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Archive for August, 2008

Checking in on relievers

Posted by Andy on August 6, 2008

Collectively, we don't pay enough attention to meaningful stats for relievers. Here are some leaderboards for you.

So far in 2008, lowest BA against for relief pitchers, minimum 30 IP:

  Cnt Player              **BA**    IP  Year Age Tm  Lg  G  GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP  OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+-----+----+---+---+--+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Grant Balfour        .113    32.1 2008  30 TBR AL  26  0  0   0  9  3  1  .750  4  12   5   5  14  49   1.39  304  1  122  106  4  0   0   0   0   2   0   1  0  0  0  0  .213  .179  .392    8  586  364 
    2 Brandon Morrow       .143    36.2 2008  23 SEA AL  40  0  0   0 24  1  2  .333 10  18   8   6  15  47   1.47  276  5  142  126  1  0   0   0   1   0   1   1  0  0  0  3  .234  .270  .504   37  616  398 
    3 Carlos Marmol        .146    62.1 2008  25 CHC NL  58  0  0   0 16  2  3  .400  6  31  25  24  32  86   3.47  130  7  252  212  6  0   1   6   1   1   2   3  1  0  0  3  .275  .274  .549   47 1115  670 
    4 Joakim Soria         .159    51.2 2008  24 KCR AL  48  0  0   0 44  1  2  .333 32  28  10   9  11  54   1.57  281  4  196  176  5  0   1   5   2   2   3   2  1  1  0  1  .227  .256  .483   27  784  530 
    5 Edwar Ramirez        .162    40.2 2008  27 NYY AL  37  0  0   0 13  3  0 1.000  0  23  14  14  17  48   3.10  135  4  162  142  7  0   1   3   0   0   1   1  3  0  0  3  .265  .296  .561   50  642  408 
    6 Taylor Buchholz      .170    51.1 2008  26 COL NL  48  0  0   0 17  4  3  .571  1  31  16   9  14  46   1.58  294  3  199  182  7  0   2   1   1   1   3   5  1  0  0  2  .232  .258  .490   29  681  420 
    7 Dan Wheeler          .171    49   2008  30 TBR AL  48  0  0   0 13  2  4  .333  4  30  14  12  16  31   2.20  192  6  193  175  5  1   3   0   0   2   2   0  1  0  0  1  .238  .314  .552   48  748  481 
    8 Troy Percival        .175    35   2008  38 TBR AL  36  0  0   0 31  1  0 1.000 24  22  16  15  15  33   3.86  110  7  144  126  5  2   0   1   0   2   0   3  0  0  0  1  .264  .413  .677   80  605  382 
    9 Mariano Rivera       .178    48.1 2008  38 NYY AL  44  0  0   0 42  4  4  .500 26  30   8   8   5  58   1.49  281  3  178  169  4  0   0   2   1   1   2   5  1  0  0  0  .209  .254  .463   23  684  473 
   10 Brad Ziegler         .184    34   2008  28 OAK AL  26  0  0   0  3  1  0 1.000  0  19   0   0   9  15   0.00    0  0  118  103  0  0   2   1   3   2  11   1  0  2  0  0  .252  .184  .436   22  429  270 
   11 Billy Wagner         .185    47   2008  36 NYM NL  45  0  0   0 34  0  1  .000 27  32  17  12  10  52   2.30  179  4  184  173  6  0   0   0   0   1   1   0  1  0  0  2  .228  .289  .517   41  697  465 
   12 Juan Cruz            .187    31.2 2008  29 ARI NL  38  0  0   0  6  2  0 1.000  0  20  11  11  24  47   3.13  146  3  136  107  6  1   0   2   1   2   1   4  3  0  0  1  .341  .346  .687   82  652  391 
   13 Andrew Brown         .187    35   2008  27 OAK AL  31  0  0   0 13  1  0 1.000  0  23  13  12  21  28   3.09  128  3  147  123  5  0   1   1   1   1   4   0  1  0  0  0  .308  .301  .609   69  581  329 
   14 Joe Nathan           .188    46.1 2008  33 MIN AL  47  0  0   0 40  0  0       30  31   6   6  11  50   1.17  349  4  176  165  5  0   2   0   0   0   5   5  0  0  0  2  .239  .291  .530   44  716  473 
   15 Francisco Rodrigu    .189    48.2 2008  26 LAA AL  53  0  0   0 49  1  2  .333 45  33  15  13  28  51   2.40  176  4  204  175 10  0   4   0   1   0   2   6  0  0  0  5  .300  .314  .614   64  839  495 
   16 Jim Johnson          .191    59.1 2008  25 BAL AL  45  0  0   0 13  2  3  .400  1  39  14  13  24  32   1.97  219  0  231  204  2  0   2   1   1   1  13   3  2  0  1  1  .278  .201  .479   31  867  538 
   17 Jose Arredondo       .192    33   2008  24 LAA AL  29  0  0   0  6  4  0 1.000  0  23   8   4  12  30   1.09  388  2  133  120  2  0   0   1   0   0   4   2  1  0  0  0  .271  .258  .529   43  528  315 
   18 Will Ohman           .192    46.2 2008  30 ATL NL  59  0  0   0 12  3  0 1.000  1  32  17  14  18  43   2.70  153  2  188  167  6  1   3   0   3   0   3   1  2  1  0  1  .270  .275  .545   49  730  454 
   19 Brad Lidge           .193    48   2008  31 PHI NL  49  0  0   0 42  2  0 1.000 28  34  14  12  23  63   2.25  198  2  203  176  7  0   3   1   2   1   2   5  0  0  0  5  .289  .267  .556   48  831  510 
   20 J.C. Romero          .194    44   2008  32 PHI NL  55  0  0   0 10  4  3  .571  1  30  11  11  28  37   2.25  198  4  191  155  7  0   5   4   4   0   2   8  0  1  1  1  .332  .316  .648   72  752  426 

