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Notes from last night’s Red Sox / Blue Jays game

Posted by Andy on April 27, 2010

Well that game was the very definition of a barn-burner.

Here are some statistical notes:

Since 1920 (excluding 1940-1951, for which we do not have detailed box scores), this was just the 13th game in which both starting pitchers went no more than 3 innings and allowed at least 7 earned runs:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 TOR BOS 2010-04-26 2
2 TEX LAA 2008-09-19 2
3 CLE DET 2006-07-25 2
4 COL CIN 2003-04-30 2
5 SDP SFG 2003-04-09 2
6 COL SDP 2001-09-27 2
7 CHW ANA 2000-09-03 2
8 COL LAD 1999-09-17 2
9 NYY TEX 1998-05-06 2
10 BAL DET 1997-07-04 (2) 2
11 FLA COL 1996-08-05 2
12 COL SDP 1995-08-04 2
13 BOS NYY 1987-06-26 2
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Generated 4/27/2010.

If you add in allowing at least 8 hits, the #2 game between the Rangers and Angels is the only other one in addition to yesterday's that qualifies.

This is one of 3 games so far this season in which 12 different players got at least 1 RBI:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 TOR BOS 2010-04-26 12
2 MIL WSN 2010-04-18 12
3 FLA PHI 2010-04-16 12
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Generated 4/27/2010.

(But actually, the other two games on that list are more impressive to me because they featured fewer runs overall.) As recently as last year, this Red Sox-Yankees game featured 16 different players with an RBI.

The Red Sox are the first team this year to boast five different players with at least 3 hits in the same game:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 BOS TOR 2010-04-26 5
2 LAD ARI 2010-04-14 4
3 LAD CIN 2010-04-21 4
4 KCR MIN 2010-04-18 4
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Generated 4/27/2010.

And the two teams combined for a whopping 8 players with at least 3 hits:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 BOS TOR 2010-04-26 8
2 ARI LAD 2010-04-14 6
3 KCR MIN 2010-04-18 5
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Generated 4/27/2010.

The last game with more was this 2008 Rangers - White Sox game in which 9 players got 3+ hits.

The game featured the largest WPA for any one team in a game so far this year:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI LOB #
1 2010-04-26 BOS TOR W 13-12 50 45 13 18 4 0 0 12 4 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.988 8.268 1.225 10 10
2 2010-04-10 FLA LAD W 7-6 40 34 7 10 2 0 1 7 4 2 9 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.912 3.779 1.489 8 17
3 2010-04-20 CIN LAD W 11-9 37 31 11 11 1 1 2 9 3 0 3 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 0.891 6.983 .755 2 18
4 2010-04-11 DET CLE W 9-8 53 42 9 18 2 0 0 7 9 0 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.825 3.781 1.647 18 11
5 2010-04-14 PHI WSN W 14-7 43 36 14 14 3 1 3 14 5 0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.814 9.937 .894 5 16
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Generated 4/27/2010.

That's what happens when you score gobs of runs, then your pitchers give them back, then you score gobs more, your pitchers give them back, etc. Incidentally, this certainly will not be the most WPA in a game for all of 2010.  In the last 3 seasons there have been 43 games with more WPA.

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9 Responses to “Notes from last night’s Red Sox / Blue Jays game”

  1. Ah, I was thinking the infamous Cubs / Phils 23-22 game from 1979 would fit, but in looking at the box score Dennis Lamp gave up 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning whilst Randy Lerch gave up 5 runs in his 1/3 of an inning (and hit a bomb as well).

    Not to comment-jack, but that 23-22 game featured a plethora of past and future closers (or at least those that led their team in saves).

    The Phils trotted out Tug McGraw, Ron Reed and Rawly Eastwick.
    The Cubs, though, pitched Lamp, Donnie Moore, Willie Hernandez, Bill Caudill and Bruce Sutter. All of them would be come closers or relief pitchers of repute (or was already in the case of Sutter).

  2. Comment-jacking does not bother me. Anybody who has anything interesting to say can comment. Well, interesting about BASEBALL.

  3. [...] B-Ref notes on last night’s rollercoaster: Since 1920 (excluding 1940-1951, for which we do not have [...]

  4. I'm rather impressed that the Red Sox only collected four extra-base hits and that they were all doubles.

  5. SJBlonger Says:

    Wow, another game I saw in person (#7 on the first list). 9-4 after the first inning. You don't forget a game like that.

  6. [...] B-Ref notes on last night’s rollercoaster: Since 1920 (excluding 1940-1951, for which we do not have [...]

  7. What I'd really like to see is games ranked by total WPA+ - WPA- for both teams; that would be the total change in win probability over the whole course of the game and would be a pretty solid measure of "back and forthness." This game, at 14.6 or so, might be hard to beat. (You might want to divide by number of innings, to be fair.) Can Play Index sort by WPA+ only, or WPA+ - WPA-?

  8. Messed up the html: I'm talking about White Sox / Brewers, May 8, 1984, which if I can get my tags right should be linked . If no link, I'll have to ask people to find the box score on their own!

  9. JSE - It would seem to me that team WPA seems to do a much better job of finding see-saw battles. The game you linked to has barely any lead changes. Compare that to these games which have the 2 highest single team WPAs in the PI years.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MON/MON200005140.shtml
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/COL/COL199606300.shtml