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More wins than your team

Posted by Andy on October 19, 2009

If you like baseball cards, I recommend checking out a blog called Cardboard Junkie. Recently, the author posted this 1983 Topps Gaylord Perry card as part of his analysis of that particular set:

He also noted that Gaylord Perry had more career wins than the entire Mariners franchise when he joined the team. I mean--Perry had more wins than the Mariners in their entire history up until that point. A quick check confirms that before the 1982 season, Perry had 297 career wins while the Mariners had (1977-1981) just 290.

This got me to thinking about how often this happens, namely that a pitcher joins a team and has more career wins than his new franchise in its history. Of course it must happen pretty often. Virtually every pitcher with major league experience has more wins than an expansion team. Look for example at the 1993 Florida Marlins. They had zero franchise wins when the season started, but obviously most of the pitchers (such as Charlie Hough, Jack Armstrong, Bryan Harvey, etc) had at least 1 career win before 1993.

So we could find many examples of pitchers who fit this description. However--are they any who had more than Perry's 297 wins when he accomplished this "feat"? It would have to be a 300-game winner going to play for a pretty young franchise. The first guy who pops into mind is Randy Johnson, who joined the Diamondbacks in 1999 after they had won 165 games in their first 2 seasons. However, at that time, Johnson had only 143 career wins.

Anyway--can anybody come up with a pitcher who beats Perry's total of 297?

7 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Zzz….

Posted by Andy on October 19, 2009

No, the title is not commentary on the post-season. In fact, so far I'm finding it pretty thrilling.

Rather, I'm wondering if the 2009 Phillies are the first playoff team to have a starting lineup featuring three players whose names end in "Z"?

Check out the box score of Game 1 of the NLCS and you'll see what I mean: Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz, and Carlos Ruiz all started.

If any other team has done it, I'd think it's been within the last 40 years, as names ending in "Z" are much more common in Spanish-speaking countries than any other. I thought that perhaps the Rangers playoff teams in the mid-1990s had done it--after all they had a Rodriguez and a Gonzalez, but no other "Z-ending" players I could find.

I've also been wondering for a while if any other team (besides the Phillies) has ever had two players whose last names ended in "iz" as with Ruiz and Feliz.

8 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Most Runs in a Postseason Shutout

Posted by Raphy on October 18, 2009

The Phillies now lead the Dodgers 8-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh.  If that score holds it would be tied for the 13th biggest blowout in a postseason shutout. Here  the teams that scored at least 10 runs in a postseason game in which they shutout their opponent.:

  Cnt Date          Series G Tm   Opp GmReslt  IP   H  R ER BB SO HR Pit Str IR IS  BF  AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS Pk Ptchrs   ERA
+----+-------------+------+-+---+----+-------+----+--+--+--+--+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+---+--+--+---+--+--+--+------+------+
   44 1996-10-17    NLCS   7 ATL  STL W 15-0   9    4  0  0  0  6  0  93  62  0  0  28  28  0  0   0   0  0  0   2  0  1  0      3   0.00 
   45 1996-10-14    NLCS   5 ATL  STL W 14-0   9    7  0  0  2  9  0 135  91  0  0  35  33  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0      4   0.00 
   70 1984-10-02    NLCS   1 CHC  SDP W 13-0   9    6  0  0  5  8  0 130  73  0  0  37  31  0  0   0   1  0  0   2  0  0  0      2   0.00 
  119 1960-10-12    WS     6 NYY  PIT W 12-0   9    7  0  0  1  5  0                33  32  0  0   0   0  0  0   3  0  0  0      1   0.00 
   66 1985-10-27    WS     7 KCR  STL W 11-0   9    5  0  0  0  2  0  92  64        32  32  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0      1   0.00 
  122 1959-10-01    WS     1 CHW  LAD W 11-0   9    8  0  0  1  7  0          1  0  35  34  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  1  0  0      2   0.00
  149 1934-10-09    WS     7 STL  DET W 11-0   9    6  0  0  0  5  0                34  34  2  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0      1   0.00 
   75 1982-10-12    WS     1 MIL  STL W 10-0   9    3  0  0  1  3  0 100  66        31  30  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0      1   0.00 
  120 1960-10-08    WS     3 NYY  PIT W 10-0   9    4  0  0  1  3  0                32  31  1  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0      1   0.00

Nine times in history, including 2 teams ('96 Atlanta and '60 Yankees) which managed it twice in the same series.  Also, out of the 9, three were game 7s and three were game 1s.


