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Archive for November, 2007

AL Cy Young: Real voting vs. SOTD reader voting

Posted by Andy on November 14, 2007

Well, the real votes for AL Cy Young are in:


C.C. Sabathia, CLE       19   8       119
Josh Beckett, BOS         8  14   4    86
John Lackey, LAA          1   5  16    36
Fausto Carmona, CLE           1   4     7
Eric Bedard, BAL                  1     1
Roy Halladay, TOR                 1     1
Johan Santana, MIN                1     1
Justin Verlander, DET             1     1

The SOTD reader votes are back here and you folks did a great job predicting the finish. Readers submitted 32 ballots but the real voting had only 28, so I'm scaling the SOTD results . You predicted Sabathia first with 95 points, and he actually got 119 points. You predicted Beckett second with 64 points and he actually got 86 points. So far, great. After that, SOTD readers had Bedard, Carmona, and Lackey roughly tied for 3rd, 4th, and 5th with about 23 points each. Real voters favored Lackey, though, putting him 3rd at 36 points. Carmona was the only other pitcher to get more than 1 vote.

All in all, I'd say it was a stellar job by the SOTD readers. I believe the primary difference between the real voting and your voting is that you folks considered a larger pool of pitchers and gave out votes more carefully. The real voters basically only considered Sabathia and Beckett for the win, whereas 9 of you awarded first place to somebody else.

We have one more poll to check, and that's National League MVP. That doesn't get announced until next Tuesday, so check back a week from today for results.

1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

Ryan Braun

Posted by Andy on November 13, 2007

Can you believe that this guy won rookie of the year? No? Maybe because it was this guy. Braun's got some great numbers in the minors and next year he'll be just 24. It'll be interesting to see what he does over the next 3-4 years. Next Albert Pujols or next Kevin Maas?

18 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Hit streaks by position (and hitless streaks too!)

Posted by Andy on November 13, 2007

Using the PI batting Streak Finder, here are the longest hitting streaks by position since 1957. The player needed to have appeared at the position (though not necessarily have started there) in each game to qualify.

11 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

2007 Minor League Free Agent Batting Leaders for On-base % – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by Sean Forman on November 12, 2007

2007 Minor League Free Agent Batting Leaders for On-base % - Baseball-Reference.com

Does your team need to search the bargain bin for some on-base skills?   We went through and entered all of the minor league free agents (at least we hope we got them all, mistakes can happen).  Now as an option on the minor league sortable pages you can select just the current crop of minor league free agents.   We also have pitcher sortables as well.

1 Comment | Posted in Minor Leagues

Post-Season Extra Inning Boom-Boom Trio

Posted by Steve Lombardi on November 12, 2007

Ever wonder how many pitchers have given up more than one extra-inning homer in the post-season?  Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Batter Event Finder, you can look at all the homeruns that have been hit in the post-season during extra innings - and who gave them up.

And, this list tells you that Dan Miceli, Keith Foulke, and Rick Aguilera are the only pitchers in baseball history to allow more than one homerun to be hit off them during extra innings of a post-season game.  Foulke is the only one to do it in the same game.

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Conseuctive games without an RBI, 1993-2007

Posted by Andy on November 12, 2007

Here's a pretty straightforward search: streaks of consecutive games without an RBI over the last 15 years:

4 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

Most starts 3 IP or fewer

Posted by Andy on November 11, 2007

Here are the leaders, since 1957, in most career starts that lasted 3 innings or fewer.

3 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Most Caught Steals in a Post-Season Game

Posted by Chris J. on November 10, 2007

Only thirteen times has a player been caught stealing twice in one postseason game. Before I link to the answers, care to guess:

1) Which 2 Hall of Famers are on the list (Hint: the older one was a rotten VC pick, the younger one is a concensus HoFr)?

2) Which player did it twice (Hint: Deadballer)?

3) It hasn't happened in the World Series in over a half-century. Care to guess who it was? (Hint: more than one biography has been written about him)

Last time I did this I gave too many hints, so I'll leave it at that. Here are the men caught stealing twice in one post-season game.

3 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

2007 hits to lose a game

Posted by Andy on November 10, 2007

How can a hit lose a game you ask? Well what I am really after here are all the times in 2007 a hit was game-ending, but not game-winning.

