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Archive for April, 2010

Stat Challenge: Week 5 (spring training)

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

This week we are going low, low, low.

Week 5 considers games from Monday May 3 through Sunday May 9. You must post your entry for Week 5 in the comments to this post before the first pitch of the week, scheduled for 7:05 PM ET on Monday. (No day games on this particular Monday, meaning you have extra time to enter.)

Questions:

1) Total number of complete games pitched by all teams excluding rain-shortened games

2) Total number of games in which both teams score at least 10 runs (such a game counts as 1, not 2 because 2 teams are involved.)

3) Total number of games in which each team steals at least one base

4) Total homers combined for Billy Butler and Jose Guillen, both KCR

5) Total saves combined for Matt Capps, WSN and David Aardsma, SEA

These are going to be some small numbers so I wouldn't be surprised to see our winner come in with a total under 10.

43 Comments | Posted in Stat Challenge

Bloops: Hotel Commonwealth’s $755/night Red Sox Suite

Posted by Neil Paine on April 30, 2010

From Luxist, here's a pricey Boston hotel suite that caters specifically to members of Red Sox Nation:

"For $755 overnight you can lock yourself in a suite well stocked with Red Sox relics: Ruth, Agganis and Conigliaro baseball cards, photos of Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams, and balls autographed by Johnny Pesky, Carlton Fisk and Jim Rice."

Not sure why Jackie Robinson's photo would be included, since it seems more like a shameful reminder of Boston's squandered opportunity to sign the future Hall of Famer  -- and many other African-American superstars -- during the Yawkey era... But I digress. The bottom line is, if you're a Red Sox fan with 800 bucks handy and you want a tastefully baseball-themed hotel stay, this is the place for you.

3 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Kelly Johnson, Robinson Cano, and most HR by a 2B

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

Kelly Johnson and Robinson Cano have both gotten off to incredible starts this season.

Johnson has 9 HR, 18 RBI, and 59 total bases in the D-backs' first 22 games. That projects to 434 total bases in a season which would nearly break Rogers Hornsby's 1922 record for 2B of 450. (For a little perspective, Hornsby got to 450 total bases by hitting 46 doubles, 14 triples, and 42 homers while batting .401....think about that for a minute.)

Oh, and Cano? Well he's got 8 HR, 17 RBI, and 64 total bases in the Yanks' first 21 games. That projects to 493 in the season. Umm, yeah. I'll just point you to the overall record for total bases in a season for comparison.

Amazingly, despite their fast starts, neither guy holds the record for most HR by a second baseman in his team's first 22 games:

Rk Player Year PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI
1 Chase Utley 2008 Ind. Games 36 31 16 1 0 10 15
2 Kelly Johnson 2010 Ind. Games 32 26 13 0 0 9 15
3 Robinson Cano 2010 Ind. Games 27 24 12 1 0 8 12
4 Jeff Kent 1994 Ind. Games 27 26 14 2 0 8 16
5 Ian Kinsler 2009 Ind. Games 33 29 16 2 1 8 17
6 Chase Utley 2009 Ind. Games 31 27 11 0 0 8 13
7 Ian Kinsler 2007 Ind. Games 34 30 12 0 0 8 14
8 Alfonso Soriano 2003 Ind. Games 44 40 19 2 0 8 18
9 Jay Bell 1999 Ind. Games 28 24 12 1 1 7 13
10 Brian Roberts 2005 Ind. Games 35 29 13 0 1 7 16
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Generated 4/30/2010.

I don't think anyone has ever bested Utley although keep in mind the box score search doesn't include 1940-1951 and prior to 1920.

Also, the Yankees play their 22nd game tonight so Cano has a shot to tie Utley if he hits 2 bombs as he did yesterday.

Once again, though, we are reminded that "Chase Utley....you are the man!" RIP HK

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that our friend Raphy came up with the ideas for this post. He may not be writing for the blog anymore but he still knows his stuff :)

7 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

NY Times: Many Games, Few Innings By Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by Sean Forman on April 30, 2010

NY Times: Many Games, Few Innings

The latest Baseball-Reference.com sponsored effort in the New York Times. Can someone with lexis nexis tell me if this is the first use of LOOGY in the Times?

These pieces appear weekly on Fridays.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcements, NYTimes

More on John Buck’s 3-HR game

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

By now you know that John Buck hit 3 homers in a game last night. Here are a couple of things you might not have known.

