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Archive for October, 2009

Watch Out Duke, He Comes A-Rod

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 30, 2009

Alex Rodriguez has struck out 3 times in both Games 1 and 2 of the 2009 World Series. Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Batting Game Finder, here are the "leaders" for most games in the post-season where the games were 9 innings or less with 3+ whiffs in the contest:

                   Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+-----+-------------------------+
 Duke Snider           5 Ind. Games
 Ryan Howard           5 Ind. Games
 Reggie Sanders        4 Ind. Games
 Jim Edmonds           4 Ind. Games
 Willie Wilson         3 Ind. Games
 Dan Wilson            3 Ind. Games
 Chase Utley           3 Ind. Games
 Alfonso Soriano       3 Ind. Games
 John Shelby           3 Ind. Games
 Alex Rodriguez        3 Ind. Games
 Manny Ramirez         3 Ind. Games
 David Ortiz           3 Ind. Games
 John Olerud           3 Ind. Games
 Willie McGee          3 Ind. Games
 Evan Longoria         3 Ind. Games
 Kenny Lofton          3 Ind. Games
 Reggie Jackson        3 Ind. Games
 Chone Figgins         3 Ind. Games

Then again, perhaps it will be Ryan Howard that A-Rod has to "chase" for this title?

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Most game scores over 80 in 2009

Posted by Andy on October 30, 2009

Check out this list of most game scores (regular season) of at least 80 during the 2009 season:

This is my second recent post involving the Game Score stat, so in case you're not familiar with it, you can read about how it's calculated right here.

                   Year Games Link to Individual Games
+-----------------+----+-----+-------------------------+
 C.C. Sabathia     2009     4 Ind. Games
 Tim Lincecum      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Roy Halladay      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Zack Greinke      2009     4 Ind. Games
 Joel Pineiro      2009     3 Ind. Games
 Jake Peavy        2009     3 Ind. Games
 Ricky Nolasco     2009     3 Ind. Games
 Jon Lester        2009     3 Ind. Games
 Cliff Lee         2009     3 Ind. Games
 Felix Hernandez   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Danny Haren       2009     3 Ind. Games
 Yovani Gallardo   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Chris Carpenter   2009     3 Ind. Games
 Matt Cain         2009     3 Ind. Games

Lots of expected names on that list although a few stick out. Ricky Nolasco finished the season with a 5.06 ERA but still managed 3 games with game scores of at least 80. Here are those 3 games:

  Cnt Date          Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-------------+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 2009-07-05    FLA  PIT W  5-0  GS-8  ,W   8    3  0  0  2 12  0 112  75   86       28 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   0.00
    2 2009-08-18    FLA @HOU W  6-2  CG 9  ,W   9    3  2  2  0 10  1 115  80   83       30 30  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.00
    3 2009-09-30    FLA @ATL W  5-4  GS-8  ,W   7.2  4  2  0  2 16  0 123  83   81       29 27  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   0.00

Indeed--all great games. The thing that must be remembered about the Game Score stat is that it favors high strikeout games as well as low-hit games.

Jake Peavy makes the list too, despite starting only 16 games this past season.

Joel Piniero's name isn't much of a surprise given the great season he had. Looking at his stats, the thing that sticks out from 2009 was his incredibly low walk rate. Among the 102 active pitchers with at least 1000 career IP, Piniero has the 21st best walk-rate. (Keep in mind that getting to 1000 IP means the pitcher must have at least a someone decent walk rate to start off with.)

But check this out...how many active pitchers have thrown at least 200 innings in a season while walking fewer than 1.2 batters per 9 innings? Would you believe just two?

  Cnt Player            Year   IP   BB/9 Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF  HBP
+----+-----------------+----+-----+-----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+---+
    1 Joel Pineiro      2009 214    1.14  30 STL NL  32  32  3   2  0 15 12  .556  0 218  94  83  27 105   3.49  119 11  865   8
    2 Roy Halladay      2003 266    1.08  26 TOR AL  36  36  9   2  0 22  7  .759  0 253 111  96  32 204   3.25  145 26 1071   9 

Pretty amazing, huh?

