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Archive for August, 2007

Pat the Bat

Posted by Andy on August 31, 2007

Have you seen Pat Burrell's batting splits for pre-All-star and post-All-star this season?

Very interesting:

 I Split         G   GS  PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF ROE GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  BAbip sOPS+ tOPS+ Split
+-+------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+-----+------------+
   1st Half      81  69 291 228  32  49 11  0 11  37  58   1  58   3   0   2   2   7   0  0  .215  .378  .408  .786  .236   112    73 1st Half
   2nd Half      44  44 181 145  25  51 11  0 11  37  31   0  35   1   0   4   0   1   0  0  .352  .459  .655 1.114  .388   188   142 2nd Half

He has had an OPS more than 300 points higher, and has the same number of HRs and RBIs in each half (in many fewer PAs in the second half.) If the Phillies make the playoffs, it will be in part thanks to Burrell, as well as Ryan Howard's resurgence and Chase Utley's return from injury (not that Tadahito Iguchi did poorly in Utley's absence--quite the opposite.)

And by the way, Burrell's second half stats don't include his 2 HR and 3 RBI from yesterday. Burrell must have loved his key homer off Billy Wagner yesterday given their nasty history.

By the way, Burrell is not one of those players who always hits better in the second half. Prior to this season, his first-half and second-half numbers over his career were very similar. He's had a couple of years where he hit significantly better in the first half.

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Fun With Sacrifice Bunts in Postseason

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 30, 2007

Having some fun with Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Batting Event Finder...looking at Sacrifice Bunts in Postseason.

Did you know that there have been 1,179 Sac-Bunts in the Post-Season?  Three players are tied for the most, with eight each: Derek Jeter, Scott Brosius, and Rafael Belliard.  Betcha Jeter owns this record someday.

Here's a fun slice - there have only been ten times in World Series history where a pinch-hitter laid down a Sac-Bunt.  Here's the list:

  Car#  G# Date          Series G Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       soP eoI BO Df Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.+-----+---+-------------+------+-+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+--+--+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+ 
     1   1 1969-10-15    WS     4 J.C. Martin       NYM  BAL Pete Richert      tied   1-1    0     9  11 RoE    b10 12-   0   -       0 *ENDED GAME*:Reached on E1 (throw to 1B)/Sacrifice Bunt; Gaspar Scores/unER/No RBI; Weis to 2B; Martin to 1B  

     2   1 1970-10-11    WS     2 Angel Bravo       CIN  BAL Moe Drabowsky     down   5-6   -1     9  11 Out    b 7 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice; Cline to 2B  

     3   1 1971-10-17    WS     7 Tom Shopay        BAL  PIT Steve Blass       down   0-2   -2     9  11 Out    b 8 12-   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Hendricks to 3B; Belanger to 2B  

     4   1 1972-10-19    WS     4 Julian Javier     CIN @OAK Ken Holtzman      down   0-1   -1     9  11 Out    t 8 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Concepcion to 2B  

     5   1 1975-10-15    WS     4 Ed Armbrister     CIN  BOS Luis Tiant        down   4-5   -1     9  11 Out    b 9 1--   0 0-1   2   0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Geronimo to 2B  

     6   1 1980-10-17    WS     3 Greg Gross        PHI @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     1  11 Out    t10 1--   0 1-0   2   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B unassisted/Sacrifice; Boone to 2B  

     7   1 1981-10-21    WS     2 Bobby Murcer      NYY  LAD Terry Forster     ahead  1-0    1     9  11 Out    b 7 12-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P-1B/Sacrifice; Cerone to 3B; Randolph to 2B  

     8   1 1987-10-20    WS     3 Terry Pendleton   STL  MIN Juan Berenguer    down   0-1   -1     9  11 Out    b 7 12-   0 2-0   3   0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Oquendo to 3B; Pena to 2B  

     9   1 1991-10-22    WS     3 Jeff Treadway     ATL  MIN Carl Willis       tied   4-4    0     9  11 Out    b 9 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 1B); Belliard to 2B  

    10   1 2006-10-26    WS     4 So Taguchi        STL  DET Fernando Rodney   down   2-3   -1     2  11 RoE    b 7 -2-   0 0-0   1   0 Reached on E1/Sacrifice Bunt; Eckstein Scores/No RBI/unER; Taguchi to 2B

There's a trivia question for you:  Who is the only batter in baseball history to have a pinch-hit Sac-Bunt in a World Series game when his team was leading the game at the time of the pinch At-Bat?  The answer:  Bobby Murcer in 1981.

Here's another fun list -  Sacrifice Bunts in Post-Season, made during innings 7 or later, when the score was tied, by a Designated Hitter:

  Car#  G# Date          Series G Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       soP eoI BO Df Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.  