Catchers don't do this all that often. For the years available with box scores, he's just the 27th guy playing at catcher to pull it off:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
2 John Buck 2010-04-29 TOR OAK W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.448 4.094 1.005 8 C
3 Victor Martinez 2004-07-16 CLE SEA W 18-6 6 5 3 5 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.130 6.116 .403 4 C
4 Mike Lieberthal 2002-08-10 PHI LAD L 8-10 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.397 3.867 .948 6 C
5 Jason Varitek 2001-05-20 BOS KCR W 10-3 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.291 5.444 .660 8 C
6 Darrin Fletcher 2000-08-27 TOR TEX W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.296 2.719 .812 7 C
7 Ivan Rodriguez 1997-09-11 TEX MIN W 7-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.267 4.176 .702 2 C
8 Bobby Estalella 1997-09-04 PHI MON W 6-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.498 3.710 .785 7 C
9 Benito Santiago 1996-09-15 PHI CHC W 6-1 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 6 1 0 0 0.383 5.213 1.030 4 C
10 Mike Piazza 1996-06-29 LAD COL W 13-10 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.209 3.965 .796 3 C
11 Dan Wilson 1996-04-11 SEA DET W 9-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.244 3.581 .590 8 C
12 Mike Stanley 1995-08-10 (1) NYY CLE L 9-10 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0.505 4.997 1.628 7 C
13 Ernie Whitt 1987-09-14 TOR BAL W 18-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.099 4.202 .240 5 C
14 Gary Carter 1985-09-03 NYM SDP W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.341 4.788 .530 4 C
15 Johnny Bench 1980-05-29 CIN SDP W 5-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0.247 3.598 .425 5 C
16 Dale Murphy 1979-05-18 ATL SFG W 6-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0.313 4.739 .660 4 C
17 Gary Carter 1977-04-20 MON PIT L 6-8 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.129 3.312 .737 7 C
18 George Mitterwald 1974-04-17 CHC PIT W 18-9 5 4 3 4 1 0 3 8 1 0 0 0.387 7.604 .698 7 C
19 Johnny Bench 1973-05-09 CIN PHI W 9-7 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 0 0 0.957 6.120 1.096 3 C
20 Bill Freehan 1971-08-09 DET BOS L 11-12 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0.459 2.960 1.016 6 C
21 Bob Tillman 1969-07-30 (1) ATL PHI W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0.248 3.490 .305 7 C
22 Gene Oliver 1966-07-30 (2) ATL SFG W 15-2 5 4 4 4 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 0.265 6.659 .390 5 C
23 Don Leppert 1963-04-11 WSA BOS W 8-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0.234 5.031 .670 6 C
24 Ed Bailey 1956-06-24 (1) CIN BRO W 10-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0.303 3.789 1.118 6 C
25 Smoky Burgess 1955-07-29 CIN PIT W 16-5 6 6 3 4 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 0.384 5.768 .672 2 C
26 Bill Dickey 1939-07-26 NYY SLB W 14-1 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.000 0.000 5 C
27 Mickey Cochrane 1925-05-21 PHA SLB W 20-4 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 1 0.000 0.000 8 C
28 Butch Henline 1922-09-15 PHI STL W 10-9 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 1 0.000 0.000 5 C
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Generated 4/30/2010.

(When I did the sort, the rank got messed up, hence numbering from 2 to 28...)

Johnny Bench and Gary Carter are the guys to do it multiple times. For comparison, first basemen have done it 100 times, led by Mark McGwire, Carlos Delgado, and Lou Gehrig with 4 apiece.

One weird thing is that Buck i snow hitting just .194, a remarkably low batting average for a guy to hit 3 HR.   I went back more than 10 years and couldn't find anybody else with a 3-HR game and such a low BA after the game. Next closest was Steve Finley hitting .235 after his 3-HR game in 2004. Like Buck's game, Finley's came fairly early in the season. A little more digging found Dan Wilson next in this 1996 game, after which he was hitting .222. This was just the Mariners' 9th game of the season and Wilson finished the year at .285.

2 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Home Runs

The Twins’ Luke Hughes and homering in the first career plate appearance

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

Most fans won't have heard of Luke Hughes. He made his major league debut two days ago for the Twins and homered in his first major league plate appearance.