Here are the last 20 such seasons:

  Cnt Player            Year  BB/9   IP  Age Tm  Lg  G   GS CG SHO GF  W  L  W-L% SV  H   R   ER  BB  SO   ERA  ERA+ HR  BF  HBP
+----+-----------------+----+-----+-----+---+---+--+---+---+--+---+--+--+--+-----+--+---+---+---+---+---+------+----+--+----+---+
    1 Joel Pineiro      2009  1.14 214    30 STL NL  32  32  3   2  0 15 12  .556  0 218  94  83  27 105   3.49  119 11  865   8 
    2 Brad Radke        2005  1.03 200.2  32 MIN AL  31  31  3   1  0  9 12  .429  0 214  98  90  23 117   4.04  110 33  831   7 
    3 Brad Radke        2004  1.07 219.2  31 MIN AL  34  34  1   1  0 11  8  .579  0 229  92  85  26 143   3.48  136 23  901   6 
    4 Roy Halladay      2003  1.08 266    26 TOR AL  36  36  9   2  0 22  7  .759  0 253 111  96  32 204   3.25  145 26 1071   9 
    5 David Wells       2003  0.85 213    40 NYY AL  31  30  4   1  0 15  7  .682  0 242 101  98  20 101   4.14  106 24  887   8 
    6 Brad Radke        2003  1.19 212.1  30 MIN AL  33  33  3   1  0 14 10  .583  0 242 111 106  28 120   4.49  101 32  888   5 
    7 Curt Schilling    2002  1.15 259.1  35 ARI NL  36  35  5   1  0 23  7  .767  0 218  95  93  33 316   3.23  142 29 1017   3 
    8 Brad Radke        2001  1.04 226    28 MIN AL  33  33  6   2  0 15 11  .577  0 235 105  99  26 137   3.94  116 24  919  10 
    9 Greg Maddux       2001  1.04 233    35 ATL NL  34  34  3   3  0 17 11  .607  0 220  86  79  27 173   3.05  146 20  927   7 
   10 Brian Anderson    1998  1.04 208    26 ARI NL  32  32  2   1  0 12 13  .480  0 221 100 100  24  95   4.33   97 39  845   4 
   11 Greg Maddux       1997  0.77 232.2  31 ATL NL  33  33  5   2  0 19  4  .826  0 200  58  57  20 177   2.20  189  9  893   6 
   12 Greg Maddux       1996  1.03 245    30 ATL NL  35  35  5   1  0 15 11  .577  0 225  85  74  28 172   2.72  162 11  978   3 
   13 Greg Maddux       1995  0.99 209.2  29 ATL NL  28  28 10   3  0 19  2  .905  0 147  39  38  23 181   1.63  262  8  785   4 
   14 Bob Tewksbury     1993  0.84 213.2  32 STL NL  32  32  2   0  0 17 10  .630  0 258  99  91  20  97   3.83  103 15  907   6 
   15 Bob Tewksbury     1992  0.77 233    31 STL NL  33  32  5   0  1 16  5  .762  0 217  63  56  20  91   2.16  157 15  915   3 
   16 Zane Smith        1991  1.14 228    30 PIT NL  35  35  6   3  0 16 10  .615  0 234  95  81  29 120   3.20  113 15  916   2 
   17 Greg Swindell     1991  1.17 238    26 CLE AL  33  33  7   0  0  9 16  .360  0 241 112  92  31 169   3.48  120 21  971   3 
   18 Jimmy Key         1989  1.13 216    28 TOR AL  33  33  5   1  0 13 14  .481  0 226  99  93  27 118   3.88   94 18  886   3 
   19 La Marr Hoyt      1985  0.86 210.1  30 SDP NL  31  31  8   3  0 16  8  .667  0 210  85  81  20  83   3.47  103 20  839   2 
   20 La Marr Hoyt      1983  1.07 260.2  28 CHW AL  36  36 11   1  0 24 10  .706  0 236 115 106  31 148   3.66  115 27 1034   1 

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Bloops: The Hall of Fame on “Great Museums”

Posted by Neil Paine on October 30, 2009

Here's a nice piece about the Hall of Fame as a museum:

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Starters Setting the Tone

Posted by Raphy on October 29, 2009

Starting pitchers have dominated the  first 2 games of this year's World Series. Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Pedro Martinez have all turned in impressive performances and have a combined game score of    273   . This total is the  highest  total game score for the first 2 games of the World Series since 1967. Overall, it is  12th among the best starting performances in the first 2 games of the World Series.

