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Archive for May, 2009

100+ RBI, ages 34 to 36

Posted by Andy on May 22, 2009

Just 7 players have gotten at least 100 RBI in each season at ages 34, 35, and 36:

                   From  To   Ages Seasons Link to Individual Seasons
+-----------------+----+----+-----+-------+------------------------------+
 Raul Ibanez       2006 2008 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Gary Sheffield    2003 2005 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Rafael Palmeiro   1999 2001 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Paul O'Neill      1997 1999 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Andres Galarraga  1995 1997 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Stan Musial       1955 1957 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons                   
 Babe Ruth         1929 1931 34-36       3 Ind. Seasons              

Ibanez is easily the most surprising name on there as a late bloomer. His first 100-RBI season didn't come until age 30 and his second was the one at age 34. He's 37 years old now and has averaged more than 24 HR the past 4 years, and yet hasn't reached 200 career homers.

By comparison, Gary Sheffield had 449 HR at the end of his age 36 season. Babe Ruth had 611 HR at that time.

Ibanez has had a fantastic start this season including his best March/April ever as well as what is already his best May ever. Assuming he falls back towards his career averages for the rest of the year, he still has a good shot at setting career highs in HR, RBI, BA, OBP, and SLG this year.

1 Comment | Posted in Season Finders, Splits

Dontrelle Willis

Posted by Andy on May 21, 2009

Nice to see Dontrelle Willis get back to winning. With his victory the other day, he snapped the second-longest winless start streak of his career:

 StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  2007-06-03  2007-08-08    13    0   9  13   0   0   0   0   70     92   49   40   33   44   5   5.14   6   3   0 FLA                                  

  2007-09-30  2009-05-13     9    0   2   9   0   0   0   0   30.1   28   29   29   40   20   5   8.60   2   6   0 FLA-DET                              

  2006-04-19  2006-05-27     8    0   6   8   1   0   0   0   50.2   62   37   34   20   31   4   6.04   5   3   0 FLA                                  

  2007-08-19  2007-09-09     5    0   3   5   0   0   0   0   29.1   38   23   23   10   19   9   7.06   1   1   0 FLA                                  
  2003-08-11  2003-09-02     5    0   4   5   0   0   0   0   24.2   32   20   19   13   18   3   6.93   0   0   0 FLA                                  

  2006-07-13  2006-07-29     4    0   1   4   0   0   0   0   22     28   17   15   11   18   3   6.14   2   1   0 FLA                                  
  2005-09-27  2006-04-09     4    0   1   4   0   0   0   0   24     26   14   10    8   22   1   3.75   0   0   0 FLA                                  
  2004-08-20  2004-09-11     4    0   1   4   0   0   0   0   25     28   14   13   10   16   6   4.68   1   0   0 FLA                                  
  2004-06-19  2004-07-06     4    0   2   4   0   0   0   0   19     30   18   15   10   11   4   7.11   1   1   0 FLA                                  

I don't know him personally, but Willis seems like a good guy and I certainly hope he can get back on top.

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Eric Chavez

Posted by Andy on May 20, 2009

News has come out that Chavez may be forced to retire due to his latest injury, a herniated disk.

From 2001 to 2005, Chavez was unarguably the best third baseman in baseball, leading all in HR and RBI:

  Cnt Player             **HR** From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Eric Chavez         151   2001 2005 23-27  745  3182  2825  451  785 173   9  502  321  46  535  11   0  25  59   36  11  .278  .351  .506  .857 *5/D763   OAK
    2 Aramis Ramirez      146   2001 2005 23-27  727  3007  2742  380  782 160   3  484  195  20  416  35   0  35  87    9   9  .285  .337  .505  .842 *5/D      PIT-TOT-CHC
    3 Troy Glaus          142   2001 2005 24-28  615  2622  2221  377  559 119   7  408  356  20  572  23   0  22  49   33  13  .252  .358  .503  .861 *5/D6     ANA-ARI
    4 Adrian Beltre       124   2001 2005 22-26  755  3065  2822  352  765 146  12  423  193  24  476  21   4  25  69   32  14  .271  .320  .463  .783 *5/6D     LAD-SEA
    5 Scott Rolen         123   2001 2005 26-30  658  2793  2389  420  677 161  15  473  325  21  453  48   1  30  58   42  17  .283  .376  .518  .894 *5        PHI-TOT-STL
    6 Tony Batista        114   2001 2004 27-30  635  2624  2431  312  582 113  10  383  136  19  400  24   4  29  56   28  15  .239  .283  .435  .718 *5/D6     TOT-BAL-MON
    7 Mike Lowell         109   2001 2005 27-31  744  3077  2738  372  750 188   3  440  274  23  384  25   1  39  70   17   7  .274  .341  .464  .805 *5/4D     FLA
    8 Vinny Castilla      106   2001 2005 33-37  726  2934  2700  336  699 164  10  425  177  23  458  27   2  28 104   10   9  .259  .308  .445  .753 *5/6      TOT-ATL-COL-WSN
    9 Corey Koskie         91   2001 2005 28-32  639  2679  2297  364  617 147   9  348  310  31  551  44   0  28  51   61  26  .269  .362  .459  .821 *5/D      MIN-TOR
   10 Hank Blalock         89   2002 2005 21-24  512  2205  1985  292  543 113   6  309  190  10  421  11   2  17  47    5   5  .274  .338  .471  .809 *5/4D     TEX

A bit of a career oddity about Chavez: in 2004, he lead the AL with 95 walks despite playing in only 125 games, and also despite the fact that he generally walked only a moderate amount in his career, averaging 70 walks over a typical 162-game season.

In the 2004 season in which Chavez led the AL with 95 walks, Barry Bonds led the NL with (gulp) 232 walks. Chavez's total is the lowest to lead the AL since Dwight Evans' 85 in 1981, which doesn't really count since that was a shortened season. The real most recent season with a lower leading total is 1965, when Rocky Colavito led with 93 walks.

12 Comments | Posted in Leaders, Season Finders

Consecutive Starts Without a Complete Game

Posted by Raphy on May 20, 2009

With his complete game last night, Barry Zito has ended the second longest (since 1954 and presumably in baseball history) streak of starts with out a complete game.

Here are the leaders:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Kirk Rueter        1999-07-04  2005-07-29   193   67  60 193   0   0   0   0 1112.1 1253  600  549  372  402 135   4.44  10   8   0 SFG                                  

 Barry Zito         2003-08-12  2009-05-13   185   69  69 185   0   0   0   0 1145   1067  588  545  494  813 124   4.28  49  25   4 OAK-SFG                              

 Tony Armas         1999-08-16  2008-07-01   167   53  65 167   0   0   0   0  896.2  863  500  460  425  655 116   4.62  49  42   6 MON-WSN-PIT-NYM                      

 Odalis Perez       2002-09-24  2008-09-28   157   46  57 157   0   0   0   0  900.1  988  492  456  252  603 117   4.56  21  19   7 LAD-KCR-WSN                          

 Woody Williams     2002-06-21  2007-09-13   156   63  50 156   0   0   0   0  954.2  992  479  449  260  604 125   4.23  43  22   4 STL-SDP-HOU                          

 Tim Wakefield      1998-08-25  2005-07-10   154   56  54 154   0   0   0   0  933.2  925  543  473  356  658 122   4.56  60  33   1 BOS                                  

 Frank Castillo     1996-05-04  2005-05-26   153   46  64 153   0   0   0   0  829.2  911  519  483  286  588 110   5.24  34   9   3 CHC-COL-DET-TOR-BOS-FLA              

 Jimmy Haynes       1998-05-23  2003-06-08   152   50  64 152   0   0   0   0  871.2  981  545  501  418  530 108   5.17  21  37   2 OAK-MIL-CIN                          

 Adam Eaton         2003-06-16  2009-05-15   143   51  52 143   0   0   0   0  803.2  888  489  454  288  558 115   5.08  41  19   0 SDP-TEX-PHI-BAL                      

