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Ike Davis and a team going 10-0 in a player’s first 10 games

Posted by Andy on April 29, 2010

The Mets started the season horribly but that all changed when they called up Ike Davis 10 games ago. In those 10 games, Davis hit .355 with a .548 SLG, one homer, 6 RBI, 3 doubles, and 5 runs scored. More importantly, the Mets went 9-1 as a team. Here are Davis' logs for those 10 games:

Gcar Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Apr 19 NYM CHC W,6-1 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1B
2 Apr 20 NYM CHC W,4-0 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .286 .375 .286 .661 1B
3 Apr 21 NYM CHC L,3-9 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .333 .273 .606 1B
4 Apr 22 NYM CHC W,5-2 4 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .438 .467 .904 1B
5 Apr 23 NYM ATL W,5-2 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .389 .450 .611 1.061 1B
6 Apr 24 NYM ATL W,3-1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .350 .435 .550 .985 1B
7 Apr 25 NYM ATL W,1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .318 .400 .500 .900 1B
8 Apr 27 (1) NYM LAD W,4-0 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .320 .414 .520 .934 1B
9 Apr 27 (2) NYM LAD W,10-5 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 .333 .424 .556 .980 1B
10 Apr 28 NYM LAD W,7-3 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .355 .432 .548 .981 1B
NYM 37 31 5 11 3 0 1 6 5 1 8 .355 .432 .548 .981
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/29/2010.

Our friend and former blog author Raphy is the one who pointed out the Mets' excellent performance in Davis' first 10 games, and he also noted that there have been cases of teams going 10-0 in a player's first 10 career games. A quick Game Finder search confirms it:

Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Willy Taveras 10 Ind. Games 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Argenis Reyes 10 Ind. Games 20 19 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 .316 .316 .316 .632
Barbaro Garbey 10 Ind. Games 28 26 13 4 0 0 8 1 4 .500 .536 .654 1.190
Jermaine Dye 10 Ind. Games 22 22 7 0 0 3 3 0 5 .318 .318 .727 1.045
Ed Armbrister 10 Ind. Games 24 21 7 3 1 1 5 1 4 .333 .348 .714 1.062
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Generated 4/29/2010.

These are players with 10 team wins in their first 10 career games, although unlIke Davis not all of them came consecutively. What's amazing about this list is that the Mets just had another guy, Argenis Reyes, pull off the 10-0 feat 2 years ago. Taveras' inclusion here is also odd as most of his first 10 appearances were as a pinch-runner. Despite having only 2 plate appearances, he really did appear in all 10 of those games.

The other notable factor is this isn't exactly a group of stars. Other than Jermaine Dye, none of these guys has had significant big-league success, and only Dye and Taveras have stuck around for very long. (I see that Reyes doesn't have any minor league numbers so far this year, so I'm guessing he's either injured or not playing professional ball.)

A couple other things. In addition to the above list being limited to the years 1920-1939 and 1952-present, I also eliminated pitchers from the list. By searching for pitchers in the batting game finders, we get screwy results because sometimes pitchers count depending on whether they appeared in double-switches and/or actually batted, etc. We can do a separate search for pitching appearances. (Hmmm, future post perhaps?)

I leave you with the list of 32 batters whose teams finished 9-1 in their first 10 career games:

Player ▾ #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Shooty Babitt 9 Ind. Games 35 30 9 0 0 0 3 4 1 .300 .382 .300 .682
Tony Batista 9 Ind. Games 17 17 7 2 0 1 1 0 3 .412 .412 .706 1.118
Don Baylor 9 Ind. Games 26 20 4 0 0 0 5 4 4 .200 .346 .200 .546
Michael Bourn 9 Ind. Games 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mark Brouhard 9 Ind. Games 12 11 2 1 0 1 4 0 2 .182 .250 .545 .795
Mike Cameron 9 Ind. Games 16 14 4 2 0 0 1 1 7 .286 .333 .429 .762
John Castino 9 Ind. Games 17 15 6 2 0 0 5 1 1 .400 .438 .533 .971
Danny Cater 9 Ind. Games 31 28 10 5 0 0 1 3 3 .357 .419 .536 .955
Ike Davis 9 Ind. Games 33 27 10 3 0 1 6 5 7 .370 .455 .593 1.047
Mike Dimmel 9 Ind. Games 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mark Ellis 9 Ind. Games 28 25 9 1 0 0 5 2 4 .360 .393 .400 .793
Babe Ganzel 9 Ind. Games 41 33 14 3 1 0 8 5 2 .424 .500 .576 1.076
Bob Garbark 9 Ind. Games 30 25 5 1 0 0 3 5 4 .200 .333 .240 .573
Chris Getz 9 Ind. Games 7 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571
Lenny Harris 9 Ind. Games 28 22 9 1 0 0 4 4 1 .409 .481 .455 .936
Scott Hemond 9 Ind. Games 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .222 .222 .222 .444
Travis Jackson 9 Ind. Games 17 16 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 .125 .176 .250 .426
Matt Kata 9 Ind. Games 35 29 9 3 0 1 4 6 7 .310 .429 .517 .946
Jim Landis 9 Ind. Games 37 29 9 3 1 0 2 7 6 .310 .459 .483 .942
Dwight Lowry 9 Ind. Games 12 9 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733
Hideki Matsui 9 Ind. Games 42 39 11 3 0 1 10 2 4 .282 .310 .436 .745
Ryan McGuire 9 Ind. Games 32 30 13 5 0 2 7 2 0 .433 .469 .800 1.269
Ross Moschitto 9 Ind. Games 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Dwayne Murphy 9 Ind. Games 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
Rey Quinones 9 Ind. Games 33 22 7 2 0 0 4 9 4 .318 .545 .409 .955
Jason Repko 9 Ind. Games 25 22 7 1 0 2 4 2 4 .318 .400 .636 1.036
Roger Repoz 9 Ind. Games 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
Billy Ripken 9 Ind. Games 43 39 12 1 0 1 6 3 3 .308 .357 .410 .767
Bill Russell 9 Ind. Games 38 32 12 2 2 1 4 6 8 .375 .474 .656 1.130
Bill Schroeder 9 Ind. Games 35 30 4 0 1 2 3 3 11 .133 .212 .400 .612
Van Snider 9 Ind. Games 25 24 5 1 0 1 6 0 12 .208 .200 .375 .575
Shane Spencer 9 Ind. Games 21 19 8 3 0 2 5 1 2 .421 .429 .895 1.323
B.J. Surhoff 9 Ind. Games 35 30 9 2 0 2 7 5 2 .300 .400 .567 .967
Tony Walker 9 Ind. Games 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .077 .143 .077 .220
Glenn Wilson 9 Ind. Games 29 24 11 3 0 1 3 4 3 .458 .536 .708 1.244
Bob Zupcic 9 Ind. Games 13 12 2 0 0 1 3 0 2 .167 .167 .417 .583
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Generated 4/29/2010.

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14 Responses to “Ike Davis and a team going 10-0 in a player’s first 10 games”

  1. Do you know if any of the 32 players started all 10 games??

  2. Turns out none of the guys who were in 10 winning games started all 10. Here is a list of guys who, in their first 10 starts, the team won 9 games: B Schroeder, B Ripken, R Quinones, R McGuire, H Matsui, J Landis, B Garbark, B Ganzel, and I Davis. Note that this is not necessarily the same as the games above, as the search now looks only at games the player started and ignores the outcome in games they appeared in but did not start. To find the answer to your specific question, you'd need to click the 'Ind. Games' link next to each player's name to see what their role was in each game.

  3. Rod Allen lost his first eight games he ever played in MLB in his first season. In his second season, he won the first 13 he played in.

    Of course going from the 83 Mariners to the 84 Tigers helped both causes.

  4. According to Elias, Hideki Matsui is the only other position player who started each of his team's first 10 games after his callup (Opening Day for Matsui) and won nine of them. So while there are others whose teams won nine of his first 10 starts, only two (Davis and Matsui) played in 10 straight team games beginning with their debuts and won nine of them.

  5. Perfect except that Matsui didn't have a callup. He came straight from Japan to the majors.

  6. [...] Baseball-Reference has one of its usual quirky examinations as it looks at Ike Davis‘ first 10 games, in which the Mets are 9-1. In yesterday’s 7-3 win –  the conclusion of a sweep over the Dodgers — Davis was 2-4 with a RBI. He’s batting .355 over his first ten games. [...]

  7. Was that an accident to link "unlIKE DAVIS" to Ike Davis' player page or was it a clever play on words/links?

  8. It's a bug with the linking tool that I decided to leave alone so Sean could see it.

  9. Ed Armbrister may not have had "significant big-league success," but he has a secure place in baseball history due to that little incident in the 10th inning in Game 3 of the 1975 World Series.

  10. In Garbey's case, it doesn't hurt to come up with one of the greatest teams ever, the 1984 Tigers.

  11. [...] this Ike Davis fellow that was called up by the Mets and is raking through his first 10 games? Well BR’s Stat of the Day breaks down his game logs through 10 games as the Mets have gone 9-1 since Ike Davis arrived in New [...]

  12. from the 10-0 list, only Garbey and Dye made it to 11. Both were stopped there.

  13. Incidentally, Argenis Reyes is, I believe, playing independent ball.

  14. Johnny Twisto Says:

    I remember Barbaro Garbey leading the league in batting in the early going. His BA didn't drop below .350 until 5/25/84. I remember Sparky Anderson talking him up. Or maybe I remember reading years later that Anderson had been talking him up. I didn't realize until now that Garbey was 27 that year. Nor did I remember that Garbey was only playing about 2/3 of the time.