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Wins Without Homers 2010

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 30, 2010

Which teams, to date, have won the most games this season where they didn't hit a homerun?

24 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Hitting 6 HR In A 9-Inning Loss

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 25, 2010

Yesterday, the Yankees hit 6 homeruns in a 9-inning game in which they lost the contest. How rare is that?

28 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Wins In The Post-Season Where SP Failed

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 23, 2010

How many times in the post-season has a team had their starting pitcher get really tanked and won the game, nonetheless?

30 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Jonathan Papelbon’s bad (?) year

Posted by Andy on September 23, 2010

Most Red Sox fans would tell you that Jonathan Papelbon is having a bad year. Some stats to back that up:

  • He's got 7 blown saves, a career high, and an 84% save percentage, a career low
  • His ERA is 3.86, when his career ERA before 2010 was 1.84.
  • His WAR this year is just 0.6, after averaging 3.3 in his 4 seasons previous seasons as closer

However, a closer look at the numbers makes the picture more confusing.

33 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Chris Carter starts his career with 11 consecutive 0-hit games

Posted by Andy on September 22, 2010

Chris Carter, a youngster up with the Oakland Athletics, had a rough start to his career. In his first 11 games, he went to the plate 33 times, got one walk, and no hits. He's among 3 players to rack up no hits in his first 11 games:

Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS HBP GDP
1 Kelly Shoppach 11 Ind. Games 19 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 .000 .105 .000 .105 1 0
2 Vic Harris 11 Ind. Games 35 32 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 .000 .086 .000 .086 0 0
3 Chris Carter 11 Ind. Games 33 32 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 .000 .030 .000 .030 0 1
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Generated 9/22/2010.

This list excludes pitchers and guys appearing as only pinch-hitters in some or all of the games.

Reader Erik G. brought this to my attention a couple of days ago, and since then Carter is 3 for 5 with a walk in 2 subsequent games.

Incidentally, this Chris Carter should not be confused with the Chris Carter acquired by the Mets from the Red Sox for Billy Wagner or the Cris Carter who did nothing but catch touchdowns.

20 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Walk-off hit by pitch

Posted by Andy on September 12, 2010

Last night, Mariano Rivera was the losing pitcher in a game that ended when he hit Jeff Francoeur with a pitch.

This is the first time a game ended on a HPB since 2008, when it happened 3 times:

Date Pitcher Tm Opp Batter Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) R Play Description
2008-06-05 Scott Schoeneweis NYM @SDP Paul McAnulty tied 1-1 b9 123 1 1 (0-0) 1 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Hairston Scores; Giles to 3B; Kouzmanoff to 2B
2008-06-12 Jeff Ridgway ATL @CHC Reed Johnson tied 2-2 b11 123 0 1 (0-0) 1 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Ramirez Scores; Fukudome to 3B; Soto to 2B
2008-07-19 Lenny DiNardo OAK @NYY Jose Molina tied 3-3 b12 123 1 4 (1-2) 1 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Jeter Scores; Rodriguez to 3B; Sexson to 2B
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Generated 9/12/2010.

There were also 3 such games in 2007:

Date Pitcher Tm Opp Batter Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) R Play Description
2007-04-05 Roberto Hernandez CLE @CHW A.J. Pierzynski tied 3-3 b9 123 0 2 (1-0) 1 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Mackowiak Scores; Crede to 3B; Iguchi to 2B
2007-05-27 Carlos Marmol CHC @LAD Juan Pierre tied 1-1 b11 123 0 5 (2-2) 1 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Martinez Scores; Betemit to 3B; Furcal to 2B
2007-09-06 Anthony Reyes STL PIT Josh Phelps ahead 16-4 t9 --- 0 6 (3-2) 0 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch
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Generated 9/12/2010.

Before that, it happened most recently once in 2005.