 Ted Lilly          2004-08-28  2009-05-13   138   65  45 138   0   0   0   0  801.1  755  405  386  284  682 127   4.34  18  21  13 TOR-CHC                              

  

2 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

The SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Posted by Sean Forman on May 19, 2009

Career Home Run Leaders

I'm very pleased to announce that as part of our licensing agreement with SABR, we have acquired the online rights to the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Encyclopedia. This database contains data for every major league home run hit from 1876 on. This has allowed us to create home run logs for all pitchers and batters (excepting those exclusively in the National Association, if someone wants to fill in the blanks for those 200 or so HR, we are definitely interested).

UPDATE @ noon ET, Wednesday: I just got the 2009 home runs working and the site is regenerating those pages, so you will see active players updating over the next 15-20 minutes. Now next up is a summary page and front-end for the general db.

22 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Event Finders

Most Consecutive Games with a Stolen Base

Posted by Raphy on May 19, 2009

Despite having 19 base runners in last night's game (or perhaps because they had such a big lead) , the Rays did not steal a base for the first time in 3 weeks. Their steak of 19 consecutive games with a stolen base was the 4th longest by any team since 1954.

 Team    StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Opponents
 -------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 STL      1985-09-04  1985-10-02    29   19  10   977  134  253  33  10  17  122  146  128   75  11  .259  .344  .365  .709 CIN,CHC,ATL,NYM,PIT,PHI,MON,PIT

 STL      1986-06-17  1986-07-07    20    8  12   706   71  166  30   6   8   67  125   83   45  12  .235  .317  .329  .646 PIT,PHI,NYM,SFG,LAD
 PIT      1981-05-20  1981-08-10    20   12   8   670   97  185  39   9  12   93   95   62   41  14  .276  .340  .415  .755 ATL,PHI,CHC,MON,SFG,SDP

 TBR      2009-04-28  2009-05-17    19   11   8   661  117  192  50   4  20  110  145   72   43   5  .290  .363  .469  .832 MIN,BOS,BAL,NYY,BOS,CLE

5 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

5-hit games this year

Posted by Andy on May 19, 2009

Here are the 5-hit games so far in 2009:

  Cnt Player            Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Julio Lugo        2009-05-14    BOS @LAA L  4-5   6  6  1  5  1  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 9th SS        
    2 Willy Taveras     2009-05-11    CIN @ARI W 13-5   5  5  4  5  1  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 1st CF        
    3 Russell Branyan   2009-04-28(2) SEA @CHW W  9-1   5  5  2  5  2  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 1B        
    4 Ryan Braun        2009-04-21    MIL @PHI L  4-11  5  5  2  5  0  0  2   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd LF        
    5 Mark Teahen       2009-04-17    KCR @TEX W 12-3   6  6  3  5  1  0  1   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 3B        
    6 Ian Kinsler       2009-04-15    TEX  BAL W 19-6   6  6  5  6  2  1  1   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 1st 2B        
    7 Marlon Byrd       2009-04-15    TEX  BAL W 19-6   6  6  1  5  1  0  0   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th LF        
    8 Cristian Guzman   2009-04-13    WSN  PHI L  8-9   5  5  2  5  0  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 2nd SS        

There are a few unlikely names on there, with Russell Branyan (a career .235 hitter) sticking out the most. If you check out Branyan's top career games by number of hits, he never even had a 4-hit game before his 5-hit job last month!

Julio Lugo had 3 different 5-hit games before the one from last Thursday, but in all other cases, his team scored at least 13 runs:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  **H** 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 2009-05-14    BOS @LAA L  4-5   6  6  1    5    1  0  0   1  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 9th SS        
    2 2004-06-24    TBD @TOR W 19-13  7  7  3    5    1  0  0   3  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 6th SS        
    3 2001-05-06    HOU @MON W 13-7   5  5  3    5    2  0  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  1 1st SS        
    4 2000-09-08    HOU @CHC W 13-10  6  6  1    5    0  0  0   0  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  1 2nd 2B        

Christian Guzman, who's having a very weird season as part of a very weird career, had one prior 5-hit game, coming 5 years ago:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  **H** 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+--+--+--+------+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 2009-04-13    WSN  PHI L  8-9   5  5  2    5    0  0  0   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  1  0 2nd SS        
    2 2004-05-07    MIN @OAK L  9-11  7  6  2    5    2  0  0   0  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd SS        

Guy's poor team lost both times.