That's 3 Rays in the top 8, one of many reasons why they are for real. And there's that damn J.C. Romero at 20, somehow having another fluke year.

How about this one: lowest OPS+ against:

  Cnt Player            **OPS+**   IP  Year Age Tm  Lg  G  GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+--------+-----+----+---+---+--+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+
    1 Grant Balfour          8    32.1 2008  30 TBR AL  26  0  0   0  9  3  1  .750  4  12   5   5  14  49   1.39  304  1  122  106  4  0   0   0   0   2   0   1  0  0  0  0  .113  .213  .179  .392  586  364 
    2 Brad Ziegler          22    34   2008  28 OAK AL  26  0  0   0  3  1  0 1.000  0  19   0   0   9  15   0.00    0  0  118  103  0  0   2   1   3   2  11   1  0  2  0  0  .184  .252  .184  .436  429  270 
    3 Mariano Rivera        23    48.1 2008  38 NYY AL  44  0  0   0 42  4  4  .500 26  30   8   8   5  58   1.49  281  3  178  169  4  0   0   2   1   1   2   5  1  0  0  0  .178  .209  .254  .463  684  473 
    4 Joakim Soria          27    51.2 2008  24 KCR AL  48  0  0   0 44  1  2  .333 32  28  10   9  11  54   1.57  281  4  196  176  5  0   1   5   2   2   3   2  1  1  0  1  .159  .227  .256  .483  784  530 
    5 Taylor Buchholz       29    51.1 2008  26 COL NL  48  0  0   0 17  4  3  .571  1  31  16   9  14  46   1.58  294  3  199  182  7  0   2   1   1   1   3   5  1  0  0  2  .170  .232  .258  .490  681  420 
    6 Jim Johnson           31    59.1 2008  25 BAL AL  45  0  0   0 13  2  3  .400  1  39  14  13  24  32   1.97  219  0  231  204  2  0   2   1   1   1  13   3  2  0  1  1  .191  .278  .201  .479  867  538 
    7 Jonathan Papelbon     34    48.1 2008  27 BOS AL  47  0  0   0 43  4  3  .571 31  35  16  11   7  57   2.05  217  3  186  175  7  0   0   0   4   0   2   2  0  1  0  2  .200  .231  .291  .522  726  510 
    8 Brandon Morrow        37    36.2 2008  23 SEA AL  40  0  0   0 24  1  2  .333 10  18   8   6  15  47   1.47  276  5  142  126  1  0   0   0   1   0   1   1  0  0  0  3  .143  .234  .270  .504  616  398 
    9 Billy Wagner          41    47   2008  36 NYM NL  45  0  0   0 34  0  1  .000 27  32  17  12  10  52   2.30  179  4  184  173  6  0   0   0   0   1   1   0  1  0  0  2  .185  .228  .289  .517  697  465 
   10 Dan Giese             41    32.1 2008  31 NYY AL  13  2  0   0  5  1  3  .250  0  24  12   9  10  20   2.51  167  1  132  120  5  0   1   0   0   2   0   6  1  0  0  1  .200  .258  .267  .525  489  301 
   11 Jose Arredondo        43    33   2008  24 LAA AL  29  0  0   0  6  4  0 1.000  0  23   8   4  12  30   1.09  388  2  133  120  2  0   0   1   0   0   4   2  1  0  0  0  .192  .271  .258  .529  528  315 
   12 Hong-Chih Kuo         43    63.1 2008  26 LAD NL  29  3  0   0  5  3  1  .750  0  46  13  13  15  76   1.85  239  2  252  230 11  1   2   3   3   1   3   2  0  0  1  1  .200  .257  .283  .540  994  643 
   13 Joe Nathan            44    46.1 2008  33 MIN AL  47  0  0   0 40  0  0       30  31   6   6  11  50   1.17  349  4  176  165  5  0   2   0   0   0   5   5  0  0  0  2  .188  .239  .291  .530  716  473 
   14 Carlos Marmol         47    62.1 2008  25 CHC NL  58  0  0   0 16  2  3  .400  6  31  25  24  32  86   3.47  130  7  252  212  6  0   1   6   1   1   2   3  1  0  0  3  .146  .275  .274  .549 1115  670 
   15 Brad Lidge            48    48   2008  31 PHI NL  49  0  0   0 42  2  0 1.000 28  34  14  12  23  63   2.25  198  2  203  176  7  0   3   1   2   1   2   5  0  0  0  5  .193  .289  .267  .556  831  510 
   16 Dan Wheeler           48    49   2008  30 TBR AL  48  0  0   0 13  2  4  .333  4  30  14  12  16  31   2.20  192  6  193  175  5  1   3   0   0   2   2   0  1  0  0  1  .171  .238  .314  .552  748  481 
   17 Will Ohman            49    46.2 2008  30 ATL NL  59  0  0   0 12  3  0 1.000  1  32  17  14  18  43   2.70  153  2  188  167  6  1   3   0   3   0   3   1  2  1  0  1  .192  .270  .275  .545  730  454 
   18 Edwar Ramirez         50    40.2 2008  27 NYY AL  37  0  0   0 13  3  0 1.000  0  23  14  14  17  48   3.10  135  4  162  142  7  0   1   3   0   0   1   1  3  0  0  3  .162  .265  .296  .561  642  408 
   19 Matt Thornton         50    46.2 2008  31 CHW AL  50  0  0   0 11  4  3  .571  1  34  15  15  12  55   2.89  154  5  186  170  4  0   1   2   1   1   5   3  0  0  0  2  .200  .259  .312  .571  713  481 
   20 Scott Downs           50    53.2 2008  32 TOR AL  49  0  0   0 14  0  2  .000  5  39   8   8  20  46   1.34  312  2  218  192  6  1   7   2   4   0   5   1  0  1  0  3  .203  .285  .276  .561  853  509

Yeah, that's not a misprint. Grant Balfour has allowed an OPS+ of EIGHT this year. Not 80, not 88....EIGHT. That means, in a simple sense, that opposing batters are doing about 8% damage against him as compared to an average pitcher.

