Stats geek: Have the Commodores had more than 21 hits this season?

Kevin Newman prepares for an at-bat. Photo by Liz Baker
Kevin Newman prepares for an at-bat. Photo by Liz Baker

Question: The Falmouth Commodores had 21 hits during their game against the Brewster Whitecaps on Monday. Is that the most hits the team has had this season?

Answer: Falmouth’s 21 hits against Brewster’s pitchers on July 22 were the most that the Commodores have registered in a single game this season, even though the game only lasted eight innings. The total trumped the team’s previous record of 18, which they picked up on July 18 during its 12-1 win over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.

Surprisingly, however, before this past week, the Commodores record for hits in a game was 14 — which they had accomplished four times this season. A closer look into Falmouth’s offense reveals that with the team’s propensity to hit home runs or extra-base hits, its hit totals are relatively low during high-scoring games. (The Commodores average roughly 5.7 runs per game, so for the sake of this post, a high-scoring game is eight runs).

So far this season, when Falmouth registers at least eight runs in a game, the team is 8-1. Up until this past week, the most amount of hits they have had in a game was 14, and the lowest amount of hits was nine. Nine hits scored nine runs for Falmouth during its July 8 game against Brewster. The team had three home runs in the game.

This is what makes Falmouth’s most recent feat over Brewster so interesting. Out of the 21 hits that the Commodores registered on July 22 during their win over the Whitecaps, only two of them were extra-base hits. The rest were singles. The only other games this season where Falmouth has scored eight or more runs and had two or fewer extra-base hits was the team’s 9-1 win over Wareham on June 29 and its 10-8 loss to Hyannis on July 10.

The Commodores have become well known around the Cape Cod Baseball League for their offense, but that chatter usually revolves around the team’s league-leading 24 home runs on the season. Heading into Wednesday’s games, Falmouth actually leads the league in singles as well with 251 of its 330 hits putting a runner on first.

Out of those 251 singles, 39 belong to All-Star short stop Kevin Newman (University of Arizona), who lead the way for Falmouth over Brewster with five hits, all of which were singles, six RBI and three runs scored in six at-bats. Newman, who carries the third highest batting average on the team at .339, has only had three extra-base hits this year, and all of them were doubles.

Thus, a closer inspection into what made July 22 such an historic night for the Commodores really shows a different side to a team that is well known for its power-hitting offense.

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