Here are the top 5:

1949: Yankees vs. Dodgers  : 314

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Don Newcombe      1949-10-05    WS     1 BRO @NYY L  0-1  CG 9  ,L   8    5  1  1  0 11  1           79       29 29  2  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.12
    2 Allie Reynolds    1949-10-05    WS     1 NYY  BRO W  1-0  SHO9  ,W   9    2  0  0  4  9  0           88       33 28  1  0   0   0  1  0   1  1  0  0  0  0   0.00
    3 Vic Raschi        1949-10-06    WS     2 NYY  BRO L  0-1  GS-8  ,L   8    6  1  1  1  4  0           69       29 28  2  1   1   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.12
    4 Preacher Roe      1949-10-06    WS     2 BRO @NYY W  1-0  SHO9  ,W   9    6  0  0  0  3  0           78       34 33  1  0   0   0  1  0   0  2  0  0  0  0   0.00
 

1905: Giants vs. Athletics: 296

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Eddie Plank       1905-10-09    WS     1 PHA  NYG L  0-3  CG 9  ,L   9   10  3  3  2  5  0           58       39 35  2  0   1   1  1  0   0  4  1  0  0  0   3.00
    2 Christy Mathewson 1905-10-09    WS     1 NYG @PHA W  3-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  0  6  0           85       31 31  3  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  1   0.00
    3 Joe McGinnity     1905-10-10    WS     2 NYG  PHA L  0-3  GS-8  ,L   8    5  3  0  0  2  0           68       30 29  1  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00
    4 Chief Bender      1905-10-10    WS     2 PHA @NYG W  3-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  3  9  0           85       34 31  2  0   0   0  0  0   0  2  1  0  0  0   0.00
 

1950: Phillies vs. Yankees: 295

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Jim Konstanty     1950-10-04    WS     1 PHI  NYY L  0-1  GS-8  ,L   8    4  1  1  4  0  0           66       33 28  1  0   1   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.12
    2 Vic Raschi        1950-10-04    WS     1 NYY @PHI W  1-0  SHO9  ,W   9    2  0  0  1  5  0           87       30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00
    3 Allie Reynolds    1950-10-05    WS     2 NYY @PHI W  2-1  CG 10 ,W  10    7  1  1  4  6  0           76       39 33  3  1   1   0  2  0   2  1  0  0  0  0   0.90
    4 Robin Roberts     1950-10-05    WS     2 PHI  NYY L  1-2  CG 10 ,L  10   10  2  2  3  5  1           66       43 40  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.80
 

1911: Athletics vs. Giants: 292

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Chief Bender      1911-10-14    WS     1 PHA @NYG L  1-2  CG 8  ,L   8    5  2  1  4 11  0           73       34 28  2  0   0   1  1  0   0  1  2  0  0  0   1.12
    2 Christy Mathewson 1911-10-14    WS     1 NYG  PHA W  2-1  CG 9  ,W   9    6  1  1  1  5  0           75       33 31  2  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   1.00
    3 Eddie Plank       1911-10-16    WS     2 PHA  NYG W  3-1  CG 9  ,W   9    5  1  1  0  8  0           81       31 30  1  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  1  0  0   1.00
    4 Rube Marquard     1911-10-16    WS     2 NYG @PHA L  1-3  GS-7  ,L   7    4  3  2  0  4  1           63       26 25  1  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   2.57
 

1939: Yankees vs. Reds: 290

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Paul Derringer    1939-10-04    WS     1 CIN @NYY L  1-2  CG 9  ,L   8.1  6  2  2  1  7  0           69       32 31  1  1   1   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   2.16
    2 Red Ruffing       1939-10-04    WS     1 NYY  CIN W  2-1  CG 9  ,W   9    4  1  1  1  4  0           78       29 28  0  0   0   0  0  0   3  1  0  0  0  0   1.00
    3 Monte Pearson     1939-10-05    WS     2 NYY  CIN W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    2  0  0  1  8  0           90       29 28  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   0.00
    4 Bucky Walters     1939-10-05    WS     2 CIN @NYY L  0-4  CG 8  ,L   8    9  4  4  0  5  1           53       31 30  2  0   0   0  1  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   4.50
 