And here are the leaders in Inherited Runner Scoring %, minimum 20 inherited runners:

  Cnt Player            **IS/R%**  IR Year Age Tm  Lg  G  GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF   AB  2B 3B IBB HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS Pk BK WP   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  OPS+  Pit  Str
+----+-----------------+---------+---+----+---+---+--+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+----+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+----+----+----+
    1 Tyler Yates          0.10    21 2008  30 PIT NL  51  0  0   0 12  4  2  .667  1  53.2  53  30  29  36  39   4.86   86  4  248  206 12  1   4   1   4   1   4   3  1  0  0  3  .257  .369  .383  .752  105  933  545 
    2 Will Ohman           0.10    20 2008  30 ATL NL  59  0  0   0 12  3  0 1.000  1  46.2  32  17  14  18  43   2.70  153  2  188  167  6  1   3   0   3   0   3   1  2  1  0  1  .192  .270  .275  .545   49  730  454 
    3 Grant Balfour        0.11    27 2008  30 TBR AL  26  0  0   0  9  3  1  .750  4  32.1  12   5   5  14  49   1.39  304  1  122  106  4  0   0   0   0   2   0   1  0  0  0  0  .113  .213  .179  .392    8  586  364 
    4 Justin Miller        0.11    27 2008  30 FLA NL  43  0  0   0  7  4  2  .667  0  44.2  41  24  20  19  42   4.03  103  4  192  169 12  2   2   3   0   1   3   4  1  0  0  1  .243  .328  .408  .736  101  720  430 
    5 Bobby Howry          0.12    26 2008  34 CHC NL  54  0  0   0 19  4  4  .500  1  54.1  67  34  32   8  43   5.30   85 11  236  221 19  2   3   2   1   4   4   2  0  0  0  0  .303  .328  .557  .885  130  902  602 
    6 Trever Miller        0.13    24 2008  35 TBR AL  46  0  0   0 10  1  0 1.000  0  27    24  15  15  18  22   5.00   85  1  118   97  6  0   1   1   1   1   4   0  2  0  0  1  .247  .368  .340  .708   93  476  285 
    7 Jason Frasor         0.13    30 2008  30 TOR AL  37  0  0   0 16  1  1  .500  0  34.1  28  15  14  21  35   3.67  114  3  150  127  7  1   2   0   0   2   1   4  2  0  0  5  .220  .327  .362  .689   85  645  387 
    8 Jim Johnson          0.15    20 2008  25 BAL AL  45  0  0   0 13  2  3  .400  1  59.1  39  14  13  24  32   1.97  219  0  231  204  2  0   2   1   1   1  13   3  2  0  1  1  .191  .278  .201  .479   31  867  538 
    9 Arthur Rhodes        0.15    27 2008  38 TOT ML  38  0  0   0  4  2  1  .667  1  23    17   8   7  13  29   2.74  149  0   95   78  2  0   2   0   3   1   2   1  0  0  0  1  .218  .326  .244  .570   56  401  256 