Rk Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI WPA
1 1 Luke Hughes 2010-04-28 MIN DET L 6-11 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.002
2 1 Jason Heyward 2010-04-05 ATL CHC W 16-5 5 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 0.197
3 1 Ian Desmond 2009-09-10 WSN PHI W 8-7 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 4 0.201
4 1 John Hester 2009-08-28 ARI HOU W 14-7 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.012
5 1 Trent Oeltjen 2009-08-06 ARI PIT W 11-6 6 6 1 2 0 0 1 1 0.095
6 1 John Mayberry 2009-05-23 PHI NYY L 4-5 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 3 0.212
7 1 Wilkin Ramirez 2009-05-20 DET TEX W 5-3 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.111
8 1 Gerardo Parra 2009-05-13 ARI CIN L 3-10 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.058
9 1 Jordan Schafer 2009-04-05 ATL PHI W 4-1 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0.075
10 1 Lou Marson 2008-09-28 PHI WSN W 8-3 4 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0.033
11 1 Mark Saccomanno 2008-09-08 HOU PIT W 3-2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.159
12 1 John Bowker 2008-04-12 SFG STL L 7-8 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 0.112
13 1 Kosuke Fukudome 2008-03-31 CHC MIL L 3-4 4 3 1 3 1 0 1 3 0.467
14 1 Elijah Dukes 2007-04-02 TBD NYY L 5-9 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.107
15 1 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2006-09-02 CLE TEX W 6-5 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0.218
16 1 Delmon Young 2006-08-29 TBD CHW L 9-12 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 0.112
17 1 Carlos Quentin 2006-07-20 ARI LAD W 5-2 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.025
18 1 Eliezer Alfonzo 2006-06-03 (1) SFG NYM W 6-4 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.237
19 1 Kendry Morales 2006-05-23 LAA TEX W 7-6 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 0.179
20 1 Mike Napoli 2006-05-04 LAA DET W 7-2 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.079
21 1 Kenji Johjima 2006-04-03 SEA LAA L 4-5 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.126
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Generated 4/29/2010.

This is the list of players to homer in their first career game (from the last 5 years.) The Play Index doesn't allow us to search by just first place appearance so to narrow down this list we need to look at each individual game.

I've gone through the above list and the guys who homered in their first plate appearance were Hughes, Hayward, Hester, Parra, Schafer, Saccomanno, Kouzmanoff, and Napoli.

Three further things:

1) That Kouzmanoff home run was unforgettable. He hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. I mentioned this before in a similar post from 3 years ago.

2) Want a little bonus readers' research? Here is the full list of guys to homer in their first game. You can go through the box scores and give the list of guys to do it in their first PA.

3) Don't you think Saccomanno's first name should have been Bob?

12 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

3-homer games

Posted by Andy on April 29, 2010

John Buck just got the season's first 3-homer game. More on this tomorrow.

For now, here's the list of such games from the last several seasons:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Adam Lind 2009-09-29 TOR BOS W 8-7 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.192 3.550 .500 3 DH
2 Chris Young 2009-09-06 ARI COL L 5-13 5 3 3 3 0 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.101 3.498 .213 6 CF
3 Jonny Gomes 2009-08-13 CIN WSN W 7-0 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.218 3.755 .500 6 RF
4 Andrew McCutchen 2009-08-01 PIT WSN W 11-6 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.271 5.101 .686 1 CF
5 Andruw Jones 2009-07-08 TEX LAA W 8-1 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.289 2.977 .308 4 DH
6 Paul Konerko 2009-07-07 CHW CLE W 10-6 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.483 5.197 1.458 5 1B
7 Andre Ethier 2009-06-26 LAD SEA W 8-2 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.235 4.339 .727 7 RF
8 Torii Hunter 2009-06-13 LAA SDP W 9-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.066 2.683 .470 3 CF
9 Evan Longoria 2008-09-18 TBR MIN L 8-11 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.309 3.375 .608 4 3B
10 Alfonso Soriano 2008-09-06 CHC CIN W 14-9 5 5 4 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.374 4.741 .736 1 LF
11 Mark Teixeira 2008-06-22 ATL SEA W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.204 3.256 .530 4 1B
12 Jayson Werth 2008-05-16 PHI TOR W 10-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.245 5.562 .697 6 CF
13 Joey Votto 2008-05-07 CIN CHC W 9-0 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.135 4.253 .260 5 1B
14 Frank Thomas 2007-09-17 TOR BOS W 6-1 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.228 3.841 .660 4 DH
15 Justin Morneau 2007-07-06 (2) MIN CHW W 12-0 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.308 4.791 .430 5 1B
16 Brad Wilkerson 2007-07-03 TEX LAA W 8-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.338 4.375 .925 7 1B
17 Alfonso Soriano 2007-06-08 CHC ATL W 9-1 6 5 3 4 0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.266 2.755 .460 1 LF
18 Carlos Lee 2007-04-13 HOU PHI W 9-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.449 4.684 1.106 4 LF
19 Cody Ross 2006-09-11 FLA NYM W 16-5 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.205 5.628 .426 6 RF
20 Ryan Howard 2006-09-03 (1) PHI ATL W 8-7 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.263 4.142 .463 4 1B
21 Albert Pujols 2006-09-03 STL PIT W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.316 4.166 .533 3 1B
22 Nick Markakis 2006-08-22 BAL MIN W 6-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.234 2.752 .490 2 RF
23 Jose Reyes 2006-08-15 NYM PHI L 4-11 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.139 3.737 .325 1 SS
24 Chipper Jones 2006-08-14 ATL WSN W 10-4 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.286 4.497 .548 3 3B
25 Mark Teixeira 2006-07-13 TEX BAL W 15-1 6 5 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.147 5.034 .602 4 1B
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Generated 4/29/2010.