1 Comment | Posted in Game Finders

Missing Explosions

Posted by Raphy on May 18, 2009

This season has had its share of exciting individual performances and team games.  However, one thing that has been missing is the individual 3 home-run game. A quick check with PI reveals that the last time a baseball season was 35 games (the minimum number every team thus far) old and did not have any player hit 3 home runs in one game was 1993. Here are the most 3-home run games through the first 35 games:

4 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Catchers with 2000 Hits

Posted by Raphy on May 18, 2009

Jason Kendall hit a single in the second inning of tonight's Brewers-Cardinals game for his 2000 career hit.  Here are all the players with at least half of their games at catcher and at least 2000 career hits: (Totals through yesterday)

  Cnt Player              **H**  From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+--------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+---+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Ivan Rodriguez      2637   1991 2009 19-37 2301  9387  8757 1268 530  50 300 1236  477  63 1314  56  27  70 293  124  61  .301  .339  .476  .815 *2/D34    TEX-FLA-DET-TOT-HOU
    2 Ted Simmons         2472   1968 1988 18-38 2456  9685  8680 1074 483  47 248 1389  855 188  694  39  11 100 287   21  33  .285  .348  .437  .785 *2D3/759  STL-MIL-ATL
    3 Carlton Fisk        2356   1969 1993 21-45 2499  9853  8756 1276 421  47 376 1330  849 105 1386 143  26  79 204  128  58  .269  .341  .457  .798 *2D/735   BOS-CHW
    4 Yogi Berra          2150   1946 1965 21-40 2120  8364  7555 1175 321  49 358 1430  704  49  414  52   9  44 146   30  26  .285  .348  .482  .830 *279/35   NYY-NYM
    5 Mike Piazza         2127   1992 2007 23-38 1912  7745  6911 1048 344   8 427 1335  759 146 1113  30   0  45 229   17  20  .308  .377  .545  .922 *2D/3     LAD-TOT-NYM-SDP-OAK
    6 Gary Carter         2092   1974 1992 20-38 2295  9019  7971 1025 371  31 324 1225  848 106  997  68  33  99 180   39  42  .262  .335  .439  .774 *29/375   MON-NYM-SFG-LAD-MON
    7 Johnny Bench        2048   1967 1983 19-35 2158  8669  7658 1091 381  24 389 1376  891 135 1278  19  11  90 201   68  43  .267  .342  .476  .818 *253/798  CIN
    8 Jason Kendall       1999   1996 2009 22-35 1867  7813  6847  957 360  34  73  677  650  46  596 236  25  55 157  170  81  .292  .370  .386  .756 *2/79D    PIT-OAK-TOT-MIL

4 Comments | Posted in History, Leaders, Season Finders

Back to Back Starts 25 Pitches or Less

Posted by Raphy on May 18, 2009

John Lackey is getting set to pitch against the Mariners and presumably he will throw more than 25 pitches.  If he doesn't, he will join a group of 3 other pitchers since 1988 who have gone 2 consecutive games, both starts, without throwing more than 25 pitches:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games   W   L   GS  CG SHO  GF  SV   IP     H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR   ERA  HBP  WP  BK Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Brad Radke         2002-05-13  2002-05-30     2    0   0   2   0   0   0   0    2.1    2    1    1    0    2   1   3.86   0   0   0 MIN
 Scott Scudder      1992-09-17  1992-09-24     2    0   1   2   0   0   0   0    0.1    5    7    6    3    1   0 162.00   0   1   0 CLE
 Brian Bohanon      1992-04-22  1992-04-27     2    0   0   2   0   0   0   0    0.2    8    9    7    2    1   2  94.50   0   0   0 TEX                              

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