+-----+---+-------------+------+-+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+--+--+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+  

     1   1 1980-10-19    WS     5 Keith Moreland    PHI @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     5  10 Out    t 9 -2-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B unassisted/Sacrifice; Unser to 3B  

     2   1 1981-10-07    ALDS   2 Cliff Johnson     OAK @KCR Mike Jones        tied   1-1    0     3  10 Out    t 8 1--   0   -       0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-1B/Sacrifice; Murphy to 2B  

     3   1 1984-10-03    ALCS   2 Johnny Grubb      DET @KCR Dan Quisenberry   tied   3-3    0     7  10 Out    t 9 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P unassisted/Sacrifice; Jones to 2B  

     4   1 1985-10-11    ALCS   3 Hal McRae         KCR  TOR Jim Clancy        tied   5-5    0     4  10 Out    b 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: P-2B/Sacrifice; Brett to 2B  

     5   1 1990-10-06    ALCS   1 Harold Baines     OAK @BOS Tom Bolton        tied   1-1    0     4  10 Out    t 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 3B-2B/Sacrifice (Short 3B Line); Canseco to 2B  

     6   1 1991-10-20    WS     2 Lonnie Smith      ATL @MIN Kevin Tapani      tied   2-2    0     1  10 Out    t 8 1--   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 1B); Belliard to 2B  

     7   1 1992-10-20    WS     3 Dave Winfield     TOR  ATL Mark Wohlers      tied   2-2    0     4  10 Out    b 9 12-   0 0-0   1   0 Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice (Weak 2B-1B); Alomar to 3B; Carter to 2B

Wow.  We saw that happen 3 years in a row, from 1990 to 1992 - and not again since that time.  Then again, it does take a lot for a big bat guy to square around in a big spot in a big game.  Give credit to these seven guys for doing what had to be done and checking their ego at the door.

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8 Home Runs in Postseason, Deciding Game and as last play of game – Baseball-Reference PI

Posted by Sean Forman on August 30, 2007

8 Home Runs in Postseason, Deciding Game and as last play of game - Baseball-Reference PI

The Play Index is now fully integrated with postseason data.  Within the event finder you can find all of the various events in the postseason for every team or by individual team.   You can also select by type of series and game in the series (including the last game of the series).

The game finders and streak finders also now include postseason data and allow you search by series type and game as well.

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Red Sox vs Yankees

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2007

I have seen a lot of stats mentioned in different places about various records of Red Sox pitchers vs the Yankees, and the reverse. (Many over at Peter Abraham's LoHud Yankees Blog.)

Let's take a look. First, Red Sox starters this year against the Yankees:

  Pitcher         G  GS GF  W  L  S CG SHO   IP    ERA   H   R   ER HR  BB IBB  SO HBP
+--------------+---+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+-----+------+---+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+
  Schilling        3  3  0  0  1  0  0   0  18     7.00  29  15  14  6   2   0  10   0 
  Matsuzaka        3  3  0  2  1  0  0   0  19.1   6.98  19  15  15  3   8   0  16   3 
  Beckett          3  3  0  1  1  0  0   0  19.2   5.49  30  13  12  1   6   0  18   0
  Wakefield        3  3  0  0  3  0  0   0  14    10.93  19  17  17  4  17   0   7   1
  Tavarez          2  2  0  2  0  0  0   0  10.2   4.22   6   5   5  1   6   0   4   0 

There you have it, folks. Julian Tavarez, your Yankee-killer. (Joking aside, I think Tavarez has done a great job for Boston this year. He's got fantastic stats as a #5 starter and has helped keep their bullpen fresh.)

Now, as turnabout is fair play, the Yankee starters' performance against Boston this year:

  Pitcher         G  GS GF  W  L  S CG SHO   IP    ERA   H   R   ER HR  BB IBB  SO HBP
+--------------+---+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+-----+------+---+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+
  Pettitte*        6  5  0  2  1  0  0   0  30.1   4.75  36  16  16  4  12   0  19   1 
  Wang             3  3  0  2  1  0  0   0  18     4.50  23   9   9  2   8   0   7   2 
  Mussina          2  2  0  0  1  0  0   0  11.2   9.26  19  12  12  4   5   1   3   0 
  Clemens          1  1  0  1  0  0  0   0   6     1.50   2   1   1  1   5   0   2   1 
  Karstens         2  2  0  0  1  0  0   0   4.1  14.54  11   7   7  1   2   0   1   0 
  C. Wright        1  1  0  0  0  0  0   0   3    12.00   5   4   4  4   3   0   3   0 

*Numbers include 1 scoreless inning in relief on 4/22/07

I guess the Yankees' numbers are somewhat better, especially that the three truly unimpressive performances above are by guys not currently in the rotation.

