Shhh, don't tell opposing teams, but they might want to yank their starters from the game before Domingo Santana comes up for the third time.
The Milwaukee Brewers right fielder is enjoying a career year so far in 2017, and there are still plenty of games to be played.
In his 60 games (entering Tuesday's doubleheader), Santana is hitting .281 with a .377 on-base percentage and .493 slugging percentage, all of which would be career highs. He also has 36 runs and 34 RBI -- also career bests -- and 11 home runs, which ties his single-season high.
Six of Santana's home runs and 14 of his RBI have come when facing a team's starting pitcher for the third (or more) time in a game. Those numbers rank second in all of Major League Baseball, behind just Baltimore's Manny Machado in home runs (7) and Kansas City's Mike Moustakas in RBI (17).
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However, Santana does lead MLB in at-bats per home run when facing a pitcher for the third time and beyond in a game at 6.0. He also leads in at-bats per RBI with 2.6.
In addition, only Washington's Ryan Zimmerman has a better slugging percentage and OPS than Santana when going up against a pitcher for the third time or more. Santana's slugging percentage in those situations is 1.000 and his OPS is 1.500 (Zimmerman is at 1.027 and 1.637).
-- Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton is just one of three players in the National League who score a run at least 40 percent of the time after reaching base. Broxton is second in the NL at 41.9 percent (26 runs/62 times on base). Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton leads at 45.9 percent and Washington's Trea Turner is the only other NL player over 40 percent, barely, at 40.2 percent.
-- St. Louis is 6-14 in the opening game of a series in 2017. The .300 winning percentage in such games ranks last in the majors.
-- Left-handed batters are hitting just .216 against Jimmy Nelson this season.
Statistics courtesy STATS and baseball-reference