  

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Worst Postseason Game Score

Posted by Raphy on October 18, 2009

Hiroki Kuroda's game score of 19 tonight was the worst so far this postseason (oddly enough the second worst was by three pitchers all on the same day.). However, it was not even close to being the worst in postseason history. That honor belongs to Todd Stottlemyre who recorded an 8 in the 1996 NLCS. Here are the all time worst:

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Consecutive Games with an RBI in the Postseason

Posted by Raphy on October 18, 2009

With an RBI in each of his first 6 postseason games this season, Ryan Howard has tied a 24 year old record held by Carlton Fisk. Like Howard, Fisk also started off the 1975 postseason with 6 consecutive games with at least 1 RBI, but amazingly enough Fisk only accumulated 6 RBI in those games.Keeping in mind that not every postseason even had 6 games, here are the all time leaders in consecutive games with an RBI to start a postseason:

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Ryan Howard        2009-10-07  2009-10-16     6     22    5    9   4   0   1    9    5    3    0   1  .409  .462  .727 1.189 PHI                                         
 Carlton Fisk       1975-10-04  1975-10-14     6     21    6    7   1   0   1    6    3    4    1   0  .333  .440  .524  .964 BOS                                         

 Mike Lowell        2007-10-03  2007-10-13     5     17    2    6   3   0   1    9    1    2    0   0  .353  .381  .706 1.087 BOS                                         
 Jim Leyritz        1998-09-29  1998-10-07     5     12    3    4   0   0   3    6    2    0    0   0  .333  .308 1.083 1.391 SDP                                         
 Tony Perez         1976-10-09  1976-10-17     5     19    1    7   1   0   0    6    3    1    0   1  .368  .364  .421  .785 CIN                                         
 Boog Powell        1970-10-03  1970-10-11     5     20    5    9   2   0   3   10    4    3    0   0  .450  .522 1.000 1.522 BAL                                         
 Danny Murphy       1910-10-17  1910-10-23     5     20    6    8   3   0   1    9    0    1    1   0  .400  .429  .700 1.129 PHA                                         

As for the regular record of consecutive postseason games with an RBI, Howard has already tied Fisk, Ivan Rodriguez and Bernie Williams for the single season record and is two games away from tying Lou Gehrig if you allow for multiple seasons.

                   StreakStart  Streak End Games    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  SO   BB   SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Teams
+-----------------+-----------+-----------+-----+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 Lou Gehrig         1928-10-04  1932-10-02     8     28   14   15   2   0   7   17    1    8    0   0  .536  .649 1.357 2.006 NYY                                         

 Bill Skowron       1958-10-06  1960-10-09     7     31    7   12   1   0   2   10    6    1    0   0  .387  .406  .613 1.019 NYY                                         
 Clyde Barnhart     1925-10-12  1927-10-08     7     28    1    9   2   0   0    8    2    2    1   0  .321  .355  .393  .748 PIT                                         

 Ryan Howard        2009-10-07  2009-10-16     6     22    5    9   4   0   1    9    5    3    0   1  .409  .462  .727 1.189 PHI                                         
 Ivan Rodriguez     2003-10-10  2003-10-18     6     23    4    6   2   0   1    6    5    4    0   0  .261  .357  .478  .835 FLA                                         
 Bernie Williams    1996-10-04  1996-10-12     6     22    9   12   2   0   5   10    4    5    1   1  .545  .607 1.318 1.925 NYY                                         
 Tony Perez         1975-10-22  1976-10-17     6     24    2    8   1   0   1    8    3    1    0   1  .333  .333  .500  .833 CIN                                         
 Carlton Fisk       1975-10-04  1975-10-14     6     21    6    7   1   0   1    6    3    4    1   0  .333  .440  .524  .964 BOS                                         