   10 Scott Eyre           0.15    20 2008  36 CHC NL  19  0  0   0  1  2  0 1.000  0  11.1  15   9   9   4  14   7.15   63  1   53   46  5  1   1   1   0   2   1   3  0  0  0  1  .326  .377  .543  .920  142  237  137 
   11 J.P. Howell          0.16    25 2008  25 TBR AL  44  0  0   0  7  6  0 1.000  2  62.1  44  20  17  31  60   2.45  173  4  263  223 10  0   1   3   5   1   6   9  1  0  0  5  .197  .302  .296  .598   61 1052  632 
   12 Carlos Marmol        0.16    31 2008  25 CHC NL  58  0  0   0 16  2  3  .400  6  62.1  31  25  24  32  86   3.47  130  7  252  212  6  0   1   6   1   1   2   3  1  0  0  3  .146  .275  .274  .549   47 1115  670 
   13 Tim Byrdak           0.17    23 2008  34 HOU NL  41  0  0   0  5  2  1  .667  0  37.1  29  11  11  26  26   2.65  160  5  163  134  9  0   2   1   2   0   3   3  1  2  0  0  .216  .348  .396  .744  101  632  380 
   14 Joel Peralta         0.18    22 2008  32 KCR AL  28  0  0   0  8  1  2  .333  0  38.2  40  25  23   8  25   5.35   82 10  161  148  7  1   0   2   1   2   4   2  1  0  0  0  .270  .313  .534  .847  119  570  384 
   15 Jesse Carlson        0.18    39 2008  27 TOR AL  49  0  0   0  6  4  1  .800  1  41.1  32  11  10  18  43   2.18  193  4  168  147  9  1   7   1   0   2   3   1  2  2  1  1  .218  .304  .374  .678   81  645  425 
   16 Royce Ring           0.18    34 2008  27 ATL NL  42  0  0   0  8  2  1  .667  0  22.1  32  25  21  10  16   8.46   49  2  113   96 10  1   3   2   3   2   3   3  0  0  1  0  .333  .400  .521  .921  148  403  249 
   17 Ron Villone          0.19    27 2008  38 STL NL  48  0  0   0  8  1  2  .333  1  39.1  38  24  23  29  41   5.26   81  4  180  147  9  0   1   1   1   2   7   0  0  0  0  1  .259  .380  .401  .781  113  749  428 
   18 Sean Green           0.19    43 2008  29 SEA AL  54  0  0   0 10  3  3  .500  0  58.2  50  24  19  24  51   2.91  139  3  253  219  8  0   1   4   2   4   6   0  1  0  1  2  .228  .311  .306  .617   69  971  610 
   19 Dan Wheeler          0.20    20 2008  30 TBR AL  48  0  0   0 13  2  4  .333  4  49    30  14  12  16  31   2.20  192  6  193  175  5  1   3   0   0   2   2   0  1  0  0  1  .171  .238  .314  .552   48  748  481
   20 Wesley Wright        0.20    41 2008  23 HOU NL  54  0  0   0 11  3  3  .500  1  39.1  31  20  19  24  34   4.35   98  5  173  146 10  1   3   2   1   0   4   5  0  0  0  1  .212  .331  .397  .728   97  708  413 

