Posted by Andy on April 19, 2010
Since the 2000 season, there have been 99 occasions in which a single player has hit at least 2 triples in a game. Here are the instances since 2009:
|1||Curtis Granderson||2010-04-15||NYY||LAA||W 6-2||4||4||1||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.099||1.217||.680||8||CF|
|2||Erick Aybar||2009-09-06||LAA||KCR||W 7-2||5||5||1||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.128||0.939||.443||2||SS|
|3||Dexter Fowler||2009-08-22||COL||SFG||W 14-11||5||3||2||2||0||2||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.210||3.215||.830||2||CF|
|4||Cory Sullivan||2009-08-12||NYM||ARI||W 6-4||5||4||0||2||0||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.143||1.152||.810||1||CF|
|5||Jacoby Ellsbury||2009-06-23||BOS||WSN||W 11-3||5||4||1||4||0||2||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.282||4.075||1.005||7||CF|
|6||Andrew McCutchen||2009-06-08||PIT||ATL||L 6-7||7||7||2||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.172||1.746||1.781||1||CF|
|7||John Buck||2009-04-30||KCR||TOR||W 8-6||4||3||0||3||1||2||0||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0.224||4.022||.903||8||C|
|8||Jeff Francoeur||2009-04-12||ATL||WSN||W 8-5||4||4||2||2||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.095||1.328||.717||6||RF|
Over that time time period, there have been 9,110 instances in which a player hit one triple. (In this case, individual games in which more than 1 player hit a triple are counted more than once in this list.)
That's a ratio of 9,110:99 for number of 2+ triples games to 1 triple games. That ratio simplifies down to 92:1.
I wonder how this compares to other types of hits.
There have been 168,359 games in which a player has gotten one single (and not more than 1 single.) Again, any games featuring more than one such performance are counted multiple times.
There have been 75,717 games in which a player has gotten one double.
There have been 46,297 games in which a player has gotten one home run.
For 2 or more of each hit type, the numbers shake out to:
So we can calculate the ratios for each type of hit. These, then, are ratios of two or more hits of a particular kind to just one hit of that same kind.
These ratios should be, pretty much, in line with the general odds of getting any one type of hit. After all, they are pretty much independent events. What I mean by this is that just because a guy got a single in his first at-bat, that doesn't mean he's any more or less likely to get a single in his next at-bat than he would be if he made an out the first time (or homered.) When I say "pretty much independent" I do leave open a few very minor issues such as players on a hot streak, ballparks that might have a greater tendency to yield a certain type of hit, etc.
What, then is the point of this post? There isn't one. I was just curious.