The 2021 MLB season is underway and Rice baseball alums are busy on the mound and at the plate. Here’s the latest from the MLB Owls from this week.
Brock Holt – Texas Rangers
Holt has only registered seven official at bats this month with two hits, both doubles. It was his arm, however, that drew the biggest headlines. Holt came on to pitch in a blowout loss against the A’s and threw a 31.1 mile per hour Ephesus pitch, the slowest pitch to be called a strike in the modern pitch-tracking era (since 2008).
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Through August 7, Holt is hitting .203 with 14 extra-base hits, 20 walks and 36 strikeouts. His OPS is .582 and he’s collected 16 RBI.
Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins
Duffey appeared in back-to-back games this week, both winning efforts against the Houston Astros. In each game he worked a scoreless seventh inning. He earned his 14th hold of the season in the first of the two outings.
Through August 7, Duffey has a 3.61 ERA with a 1.370 WHIP. He’s averaging 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Lucas Luetge – New York Yankees
Luetge saw action in two games this week, extending his streak of appearances without allowing an earned run to eight games. He has 13 strikeouts and just one walk allowed over that period.
Through August 7, Luetge has a 2.81 ERA with a 1.130 WHIP. He’s averaging 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
J.T. Chargois – Tampa Bay Rays
Chargois earned his first official hold as a member of the Rays pitching staff this week, working a scoreless inning against the Seattle Mariners, his former club.
Through August 7, Chargois has a 2.73 ERA with a 0.939 WHIP. He’s averaging 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
Rendon’s 2021 season officially came to an end last week. The Angels’ third basemen reportedly needs hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
He ends the year with a .240 average, 19 extra-base hits, 29 walks and 41 strikeouts. His OPS was .712 and he collected 34 RBI.
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