Comments on: Cliff Lee http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Tiera Kukahiko http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-128233 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 22:38:05 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-128233 Thank you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about this and love learning more about this topic. If possible, while you gain expertise, can you mind updating your site with increased information? It is extremely helpful for me.

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By: Lawrence Azrin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124982 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:07:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124982 @21, John A./ Dazzy Vance's arm trouble - as I recall, Vance had chronic arm trouble in the minors. One night, while playing cards, he hit his elbow sharply on the table, leading to an overwhelming pain that required immediate surgery.

The surgeon removed some bone chips that had probably been floating around for awhile, and eventually Vance's arm felt fine, and he became a dominant pitcher for about a decade.

Fun fact - in 1924, Vance had more strikeouts than the 2nd/3rd-place SO leaders combined:
1. Vance (BRO) 262
2. Grimes (BRO) 135
3. Luque (CIN) 86

I wonder if this has been done since?

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124949 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:17:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124949 @25, Dave -- If your question is whether a pitcher has ever driven in more runs than he allowed in a given month, I don't know an efficient way to research that. A couple notes off the top of my head:

-- In 1918, Babe Ruth qualified for the ERA title (with 18 CG in 19 starts) and allowed 51 runs all year, while driving in 66; but of course, the Babe played mostly outfield that year.

-- In 1968, Bob Gibson allowed 3 runs in 6 July starts, and drove in 3 himself. (He also yielded just 3 runs in June, but had no RBI that month.)

-- In 1988, Orel Hershiser allowed no runs in 6 September starts, but he had no RBI that month, either.

Here's a table of the longest shutout streaks since 1919; you could plow through and check their batting splits for the month(s) that contained the shutout streak. I checked the first six, then ran out of steam.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/share.cgi?id=11VRs

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By: Abbott http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124945 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:55:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124945 Oh, and after an hour-long rain delay in Oakland (which never never happens in June), there were about 300 people left in the Coliseum. You could hear people quietly chatting during the radio broadcast.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124944 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:55:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124944 @27, Doug B -- I'm afraid your info on Hanrahan is a little out of date. As I noted in my Saturday Snippets, Hanrahan's hitless streak was ended on Saturday at 9.1 IP. He also gave up a hit last night, but remained perfect in 23 save chances.

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By: Abbott http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124943 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:54:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124943 Did anybody see Gio Gonzalez last night? Gave up a hit to the first batter, the only hit he gave up. My favorite was the 7th inning: walked the first batter on 4 pitches, then struck out the next three on 9. Gio is really good.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124942 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:53:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124942 Speaking of the All-Star Game ... if manager really wants to win, why wouldn't he just use 9 closers for an inning each?

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124941 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:52:08 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124941 ("... I don't think I've ever been more impressed," I meant to say.)

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124940 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:51:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124940 I saw a short clip of Cliff Lee's postgame interview last night. I don't I've ever been more impressed by an athlete's total focus on his work and the big picture. Everything he said was about continuing the work he's been doing and the work he and the team have to do going forward.

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By: Abbott http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12358/comment-page-1#comment-124939 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:44:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12358#comment-124939 Since home-field advantage is riding on the All-Star game result, I would think Bochy would want to take all the Phillies' starters and all the Giants' starters.

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