Start right here, with all game-ending hits in 2007, of which there were 184. But you can see in the header than only 179 of those were go-ahead. Since the game can't end on a tie (unless it's the All-Star game...heh...or other very unusual cases,) if the hit is not a go-ahead hit, then the hitting team must have lost (or maybe not...see below.)

Well for starters, we see that one game-ending hit came when a team was up by 4 runs. This happens to be one of those rare instances:

   Yr#    G# Date          Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-------+---+-------------+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
       1   1 2007-07-29    Damion Easley     NYM  WSN Chris Schroder    ahead  5-0  1B     b 5 ---   1 1-0   2   0 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Ground Ball)

Damion Easley singled in the bottom of the 5th with the Mets already well out ahead. There must have been a rain delay, and eventually the game was called as a Mets victory. Nobody at the moment knew his hit was game-ending.

Now let's take a look at those 2 game-ending hits that came with the batting team down by 3 runs:

   Yr#    G# Date          Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-------+---+-------------+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
       1   1 2007-05-13    Chase Utley       PHI  CHC Ryan Dempster     down   1-4  1B     b 9 ---   2 1-1   3   0 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Line Drive); Utley out at 2B/LF-2B
       2   1 2007-09-29    Akinori Iwamura   TBD @TOR Brian Wolfe       down   2-5  1B     t 9 -2-   2 1-1   2   1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF (Line Drive); Harris Scores; Iwamura out at 2B

These are more along the lines of what you'd expect. Teams trying to rally in the last inning with 2 outs and a runner getting thrown out. On the surface, the Utley one looks like a major boner. With no other runners on, it seems like he was out simply trying to stretch a single into a double. Down 3 runs, that doesn't make a lot of sense (although it would make it slightly harder to record an out on the next batter if he safely got to second.)

So we have found 3 out of our 5 game-ending hits for losses.

Let's look at the 4 games that ended with a hit when the batting team was down by 2 runs:

   Yr#    G# Date          Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-------+---+-------------+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
       1   1 2007-04-15    Marco Scutaro     OAK  NYY Mariano Rivera    down   2-4  HR     b 9 12-   2 0-2   3   3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF); Walker Scores; Kendall Scores
       2   1 2007-04-18    Jose Vidro        SEA  MIN Joe Nathan        down   3-5  1B     b 9 12-   2 2-2   5   1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF (Ground Ball); Lopez Scores; Beltre out at Hm/RF-2B-C
       3   1 2007-06-22    John McDonald     TOR  COL Brian Fuentes     down   6-8  1B     b10 123   1 1-2   4   2 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Line Drive); Stairs Scores; Hill Scores; Thigpen Scores/Adv on E2 (throw)/unER/No RBI; McDonald to 2B
       4   1 2007-09-05    Matt Diaz         ATL  PHI Brett Myers       down   6-8  2B     b 9 123   2 0-1   2   3 *ENDED GAME*:Double to RF (Fly Ball); Francoeur Scores; Prado Scores; Escobar Scores

A couple of these were memorable games. Scutaro nailing a 3-run homer off Rivera, which came early in the season, and Diaz' 3-run double to cap a huge comeback against the Phillies, which, at the time, seemed to knock the Phils out of the playoffs.

But only one of the above 4 games is a loss, and that's Adrian Beltre getting thrown out at home trying to score the tying run off Joe Nathan.

That's 4 out of our 5 game-ending hits for losses. The other one must be among the 20 games that game with the batting team down by 1 run:

  Yr#    G# Date          Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Result Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-------+---+-------------+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
       1   1 2007-04-07    Alex Rodriguez    NYY  BAL Chris Ray         down   6-7  HR     b 9 123   2 1-2   4   4 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to CF); Cano Scores; Jeter Scores; Abreu Scores
       2   1 2007-04-19    Alex Rodriguez    NYY  CLE Joe Borowski      down   5-6  HR     b 9 -23   2 1-0   1   3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Jeter Scores; Abreu Scores
       3   1 2007-04-25    Stephen Drew      ARI  SDP Trevor Hoffman    down   1-2  HR     b 9 1--   2 3-1   5   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to RF); Tracy Scores
       4   1 2007-05-13    Julio Lugo        BOS  BAL Chris Ray         down   4-5  1B     b 9 123   2 3-2   7   1 *ENDED GAME*:Single to 1B (Ground Ball); Varitek Scores/Team unER; Hinske Scores/Adv on E1/unER/No RBI; Cora to 2B
       5   1 2007-05-17    Carlos Delgado    NYM  CHC Scott Eyre        down   4-5  1B     b 9 123   1 1-0   2   2 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF (Ground Ball); Chavez Scores; Gotay Scores; Wright to 2B
       6   1 2007-05-28    Elijah Dukes      TBD  DET Todd Jones        down   4-5  1B     b 9 123   1 0-0   1   2 *ENDED GAME*:Single to LF (Ground Ball); Young Scores; Iwamura Scores; Norton to 3B
       7   1 2007-06-03    Vladimir Guerrero LAA  BAL Chris Ray         down   2-3  HR     b 9 1--   0 1-1   3   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Figgins Scores
       8   1 2007-06-08    Olmedo Saenz      LAD  TOR Jeremy Accardo    down   2-3  HR     b10 1--   0 0-1   2   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF); Abreu Scores
       9   1 2007-06-25    Alfonso Soriano   CHC  COL Brian Fuentes     down   8-9  1B     b 9 123   2 1-0   2   2 *ENDED GAME*:Single to CF (Line Drive); Jones Scores/unER; Hill Scores/unER; Theriot to 2B
      10   1 2007-06-28    Carlos Lee        HOU  COL Brian Fuentes     down   4-5  HR     b11 123   2 0-0   1   4 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF); Biggio Scores; Pence Scores; Berkman Scores
      11   1 2007-06-29    Aramis Ramirez    CHC  MIL Francisco Corder  down   4-5  HR     b 9 1--   2 0-0   1   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF-CF); Fontenot Scores
      12   1 2007-06-29    Mark Loretta      HOU  COL Brian Fuentes     down   7-8  HR     b 9 1--   2 1-1   3   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF); Burke Scores
      13   1 2007-08-30    Nate McLouth      PIT  CIN Dave Weathers     down   4-5  1B     b 9 -2-   2 3-2   7   0 *ENDED GAME*:Single to 2B (Line Drive); Phelps out at Hm/2B-C
      14   1 2007-09-04    Jesus Flores      WSN  FLA Kevin Gregg       down   2-3  2B     b 9 1-3   2 1-1   3   2 *ENDED GAME*:Double to LF (Line Drive); Langerhans Scores; Pena Scores
      15   1 2007-09-08    B.J. Upton        TBD  TOR Jeremy Accardo    down   3-4  HR     b 9 1--   2 0-0   1   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to RF); Gomes Scores/unER; Upton Scores/unER
      16   1 2007-09-10    Magglio Ordonez   DET  TOR Casey Janssen     down   3-4  1B     b 9 123   2 0-0   1   2 *ENDED GAME*:Single to RF (Ground Ball); Granderson Scores; Polanco Scores; Sheffield to 2B
      17   1 2007-09-12    David Ortiz       BOS  TBD Al Reyes          down   3-4  HR     b 9 1--   1 3-1   5   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to RF); Lugo Scores
      18   1 2007-09-18(2) Todd Helton       COL  LAD Takashi Saito     down   7-8  HR     b 9 1--   2 1-2   4   2 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to RF); Holliday Scores
      19   1 2007-09-19    Scott Hairston    SDP  PIT Matt Capps        down   2-3  HR     b 9 12-   2 0-1   2   3 *ENDED GAME*:Home Run (Fly Ball to LF); Clark Scores; Kouzmanoff Scores
      20   1 2007-09-23    Rick Ankiel       STL  HOU Brad Lidge        down   2-3  3B     b 9 1-3   0 1-2   6   2 *ENDED GAME*:Triple to RF (Ground Ball); Ludwick Scores; Barden Scores

Most of these are happy walk-off wins. Which one is the loss? It's #13, and the recap is here. It was a great play by Brandon Phillips, who had himself a heck of a year.

This was fun, and it was just for 2007. Imagine what else we can find!

1 Comment | Posted in Event Finders

All 2007 plate appearances with the bases juiced

Posted by Andy on November 9, 2007

We had a discussion yesterday about the outcome in 2007 for all plate appearances with the bases loaded. Here is the batting summary. Click through for thrills, spills, chills, superior skills, and even a few twin bills.

7 Comments | Posted in Event Finders

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