 
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Recently, there haven't been many back to back pitching duels to start the Series.  Even the best recent performances include dominant games mixed in with some stinkers. Here are the top 5 since 1990:


2009: Phillies vs. Yankees: 273

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Cliff Lee         2009-10-28    WS     1 PHI @NYY W  6-1  CG 9  ,W   9    6  1  0  0 10  0 122  80   83       32 32  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    2 C.C. Sabathia     2009-10-28    WS     1 NYY  PHI L  1-6  GS-7  ,L   7    4  2  2  3  6  2 113  70   64       27 24  1  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   2.57 
    3 Pedro Martinez    2009-10-29    WS     2 PHI @NYY L  1-3  GS-7  ,L   6    6  3  3  2  8  2 107  72   54       26 24  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   4.50 
    4 A.J. Burnett      2009-10-29    WS     2 NYY  PHI W  3-1  GS-7  ,W   7    4  1  1  2  9  0 108  68   72       26 24  2  0   1   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.29 

2001: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees: 258

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Curt Schilling    2001-10-27    WS     1 ARI  NYY W  9-1  GS-7  ,W   7    3  1  1  1  8  0 102  68   74       26 24  2  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.29
    2 Mike Mussina      2001-10-27    WS     1 NYY @ARI L  1-9  GS-3  ,L   3    6  5  3  1  4  2  68  47   34       18 14  1  0   1   1  1  1   0  0  0  0  0  0   9.00
    3 Randy Johnson     2001-10-28    WS     2 ARI  NYY W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1 11  0 110  76   91       30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00
    4 Andy Pettitte     2001-10-28    WS     2 NYY @ARI L  0-4  GS-7  ,L   7    5  4  4  0  8  1  80  64   59       26 25  1  0   0   1  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   5.14
 

2000: Yankees vs. Mets: 238

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Andy Pettitte     2000-10-21    WS     1 NYY  NYM W  4-3  GS-7       6.2  8  3  3  1  4  0  96  66   49       28 25  2  0   0   1  1  0   0  0  1  1  0  0   4.05
    2 Al Leiter         2000-10-21    WS     1 NYM @NYY L  3-4  GS-7       7    5  2  2  3  7  0 126  76   63       28 25  1  0   1   0  0  0   0  0  1  1  0  0   2.57
    3 Mike Hampton      2000-10-22    WS     2 NYM @NYY L  5-6  GS-6  ,L   6    8  4  4  5  4  1 124  65   39       31 25  2  0   1   1  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   6.00
    4 Roger Clemens     2000-10-22    WS     2 NYY  NYM W  6-5  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  0  9  0 112  78   87       28 27  0  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   0.00

1995: Braves vs. Indians: 236

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Orel Hershiser    1995-10-21    WS     1 CLE @ATL L  2-3  GS-7  ,L   6    3  3  3  3  7  1 101  61   58       23 20  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   4.50
    2 Greg Maddux       1995-10-21    WS     1 ATL  CLE W  3-2  CG 9  ,W   9    2  2  0  0  4  0  95  63   83       30 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  2  0  0  0  0   0.00
    3 Tom Glavine       1995-10-22    WS     2 ATL  CLE W  4-3  GS-6  ,W   6    3  2  2  3  3  1  99  54   58       25 22  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0  1   3.00
    4 Dennis Martinez   1995-10-22    WS     2 CLE @ATL L  3-4  GS-6  ,L   5.2  8  4  4  3  3  1  98  57   37       28 23  1  0   0   1  0  1   1  0  0  0  0  0   6.35

1999: Yankees vs. Braves: 232

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Greg Maddux       1999-10-23    WS     1 ATL  NYY L  1-4  GS-7  ,L   7    5  4  2  3  5  0           57       29 24  0  0   0   0  2  0   1  2  0  0  0  0   2.57
    2 Orlando Hernandez 1999-10-23    WS     1 NYY @ATL W  4-1  GS-7  ,W   7    1  1  1  2 10  1           79       23 21  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   1.29
    3 Kevin Millwood    1999-10-24    WS     2 ATL  NYY L  2-7  GS-2  ,L   2    8  5  4  2  2  0           22       15 13  1  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0  0  0  18.00
    4 David Cone        1999-10-24    WS     2 NYY @ATL W  7-2  GS-7  ,W   7    1  0  0  5  4  0           74       26 21  0  0   0   0  0  0   2  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