4 Comments | Posted in Postseason, Streak Finders

Old Men With No Rest

Posted by Raphy on October 18, 2009

After closing out game 1 for the Yankees, Mariano Rivera came back in game 2 and pitched 2 and 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Rivera is no longer a young kid, as he is well on his way to his 40th birthday. This made me wonder, what was the longest postseason appearance by a pitcher at least 39 years of age who was working on no rest. (I'll admit that it is a bit contrived, but I was curious.) Using the Pitching Gamelog Finder we get this list:

  Cnt AgeY.D 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 39.226 Pete Alexander    1926-10-10    WS     7 STL @NYY W  3-2   7-9f ,S     2.1    0  0  0  1  1  0               3  0  7  6  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  1  0  0  0   0.00

    2 39.021 Tony Fossas       1996-10-14    NLCS   5 STL  ATL L  0-14  5-6         2      1  1  1  1  1  1  20  12       0  0  7  6  0  0   0   0  0  0   1  0  0  0  0  0   4.50
    3 39.045 Jerry Staley      1959-10-05    WS     4 CHW @LAD L  4-5   7-8f ,L     2      1  1  1  0  2  1               0  0  7  7  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   4.50

    4 42.010 Dennis Eckersley  1996-10-13    NLCS   4 STL  ATL W  4-3   8-9f ,W     1.1    1  0  0  0  2  0  16  11       1  0  5  5  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00
    5 39.172 Jesse Orosco      1996-10-10    ALCS   2 BAL @NYY W  5-3   7-8  ,H     1.1    1  0  0  0  1  0  19  14       2  0  5  5  0  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0   0.00
    6 40.167 Larry Andersen    1993-10-20    WS     4 PHI  TOR L 14-15  7-8         1.1    2  3  3  1  2  0  26  14       0  0  7  6  1  0   0   0  0  0   0  0  0  0  0  0  20.25

Rivera's age was 39.322. Of course, the chart is a bit misleading, as there is no comparison between Rivera's game and Alexander's.  Alexander had pitched a complete game the day before and returned the following day to throw his 2.1 innings to save game 7 of the World Series! Not bad for an old man.

6 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Extra Inning Game Tying Home Runs

Posted by Raphy on October 17, 2009

Tonight (last night?), Alex Rodriguez's 11th inning round-tripper off of Brian Fuentes tied the game for the Yankees and extended the never-ending classic that is currently being played. A-rod became the 3rd player in postseason history to hit a game tying extra inning home run. Here are the previous 2:

  Car#  G# Date          Series G Batter            Tm   Opp Pitcher           Score       Inn RoB Out Cnt Pit RBI Play Desc.
+-----+---+-------------+------+-+-----------------+---+----+-----------------+-----------+---+---+---+---+---+---+-------------------------+
     1   1 1986-10-15    NLCS   6 Billy Hatcher     HOU  NYM Jesse Orosco      down   3-4  b14 ---   1 3-2   6   1 Home Run (Deep LF Line)
     2   1 1995-10-03    ALDS   1 Albert Belle      CLE  BOS Rick Aguilera     down   3-4  b11 ---   0 2-2   7   1 Home Run (Line Drive to Deep LF)

Aguilera played in both of those games. He wasn't secretly singed by the Angels, was he?

