40-10 — At one point in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ incredible stretch run, they were 40-10. The last team with a 50-game stretch that hot was the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, who went on to win the World Series.
4-4 — Also within that stretch (since July 10), the Dodgers are 4-4 when trailing entering the ninth inning. Before that, they were 0-37.
12 — Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has 12 home runs on the first pitch of an at-bat. No other player is in double digits.
115 — Cabrera had 115 RBI entering Friday night, the most through a team’s first 120 games since Sammy Sosa did the same in 2001.
41 vs. Cardinals — The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of a great divisional race, and one Pirate has been doing a lot of damage. Pedro Alvarez knocked in a run in the Pirates’ 5-1 win Wednesday, his 41st career RBI against the Cardinals. That’s the most RBI against the Cardinals since Alvarez entered major-league baseball in 2010.
20 HR, 75 RBI — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reached the 20 home run, 75 RBI plateau last week. He and Albert Pujols are now the only players to pull it off 11 times since 2002 (In 2012, Ortiz had only 60 RBI). Pujols has 17 home runs and 64 RBI and is going for his 12th time in as many years.
13 — New York Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano got hot against the Los Angeles Angels last week. During a two-game span, he went 6-for-9 with four home runs, 13 RBI and six runs scored. That’s the most RBI for a Yankee in a two-game span since Tony Lazzeri drove in 15 in 1936.
5 hits, 5 times — Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer had five hits against the Indians on Thursday night, the fifth time in his career he’s done so. As a catcher and since 1916, only Ernie Lombardi has more five-hit games, with six.
0-14 — The Boston Red Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Thursday night. It was an ordinary game other than it was on Red Sox fan and actor Ben Affleck’s birthday. The Red Sox are now 0-14 in their most recent games on that most special of days.
— Ryan Lewis