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No Zeros in the Box Score

Posted by Raphy on July 6, 2011

In Andy's "Every starter has 2 or more hits" thread last night, Statboy asked the following question:

"Has there been a game where one team had no zeros in the box score (every player with at least one hit, run, and RBI)?"

While finding all of the games that meet this criteria is quite a challenge, there is a subset of these games that make an interesting PI exercise. The difficulty in a search like the one that Statboy is proposing is that generally we do not know how many players appeared in each game. Therefore, even if we find the games with the most players with at least one run, hit and rbi, there still can be many players who appeared in that game that did not meet the criteria. That being said,  it is possible to limit a PI game finder search to games in which there were only nine players, by searching for players who both started and finished a game.

17 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Play Index, Tutorials

Site Features: Composite totals added to Team Game Finder

Posted by Neil Paine on June 21, 2011

Here's another new addition to the Play Index -- the Team Batting & Pitching Game Finders will now output a team's composite batting or pitching stats from the games in question. This will allow you to find things like the teams who drew the most single-season walks in the 2000s:

Rk Tm Year BB
1 SEA 2000 775
2 OAK 2000 750
3 SFG 2000 709
4 SFG 2004 705
5 BOS 2007 689
6 CLE 2000 685
7 NYY 2003 684
8 SDP 2001 678
9 STL 2000 675
10 NYM 2000 675
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2011.

Similarly, you can use the Pitching Game Finder to look for team leaders like 2000-2011 teams that allowed the most HR in a season:

Rk Tm Year HR
1 KCR 2000 239
2 COL 2001 239
3 CIN 2004 236
4 HOU 2000 234
5 CHC 2000 231
6 ANA 2000 228
7 COL 2002 225
8 CHW 2004 224
9 TEX 2001 222
10 HOU 2001 221
11 COL 2000 221
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2011.

While we don't have a full-fledged Team Season Finder yet, this is an easy way to get some of the same results.

5 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Game Finders, Play Index, Site Features

Longest Dodger Hit Streaks

Posted by Neil Paine on May 3, 2011

Just thought I'd post a quick PI Streak Finder leaderboard for the longest Dodger hit streaks since 1919:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Willie Davis 1969-08-01 1969-09-03 31 124 20 54 7 1 1 23 8 7 11 3 .435 .463 .532 .995 LAD
2 Andre Ethier 2011-04-02 2011-05-02 28 107 15 42 10 0 3 17 20 14 0 1 .393 .463 .570 1.033 LAD
3 Duke Snider 1953-08-19 1953-09-13 27 109 33 49 6 0 10 32 17 11 1 2 .450 .508 .780 1.288 BRO
4 Joe Medwick 1942-05-23 1942-06-25 27 107 13 43 10 2 0 25 6 7 0 0 .402 .439 .533 .971 BRO
5 Paul Lo Duca 2003-05-17 2003-06-18 25 102 14 43 8 1 4 14 8 4 0 1 .422 .449 .637 1.086 LAD
6 Steve Sax 1986-09-01 1986-09-27 25 106 15 43 10 0 1 13 7 9 11 5 .406 .457 .528 .985 LAD
7 Willie Davis 1971-05-05 1971-06-02 25 108 17 43 5 1 0 13 5 2 4 0 .398 .405 .463 .868 LAD
8 Buzz Boyle 1934-05-01 1934-06-05 25 116 24 40 8 3 2 11 7 11 3 0 .345 .406 .517 .923 BRO
9 Harvey Hendrick 1929-04-20 1929-05-30 25 93 19 41 9 1 3 21 3 9 4 0 .441 .490 .656 1.146 BRO
10 John Shelby 1988-05-14 1988-06-09 24 89 18 32 8 2 2 12 19 10 7 0 .360 .420 .562 .982 LAD
11 Zack Wheat 1924-08-21 1924-09-10 24 102 24 44 13 4 5 28 6 8 0 1 .431 .473 .784 1.257 BRO
12 Brett Butler 1991-06-15 1991-07-12 23 91 20 35 0 0 0 6 9 20 10 5 .385 .495 .385 .880 LAD
13 Duke Snider 1950-08-13 1950-09-05 23 93 14 32 9 1 3 14 12 13 4 3 .344 .425 .559 .984 BRO
14 Nomar Garciaparra 2006-06-16 2006-07-13 22 89 19 32 4 0 5 14 6 7 1 0 .360 .437 .573 1.010 LAD
15 Pee Wee Reese 1951-07-20 1951-08-15 22 97 17 33 5 2 3 17 7 8 6 2 .340 .390 .526 .916 BRO
16 Steve Garvey 1978-04-07 1978-05-02 21 89 17 29 4 1 3 16 8 4 2 2 .326 .355 .494 .849 LAD
17 Jackie Robinson 1947-06-14 1947-07-04 21 84 23 30 5 0 0 6 5 12 5 0 .357 .438 .417 .854 BRO
18 Lefty O'Doul 1932-08-04 1932-08-24 21 87 23 40 5 0 6 18 1 8 5 0 .460 .510 .724 1.235 BRO
19 Steve Garvey 1978-09-09 1978-09-30 20 74 10 36 7 1 2 16 11 7 1 1 .486 .524 .689 1.214 LAD
20 Maury Wills 1965-07-06 1965-07-27 20 89 20 41 3 3 0 7 6 3 22 5 .461 .478 .562 1.040 LAD
21 Tommy Davis 1964-07-19 1964-08-08 20 79 10 27 0 0 2 15 5 3 0 0 .342 .369 .418 .787 LAD
22 Tommy Davis 1960-07-30 1960-08-20 20 85 9 31 7 0 3 11 5 2 1 0 .365 .375 .553 .928 LAD
23 Johnny Frederick 1933-06-11 1933-06-28 20 85 13 27 4 1 1 12 3 4 0 0 .318 .356 .424 .779 BRO
24 Babe Herman 1929-07-31 1929-08-22 20 79 18 36 11 2 2 13 4 10 1 0 .456 .517 .722 1.238 BRO
25 Eddie Brown 1924-08-26 1924-09-13 20 87 16 30 11 2 0 22 3 5 1 0 .345 .380 .517 .898 BRO
Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
26 Zack Wheat 1923-05-07 1923-05-30 20 80 17 33 5 2 1 17 4 8 1 0 .413 .466 .563 1.028 BRO
27 Jimmy Johnston 1921-05-21 1921-06-11 20 88 12 34 8 2 1 12 5 6 4 3 .386 .426 .557 .982 BRO
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/3/2011.

