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1919 Box Scores, Splits & More

Posted by Sean Forman on March 28, 2011

August 2, 1919 Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs Box Score and Play by Play - Baseball-Reference.com.

Thanks to the phenomenal work of RetroSheet, we now have 1919 box scores, gamelogs and splits on the site.  The play index has also been updated with 1919 data where appropriate.

In addition, a couple dozen previously undiscovered play-by-play accounts have been added for more recent  seasons and numerous bugs have been fixed both in our scripts and in the retrosheet data.

Please let us know if you come across any bugs or things that need to be fixed.

18 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Box Scores, Game Finders, Gamelogs, Innings Summary, Insane ideas, Minor Leagues, Pitcher vs. Batter, Play Index, Season Finders, Stats, Streak Finders

Ron Kittle vs. Bert Blyleven

Posted by Andy on February 2, 2011

(Thanks to reader McCombe35 who emailed in about this.)

Check out Ron Kittle's career homers, split out by pitcher faced:

PA AB H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Bert Blyleven 50 44 14 1 9 16 3 11 .318 .380 .955 1.335
John Cerutti 25 24 7 0 5 9 1 2 .292 .320 .917 1.237
Frank Tanana 40 37 10 1 5 12 3 10 .270 .325 .703 1.028
Jim Clancy 21 18 9 1 4 8 2 2 .500 .571 1.222 1.794
Bob Ojeda 17 15 6 0 4 8 2 5 .400 .471 1.200 1.671
John Candelaria 22 20 7 1 3 5 1 5 .350 .409 .850 1.259
Chris Codiroli 17 16 5 0 3 6 0 4 .313 .294 .875 1.169
Bruce Hurst 43 41 8 0 3 6 2 14 .195 .233 .415 .647
Mark Langston 42 37 10 2 3 5 4 14 .270 .357 .568 .925
Mike Mason 17 14 6 0 3 6 3 2 .429 .529 1.071 1.601
Jack Morris 35 31 6 0 3 8 4 12 .194 .286 .484 .770
Frank Viola 44 41 9 1 3 6 3 17 .220 .273 .463 .736
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/2/2011.

Did Kittle homer actually homer off Blyleven a lot? Let's look into the numbers a bit more.

54 Comments | Posted in Pitcher vs. Batter

Play Index Updates

Posted by Sean Forman on October 26, 2010

Along with the sitewide updates I just posted on, I also added some upgrades to the Play Index.

After you get the summary table of information from an event finder search, selecting two or more headings of the same type (click on the red text) will now cause the search to perform an or on those two options. So you can now answer questions like show me all the hits by Derek Jeter In Fenway or Rogers or Camden or Tropicana all bunched together.

The summary options now show more complete data like all opponents not just the top 10 or so.

In batter vs. pitcher you can now select ranges of years.

and on the event finder you can now columns for WPA, li and Re24 and summaries for pulled/opposite field, ahead and behind in the count, and leverage level (low, medium, high), so you can ask how many of Ryan Howard's Home Runs were high, low or medium leverage.

I've also updated and attempted to make the looks of each of the tools much more consistent. There was an astounding amount of redundant code in the original Play Index code and the code is now at most half the size of the previous code.

More importantly is that the Play Index code is now integrated with the standards of the rest of the site and I'm free to do new Play Index tool development. Before I knew I was going to have to do a massive rewrite and it kept me from doing anything new. Now I can go ahead and do that new work.

9 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Event Finders, Game Finders, Pitcher vs. Batter, Play Index, Season Finders, Streak Finders

Unit Beaters & The Chilifest

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 1, 2010

Nah, that's not some new wave band from the '80's...read on...

Just killing some time waiting for the Yankees-Red Sox game to start in Fenway Park tonight, before they finally called the game, I was looking at guys who had at least 40 PA facing Randy Johnson and who had an OPS of 850+ overall in that time. Yeah, I sometimes look at the strangest baseball stats for no reason...

45 Comments | Posted in Pitcher vs. Batter

10 for 10: #9 Gamelogs, Box Scores and Splits Now for 1920 to Yesterday

Posted by Sean Forman on July 13, 2010

This post is the ninth in our series of ten new features for our tenth anniversary.

Thanks to the heroes at RetroSheet, we now have access to box scores and gamelogs for every major league game from 1920-2009, and play-by-play going back to 1950. Ninety years of major league history and more than 150,000 games. That includes over 80% of the batting seasons in major league history (back to 1871), 74% of the team seasons, and full careers for 72% of all major league players.

