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Matt Moore fans 11 Yanks in his first start

Posted by John Autin on September 22, 2011

Thursday night in the Bronx, 22-year-old Matt Moore, Tampa's latest pitching phenom, struck out 11 over 5 scoreless innings and earned his first big-league win in his first start, as the Rays roared out early and cruised to a 15-8 victory to move 2 games back of idle Boston. Moore allowed 4 singles and a walk, threw 59 strikes in 84 pitches, and permitted just one runner as far as 2nd base. He matched the high strikeout game against the Yankees this year, by Jered Weaver on Sept. 9. (Sorry, no video links available yet.)

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Jacoby Ellsbury and leading the league in ONLY total bases

Posted by Andy on September 22, 2011

Jacoby Ellsbury is currently tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the major-league lead in total bases with 340. The odd thing is that Ellsbury isn't tied or leading in any other statistical category. The guy who leads in total bases usually also leads in something else--homers, batting average, slugging percentage...

Here are the yearly leaders for total bases. Can you find another player to lead in total bases only?

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Who might play in all 162 games (or more) this year?

Posted by Andy on September 22, 2011

I did a little bit of manual searching to find out which players have appeared in all their team's games so far and thus have a chance to appear in all 162 this season.

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Quick coverage of a few games (Wednesday 9/21/11)

Posted by John Autin on September 22, 2011

Yankees 4, Rays 2 (2nd game): Deja vu all over again. The Yankees had clinched a playoff berth in the opener with an 8th-inning rally and a 4-2 win; the used the same formula in the nightcap to clinch the AL East, their 12th division title in 16 years. In 2 weeks they'll begin to work in earnest on ending their long championship drought....

Jorge Posada, who was just 2 for 24 as a pinch-hitter the past 2 years and .210 for his career, came off the bench with the game tied in the 8th, 2 out and the bases full -- after Robinson Cano was intentionally passed with men on 1st and 2nd (?) -- and pulled a pitch from Brandon Gomes into RF for a 2-run single.

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The Claw and The Freak

Posted by John Autin on September 21, 2011

If the Giants are indeed done -- pending their own Wednesday outcome, they trail Arizona by 6 full games, and Atlanta by 4 for the wild card -- then Clayton Kershaw is as much to blame as anyone outside the organization. Ditto if Tim Lincecum finishes at or below .500 for the first time in his career.

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Rays fall again in the day game (Wednesday, 9/21/11)

Posted by John Autin on September 21, 2011

Yankees 4, Rays 2: We knew it wouldn't be easy for Tampa to catch Boston while playing 7 of their last 10 games against the Yankees. But this one really hurt them.

In the 8th inning, Robinson Cano waited calmly on a 3-1 curveball from lefty J.P. Howell -- LHPs haven't bothered Cano in about 5 years -- and ripped it to deep CF for a tie-breaking 2-run double. Then, Mariano Rivera did what a shut-down closer does, retiring the top of Tampa's order without a hitch for his 603rd save, as New York claimed the first 2 games of this 4-game set and secured the 16th postseason berth in the 17-year careers of Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

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The Devil wears green

Posted by Andy on September 21, 2011

Courtesy of Night Owl cards, I forgot that the Rays (then called the Devil Rays) once wore uniforms that were mostly green.

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The greatest trade in baseball history

Posted by Andy on September 21, 2011

How did I miss the elegant beauty of the Fister-Furbush trade?

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More walks than hits (yes, another list appearance by Adam Dunn)

Posted by Andy on September 21, 2011

Here are players in 2011 with at least as many walks as hits (minimum 50 plate appearances):

Rk Player PA BB H Age Tm G AB R 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Adam Dunn 462 67 64 31 CHW 113 389 35 14 0 11 41 163 .165 .292 .285 .578 *D3/9
2 Anthony Rizzo 139 19 15 21 SDP 45 116 8 8 1 1 8 44 .129 .273 .241 .515 *3
3 Ryan Langerhans 64 11 9 31 SEA 19 52 6 0 0 3 6 22 .173 .317 .346 .664 *8/7D9
4 Jonathon Niese 60 4 3 24 NYM 29 49 1 0 1 0 0 33 .061 .132 .102 .234 *1
5 Chris Gimenez 57 9 7 28 SEA 20 47 3 1 0 0 5 11 .149 .281 .170 .451 *2/73
6 Dane Sardinha 43 10 7 32 PHI 15 32 8 1 0 0 1 13 .219 .419 .250 .669 *2
7 Eugenio Velez 35 2 0 29 LAD 30 33 3 0 0 0 1 8 .000 .057 .000 .057 /47
8 Reggie Willits 28 4 1 30 LAA 22 22 0 1 0 0 1 7 .045 .192 .091 .283 *7/9
9 Pete Kozma 22 4 3 23 STL 16 17 2 1 0 0 1 4 .176 .333 .235 .569 *4/65
10 Anthony Recker 21 4 3 27 OAK 5 17 3 1 0 0 0 7 .176 .333 .235 .569 /*2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/20/2011.