Here are the total lines for pitching by each staff (not just starters) against the other team:

Pitching Team      G   W   L   S   CG SHO   IP     ERA    H    R   ER   HR  BB  IBB  SO  HBP
+-+------------+----+---+---+---+---+---+------+------+----+----+----+---+----+---+----+---+
Yankees (vs BOS)   14   7   7   4   0   0  122     5.61  145   79   76  21   68   5   75   7
Boston  (vs NYY)   14   7   7   4   0   0  121     5.43  135   75   73  18   59   0   86   7  

Pretty similar, although the edge goes to Boston.Their bullpen has been a lot better than the Yankees' in their head-to-head matchups.

Now, those 7 HBP by each team are a bit ominous...

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Johan Santana vs. Cleveland

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2007

Last night, Santana lost his fourth game against Cleveland this year.

If you go to his splits page, you can see his data against Cleveland this season:

G:    5
IP:  33
ER:  15
ERA:  4.09
H:   30
BB:   6
K:   40
W:    0
L:    4

Those numbers don't look so bad (especially the K/BB) until you look at the rest of his numbers in 2007 against all other teams:

G:   23
IP: 155
ER:  49
ERA:  2.85
H:  126
BB:  35
K:  160
W:   14
L:    6

It's sort of crazy that he has a WHIP of 1.09 vs. Cleveland but still comes out with a 4.09 ERA. There must have been a few timely hits in there.

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Harold Baines, Athletic-Killer

Posted by Sky on August 30, 2007

Harold Baines, Yankee-Killer. I heard that one all the time growing up. Did Baines actually dominate the Yankees, though? I used his PI splits page to get the following data. tOPS+ is Baines' split OPS compared to his overall OPS.

Split    G     GS     PA     AB      R     H    2B   3B    HR    RBI    BB   IBB     SO       BA      OBP      SLG      OPS    BAbip   tOPS+ Split
OAK    214    208    905    781    105   236    49    5    24    132   107    16    114    0.302    0.385    0.470    0.855    0.325    109    OAK
MIN    213    189    809    716    112   209    41    4    32    127    78    13    101    0.292    0.356    0.494    0.850    0.297    106    MIN
TOR    221    202    848    773     89   230    29    4    38    131    71     9    106    0.298    0.356    0.493    0.849    0.304    106    TOR
TEX    209    195    825    734    110   213    27    4    33    117    85    13    119    0.290    0.363    0.473    0.836    0.307    104    TEX
SEA    213    193    832    737    100   213    39    5    29    132    82    20    113    0.289    0.355    0.474    0.829    0.303    102    SEA
MIL    183    175    744    678     84   204    33    3    26    108    54     4     93    0.301    0.349    0.473    0.822    0.313    100    MIL
NYY    213    182    802    713     92   203    30    5    29    124    82    19    117    0.285    0.357    0.463    0.820    0.304    100    NYY
KCR    203    193    824    748     91   220    42    2    27    101    71    19    114    0.294    0.353    0.464    0.817    0.315     99    KCR
CLE    202    192    825    740    100   213    36    4    28    117    75    14     99    0.288    0.350    0.461    0.811    0.297     98    CLE
DET    213    199    854    753     95   210    27    4    30    148    91    20    112    0.279    0.352    0.445    0.797    0.290     95    DET
BAL    168    161    681    619     86   178    35    2    22     98    54    13     81    0.288    0.342    0.457    0.799    0.299     94    BAL
ANA    215    189    829    757     87   217    43    5    24    115    64    10    108    0.287    0.341    0.452    0.793    0.306     93    ANA
BOS    210    191    823    731     93   207    33    1    24    105    86    15    104    0.283    0.357    0.430    0.787    0.301     93    BOS
CHW     85     71    309    269     42    65    14    1    12     44    40     2     42    0.242    0.340    0.435    0.775    0.247     89    CHW
TBD     27     17     80     71      6    18     4    0     2     15     9     0      9    0.254    0.338    0.394    0.732    0.267     80    TBD
Tot   2830   2579  11092   9908   1299  2866   488   49   384   1628  1062   187   1441    0.289    0.356    0.465    0.821    0.303    100    Tot

As you can see, Harold Baines' OPS against the Yankees was right on par with his performance against all other teams. But those A's, boy did he take it out on those A's.

As for teams Baines struggled against, Tampa Bay and Chicago lead the way. That makes sense because he would have played against both those teams later in his career, as he was slowing down.

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Allowing 10+ runs but 5- earned runs

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2007

Reader denniscookfanclub posed the question of how many times a team has scored at least 10 runs while at least half were unearned. I've done a search for almost this: a pitching game finder where at least 10 runs were allowed, but no more than 5 were earned. (This is actually slightly more restrictive than denniscookfanclub's idea.)