8 Comments | Posted in 10 for 10, Box Scores, Event Finders, Game Finders, Gamelogs, Innings Summary, Pitcher vs. Batter, Play Index, Season Finders, Uncategorized

Two Greats Going Toe-To-Toe

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 5, 2010

There's a sporting event taking place at Yankee Stadium today. But, it's not baseball-related. More via the L.A. Daily News -

Yuri Foreman made his amateur boxing bones growing up in Israel after moving from Belarus at age 9. His goal was to become a world champion as a pro, but duking it out one day in Yankee Stadium never entered his mind.

Foreman will defend his junior middleweight world title there tonight against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. It is the first fight in the new Yankee Stadium and the first fight at either the new or old one since Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton tangled nearly 34 years ago.

"Never in my wildest dreams after I decided to leave Israel and pursue a boxing career in the United States, did I think I would be fighting at Yankee Stadium, much less the very first fight ever (in the new one)," said Foreman, 29, who moved to Brooklyn 11 years ago.

"I'm looking here and I can't believe it. This is the place where Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano fought. And look at me, a guy from Israel who is joining all of them in defending a world championship here. It's awe-inspiring."

The media attention for the fight has been enormous in the Big Apple. With a large Puerto Rico population there, Cotto has drawn 93,000 to fights in New York City over the past decade. And Foreman is training to be a Rabbi. The large Jewish population of the city will have his back.

Since the media has decided to really play the Jewish/Puerto Rican angle on this event, and it's being played in a baseball facility, I thought I would try and spin off all that and use Play Index to give us some "baseball" stuff to look at and discuss. And, here it is - the year by year record of Sandy Koufax facing Roberto Clemente:

  Year PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG missYr
  1955 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .250 .400 .250 .650 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1956 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1957 9 6 3 1 0 0 1 3 0 .500 .667 .667 1.333 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1958 10 10 3 2 0 0 1 0 1 .300 .300 .500 .800 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1959 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1960 15 14 3 0 0 1 1 1 4 .214 .267 .429 .695 0 0 0 0 1 0  
  1961 18 18 7 2 0 1 5 0 2 .389 .389 .667 1.056 0 0 0 0 1 0  
  1962 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1963 11 11 6 0 0 2 4 0 2 .545 .545 1.091 1.636 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1964 12 9 4 1 1 1 1 3 2 .444 .583 1.111 1.694 0 0 0 0 0 0  
  1965 17 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .118 .118 .118 .235 0 0 0 0 1 0  
  1966 15 13 3 0 1 1 2 1 2 .231 .286 .615 .901 1 0 1 0 0 0  
  TOT 122 111 33 6 2 6 16 10 20 .297 .355 .550 .905 1 0 1 0 3 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/5/2010.

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Overall, Roberto did pretty good against Sandy, wouldn't you say?  An OPS of .905  on 122 PA is impressive.  And, look at these two games - played somewhat close to each other:  May 17, 1964 and May 31, 1964.  In a span of 6 PA over those two games, Clemente hit for the cycle against Koufax.    Does that count as a TKO?

6 Comments | Posted in Pitcher vs. Batter

David Wells vs Red Sox and Mo Vaughn

Posted by Andy on May 17, 2010

David Wells was part of the broadcast team for yesterday's TBS coverage of the Twins-Yankees game. He's mentioned a couple of times about how much difficulty he had facing the Red Sox and specifically Mo Vaughn.

I looked up his splits. Here are his career totals against all teams against whom he pitched at least 100 innings:

Split W L W-L% ERA G IP H ER HR BB SO BF WHIP
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 16 11 .593 5.25 51 226.1 237 132 36 62 152 962 1.321
Baltimore Orioles 17 13 .567 3.87 46 246.1 256 106 28 40 132 1014 1.202
Boston Red Sox 14 20 .412 4.86 50 261.1 306 141 38 68 165 1134 1.431
Chicago White Sox 8 8 .500 4.58 34 157.1 184 80 27 49 95 697 1.481
Cleveland Indians 20 4 .833 3.78 41 216.2 237 91 26 37 138 901 1.265
Detroit Tigers 14 8 .636 4.60 43 201.1 228 103 21 43 144 855 1.346
Kansas City Royals 16 3 .842 3.11 32 168.0 148 58 8 28 108 663 1.048
Milwaukee Brewers 9 5 .643 4.14 26 111.0 109 51 6 29 62 467 1.243
Minnesota Twins 19 6 .760 2.34 38 200.1 172 52 14 31 132 786 1.013
New York Yankees 19 11 .633 3.09 45 244.2 222 84 26 49 175 988 1.108
Oakland Athletics 10 8 .556 4.69 36 161.1 176 84 23 45 128 698 1.370
Seattle Mariners 11 11 .500 4.47 44 207.1 210 103 34 49 132 870 1.249
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 10 2 .833 2.80 18 115.2 120 36 11 14 71 473 1.159
Texas Rangers 10 10 .500 4.75 41 202.2 229 107 33 45 127 873 1.352
Toronto Blue Jays 5 10 .333 5.82 20 130.0 157 84 10 27 90 565 1.415
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/16/2010.