2 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Getting A Headstart On Whiffs

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 29, 2010

A quick list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Game Finder - players with 9+ games of 2+ strikeouts within their first 20 games of the season, since 1973:

Rk Player Year #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Pat Burrell 2001 12 Ind. Games 50 45 8 1 0 1 2 4 27 .178 .260 .267 .527 0 0 0 1 0
2 Chris Davis 2009 11 Ind. Games 44 41 6 1 0 3 5 1 27 .146 .205 .390 .595 0 0 0 2 0
3 Preston Wilson 2000 10 Ind. Games 46 43 8 2 0 0 6 2 23 .186 .217 .233 .450 0 1 0 0 0
4 Brad Wilkerson 2006 10 Ind. Games 42 39 4 3 0 0 3 3 25 .103 .167 .179 .346 0 0 0 0 1
5 Bob Smith 2002 10 Ind. Games 42 39 6 2 0 1 4 3 22 .154 .214 .282 .496 0 0 0 0 0
6 Austin Jackson 2010 10 Ind. Games 48 45 11 1 1 0 1 3 23 .244 .292 .311 .603 0 0 0 0 0
7 Bill Hall 2008 10 Ind. Games 44 42 5 1 0 1 3 2 20 .119 .159 .214 .373 0 0 0 0 2
8 Andres Galarraga 1995 10 Ind. Games 45 41 8 0 0 2 7 3 24 .195 .267 .341 .608 0 0 0 1 0
9 Adam Dunn 2007 10 Ind. Games 44 40 9 2 0 1 3 4 22 .225 .295 .350 .645 0 0 0 0 1
10 Rob Deer 1991 10 Ind. Games 45 38 7 2 0 4 9 7 23 .184 .311 .553 .864 0 0 0 0 1
11 Preston Wilson 2002 9 Ind. Games 45 41 8 1 0 0 4 3 19 .195 .267 .220 .486 0 0 0 1 1
12 Rick Wilkins 1994 9 Ind. Games 39 33 6 3 0 0 5 5 21 .182 .282 .273 .555 0 1 1 0 0
13 Joey Votto 2010 9 Ind. Games 38 33 2 1 0 0 0 5 19 .061 .184 .091 .275 0 0 0 0 0
14 Mo Vaughn 1998 9 Ind. Games 45 39 11 2 0 3 13 4 21 .282 .378 .564 .942 0 0 1 2 1
15 Greg Vaughn 2002 9 Ind. Games 39 37 4 0 0 0 1 2 20 .108 .154 .108 .262 0 0 0 0 0
16 Mickey Tettleton 1990 9 Ind. Games 42 36 6 1 0 0 1 6 22 .167 .286 .194 .480 0 0 0 0 1
17 Mark Teahen 2007 9 Ind. Games 38 35 9 2 0 0 3 3 21 .257 .316 .314 .630 0 0 0 0 0
18 Jim Presley 1986 9 Ind. Games 37 35 5 0 0 0 2 0 21 .143 .143 .143 .286 2 0 0 0 0
19 Cameron Maybin 2010 9 Ind. Games 41 40 6 0 1 0 2 1 20 .150 .171 .200 .371 0 0 0 0 0
20 Derrek Lee 2002 9 Ind. Games 39 34 6 0 0 3 6 5 20 .176 .282 .441 .723 0 0 0 0 0
21 Ray Lankford 2000 9 Ind. Games 37 34 4 1 0 0 0 3 19 .118 .189 .147 .336 0 0 0 0 0
22 Dave Kingman 1976 9 Ind. Games 39 37 7 1 0 3 9 2 21 .189 .231 .459 .690 0 0 1 0 0
23 Dave Kingman 1982 9 Ind. Games 38 36 6 0 0 3 4 1 19 .167 .211 .417 .627 0 0 0 1 1
24 Darrin Jackson 1993 9 Ind. Games 38 36 6 1 0 0 3 0 20 .167 .167 .194 .361 2 0 0 0 1
25 Bo Jackson 1987 9 Ind. Games 36 34 4 2 0 0 1 1 21 .118 .143 .176 .319 1 0 0 0 0
26 Pete Incaviglia 1987 9 Ind. Games 43 40 13 1 0 2 10 3 18 .325 .372 .500 .872 0 0 0 0 0
27 Ron Gant 1997 9 Ind. Games 40 37 4 1 0 0 1 3 18 .108 .175 .135 .310 0 0 0 0 0
28 Dan Ford 1976 9 Ind. Games 40 38 8 0 0 3 8 1 21 .211 .250 .447 .697 0 0 0 1 0
29 Adam Dunn 2006 9 Ind. Games 38 32 4 0 0 2 3 5 20 .125 .237 .313 .549 0 1 1 0 0
30 Rob Deer 1993 9 Ind. Games 43 40 6 2 0 1 7 3 23 .150 .209 .275 .484 0 0 0 0 1
31 Eric Davis 1988 9 Ind. Games 42 36 7 0 0 1 3 6 20 .194 .310 .278 .587 0 0 1 0 0
32 Eric Davis 1985 9 Ind. Games 41 41 6 0 1 1 2 0 19 .146 .146 .268 .415 0 0 0 0 1
33 Mark Bellhorn 2005 9 Ind. Games 35 33 7 2 0 0 2 2 19 .212 .257 .273 .530 0 0 0 0 2
34 Jesse Barfield 1986 9 Ind. Games 39 38 8 3 0 1 2 1 20 .211 .231 .368 .599 0 0 0 0 0
35 Gary Alexander 1978 9 Ind. Games 37 35 8 2 1 1 3 2 19 .229 .270 .429 .699 0 0 0 0 3
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Generated 4/29/2010.