These guys are all "batting average challenged", hence how they amassed more walks.

Here are the folks in the last 40 years (1971-2011) to have more walks than hits in a season with at least 450 plate appearances:

Rk Player Year PA BB H Age Tm G AB R 2B 3B HR RBI IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Adam Dunn 2011 462 67 64 31 CHW 113 389 35 14 0 11 41 0 163 .165 .292 .285 .578 *D3/9
2 Jack Cust 2007 507 105 101 28 OAK 124 395 61 18 1 26 82 2 164 .256 .408 .504 .912 D97
3 Barry Bonds 2007 477 132 94 42 SFG 126 340 75 14 0 28 66 43 54 .276 .480 .565 1.045 *7/D
4 Morgan Ensberg 2006 495 101 91 30 HOU 127 387 67 17 1 23 58 7 96 .235 .396 .463 .858 *5
5 Barry Bonds 2006 493 115 99 41 SFG 130 367 74 23 0 26 77 38 51 .270 .454 .545 .999 *7/D
6 Barry Bonds 2004 617 232 135 39 SFG 147 373 129 27 3 45 101 120 41 .362 .609 .812 1.422 *7/D
7 Barry Bonds 2003 550 148 133 38 SFG 130 390 111 22 1 45 90 61 58 .341 .529 .749 1.278 *7/D
8 Barry Bonds 2002 612 198 149 37 SFG 143 403 117 31 2 46 110 68 47 .370 .582 .799 1.381 *7/D
9 Barry Bonds 2001 664 177 156 36 SFG 153 476 129 32 2 73 137 35 93 .328 .515 .863 1.379 *7/D
10 Mark McGwire 1998 681 162 152 34 STL 155 509 130 21 0 70 147 28 155 .299 .470 .752 1.222 *3
11 Gary Sheffield 1997 582 121 111 28 FLA 135 444 86 22 1 21 71 11 79 .250 .424 .446 .870 *9/D
12 Rickey Henderson 1996 602 125 112 37 SDP 148 465 110 17 2 9 29 2 90 .241 .410 .344 .754 *798
13 Mickey Tettleton 1995 547 107 102 34 TEX 134 429 76 19 1 32 78 5 110 .238 .396 .510 .906 9D/327
14 Rob Deer 1991 539 89 80 30 DET 134 448 64 14 2 25 64 1 175 .179 .314 .386 .700 *9/D
15 Mickey Tettleton 1990 559 106 99 29 BAL 135 444 68 21 2 15 51 3 160 .223 .376 .381 .756 *2D/39
16 Jack Clark 1989 593 132 110 33 SDP 142 455 76 19 1 26 94 18 145 .242 .410 .459 .869 *39
17 Jack Clark 1987 558 136 120 31 STL 131 419 93 23 1 35 106 13 139 .286 .459 .597 1.055 *3/9
18 Toby Harrah 1985 521 113 107 36 TEX 126 396 65 18 1 9 44 2 60 .270 .432 .389 .820 *4/6D
19 Gene Tenace 1978 515 101 90 31 SDP 142 401 60 18 4 16 61 8 98 .224 .392 .409 .801 *3*2/5
20 Gene Tenace 1977 581 125 102 30 SDP 147 437 66 24 4 15 61 10 119 .233 .415 .410 .824 *235
21 Jim Wynn 1976 584 127 93 34 ATL 148 449 75 19 1 17 66 1 111 .207 .377 .367 .744 *78
22 Jim Wynn 1975 529 110 102 33 LAD 130 412 80 16 0 18 58 2 77 .248 .403 .417 .821 *87
23 Gene Tenace 1974 612 110 102 27 OAK 158 484 71 17 1 26 73 6 105 .211 .367 .411 .778 *3*2/4
24 Willie McCovey 1973 495 105 102 35 SFG 130 383 52 14 3 29 75 25 78 .266 .420 .546 .966 *3
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Generated 9/20/2011.

It's quite a polarized group--on the one hand there are guys like Dunn, Tettleton, and, yes, Deer, who have low batting averages but good walk totals. On the other hand, there are guys with high batting averages who walked a lot and simply didn't get enough at-bats to amass a lot of hits. Note that Barry Bonds' 2002 batting average is more than double Dunn's from this year, and yet both qualify.

It's interesting to see a list with HOF-caliber players--Henderson, McCovey, Bonds, McGwire, and Sheffield--with a bunch of other guys who got no consideration for the hall.

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Recapping relevant games of Monday, 9/19/2011

Posted by John Autin on September 20, 2011

-- Marlins 6, Braves 5: With 2 out in the last of the 9th, Omar Infante drilled a tailing-in fastball from Craig Kimbrel for a game-ending 2-run HR, his 6th HR of the year. Atlanta's wild-card lead is down to 2 losses over St. Louis; they've lost 8 games in the standings since August 23, going 9-15 while the Cards went 17-7.

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