Wells said specifically that he felt he always found a way to lose. The stats seem to bear that out. His ERA against Boston was pretty bad but his record was really awful, as Boston is the only team against which he lost 20 games in his career.

Wells also mentioned that pitching as a visitor in Fenway Park was particularly difficult for him. Check out Wells' starts in Fenway (excludes starts in Fenway when he played for the Red Sox):

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc 2B 3B ERA
1 2004-06-08 SDP BOS L 0-1 GS-6 5.2 6 0 0 2 0 81 55 59 0 0 0.00
2 2003-07-25 NYY BOS W 4-3 GS-6 5.2 7 2 5 3 0 110 66 45 1 0 3.18
3 2003-05-19 NYY BOS W 7-3 GS-7 ,W 6.2 9 1 1 4 0 102 66 55 1 1 1.35
4 2002-08-27 NYY BOS W 6-0 GS-9 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 6 0 129 86 78 3 0 0.00
5 2002-05-25 NYY BOS W 3-2 GS-4 3.2 5 2 4 2 0 93 57 41 1 1 4.91
6 2002-04-13 NYY BOS L 6-7 GS-8 7.1 7 4 2 3 0 109 75 49 1 0 4.91
7 2000-06-17 TOR BOS W 11-10 GS-7 ,W 6.1 11 5 0 4 1 89 60 31 1 1 7.11
8 2000-05-25 TOR BOS W 11-6 GS-8 ,W 7.0 10 3 2 6 0 107 76 47 2 0 3.86
9 1999-09-23 TOR BOS W 7-5 GS-8 ,W 8.0 12 5 1 4 2 129 85 41 0 0 5.62
10 1998-09-07 NYY BOS L 3-4 CG 8 ,L 8.0 6 4 0 10 1 106 76 64 2 0 4.50
11 1998-05-23 NYY BOS W 12-3 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 3 1 5 2 59 0 0 3.86
12 1997-09-10 NYY BOS L 2-5 GS-7 ,L 7.0 12 5 2 5 0 113 72 36 2 0 6.43
13 1997-06-02 NYY BOS W 5-2 GS-7 ,W 7.0 6 2 2 7 0 116 72 62 1 0 2.57
14 1996-09-24 BAL BOS L 8-13 GS-6 ,L 5.1 8 9 1 4 4 96 65 19 1 0 15.19
15 1996-07-18 BAL BOS W 6-3 GS-7 ,W 6.2 6 2 2 3 1 103 65 53 0 0 2.70
16 1994-04-06 DET BOS L 4-5 GS-6 ,L 6.0 7 5 2 2 1 91 59 38 2 1 7.50
17 1993-09-28 (2) DET BOS W 7-6 GS-6 5.0 8 3 0 2 1 84 54 41 2 0 5.40
18 1993-06-25 DET BOS L 2-8 GS-8 ,L 7.0 8 5 2 5 1 106 68 44 2 0 6.43
19 1992-08-04 TOR BOS L 4-9 GS-5 ,L 5.0 7 8 3 1 3 100 54 19 1 0 14.40
20 1992-04-17 TOR BOS L 0-1 GS-4 ,L 4.0 3 1 1 3 0 63 41 54 1 0 2.25
21 1991-08-03 TOR BOS L 1-4 GS-6 ,L 5.2 6 4 2 5 2 95 57 44 2 0 6.35
22 1991-04-22 TOR BOS L 4-6 GS-5 ,L 4.1 8 5 2 0 2 62 32 25 0 1 10.38
23 1990-06-26 TOR BOS L 0-3 GS-7 ,L 7.0 6 3 3 2 1 106 63 52 2 0 3.86
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2010.