That's 4 Rays in the top 19. Geez.

But of course, Royce Ring, he of the 8.46 ERA, also makes this list. Hmm.

8 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Odds & Ends

Posted by Raphy on August 5, 2008

I was playing around with PI and came across a couple of things that I wouldn't have thought actually happened. They're not related to this season, but interesting none-the-less.

1. Pitching 1 inning and recording all 3 outs via pickoff. Tippy Martinez in 1983.

2. 2 Batters faced, both intentionally walked. Ron Bryant in 1973 and Moe Drabowsky in 1961.

I was also suprised  to learn that there have been over 30,015 217 appearances by a pitcher (since 1956) in which the pitcher has intentionally walked the only batter he faced. 4 of those pitchers (including 1 in 2006 and 1 in 2007) received the loss in their game.

6 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Whiffing Marlins

Posted by Raphy on August 5, 2008

Whiz posted this on the suggestions page and it seemed worthy of its own thread (I took the liberty to add links to the searches):

I was doing some searches on longest team batting streaks and found that Florida currently has has at least 8 SO in each of the last 13 games, the longest such streak in the PI database (i.e., since 1956).

They also currently have streaks of 15 games with 7 or more SO (longest is 17 by the 1996 Tigers) and 4 games with 10 or more SO (longest is 6 by the 1972 and 2004 Reds and 1997 Giants). It’s not surprising since the Marlins strike out 8.7 times per game, by far the most in the majors, and they are on pace to beat the Brewers total of 1399 in a season.

The streak for 6 or more SO is safe for now — the longest is by the Rays last year, an amazing 47 games (2nd longest is only 28, “achieved” by Florida earlier this year).