Let's also take the time to marvel once again at the fact that Ethier is still just halfway to this streak:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Joe DiMaggio 1941-05-15 1941-07-16 56 223 56 91 16 4 15 55 5 21 0 1 .408 .463 .717 1.181 NYY
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/3/2011.

10 Comments | Posted in Play Index, Site Features, Streak Finders

All-Dominican Team

Posted by Neil Paine on April 30, 2011

The Dominican Republic has given us many great ballplayers over the years, far more than you might expect from a nation of its size. In fact, the tiny coastal town of San Pedro de Macorís alone has produced more MLB players per capita than any other municipality in the world. Baseball is so deeply ingrained in the culture of the D.R. that Pedro Gonzalez once said, "Every boy grows up with a bat and a ball—it’s the first present a male baby gets in his crib."

So, as a tribute to the fine baseball being played by its natives, here is the all-time Dominican all-star team according to Wins Above Replacement:

54 Comments | Posted in History, Play Index, WAR

Mailbag: Pitchers whose first PA of a game came before their first pitch

Posted by Neil Paine on April 20, 2011

B-R reader Blake had an interesting question this morning:

"You folks are great at acquiring information like this, so I would like to ask:

Could you produce a list of the occasions when a visiting team starting pitcher has had an AB before he has thrown his first pitch in a ballgame?"

Using the Play Index Batting Event Finder, you can set up a search for all PAs in a given year range by a visiting pitcher in the 1st inning:

All of MLB: 189 Plate Appearances in 2003-2011, during 1st Inning, Away Games and As P

Of those 189 instances since 2003:

  • All but two teams -- the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays -- had a pitcher bat before throwing a pitch. The leaders, predictably, are all NL teams; St. Louis saw this happen an MLB-high 15 times, while the Padres and D-Backs had it happen 14 times apiece. The Twins and Angels led the AL with 3 instances apiece.
  • Pittsburgh pitchers allowed it to happen the most, as they saw their counterpart in the top of the 1st 25 times. Right behind them were the Rockies (20) and Reds (17).
  • The visiting pitcher hit .110/.148/.134, which sort of hampers your chances of making it all the way back to the top of the order -- although away leadoff men also saw a second 1st-inning PA 96 times over the same time span.