What an interesting progression. As you can see from the "App,Dec" column, he lost his first 6 starts in Fenway and was 0-7 in his first 8 starts there. In the 6 starts that followed, he alternated wins and losses. Over his final 9 starts there as a visitor he went 5-0. So maybe he learned something along the way.

As for Mo Vaughn, all I can say is HECK YES he killed Davis Wells:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Mo Vaughn 76 66 30 0 0 9 18 7 16 .455 .526 .864 1.390
Alex Rodriguez 77 74 25 5 0 8 18 3 15 .338 .364 .730 1.093
Ken Griffey 83 78 22 4 1 8 15 4 13 .282 .325 .667 .992
Chili Davis 79 74 26 6 0 7 19 5 16 .351 .392 .716 1.109
Albert Belle 63 56 21 6 0 6 11 5 9 .375 .429 .804 1.232
Frank Thomas 71 59 21 6 1 6 15 12 10 .356 .465 .797 1.261
Gary Gaetti 27 24 6 0 0 5 9 2 2 .250 .296 .875 1.171
Miguel Tejada 49 48 16 2 0 5 10 1 6 .333 .347 .688 1.034
Juan Gonzalez 68 63 18 3 0 5 13 5 11 .286 .338 .571 .910
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2010.

That's 9 homers and a 1.390 OPS in 76 plate appearances.

7 Comments | Posted in Pitcher vs. Batter, Splits

Randy Johnson facts

Posted by Andy on January 6, 2010

Just a few quick hits on Randy Johnson's career:

Here are the guys who faced him the most:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Rickey Henderson 85 59 7 3 0 0 0 26 30 .119 .388 .169 .558 0 0 0 0 0
Ivan Rodriguez 81 78 19 4 0 1 5 3 17 .244 .272 .333 .605 0 0 0 0 4
Phil Nevin 78 69 18 4 0 3 13 9 22 .261 .346 .449 .795 0 0 0 0 3
Ruben Sierra 77 70 18 2 0 2 7 7 14 .257 .325 .371 .696 0 0 0 0 1
Devon White 75 66 19 6 0 3 5 8 22 .288 .373 .515 .888 0 0 1 1 0
Adrian Beltre 71 64 14 2 0 3 6 5 19 .219 .268 .391 .658 0 2 0 0 0
Juan Gonzalez 71 64 17 3 0 5 12 6 16 .266 .338 .547 .885 0 0 1 1 0
Mike Stanley 71 57 10 0 0 3 7 13 17 .175 .324 .333 .657 0 1 0 0 3
Paul Lo Duca 70 63 20 4 0 2 14 5 6 .317 .377 .476 .853 1 0 1 1 1
Kirby Puckett 66 60 17 3 0 1 9 6 14 .283 .348 .383 .732 0 0 0 0 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/6/2010.

Ouch, that's a painful line for Rickey Henderson. The 26 walks is nice, but everything else is ugly.

Here are the guys struck out most often by Johnson:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Rickey Henderson 85 59 7 3 0 0 0 26 30 .119 .388 .169 .558 0 0 0 0 0
Dean Palmer 48 42 8 0 0 2 7 6 25 .190 .292 .333 .625 0 0 0 0 0
Sammy Sosa 62 58 13 0 1 4 9 4 25 .224 .274 .466 .740 0 0 0 0 2
Jim Leyritz 59 45 5 0 0 1 3 10 24 .111 .322 .178 .500 0 0 0 4 2
Tim Salmon 60 57 9 0 0 2 4 2 23 .158 .200 .263 .463 0 0 0 1 3
Chili Davis 65 58 16 4 0 3 9 7 22 .276 .354 .500 .854 0 0 0 0 0
Marquis Grissom 58 57 10 1 0 4 10 1 22 .175 .190 .404 .593 0 0 0 0 0
Phil Nevin 78 69 18 4 0 3 13 9 22 .261 .346 .449 .795 0 0 0 0 3
Devon White 75 66 19 6 0 3 5 8 22 .288 .373 .515 .888 0 0 1 1 0
Jeff Cirillo 65 58 15 5 0 1 7 3 20 .259 .292 .397 .689 0 3 0 1 1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/6/2010.