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As you can imagine, the worst total ever consists of some pretty putrid performances:

2002: Angels vs. Giants: 123

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GmSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Jarrod Washburn   2002-10-19    WS     1 ANA  SFG L  3-4  GS-6  ,L   5.2  6  4  4  2  5  3 106  63   44       25 22  0  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   6.35
    2 Jason Schmidt     2002-10-19    WS     1 SFG @ANA W  4-3  GS-6  ,W   5.2  9  3  3  1  6  2  91  66   44       27 26  2  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  0  0  0  0   4.76
    3 Kevin Appier      2002-10-20    WS     2 ANA  SFG W 11-10 GS-2       2    5  5  5  2  2  3  48  28   26       13 11  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  22.50
    4 Russ Ortiz        2002-10-20    WS     2 SFG @ANA L 10-11 GS-2       1.2  9  7  7  0  0  1  46  29    9       14 14  2  0   0   0  0  0   0  2  0  0  0  0  37.80

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Bloops: George F. Will’s Sports Machine

Posted by Neil Paine on October 29, 2009

It's the sports trivia show for the real fan!

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Cliff Lee’s post-season game scores

Posted by Andy on October 29, 2009

Wow...what an inaugural post-season for Cliff Lee. He has already placed two starts in the top 80 of all-time post-season starts, as determined by game score. See the full list here.

If we look just in the latest high-offense era (i.e. the Steroids Era), Lee's two great games this playoff season rank in the top 23:

  Cnt Player            Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt App,Dec    IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str **GmSc** IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk BK WP   ERA
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+---------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--------+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+--+--+------+
    1 Roger Clemens     2000-10-14    ALCS   4 NYY @SEA W  5-0  SHO9  ,W   9    1  0  0  2 15  0 138  87     98         30 28  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    2 Josh Beckett      2003-10-12    NLCS   5 FLA  CHC W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    2  0  0  1 11  0 115  80     93         30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    3 Kevin Brown       1998-09-29    NLDS   1 SDP @HOU W  2-1  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  2 16  0 119  77     92         28 25  0  0   0   1  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    4 Randy Johnson     2001-10-28    WS     2 ARI  NYY W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1 11  0 110  76     91         30 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    5 Randy Johnson     2001-10-16    NLCS   1 ARI  ATL W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1 11  0 125  87     91         31 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

    6 Livan Hernandez   1997-10-12    NLCS   5 FLA  ATL W  2-1  CG 9  ,W   9    3  1  1  2 15  1 143  88     90         31 29  0  1   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   1.00 

    7 Curt Schilling    2001-10-09    NLDS   1 ARI  STL W  1-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1  9  0 101  74     89         32 30  2  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
    8 Kevin Millwood    1999-10-06    NLDS   2 ATL  HOU W  5-1  CG 9  ,W   9    1  1  1  0  8  1             89         29 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   1.00 
    9 Kevin Brown       1998-10-08    NLCS   2 SDP @ATL W  3-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  3 11  0 122  78     89         32 29  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 

   10 Mike Hampton      2000-10-16    NLCS   5 NYM  STL W  7-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  1  8  0 120  74     88         31 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   11 Bobby Jones       2000-10-08    NLDS   4 NYM  SFG W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    1  0  0  2  5  0 116  73     88         30 28  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   12 Mike Mussina      1997-10-15    ALCS   6 BAL  CLE L  0-1  GS-8       8    1  0  0  2 10  0 107  73     88         27 25  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   13 Josh Beckett      2007-10-03    ALDS   1 BOS  LAA W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  0  8  0 108  83     87         31 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 
   14 Roger Clemens     2000-10-22    WS     2 NYY  NYM W  6-5  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  0  9  0 112  78     87         28 27  0  0   0   1  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  1   0.00 
   15 John Smoltz       1997-10-03    NLDS   3 ATL @HOU W  4-1  CG 9  ,W   9    3  1  1  1 11  1 103  76     87         32 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   1.00 