18 Comments | Posted in Event Finders, History, Mailbag, Play Index, Power Users, Site Features

Mailbag: Least plate appearances by a winning team

Posted by Neil Paine on April 15, 2011

B-R reader James Sinclair sent this one in to us, so what follows are his words:

A conversation with a friend led me to look up the Braves-Pirates box score from July 25, 1992, a game any Braves fan who was around at the time would recognize for at least two reasons: (1) It was the Braves' 13th consecutive win, tying the franchise record at the time (later broken by a 15-game streak in 2000), and, (2) that mundane-sounding "Flyball: CF" with one out in the top of the 9th was this playOtis Nixon's spectacular catch to rob Andy Van Slyke of a home run that would've given the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

What I had forgotten until I looked at the box score is that the Braves had just one hit, a David Justice home run. Even more unusual, they had just 25 plate appearances, which is the absolute minimum a team can have and still win a full-length game (Jeff Blauser drew a walk in the fourth, but was caught stealing). And it would have to be the home team—one run scored (by home run, most likely), 24 outs, and the top of the ninth ends with a 1-0 lead—while for a visiting team the minimum is 28.

I figured that's a pretty rare occurrence, and the best search method I could think of was to find games where a team faced only one batter over the minimum and still lost, so I went to the team pitching game finder. I had to search in kind of a roundabout way, because I didn't see a way to find all games where BF – PO = 1 for the losing team (and also I'm not a subscriber, for which I sincerely apologize—I won't tell anyone how I got around the limited result displays). So I searched for losing efforts where BF = 25 and PO = 24, then BF = 26 and PO = 25 (to account for games ending in a walk-off), and so on. After about ten rounds of this, I did some broader searches (BF < 42, PO > 36; BF < 48, PO > 42, etc.) to make sure I didn't overlook an extra-inning game that fit the criteria.

Point is, unless I missed something, there are only three full-length games in the Baseball-Reference archive in which the losing team faced one batter over the minimum. Oddly, they were all in the same decade:

July 25, 1992: Pirates 0, Braves 1
July 27, 1993: Rangers 1, Royals 0
September 20, 1998: Dodgers 1, Giants 0

The latter two were won by the visiting team, with 28 plate appearances, so the Braves appear to be in sole possession of the record, since 1919, for least plate appearances in a victory—and it took one of the most memorable plays in Braves history to do it.

A few more observations:

  • Kevin Appier's game score of 91 in the 1993 game is the second-highest in the archive by the losing pitcher of a nine-inning game, and the highest since 1964.
  • In the 1998 game, the Giants' Brian Johnson led off the eighth with a triple, but the Dodgers managed to get out of the inning.
  • Barry Bonds was on the losing team in two of these games, was caught stealing in both, and went a combined 0-for-7 at the plate.
  • Nixon robbed Van Slyke of more than a home run—Van Slyke finished the 1992 season with 199 hits (his career high), and tied with the Braves' Terry Pendleton for the league lead.

So, there you go. It's not timely at all, but I feel like I've made an archaeological discovery here (if this is already online somewhere, I haven't found it), and just wanted to pass it on to someone who might be interested.

Thanks, James!

16 Comments | Posted in History, Mailbag, Play Index, Power Users

Create Season Finder Reports Restricted to a Custom Set of Players

Posted by Sean Forman on April 14, 2011

For single seasons, From 1901 to 2011, For players in the saved report : (Batted .260 or lower, 1980-2010, 27 or younger, 2000 PA), From Age 28 to 99, (requiring Qualified for league batting title), sorted by greatest Batting Average: Results - Baseball-Reference.com.

The actual report above isn't that interesting, but the new feature I used to create it is.   When you save a report using the "link url" option under the SHARE link (and you can use this anywhere on the site).  This saved report will now appear as an option on the very bottom of the season finders.

So for the report linked above.  I first found all of the batters from 1980-2011, ages 0-27, with 2000 PA's and sub .260 career batting averages.    I then saved that report, reloaded, used that report, changed the ages to 28+, used single season and then found the best single-season batting averages among this group.

