Examining Surprising Numbers from the First Half of the 2014 MLB Season

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Examining Surprising Numbers from the First Half of the 2014 MLB Season
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Baseball is infamous for producing eccentric numbers, and not just of the “Chris Davis is the first person to hit three home runs on his birthday after a rain delay on a full moon” variety. Even taking these quirky parameters into account, the 2014 Major League stat board raises eyebrows. Adam Wainwright and Zack Greinke are tied for the league-lead in wins with… Alfredo Simon. J.J. Hardy entered 2014 with 77 home runs in the past three years; as of July 7, he's dialed long distance only twice. Aroldis Chapman, after surviving a frightening comebacker to the head in spring training, is on pace to set a strikeouts per nine innings record. How crazy has 2014 been? At one point in June, the Kansas City Royals were in first. THAT crazy...

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