Now let's relive some of Johnson's best career starts, ranked by Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA
1 2004-05-18 ARI ATL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 0 13 0 117 87 100 27 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
2 2002-04-21 ARI COL W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 2 1 0 1 17 0 118 82 97 31 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
3 2001-05-08 ARI CIN W 4-3 GS-9 9.0 3 1 1 0 20 0 124 92 97 29 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1.00
4 1992-09-16 SEA CAL L 1-2 GS-9 9.0 1 1 0 1 15 0 115 79 97 31 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0.00
5 2003-09-14 ARI COL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 1 12 0 120 88 96 28 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
6 2002-09-14 ARI MIL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 17 0 126 86 96 32 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
7 1993-05-16 SEA OAK W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 14 0 123 79 96 30 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
8 1995-07-15 SEA TOR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 16 0 140 94 95 31 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
9 1991-08-14 SEA OAK W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 12 0 138 87 94 30 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
10 1998-07-16 SEA MIN W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 3 11 0 136 88 93 31 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0.00
11 1997-08-08 SEA CHW W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 3 19 0 148 91 93 35 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
12 2002-08-05 ARI NYM W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 11 0 113 71 92 31 29 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
13 1997-06-08 SEA DET W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 1 0 0 3 15 0 125 82 92 27 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
14 1995-06-05 SEA BAL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 12 0 141 92 92 30 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
15 1994-06-20 SEA CAL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 11 0 110 77 91 29 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
16 1994-05-30 SEA MIN W 12-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 10 0 122 81 91 33 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
17 1993-09-21 SEA TEX W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 11 0 143 97 91 32 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.00
18 2004-04-16 ARI SDP W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 1 8 0 116 80 90 31 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
19 2000-04-09 ARI PIT W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 0 13 0 112 81 90 31 30 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00
20 1998-07-11 SEA ANA W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 2 15 0 137 93 90 34 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
21 2008-09-28 ARI COL W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 2 1 0 1 9 0 103 73 89 30 27 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0.00
22 2005-07-26 NYY MIN W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 0 11 0 97 71 89 26 25 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
23 2002-08-25 ARI CHC W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 2 16 0 129 89 89 35 33 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
24 1998-08-28 HOU PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 7 0 0 0 16 0 130 100 89 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.00
25 1997-06-02 SEA TOR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 3 9 0 133 83 89 31 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA
26 1994-08-11 SEA OAK W 8-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 1 15 0 131 88 89 32 30 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.00
27 1990-06-02 SEA DET W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 6 8 0 138 88 89 33 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/6/2010.

Why did I show the first 27? Number 1 on the list is Johnson's perfect game with an almost unbeatable score of 100. His other no-hitter is all the way down at #27 on the list with a game score of "only" 89. That's right--this guy threw a no-hitter but also threw 26 other games that were even better. Just think about that. Is there any pitcher with an official no-hitter ranking lower on his own game score leader board? I doubt it. The list also features Johnson's 20-strikeout game as well as one of his two 19-strikeout games. (I was at his other 19-K game, the one that featuring a booming home run by Mark McGwire that nearly touched the roof of the Kingdome.)

And let's not forget some of his post-season accomplishments, including:

  • Two post-season shutouts in 2001
  • He got the win in relief in Game 5 of the 1995 division series against the Yankees, when Ken Griffey Jr. scored the winning run in the 11th inning
  • He pitched a complete game victory earlier in 1995 in the last game of the regular-season, a one-game playoff to give the Mariners their first playoff appearance.

Randy Johnson was truly one of the greats. It was my honor to see his career from start to finish.

21 Comments | Posted in Box Scores, Pitcher vs. Batter

Postseason Game Previews

Posted by Sean Forman on October 12, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009 Game Previews - Baseball-Reference.com

There are a lot of balls in the air behind the scenes at Baseball-Reference.com and one of the places they tend to hit the ground is at the interface between regular and postseason stats.

I've fixed a couple of issues with the regular and postseason stats. The game previews for postseason games now combine regular and postseason stats in (what I think) is a sensible way.

The batter vs. pitcher tools now include an option for including postseason stats as well. For example, here is Cliff Lee vs. the Rockies including postseason stats or just with regular season stats. Please let me know whatever issues you find.

3 Comments | Posted in Administration, Pitcher vs. Batter, Postseason, Site Features

Postseason Batter vs. Pitcher

Posted by Sean Forman on September 30, 2009

Barry Bonds Batting Against Greg Maddux - Baseball-Reference PI

I'm getting ready for the postseason and I've cleaned up the presentation of the batter vs. pitcher numbers to include a line for the playoffs along with a total line for the regular season and also for regular and postseason.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcements, Pitcher vs. Batter

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