This feature will give you a lot of flexibility.   You could save reports like 2000 first round draft picks, or 1999 Chicago Cubs, or anything else on the site.  I think this will have a lot of power, but I expect you'll have some ideas I haven't thought of.  You will also be limited to 200 players total, so very broad searches may not work.

This is limited also to your last 20 saved reports.  Also note that if you use the season finder to save a report and then want to use that report, that will require a page reload to get that widget populated with the new report.

This is live only on the season finders at the moment and you can only filter on players.  It would be nice to allow searches that look for year n+1 or allow it for particular games, but at the moment, we are stuck with this method.

Have fun and let us know if there are any interesting reports you create.

12 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Play Index, Season Finders

PI: ‘Start-of-Season’ Option Added to Team Game and Streak Finders

Posted by Neil Paine on April 7, 2011

Just a quick Play Index note: Sean recently added a "team's first ___ games" option at the bottom of the Team Game Finders and a "to start season" option for the Streak Finders.

This will allow you to find things like how many other seasons the Reds scored 7 or more runs four times in their first 5 games, or that Baltimore's season-opening 4-game streak of allowing exactly 1 run was the longest since 1919.

5 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Play Index

Worst Opening Day performance ever? Not quite.

Posted by Neil Paine on April 2, 2011

Regarding Albert Pujols' brutal season-opening performance vs. San Diego on Thursday, Greg Simons of The Hardball Times semi-facetiously wondered whether Pujols had the worst Opening Day performance ever.

The answer? No -- but it was close:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI
1 Dusty Baker 1986-04-08 OAK MIN L 2-3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.612 -1.888 2.988
2 Shane Halter 2001-04-03 DET MIN L 2-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.572 -2.392 3.518
3 Glenallen Hill 2001-04-03 ANA TEX L 2-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 -0.546 -2.862 1.975
4 Tony Horton 1966-04-12 BOS BAL L 4-5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.494 -2.979 2.382
5 Melvin Mora 2011-04-01 ARI COL W 7-6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.450 -2.563 2.028
6 Albert Pujols 2011-03-31 STL SDP L 3-5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 -0.436 -3.227 1.906
7 Josh Bard 2003-03-31 CLE BAL L 5-6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 -0.414 -3.070 2.065
8 Terry Pendleton 1985-04-09 STL NYM L 5-6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 -0.410 -2.155 2.642
9 Eddie Yost 1959-04-10 DET CHW L 7-9 7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -0.404 -1.892 2.111
10 Marlon Anderson 2001-04-02 PHI FLA W 6-5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.400 -1.761 1.934
11 Lou Brock 1974-04-05 STL PIT W 6-5 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 -0.394 -2.357 1.364
12 Ron Hassey 1981-04-11 CLE MIL L 3-5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.393 -1.515 6.840
13 Johnny Ray 1987-04-07 PIT NYM L 2-3 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.391 -1.929 2.566
14 Dave May 1974-04-05 MIL BOS L 8-9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -0.373 -2.176 2.394
15 Mike Hargrove 1976-04-09 TEX MIN W 2-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 -0.370 -2.526 2.156
16 Ed Kirkpatrick 1969-04-08 KCR MIN W 4-3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -0.370 -2.588 2.052
17 Dave Parker 1980-04-10 PIT STL L 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -0.368 -1.681 2.270
18 Bill Russell 1975-04-07 LAD CIN L 1-2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 -0.368 -1.592 1.897
19 Frank Bolling 1959-04-10 DET CHW L 7-9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.368 -1.977 1.979
20 Jim Northrup 1974-04-05 DET BAL L 2-3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 -0.364 -1.828 3.208
21 Eddie Mathews 1966-04-12 ATL PIT L 2-3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 -0.361 -1.881 2.048
22 Bret Boone 2002-04-01 SEA CHW L 5-6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 -0.359 -0.915 2.090
23 Placido Polanco 2008-03-31 DET KCR L 4-5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.354 -2.141 2.110
24 Eddie Joost 1950-04-18 PHA WSH L 7-8 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -0.350 -2.610 1.790
25 Alex Arias 2001-04-02 SDP SFG L 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.349 -1.560 5.960
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI
26 Ken Griffey 1996-03-31 SEA CHW W 3-2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -0.349 -1.449 1.962
27 Spike Owen 1986-04-08 SEA CAL W 8-4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.349 -1.777 2.398
28 Luis Gonzalez 1994-04-04 HOU MON W 6-5 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 -0.344 -1.755 2.387
29 Gus Bell 1963-04-09 MLN PIT L 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.343 -1.483 6.220
30 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2010-04-05 OAK SEA L 3-5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 -0.342 -2.374 1.863
31 Darrel Chaney 1975-04-07 CIN LAD W 2-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.339 -1.356 3.210
32 Stan Musial 1953-04-14 STL MLN L 2-3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.338 -1.984 2.044
33 Ralph Garr 1973-04-06 ATL HOU L 1-2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 -0.335 -1.839 1.977
34 Darren Lewis 2001-04-02 BOS BAL L 1-2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 -0.334 -1.364 4.240
35 Bill Tuttle 1960-04-19 KCA CHW L 9-10 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.333 -1.785 1.493
36 Kevin Seitzer 1992-04-06 MIL MIN L 2-4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.332 -2.015 2.222
37 Johnny Bench 1975-04-07 CIN LAD W 2-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 -0.331 -1.968 2.210
38 Bob Robertson 1969-04-08 PIT STL W 6-2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 -0.330 -1.895 2.010
39 Billy Pierce 1957-04-16 CHW CLE W 3-2 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 -0.330 -1.677 2.764
40 Troy Tulowitzki 2011-04-01 COL ARI L 6-7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 -0.325 -1.659 2.188
41 Willie Stargell 1980-04-10 PIT STL L 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 -0.323 -1.364 2.935
42 Carlos May 1975-04-08 CHW OAK L 2-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.322 -1.553 2.353
43 Red Schoendienst 1953-04-14 STL MLN L 2-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.322 -1.911 2.180
44 Gene Clines 1978-04-07 CHC PIT L 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.317 -2.027 2.023
45 Rufino Linares 1981-04-10 ATL CIN W 5-3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.316 -2.693 1.678
46 Whitey Herzog 1957-04-15 WSH BAL L 6-7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 -0.316 -1.572 1.855
47 Edgardo Alfonzo 2003-03-31 SFG SDP W 5-2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.315 -1.893 2.000
48 Steve Yeager 1975-04-07 LAD CIN L 1-2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 -0.314 -1.692 1.647
49 Rocky Colavito 1957-04-16 CLE CHW L 2-3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 -0.313 -1.758 1.946
50 Marc Newfield 1998-03-31 MIL ATL L 1-2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 -0.311 -2.155 1.847
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/2/2011.