   16 Cliff Lee         2009-10-18    NLCS   3 PHI  LAD W 11-0  GS-8  ,W   8    3  0  0  0 10  0 114  76     86         26 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   17 Cole Hamels       2008-10-01    NLDS   1 PHI  MIL W  3-1  GS-8  ,W   8    2  0  0  1  9  0 101  67     86         27 26  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   18 Jason Schmidt     2003-09-30    NLDS   1 SFG  FLA W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    3  0  0  0  5  0 111  82     86         31 30  0  0   0   0  1  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   19 Curt Schilling    2001-10-19    NLCS   3 ARI @ATL W  5-1  CG 9  ,W   9    4  1  1  2 12  0 127  83     85         32 30  2  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  1  1  0  0   1.00 
   20 Denny Neagle      1997-10-11    NLCS   4 ATL @FLA W  4-0  SHO9  ,W   9    4  0  0  1  7  0 107  75     85         32 31  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   21 Tom Glavine       1995-10-28    WS     6 ATL  CLE W  1-0  GS-8  ,W   8    1  0  0  3  8  0 109  67     85         27 24  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  1  1  0  0  0   0.00 

   22 Josh Beckett      2003-10-25    WS     6 FLA @NYY W  2-0  SHO9  ,W   9    5  0  0  2  9  0 107  71     84         32 29  2  0   0   0  1  0   2  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 

   23 Cliff Lee         2009-10-28    WS     1 PHI @NYY W  6-1  CG 9  ,W   9    6  1  0  0 10  0 122  80     83         32 32  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   24 Pedro Martinez    1999-10-16    ALCS   3 BOS  NYY W 13-1  GS-7  ,W   7    2  0  0  2 12  0             83         25 23  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00 
   25 Greg Maddux       1995-10-21    WS     1 ATL  CLE W  3-2  CG 9  ,W   9    2  2  0  0  4  0  95  63     83         30 30  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  2  0  0  0  0   0.00 

For a little perspective, from 1992 through yesterday, there have been 512 playoff games, meaning 1,024 starts by pitchers, and two out of Lee's three career playoff starts rank higher than 1,000 other starts. Incidentally, his 3rd start comes in at #55, so that's no slouch either. (That one was a 6-hit complete game with 1 earned run. He struck out only 5 guys, though.)

If the Phillies win the World Series again this year, I'd have to think that the Lee acquisition will go down as one of the best deadline deals in history. It's nice for Ruben Amaro Jr., too, as otherwise many people would claim that the 2009 Phillies were still Pat Gillick's team (which they largely are, but Amaro certainly deserves a lot of credit.)

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And Utley Makes Three

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 29, 2009

Last night, Chase Utley became just the 3rd National League batter, ever, to hit 2+ homeruns in Game 1 of a World Series as a visiting player. He joins Greg Vaughn and Andruw Jones. Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Batting Game Finder, here's the list of all N.L. batters to hit 2+ homers in a post-season game as a visiting player:

  Cnt Player            Date       Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt PA AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BOr Positions
+----+-----------------+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+--+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+---+--+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---------+
    1 Chase Utley       2009-10-28 WS     1 PHI @NYY W  6-1   5  4  2  2  0  0  2   2  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 2B
    2 Pat Burrell       2008-10-05 NLDS   4 PHI @MIL W  6-2   4  4  2  3  0  0  2   4  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th LF
    3 Carlos Beltran    2006-10-15 NLCS   4 NYM @STL W 12-5   5  3  4  3  0  0  2   2  2   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd CF
    4 Carlos Beltran    2004-10-11 NLDS   5 HOU @ATL W 12-3   5  5  3  4  0  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd CF
    5 Aramis Ramirez    2003-10-11 NLCS   4 CHC @FLA W  8-3   5  4  2  3  0  0  2   6  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 3B
    6 Chipper Jones     2003-10-04 NLDS   4 ATL @CHC W  6-4   5  3  2  2  0  0  2   4  2   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd LF
    7 Rich Aurilia      2002-10-10 NLCS   2 SFG @STL W  4-1   4  3  2  2  0  0  2   3  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd SS
    8 Edgardo Alfonzo   1999-10-05 NLDS   1 NYM @ARI W  8-4   5  5  2  2  0  0  2   5  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B
    9 Greg Vaughn       1998-10-17 WS     1 SDP @NYY L  6-9   4  4  3  2  0  0  2   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   1  0  0 3rd LF
   10 Andruw Jones      1996-10-20 WS     1 ATL @NYY W 12-1   4  4  3  3  0  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th LF
   11 Marquis Grissom   1995-10-04 NLDS   2 ATL @COL W  7-4   6  6  2  2  0  0  2   2  0   0  2   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 1st CF
   12 Chipper Jones     1995-10-03 NLDS   1 ATL @COL W  5-4   5  5  2  2  0  0  2   2  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   2  0  0 3rd 3B
   13 Chris Sabo        1990-10-19 WS     3 CIN @OAK W  8-3   5  4  2  2  0  0  2   3  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 6th 3B
   14 Will Clark        1989-10-04 NLCS   1 SFG @CHC W 11-3   5  4  4  4  1  0  2   6  1   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 3rd 1B
   15 Gary Carter       1986-10-22 WS     4 NYM @BOS W  6-2   4  4  2  3  1  0  2   3  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th C
   16 Willie McGee      1982-10-15 WS     3 STL @MIL W  6-2   4  3  2  2  0  0  2   4  1   1  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 8th CF
   17 Steve Garvey      1978-10-04 NLCS   1 LAD @PHI W  9-5   5  5  3  3  0  1  2   4  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 1B
   18 Johnny Bench      1976-10-21 WS     4 CIN @NYY W  7-2   4  4  2  2  0  0  2   5  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 7th C
   19 Bob Robertson     1971-10-03 NLCS   2 PIT @SFG W  9-4   5  5  4  4  1  0  3   5  0   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 5th 1B
   20 Charlie Neal      1959-10-02 WS     2 LAD @CHW W  4-3   5  5  2  2  0  0  2   3  0   0  0   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 2nd 2B
   21 Bob Elliott       1948-10-10 WS     5 BSN @CLE W 11-5   5  4  3  2  0  0  2   4  1   0  1   0  0  0   0   0  0  0 4th 3B
   
Games found: 21.

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The Eric Hinske watch

Posted by Andy on October 29, 2009

The big news yesterday before Game 1 started was that the Yankees added Eric Hinske to their post-season roster. This gives Hinske the chance to take part in something extremely rare: making the last out in two consecutive World Series.

Using the post-season batting event finder, it's easy to create a list of the final play of every World Series. I'm putting the entire list after the jump if you want to see it. Hinske made the last out as a member of the Rays in 2008 and although I wouldn't bet on it, Hinske has at least an outside shot to do it again this season. After all, last year Hinske came in as a pinch-hitter against Brad Lidge and struck out, ending Game 5 and the World Series. The Yankees added Hinske to their roster to serve as a late-inning pinch-hitter, so who kn0ws--if the Phillies win the World Series again we may very well see Hinske make the last out.

Some notes about this list:

  • Of the 102 World Series, ten of them ended with one or more runs scoring as a walk-off win. The other 92 ended in defeat for the team at bat.
  • Only one player has ever ended two consecutive World Series: Boss Schmidt in 1907 and 1908, as the Tigers lost twice in a row to the Cubs.
  • Amazingly, two players have both made the last out in one World Series and drove in the winning run in another: Edgar Renteria made the last out in 2004 and won it in 1997. Before that, Goose Goslin made the last out in 1925 and won it in 1935. Interestingly, Goslin had a much better year in 1925 than he did in 1935--but I bet he was happier at the end of 1935.

Anyway, I'll be watching to see if Hinske can do it too!

Here's the full list (after the jump):

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Bloops: Worst WS Games Ever

Posted by Neil Paine on October 28, 2009

Over at the Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe presented his list of the worst World Series games of all time. As he put it:

I went through Baseball-Reference's World Series gamelogs and chose the worst games to ever grace the game's biggest stage. Main criteria are a complete lack of drama (blowouts and games decided early), and poor play (pitchers unable to throw strikes, fielders unfamiliar with the proper operation of their gloves, hitters who can't drive in the runners).

And of course, throwing games is always good for #1 on a list like this.

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Analysis: Phillies Have the Edge on Defense – NYTimes.com

Posted by Sean Forman on October 28, 2009

Analysis: Phillies Have the Edge on Defense - Bats Blog - NYTimes.com

Watch Sean get killed for presenting the UZR's of the Yanks and Phillies first basemen.

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