Another oddity: the weekend series between Florida and Colorado is (as far as I can tell) the only three-game series since 1956 in which both teams had at least 10 SO each in all three games.

Comment by whiz — August 5, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

1 Comment | Posted in Streak Finders

Longest tenure with one team, active players

Posted by Andy on August 3, 2008

Wow I found a really easy way to do this search. Batting Season Finder, sum over career, active players only, franchises played for = 1.

Here are the longest tenured guys:

  Cnt Player            **DbYr**  Tms From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+--------+----+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 John Smoltz         1988      1 1988 2008 21-41  720  1151   933   76  150  26   2   5   61   78   0  358   3 136   1  15    3   2  .161  .228  .209  .437 *1        ATL         
    2 Chipper Jones       1993      1 1993 2008 21-36 1984  8523  7215 1354 2234 441  35 404 1354 1211 130 1124  16   3  78 200  136  43  .310  .406  .548  .954 *57/6D9   ATL         
    3 Garret Anderson     1994      1 1994 2008 22-36 1967  8293  7812 1003 2313 479  34 268 1265  389 100 1094   6  12  74 174   77  46  .296  .327  .469  .796 *78D9     CAL-ANA-LAA 
    4 Derek Jeter         1995      1 1995 2008 21-34 1937  8881  7840 1440 2472 409  57 201  982  794  29 1345 136  70  41 187  270  72  .315  .386  .459  .845 *6/D      NYY         
    5 Jorge Posada        1995      1 1995 2008 23-36 1483  5874  4982  762 1379 317   9 221  883  790  67 1177  63   1  38 150   16  18  .277  .380  .477  .857 *2/D3     NYY         
    6 Mariano Rivera      1995      1 1995 2008 25-38  831     1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    1   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        NYY         
    7 Todd Helton         1997      1 1997 2008 23-34 1659  7114  5960 1143 1957 471  31 310 1116 1041 170  808  49   3  61 145   36  26  .328  .428  .574 1.002 *3/79D    COL         
    8 Jason Varitek       1997      1 1997 2008 25-36 1288  4887  4270  558 1126 262  13 156  642  510  49  986  51  19  37 115   25  17  .264  .347  .441  .788 *2/D      BOS         
    9 Eric Chavez         1998      1 1998 2008 20-30 1279  5251  4642  720 1247 273  20 229  776  556  67  884  13   0  40 106   47  17  .269  .346  .484  .830 *5/D673   OAK         
   10 Roy Halladay        1998      1 1998 2008 21-31  270    39    37    2    3   0   0   0    1    0   0   16   0   2   0   1    0   0  .081  .081  .081  .162 *1        TOR         
   11 Kerry Wood          1998      1 1998 2008 21-31  258   403   345   23   59   6   0   7   32   11   0  113   0  46   1   1    0   0  .171  .196  .249  .445 *1        CHC         
   12 Rick Ankiel         1999      1 1999 2008 19-28  195   673   607   97  165  30   4  35  107   53   2  150   3   4   6   9    3   1  .272  .330  .507  .837 *8/197    STL         
   13 Lance Berkman       1999      1 1999 2008 23-32 1318  5579  4627  869 1406 315  23 281  931  849 111  913  58   1  44  96   69  34  .304  .415  .564  .979 7398/D    HOU         
   14 Vernon Wells        1999      1 1999 2008 20-29 1034  4444  4077  601 1149 248  24 166  623  295  11  579  24   2  46 104   67  21  .282  .330  .477  .807 *8/9D     TOR         
   15 Mark Buehrle        2000      1 2000 2008 21-29  281    43    36    1    3   0   0   0    1    1   0   20   0   6   0   0    0   0  .083  .108  .083  .191 *1        CHW         
   16 Pat Burrell         2000      1 2000 2008 23-31 1256  5185  4360  638 1133 245  13 245  807  759  47 1226  26   0  40  96    5   1  .260  .370  .491  .861 *7/3D     PHI         
   17 Joe Crede           2000      1 2000 2008 22-30  791  2984  2743  348  708 142   3 125  421  169   5  401  36   8  28  63    4  12  .258  .307  .449  .756 *5/D6     CHW         
   18 Jimmy Rollins       2000      1 2000 2008 21-29 1199  5543  5057  819 1400 294  86 122  525  401  33  675  27  30  28  72  275  59  .277  .332  .441  .773 *6/4      PHI         
   19 Michael Young       2000      1 2000 2008 23-31 1166  5173  4759  713 1435 265  41 111  630  334   8  764  15  25  40 128   66  21  .302  .347  .444  .791 *64/D5    TEX         
   20 John Parrish        2000      1 2000 2007 22-29  154     1     1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0   0    0   0   0   0   0    0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000 *1        BAL         