Of course, I don't have to remind you that this basically says nothing about Albert going forward -- Pujols will likely go on to have another MVP-type season, and this bad game will be forgotten within a week.

23 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Play Index, Stats

Subscribe to the Play Index!

Posted by Neil Paine on March 30, 2011

The 2011 season opens tomorrow, so now is a great time to tell you about Baseball-Reference's Play Index . In case you don't already know about the PI, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. Using the PI, you can:

  • Search full-season or multi-year totals to find your own custom leaderboards - Look at the entire history of baseball from 1871-2011 with every year, team, and position available, or filter the results in a vast number of ways: by specific years, by age, by first six seasons or last ten seasons, by American League only, by Cubs only, by switch-hitters, by catchers, by outfielder or infielder, by year of debut, but active or retired, by Hall of Famer, by height and weight, by living or deceased, or by a range of common statistical categories. Then sort the results by any common statistic, by the teams with the most players matching that category, by players with the most seasons matching that category, or by most recent, youngest, oldest, final year, or year of debut, and others.
  • Search player game totals - Filtering on any of a dozen or more choices, search for games on a single player level, or on any batter from 1919-2011, or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Totals.
  • Search player games looking for the most consecutive games matching a particular set of criteria - This can be done either on a single player level or on any batter in the last 92 years or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Streaks.
  • Search the records of a specific player - Output a detailed summary and play-by-play list of all events of a specific type from a single year or an entire career. For example, you can see all of Harmon Killebrew's triples or even his outs to the second baseman.
  • Search Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups - This tool presents a complete sortable list of batter or pitcher with totals for every opponent they faced by career or by year. Clicking on the player's name will lead you to a detailed output of their head-to-head plate appearances.
  • ...And more!

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The Play Index comes with a money back guarantee. We will gladly return the unused portion of any Play Index Subscription should you be dissatisfied with the Play Index.

So go ahead, give the Play Index a try -- we're confident that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

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