I was shocked to see how many such games there have been. The full list is shared here. There have been a whopping 352 such games since 1957! Here is a sample:

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Team W/L for each starter

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2007

It's not hard to see which pitchers are the leaders are in wins, losses, and W-L% for any given period. I have gone ahead and calculated something a bit different: team wins and losses for all starts by each pitcher. So that basically takes all no-decisions for each starter and adds them to their win total if the team ending up winning the game, and adds them to their loss total if the team lost.

This stat is pretty easy to see for any individual player. For example, if you check out Bert Blyleven's gamelogs for 1979, you can see that while Blyleven himself earned a 12 and 5 record in 37 starts, the Pirates actually went 23-14 in Blyleven's starts.

I went ahead and got the totals for all starts by each pitcher since 1997, split based on whether the team won or lost. This is really easy to do. Go to the PI Pitching Game Finder, set team W (or team L) on the left, click the bubble for role of Starter, and then sort by Players with games in career. Doing this twice (once for wins and once for losses) generates two long lists. I put those lists into Excel, did alphabetical sorting, and eliminated players who didn't have at least one team win and one team loss. From there, I could calculate leaders by total and percentage. Click through for the details.

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What Makes Joe Pick Up The Phone?

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 29, 2007

In yesterday's Yankees game, Joe Torre allowed Andy Pettitte to throw 119 pitches in 7 innings of work.  This made me wonder how many times in the "Joe Torre Era" has a Yankees pitcher thrown 119+ pitches in a start where he threw 7 innings or less?  Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com Play Index Pitching Game Finder, the answer is simple:

Year Games Link to Individual Games
----+-----+-------------------------
2000    28 Ind. Games               
1999    20 Ind. Games               
2001    13 Ind. Games               
2002    11 Ind. Games               
1996    11 Ind. Games               
2003    10 Ind. Games               
1997    10 Ind. Games               
2005     8 Ind. Games               
1998     8 Ind. Games               
2004     4 Ind. Games               
2007     1 Ind. Games               

As you can see from the above chart, from 1999 to 2001, Torre used to allow his starters to labor more like Pettitte did last night.  However, from 2004 to the present day, this is no longer the case.  In fact, before last night, the last time that Torre allowed a starting pitcher to throw 119+ pitches in 7 innings or less was almost two years ago to the day: August 31, 2005.

It's interesting to see this change in pattern start in 2004.  That's just about the time that folks, en masse, started to realize that Joe Torre was killing arms in the Yankees bullpen.  However, seeing these stats, maybe the frying of arms was not Torre driven?  Perhaps, come 2004, once the Cones, El Duques, Clemens, and Pettittes of Yankeeland were gone - and replaced with starters more likely to leave a game at 100 pitches, no matter what the inning - Torre was forced to go to his pen earlier, and, more often?  Maybe, if Torre had more pitchers that wanted to go 6 or 7 innings - even if it meant throwing 119 or more pitches - then Joe would have not had the cause to call the bullpen so often? 

Who knows, really, for sure? 

In any event, given that young and/or future Yankees starters like Hughes, Chamberlain and Kennedy will probably be limited to pitch counts, Torre's pen usage - no matter what the actual root cause, albeit driven by need or just Joe's desire - is not likely to change too soon (assuming that he remains Yankees skipper beyond 2007).

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Most Bases Loaded Walks

Posted by Sean Forman on August 29, 2007

A user asked me about Pat Burrell and his bases loaded walks, so I figured, why not check the most ever in a season. Eventually, I want to allow users to search the splits, but that is a little ways off.

| name_common      | year_game | PA   | BB   | IBB  |
+------------------+-----------+------+------+------+
| Jackie Jensen    |      1959 |   18 |    8 |    0 |
| D'Angelo Jimenez |      2004 |   24 |    7 |    0 |
| Charlie Maxwell  |      1960 |   16 |    6 |    0 |
| Rocky Colavito   |      1961 |   17 |    6 |    0 |
| Mike Hargrove    |      1983 |   15 |    6 |    0 |
| Jack Clark       |      1987 |   15 |    6 |    0 |
| Darren Daulton   |      1993 |   29 |    6 |    0 |
| Danny Tartabull  |      1996 |   29 |    6 |    0 |
| Mark McGwire     |      1998 |   14 |    6 |    0 |
| Ellis Burks      |      2000 |   29 |    6 |    0 |
| John Olerud      |      2003 |   25 |    6 |    0 |
| Hideki Matsui    |      2004 |   32 |    6 |    0 |
| Michael Tucker   |      2004 |   24 |    6 |    0 |
| Adam Dunn        |      2005 |   19 |    6 |    0 |
| Chipper Jones    |      2005 |    8 |    6 |    0 |
| Derek Jeter      |      2006 |   17 |    6 |    0 |
| Trot Nixon       |      2006 |   27 |    6 |    0 |
| Pat Burrell      |      2007 |   13 |    6 |    0 |

D'Angelo Jimenez? How about Chipper with six walks in eight PA's.

Here are the career leaders.

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