Incidentally, last night's performance killed Rivera's chance of finishing the season with an ERA under 1.00. Here are the guys to finish with an ERA under 1.00, minimum 40 IP, since 1901:

Rk Player Year ERA IP Tm G GS SV
1 Joey Devine 2008 0.59 45.2 OAK 42 0 1
2 Dennys Reyes 2006 0.89 50.2 MIN 66 0 0
3 Jonathan Papelbon 2006 0.92 68.1 BOS 59 0 35
4 Chris Hammond 2002 0.95 76.0 ATL 63 0 0
5 Dennis Eckersley 1990 0.61 73.1 OAK 63 0 48
6 Rob Murphy 1986 0.72 50.1 CIN 34 0 1
7 Rich Gossage 1981 0.77 46.2 NYY 32 0 20
8 Cisco Carlos 1967 0.86 41.2 CHW 8 7 0
9 Bill Henry 1964 0.87 52.0 CIN 37 0 6
10 Barry Latman 1958 0.76 47.2 CHW 13 3 0
11 Earl Hamilton 1918 0.83 54.0 PIT 6 6 0
12 Ferdie Schupp 1916 0.90 140.1 NYG 30 11 1
13 Dutch Leonard 1914 0.96 224.2 BOS 36 25 3
14 Buck O'Brien 1911 0.38 47.2 BOS 6 5 0
15 George McQuillan 1907 0.66 41.0 PHI 6 5 0
16 Nick Maddox 1907 0.83 54.0 PIT 6 6 0
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Generated 9/12/2010.

Dutch Leonard in 1914...geez! (Keep in mind that this is not the same Dutch Leonard who was an All-Star in the 1940s.)

39 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Using 11+ Pitchers In One Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 11, 2010

The Texas Rangers used 11 pitchers in one game last night.

23 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Most 100+ Loss Seasons Since 1973

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 10, 2010

Per CoolStandings.com today, the Pirates are on pace to lose 107 games this season.

25 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Tim Wakefield is the oldest player to win a game for the Red Sox

Posted by Andy on September 9, 2010

Tim Wakefield started and won last night's game for the Red Sox against the Rays, and became the oldest player to win a game for Boston.

Here are the 10 oldest since 1920:

Rk Player Age Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
1 Tim Wakefield 44.037 2010-09-08 BOS TBR W 11-5 GS-5 ,W 5.0 6 5 4 2 4
2 Dennis Eckersley 43.349 1998-09-17 BOS BAL W 3-2 9-9 ,W 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Tim Wakefield 43.334 2010-07-02 BOS BAL W 3-2 GS-8 ,W 8.0 7 2 2 1 4
4 Dennis Eckersley 43.314 1998-08-13 BOS MIN W 8-7 7-7 ,BW 0.2 1 0 0 1 0
5 Tim Wakefield 43.310 2010-06-08 BOS CLE W 3-2 GS-8 ,W 7.1 4 2 1 0 6
6 Tim Wakefield 43.294 2010-05-23 BOS PHI W 8-3 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 2 1
7 Dennis Eckersley 43.206 1998-04-27 BOS DET W 6-5 8-8 ,W 1.0 1 0 0 0 0
8 Dennis Eckersley 43.194 1998-04-15 BOS OAK W 4-3 9-9f ,W 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Earl Caldwell 43.137 1948-08-24 BOS CLE W 9-8 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
10 David Wells 43.088 2006-08-16 BOS DET W 6-4 GS-7 ,W 6.2 10 4 4 1 3
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Generated 9/9/2010.

According to 98.5 The Sports Hub, Wakefield is the oldest all-time, not just since 1920. Cy Young pitched for the Red Sox through age 41. It's too bad--I was sort of hoping that Wakefield had beaten out Young and not Eckersley so I could make the joke "That's the only time Wakefield is going to see "Cy Young" next to his name!"

26 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Good Team Bullpen Games In 2010

Posted by Steve Lombardi on September 5, 2010

For this one, I started by asking Play Index to show me, in 2010 with games through yesterday, games where a team had 5+ relievers appear in a game where they each faced at least one batter and did not allow any runs.

10 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

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