Comments on: Stephen Strasburg, best game scores in a debut, and happy birthday to us! http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-24654 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 23:32:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-24654 To make Andy's list complete, I'd like to mention two World War II-era game scores.

First, the debut of Al Jurisich, April 26, 1944: 12⅔ IP, 8 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB, 7 K, for a game score of 87 and a loss. Jurisich's 87 is the highest debut game score for the period 1920-49.

Second, the debut of Stubby Overmire, April 25, 1943: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 6 K, for a game score of 80.

One other fun note: The highest game score in 1942 for a pitcher starting his debut game was 72 by the Boston Braves' Lefty Wallace, who won a grand total of five games in the major leagues. The '42 Braves also had two other young pitchers who debuted as relief pitchers who would go on to excellent careers as starters — Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain.

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23590 Sun, 06 Jun 2010 21:23:50 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23590 One other thing -- Happy Birthday!

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23443 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 23:10:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23443 Happy birthday to the Baseball-Reference.com blog! . . . [T]he first post on this blog . . . [was] three years ago.

And our youngest daughter was born three years ago today. Happy birthday to Noelle! Sometimes I call her "Nono."

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23409 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:03:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23409 Frank, looks like Bobo threw a Nono in his first career start, which was actually his 5th career appearance:

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF
1 1 4 Apr 18(1) SLB @ DET W,8-7 7-8 99 1.1 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 13.50 7
2 2 6 Apr 19 SLB @ DET W,6-3 9-10 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 7.71 5
3 3 9 Apr 25 SLB CHW L,4-6 4-5 5 1.2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 6.75 7
May Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF
4 4 14 May 1 SLB WSH L,5-6 3-4 L(0-1) 5 1.1 4 2 2 2 1 0 0 8.44 10
5 5 19 May 6 SLB PHA W,6-0 SHO W(1-1) 4 9.0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0 3.14 31
6 6 23 May 12 SLB @ PHA W,7-3 GS-2 5 1.1 3 2 2 3 0 0 0 4.02 9
7 7 32 May 24(1) SLB @ CLE L,1-5 GS-3 L(1-2) 11 2.1 1 4 4 5 0 0 0 5.50 12
8 8 36 May 27 SLB CLE W,5-1 GS-6 W(2-2) 2 5.1 7 1 1 4 3 0 0 4.63 26
9 9 41 May 31(1) SLB @ CHW L,4-7 GS-3 L(2-3) 3 2.1 4 4 3 2 1 0 0 5.26 13
June Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF
10 10 46 Jun 5 SLB NYY L,0-5 GS- L(2-4) 4 4.1 6 5 4 4 1 1 0 5.70 23
11 11 47 Jun 6 SLB NYY L,2-6 8-GF 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.34 7
12 12 50 Jun 9 SLB BOS L,5-6 8-8 2 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.18 4
13 13 51 Jun 10(1) SLB BOS L,2-11 6-6 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 5.29 5
14 14 59 Jun 17 SLB @ NYY L,3-5 GS-5 L(2-5) 6 4.0 5 3 3 5 1 0 0 5.45 22
15 15 65 Jun 21(2) SLB @ BOS W,2-0 GS-9 W(3-5) 3 8.0 2 0 0 5 3 0 0 4.50 28
16 16 69 Jun 26 SLB @ PHA L,5-6 GS-7 4 6.2 10 4 4 2 1 0 0 4.61 29
July Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec DR IP H R ER BB SO HR HBP ERA BF
17 17 74 Jul 1 SLB @ CHW L,4-13 6-7 4 1.2 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 4.80 9
18 18 78 Jul 5(2) SLB DET L,1-7 GS-4 L(3-6) 3 4.0 4 2 2 2 3 1 0 4.78 17
19 19 80 Jul 7 SLB CLE L,3-6 8-8 L(3-7) 1 0.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4.78 2
20 20 85 Jul 12(1) SLB @ DET L,7-8 2-7 4 5.0 6 1 1 5 1 0 0 4.55 25
21 21 89 Jul 17 SLB NYY L,4-6 4 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.52 1
22 22 92 Jul 19(2) SLB WSH L,4-13 3-4 1 1.2 3 6 6 3 1 0 1 5.23 12
SLB 65.1 69 41 38 50 25 2 1 5.23 305
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/5/2010.
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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23408 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 17:53:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23408 Maybe somene with more computer savvy can check this out; what about Bobo Holloman? Is my PMS {which stands for Pre-Mature Senility in my case} kicking in, or do I remember something from my early youth about him throwing a no-hitter in his debut?

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23399 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:56:23 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23399 Getting a high game score is hard. JR Richard struck out 15 in his debut, but since he game up a couple of runs, he only gets a 75.

Spooner is a fun guy. He got an 88 in his second game. That was near the end of the season so Dodger fans had all winter to be excited about him. Then he gets hurt in spring training and is never the same.

Googling around, several sites are mentioning a record Spooner has. They all say he struck out the first six batters he faced. A simple check of the box score here shows that isn't the case. In his first six batters, he worked himself into and out of a bases-loaded jam (BB-1B-Flyout-Flyout-BB-K). The six consecutive K's were in the seventh and eighth innings.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23394 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:25:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23394 It just goes to show you how differently pitchers are used today that there's basically not a single recent highly-touted guy on this list. If Strasburg cracks 80 it will almost certainly be the second-biggest baseball story of the season.

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23392 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:19:47 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23392 If Strasburg pitches 6 perfect innings and strikes out 8, he'll have an 80. Then he gets pulled and the fans riot.

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By: Dave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23386 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 16:06:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23386 The problem is that unless Strasburg's got a perfect game or no-hitter going, there's almost no chance they'll let him go more than 6 innings. All the guys on the list above pitched at least 7, and all but 1 went 8 or more. No way Strasburg's cracking this list.

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By: Jeff http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6582/comment-page-1#comment-23380 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 15:38:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=6582#comment-23380 5 Orioles and 4 Red Sox. 4 games against the Phillies. No relevance, just interesting.

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