I watched my beloved Twins bludgeon the White Sox for 18 runs last night and it got me thinking about teams scoring double-digit runs.
For instance, this season the Twins rank fourth among all MLB teams in games with double-digit runs scored with 13, yet they rank just 13th in overall runs per game. Minnesota is 13-0 when scoring double-digit runs, but in all other games the Twins are 43-80 while averaging 3.6 runs per game.
Via the indispensable Baseball-Reference play index, here are the MLB leaders in double-digit run games:
Red Sox 15
Texas leads baseball with 18 double-digit run games and the Rangers are 18-0 in those games. Boston ranks second with 15 such games … and the Red Sox have lost twice while scoring double-digit runs. At the other end of the spectrum the Royals have the fewest double-digit run games with two, followed by the Marlins and Padres with three.
And overall this season teams that score 10 or more runs in a game are 229-11.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.