Comments on: Quick recap – Early games of 9/7/11, etc. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: DaveZ http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148185 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:24:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148185 @4...Adam Dunn?! The only thing he's stealing now is food off other White Sox player's plates.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148181 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:17:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148181 @10, Tim -- I don't think the opponents' running game will be a big factor for the Yanks in the postseason, especially with A.J. Burnett unlikely to see much mound time.

New York has allowed 108 SB in 145 tries, for a 26% CS rate. Both the total number of SB and the CS% are just a little worse than the league average of 99 SB and 28% CS.

And if it's a problem for them, it could be just as much a problem for most of the other AL contenders. Boston and the Angels have allowed more SB with a worse CS%, and Detroit is in the vicinity. Only Texas has a real good record against base thieves.

None of the AL contenders have a great running game, anyway; the Yanks are actually the best of the lot.

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By: Tim http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148111 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:02:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148111 For a team that is at the bottom of MLB in stolen bases (only the Tigers and Cards have fewer successes, only the Tigers have fewer attempts) - the Orioles have been successful in their last 15 consecutive steal attempts through Wednesday, with 13 of those stolen bases coming against the Yankees (including 5 Wednesday afternoon and 4 against Mariano on Monday).

Is this a post-season weakness for the Bronx Bombers?

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By: Jimbo http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148034 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 07:38:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148034 When the Blue Jays aquired Mike Napoli, I was excited. Then they dealt him right away for nothing. I didn't get it.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148017 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 05:34:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148017 Oops. Missed one on the progressive list of leadoff HR hitters. Here's the corrected version.

1921 - Ray Powell, 12
1929 - Johnny Frederick, 14
1935 - Jo-Jo Moore, 15
1937 - Augie Galan, 17
1949 - Eddie Joost, 23
1966 - Felipe Alou, 24
1970 - Tommy Harper, 31
1973 - Bobby Bonds, 35
2002 - Alfonso Soriano, 38
2006 - Alfonso Soriano, 39

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148014 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 05:20:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148014 Interesting list of 30+ HR leadoff hitters. Widening the criteria a bit more, of 29 times a player has had 25+ homers batting leadoff, 16 have occurred since 2000.

For some perspective, here's the progressive record in the game-searchable era (showing only the first player to reach these levels).

1921 - Ray Powell, 12
1929 - Johnny Frederick, 14
1937 - Augie Galan, 17
1949 - Eddie Joost, 23
1966 - Felipe Alou, 24
1970 - Tommy Harper, 31
1973 - Bobby Bonds, 35
2002 - Alfonso Soriano, 38
2006 - Alfonso Soriano, 39

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148007 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:40:45 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148007 "Will he get to try for the shutout?"

He did get to try for it (he went 129 pitches) and would have had it, except for a 2-error meltdown by Scott Sizemore on what should have been the final play of the game.

Fautino De Los Santos came on to get the final out on one pitch, and preserve the team shutout.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148003 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:31:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148003 Should also mention the ending of the Boston/Toronto game. After tagging Toronto closer Frank Francisco for two runs and getting the tying run on base, Boston's rally fizzled when the game ended with that tying run (pinch-runner Mike Aviles) being thrown out trying to steal second.

Somehow, a fitting end to a madcap game.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-148001 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:23:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-148001 @3.

Crazy game, indeed. It's hard to know where to start talking about this one.

Jose Bautista stole two bases, a straight steal of 3rd and then a steal of home on the back end of a double steal. According to ESPN, the first time since Adam Dunn in 2004 that a player has stolen home in the same season he hit 40 homers.

The series certainly has had a bit of everyting, a 1-0 extra inning game, a 14-0 blowout, and now the craziness tonight. Wonder what's in store for tomorrow.

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By: -mark http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14740/comment-page-1#comment-147984 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 02:46:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14740#comment-147984 ...and another stupid game in Toronto. You have to feel for Tim Wakefield some.

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