Comments on: Reaching The Post Season With Just 3 Horses http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: BunnyWrangler http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332/comment-page-1#comment-1739 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:08:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/332#comment-1739 Thanks for looking that up. I never would have thought of Gryboski - he was the team's ground-ball specialist, but he would always enter a game with someone else's men on base and allow a hit to score one or more of those guys, leaving his ERA unscathed while hurting the previous pitcher's.

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By: kingturtle http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332/comment-page-1#comment-1112 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 18:12:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/332#comment-1112 I had another "has it happened before question." But I did my own research on it before I asked it, and lucky I did, because it happened last year, the year before that, and the year before that.

Eric Byrnes leads the Diamondbacks with 83 RBIs. My question was "Has it ever happened before that a team made the post season without a player reaching 90 RBIs?" Well, it was not unusual during the deadball era. And since the deadball era, it has happened 28 times (never by a wild card team), most recently by the '06 Padres (with 83 RBIs by Brian Giles and Mike Cameron each).

Here are the worst RBI leaders for play-off making teams since 1920:
*'72 Tigers (156 games played), 61 RBIs by Norm Cash
*'38 Cubs (154 games played), 69 RBIs by Augie Galan
*'65 Dodgers (162 games played), 70 RBIs by Ron Fairly (won WS)
*'66 Dodgers (162 games played), 74 RBIs by Jim Lefebvre
*'73 Mets (161 games played), 76 RBIs by Rusty Staub
*'69 Mets (162 games played), 76 RBIs by Tommie Agee (won WS)
*'84 Royals (162 games played), 77 RBIs by Steve Balboni
*'72 Athletics (155 games played), 77 RBIs by Sal Bando (won WS)
*'68 Cardinals (162 games played), 79 RBIs by Mike Shannon
*'89 Cubs (162 games played), 79 RBIs by Mark Grace

Here are all 28 times: '06 Padres (83), '05 Padres (83), '04 Twins (81), '90 Red Sox (89), '90 Reds (86), '89 Cubs (79), '88 Dodgers (82), '84 Royals (77), '84 Padres (86), '74 Orioles (84), '73 Orioles (89), '73 Mets (76), '72 Athletics (77), '72 Tigers (61), 70 Pirates (85), '69 Mets (76), '68 Cardinals (79), '66 Dodgers (74), '65 Dodgers (70), '63 Dodgers (88), '63 Yankees (89), '59 Dodgers (88), '59 White Sox (84), '51 Yankees (88), '43 Cardinals (81), '38 Cubs (69), '32 Cubs (85), '20 Robins (80).

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332/comment-page-1#comment-1106 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 12:50:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/332#comment-1106 Andy - thanks!

BunnyWrangler - here's what you're looking, for, I think:

http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/59NV

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332/comment-page-1#comment-1102 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 04:43:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/332#comment-1102 Steve--I wasn't sure how to do this, but you certainly figured it out. Great job.

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By: BunnyWrangler http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/332/comment-page-1#comment-1101 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 03:53:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/332#comment-1101 I was looking at the 2002 Braves' pitching staff. It looked great - Glavine and Maddux were still heading the rotation, Kevin Millwood had of the very good years that he has every so often, and Damian Moss had his only good year. Jason Marquis, who has been good, didn't pitch particularly well.

Their bullpen was legitimately outstanding, though. The starting pitching was very good, but I distinctly remembered that three guys - Chris Hammond, Darren Holmes, and Mike Remlinger - each had an ERA under 2, with Hammond's clocking in at under 1. I also remembered that Smoltz saved 50+ games. Today I looked at the rest of the pen, however, and I saw that the bullpen's greatness extended beyond these guys. Kerry Ligtenberg and Tim Spooneybarger, both of whom pitched in more than 50 games, each had an ERA under 3, too.

My point? I was wondering how to determine a bullpen's overall greatness and how the 2002 Braves' stacked up in history. Is there any way that you can do this?

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