Heh, through a statistical oddity, John Parrish makes this list despite having only 1 PA in his career. Interesting that of the top 6 guys, 2 are Braves and 3 are Yankees. The full list is here.

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’68-’69 Mets Modern Day Kings Of Winning The Close Ones On The Road

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 2, 2008

Watching the Angels win last night, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium, got me wondering as to which team has won the most 1-0 road games in a season.    To find the answer, in terms of "Since 1956," I set Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Team Batting Game Finder to "Team Won, On the Road, (requiring R=1), sorted by greatest number of games matching selected criteria in a game" and this is what I found:

 Tm  Year Games Link to Individual Games
+---+----+-----+-------------------------+
 NYM 1968     5 Ind. Games
 LAD 1984     5 Ind. Games
 CIN 1963     5 Ind. Games
 TOR 1991     4 Ind. Games
 STL 1968     4 Ind. Games
 STL 1996     4 Ind. Games
 SDP 1985     4 Ind. Games
 PHI 1971     4 Ind. Games
 NYM 1969     4 Ind. Games
 NYM 1965     4 Ind. Games
 NYM 1985     4 Ind. Games
 MIN 1966     4 Ind. Games
 MIL 1971     4 Ind. Games
 CLE 1989     4 Ind. Games
 ATL 1993     4 Ind. Games

It's an interesting list.  Note the Mets teams of 1968 and 1969 here.  Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Team Batting Game Finder, we can also look at those nine wins for those Metsies.  Just set the controls for "From 1968 to 1969, Playing for NYM, Team Won, On the Road, (requiring R=1), sorted by most recent date in a game" and here are the results:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt  PA  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS LOB Batrs
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+---+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+-----+
    1 1969-09-27 NYM @PHI W  1-0   39  35  1  8  0  1  0   1  4   0  7   0  0  0   0   0  0  0  11    10
    2 1969-09-12 NYM @PIT W  1-0   36  32  1  6  0  0  0   1  3   0 10   1  0  0   1   1  0  0   8     9
    3 1969-09-12 NYM @PIT W  1-0   35  31  1  7  2  0  0   1  3   1 11   0  1  0   1   1  0  1   7    10
    4 1969-06-17 NYM @PHI W  1-0   35  28  1  5  0  0  0   1  5   0  5   0  2  0   0   0  1  0   7    11
    5 1968-09-11 NYM @CHC W  1-0   34  32  1  5  2  0  0   1  2   0  9   0  0  0   0   0  2  0   6    14
    6 1968-08-26 NYM @STL W  1-0   35  31  1  6  1  0  0   1  1   0  9   0  2  1   1   0  1  0   7    10
    7 1968-07-21 NYM @STL W  1-0   37  31  1  7  0  0  0   1  5   0  6   1  0  0   0   1  1  1   9    10
    8 1968-06-30 NYM @HOU W  1-0   32  31  1  5  0  0  0   1  1   0 11   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   4    10
    9 1968-06-10 NYM @LAD W  1-0   38  33  1  5  0  0  0   1  3   0 10   0  2  0   0   0  0  0   7     9
   
Games found: 9.

You expected to see Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman winning some of these games for those Mets.  But, Jim McAndrew won two of them in 1968 as well.

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