19 in 10
In the long, storied history of baseball, only two men had driven in 19 runs in the first 10 games of the season, an almost impossibly torrid start even for only a week and a half of baseball. Lou Gehrig did it in 1927 as a part of the New York Yankees’ “Murderer’s Row” lineup. The second was Manny Ramirez, who pulled it off in his second-to-last season for the Indians in 1999. Gehrig went on to drive in 175 for the season; Ramirez could “only” finish with 165. It’s impressive company.
After only occurring twice in history, it happened twice this year from two very unlikely players — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and New York Mets catcher John Buck. Neither player have driven in more than 85 in a season before 2013.
Continuing the trend that you just can’t predict what's going to happen in baseball — Kansas City Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera hadn't allowed a home run in 334 consecutive batters faced, and then gave up three in a span of four hitters.
This means WAR
WAR — Wins Above Replacement — is meant to cram all the facets of baseball into a number to represent how many wins a player gives his team over an average replacement. If that holds true, you can already chalk up one of the Indians’ wins (almost) to Michael Bourn.
Bourn's WAR is 0.9, good enough for a tie for the fourth-best mark in MLB as of Friday. And to show the value of defense, Bourn’s WAR is on par with Davis and his 19 RBI. Nick Swisher is the second-leading Indian with 0.7. To date, the most valuable player in baseball in 2013? Try former Indians outfielder Coco Crisp, who leads the game with 1.2 for the Oakland Athletics. The Tigers have two of the top three marks — Prince Fielder's 1.1 and Miguel Cabrera's 1.0 are second and third, respectively.