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Long Postseason Games

Posted by Raphy on October 17, 2009

As Game 2 of the ALCS heads to the 12th inning,  here are all the previous postseason games that were 12 innings or longer:

1 Comment | Posted in Game Finders, Postseason

1981: When SP Ruled The Earth In October

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 17, 2009

In Game 1 of the 2009 ALCS, CC Sabathia went 8 innings and allowed just one run in the game. How many times, in a given post-season, do we see a starting pitcher go 8+ innings and allow just one run or less? Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Post-Season Pitching Game Finder, we can find the answer. Here's the list, with 2009 being through October 16th:

 Year Games Link to Individual Games
+----+-----+-------------------------+
 1981    17 Ind. Games
 2001    11 Ind. Games
 1972     9 Ind. Games
 1997     8 Ind. Games
 1995     8 Ind. Games
 1986     8 Ind. Games
 1921     8 Ind. Games
 1920     8 Ind. Games
 2003     7 Ind. Games
 1998     7 Ind. Games
 1991     7 Ind. Games
 1983     7 Ind. Games
 1973     7 Ind. Games
 1919     7 Ind. Games
 1907     7 Ind. Games
 1905     7 Ind. Games
 1992     6 Ind. Games
 1985     6 Ind. Games
 1971     6 Ind. Games
 1918     6 Ind. Games
 1912     6 Ind. Games
 1911     6 Ind. Games
 1906     6 Ind. Games
 2006     5 Ind. Games
 2000     5 Ind. Games
 1996     5 Ind. Games
 1990     5 Ind. Games
 1974     5 Ind. Games
 1969     5 Ind. Games
 1968     5 Ind. Games
 1965     5 Ind. Games
 1948     5 Ind. Games
 1946     5 Ind. Games
 1930     5 Ind. Games
 1915     5 Ind. Games
 1909     5 Ind. Games
 1993     4 Ind. Games
 1977     4 Ind. Games
 1967     4 Ind. Games
 1966     4 Ind. Games
 1956     4 Ind. Games
 1950     4 Ind. Games
 1949     4 Ind. Games
 1945     4 Ind. Games
 1944     4 Ind. Games
 1934     4 Ind. Games
 1933     4 Ind. Games
 1931     4 Ind. Games
 1914     4 Ind. Games
 1908     4 Ind. Games
 2009     3 Ind. Games
 2007     3 Ind. Games
 1988     3 Ind. Games
 1987     3 Ind. Games
 1984     3 Ind. Games
 1982     3 Ind. Games
 1978     3 Ind. Games
 1964     3 Ind. Games
 1963     3 Ind. Games
 1957     3 Ind. Games
 1951     3 Ind. Games
 1943     3 Ind. Games
 1941     3 Ind. Games
 1940     3 Ind. Games
 1937     3 Ind. Games
 1929     3 Ind. Games
 1926     3 Ind. Games
 1923     3 Ind. Games
 1917     3 Ind. Games
 1916     3 Ind. Games
 1913     3 Ind. Games
 1903     3 Ind. Games
 2004     2 Ind. Games
 1999     2 Ind. Games
 1989     2 Ind. Games
 1979     2 Ind. Games
 1976     2 Ind. Games
 1975     2 Ind. Games
 1970     2 Ind. Games
 1962     2 Ind. Games
 1960     2 Ind. Games
 1958     2 Ind. Games
 1955     2 Ind. Games
 1952     2 Ind. Games
 1942     2 Ind. Games
 1939     2 Ind. Games
 1938     2 Ind. Games
 1936     2 Ind. Games
 1935     2 Ind. Games
 1927     2 Ind. Games
 1925     2 Ind. Games
 2008     1 Ind. Games
 2005     1 Ind. Games
 2002     1 Ind. Games
 1980     1 Ind. Games
 1961     1 Ind. Games
 1954     1 Ind. Games
 1947     1 Ind. Games
 1932     1 Ind. Games
 1928     1 Ind. Games
 1924     1 Ind. Games
 1922     1 Ind. Games
 1910     1 Ind. Games

Wow, what happened in 1981? Yes, they had an extra round of play-offs that season. But, it was no different than what we've seen in baseball since 1995.   And, of course, before 1969, pitchers only had the World Series to work in during the post-season.  So, you have to take that  into consideration when looking at these numbers.  And, thus, you have to give the post-seasons of 1920 and 1921 some props.

Nonetheless, is it safe to say that 1981 was the post-season where starting pitchers ruled the earth? Maybe, just maybe...no?

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