 35 33 7 2 0 0 2 2 19 .212 .257 .273 .530 0 0 0 0 2
34 Jesse Barfield 1986 9 Ind. Games 39 38 8 3 0 1 2 1 20 .211 .231 .368 .599 0 0 0 0 0
35 Gary Alexander 1978 9 Ind. Games 37 35 8 2 1 1 3 2 19 .229 .270 .429 .699 0 0 0 0 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/29/2010.

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Austin Jackson, Cameron Maybin and Joey Votto joined the club this year.

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5 Responses to “Getting A Headstart On Whiffs”

  1. For Jackson, it was also the first 20 games of his career. Here are leaders for multiple K games in the player's first 20 career games (position players only)

    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
    1 Rick Renick 12 Ind. Games 45 43 6 0 2 0 6 2 27 .140 .178 .233 .410 0 0 1 0 1
    2 Jackie Warner 10 Ind. Games 40 39 7 1 0 2 6 1 26 .179 .200 .359 .559 0 0 0 0 0
    3 Anderson Machado 10 Ind. Games 39 33 5 3 0 0 0 6 22 .152 .282 .242 .524 0 0 0 0 0
    4 Austin Jackson 10 Ind. Games 48 45 11 1 1 0 1 3 23 .244 .292 .311 .603 0 0 0 0 0
    5 Pat Burrell 10 Ind. Games 44 43 5 0 1 1 4 1 23 .116 .136 .233 .369 0 0 0 0 3
    6 Matt Williams 9 Ind. Games 37 35 3 0 0 0 1 2 23 .086 .135 .086 .221 0 0 0 0 0
    7 Drew Stubbs 9 Ind. Games 42 39 8 1 0 2 2 3 22 .205 .262 .385 .647 0 0 0 0 0
    8 Darryl Strawberry 9 Ind. Games 41 37 4 1 0 1 3 4 22 .108 .195 .216 .411 0 0 0 0 1
    9 Michael Saunders 9 Ind. Games 32 31 6 0 1 0 2 1 18 .194 .219 .258 .477 0 0 0 0 1
    10 Reggie Jackson 9 Ind. Games 47 39 8 4 0 0 4 5 24 .205 .319 .308 .627 0 1 0 2 0
    11 John Buck 9 Ind. Games 32 30 2 0 0 0 0 1 19 .067 .097 .067 .163 1 0 0 0 1
    12 Russell Branyan 9 Ind. Games 37 34 7 1 0 3 6 3 21 .206 .270 .500 .770 0 0 0 0 0
    13 Brandon Boggs 9 Ind. Games 41 35 3 0 0 1 3 4 21 .086 .195 .171 .367 0 1 0 1 1
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/29/2010.
  2. Looks like it was also Burrell's first games as well

  3. DoubleDiamond Says:

    No, Burrell came up in 2000, not 2001, when this occurred.

  4. DoubleDiamond Says:

    To clarify, my other response refers to the table in the original blog entry, which shows Pat Burrell doing this in 2001. I didn't even look at the table in the first comment until after I had posted my other response.

  5. You're still correct though DoubleD, Burrell did come up in 2000 and the games represented in the original table are not the first games of his career