I always like to look through these things, to see what career marks a player can set for the season.
Chipper Jones keeps moving up. He’s 94 hits shy of 2500, 55 RBI and 52 runs short of 1500, and even eight stolen bases short of 150, though that looks more like two years’ worth at this pace. Chipper already holds nearly all the major career counting stat records for Atlanta, and the career franchise records are mostly held by Hank Aaron and are out of play. He passed Eddie Mathews for second place in many categories last season. He’s 57 games, 224 at-bats, and 260 plate appearances behind Mathews, so barring catastrophe he’ll get those. The most significant hitting stat Aaron isn’t the leader in is walks, and Chipper should pass Mathews for first this season — he is currently 33 behind. Nobody else is due to get anywhere near the top ten in the hitting categories, though with a full season Brian McCann would start to show up in the top twenty in the power categories.
McCann is nine homers short of 100, which is a lot for a catcher; only 62 catchers in major league history, only 24 in the NL, have hit triple figures… Both McCann and Troy Glaus are 121 RBI short of big round numbers (500 and 1000 respectively) and it’s just vaguely conceiveable that Glaus could do it, but it would take a whole lot of things to go right.
Among the pitchers, Tim Hudson is two wins short of 150 and 98 strikeouts short of 1500. With good health, he’ll get both. The first win would break a tie with Rick Camp for tenth in Atlanta history (with 56). Sixteen wins would tie him with Steve Avery for ninth, and nineteen with Kevin Millwood in eighth. He should also move into the top ten in Atlanta strikeouts with anything close to a full season… Jair Jurrjens is already 25th in wins by an Atlanta Brave, which just goes to show you how many of the franchise’s wins have been by just a few pitchers. He could move into the top fifteen this year… Derek Lowe is nine wins short of 150 and 114 strikeouts short of 1500, right behind Hudson. He only had 111 strikeouts last season… Billy Wagner, as I’ve mentioned, is fifteen saves short of 400 and just five saves out of fifth place all-time. A big season (40 saves) would put him in fourth place all time, passing John Franco, and also give him the record for a lefthander.