Ever mess around with sortable stats and convince yourself that there is a glitch in the data? Does Corey Dickerson really have a 1.009 OPS? Is Yonder Alonso really hitting a homer every 9.23 at-bats (the top mark in the majors)? Have the Yankees really thrown out only four of 22 would-be basestealers (an MLB-worst 18.2 percent)?
Yes. Yes. And yes.
And here are a few more absolute head-scratchers that we unearthed:
USA TODAY SportsJesse Johnson
Rockies’ road winning percentage
Colorado is 18-7 away from Coors Field, good enough for the majors’ second-best road winning percentage (.720). In the previous 24 seasons, the Rockies had an MLB-worst .391 road winning percentage and only one season (41-40 in 2009) above .500 on the road.
USA TODAY SportsBrad Rempel
Anthony Rizzo’s BABIP
Why is Rizzo slashing just .238/.376/.470 after a .292/.385/.544 line last season? A lot of it is pure bad luck. Even after he homered twice on Wednesday, Rizzo’s .221 batting average on balls in play is by far the lowest of any hitter with at least 200 plate appearances – and it’s a big reason to expect an uptick in his productivity.
USA TODAY SportsDavid Kohl
Bryce Harper’s 2-strike production
Seven of his 14 homers and 20 of his 38 RBI have come with a two-strike count, when the Nationals’ right fielder is slashing .290/.365/.591.
USA TODAY SportsBrad Mills
Kenley Jansen’s K/BB ratio
Not only does Jansen lead the NL with 16.5 strikeouts per nine innings, but the Dodgers closer has yet to walk a batter in 18 innings pitched – while racking up 33 Ks.
USA TODAY SportsGary A. Vasquez
Joey Gallo’s HR ratio
The Rangers’ all-or-nothing slugger has 29 hits this season, and 14 of them have cleared the fences. Thus, the huge disparity between his .195 batting average and .523 slugging percentage.
USA TODAY SportsRick Osentoski
Twins’ defensive efficiency
Among the many reasons Minnesota surprisingly leads the AL Central is its airtight D. According to Fangraphs.com, the Twins lead the majors with 28 Defensive Runs Saved – eight more than the next-closest team.
USA TODAY SportsBrad Rempel
Jordan Zimmermann’s unappreciated gift
The Tigers are averaging a major league-best 8.70 runs when Zimmermann starts this season. Unfortunately, the right-hander has a 5.86 ERA. If you like runs, make sure you’re in the house when he’s on the mound.
USA TODAY SportsTroy Taormina
Xander Bogaerts’ HR drought
The Red Sox shortstop broke out with a 21-homer performance in 2016 but has yet to go deep this season. Bogaerts has an AL-best four triples and is slashing .331/.395/.450, but his power outage is part of the reason Boston has the fewest homers (38) in the majors.
USA TODAY SportsJeff Curry
Buster Posey’s RBI total
The Giants catcher has slugged seven homers this season yet has driven in only 11 runs. Incredibly, all seven of those homers – six of which have come in May – have been solo shots.
USA TODAY SportsEd Szczepanski
Tampa Bay is a respectable 24-25 in the standings but is the worst contact-making team in the majors. Its 515 strikeouts – led by Tim Beckham’s 60 – are 89 more than any other team. It also explains why the Rays have left an MLB-worst 358 runners on base.
USA TODAY SportsKim Klement
Padres’ run differential
Only two teams have scored fewer runs than San Diego (167) and no team has allowed more (257). That adds up to a -90 run differential just over a quarter of the way through the season. By comparison, the Phillies finished last season with the majors' worst differential (-186) – a mark San Diego is on pace to match around the All-Star break.
USA TODAY SportsJake Roth
Charlie Blackmon’s clutch hitting
The majors’ RBI leader (42) is doing major work with runners in scoring position: .465/.468/1.023, seven homers, 36 RBI. And with runners in scoring position and two out: .545/.565/.1.273, five homers, 19 RBI.
USA TODAY SportsIsaiah J. Downing
Anthony Rendon’s 2-game burst
The Nationals’ third baseman has eight homers and 31 RBI, but five of those homers and 15 of those RBI came in two games (three homers and 10 RBI on April 30; two homers and five RBI on May 23).