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Austin Jackson, Cameron Maybin and Joey Votto joined the club this year.

5 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Ike Davis and a team going 10-0 in a player’s first 10 games

Posted by Andy on April 29, 2010

The Mets started the season horribly but that all changed when they called up Ike Davis 10 games ago. In those 10 games, Davis hit .355 with a .548 SLG, one homer, 6 RBI, 3 doubles, and 5 runs scored. More importantly, the Mets went 9-1 as a team. Here are Davis' logs for those 10 games:

Gcar Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Apr 19 NYM CHC W,6-1 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 1B
2 Apr 20 NYM CHC W,4-0 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .286 .375 .286 .661 1B
3 Apr 21 NYM CHC L,3-9 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273 .333 .273 .606 1B
4 Apr 22 NYM CHC W,5-2 4 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .400 .438 .467 .904 1B
5 Apr 23 NYM ATL W,5-2 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .389 .450 .611 1.061 1B
6 Apr 24 NYM ATL W,3-1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .350 .435 .550 .985 1B
7 Apr 25 NYM ATL W,1-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .318 .400 .500 .900 1B
8 Apr 27 (1) NYM LAD W,4-0 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .320 .414 .520 .934 1B
9 Apr 27 (2) NYM LAD W,10-5 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 .333 .424 .556 .980 1B
10 Apr 28 NYM LAD W,7-3 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .355 .432 .548 .981 1B
NYM 37 31 5 11 3 0 1 6 5 1 8 .355 .432 .548 .981
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Generated 4/29/2010.

Our friend and former blog author Raphy is the one who pointed out the Mets' excellent performance in Davis' first 10 games, and he also noted that there have been cases of teams going 10-0 in a player's first 10 career games. A quick Game Finder search confirms it:

Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Willy Taveras 10 Ind. Games 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Argenis Reyes 10 Ind. Games 20 19 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 .316 .316 .316 .632
Barbaro Garbey 10 Ind. Games 28 26 13 4 0 0 8 1 4 .500 .536 .654 1.190
Jermaine Dye 10 Ind. Games 22 22 7 0 0 3 3 0 5 .318 .318 .727 1.045
Ed Armbrister 10 Ind. Games 24 21 7 3 1 1 5 1 4 .333 .348 .714 1.062
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Generated 4/29/2010.

These are players with 10 team wins in their first 10 career games, although unlIke Davis not all of them came consecutively. What's amazing about this list is that the Mets just had another guy, Argenis Reyes, pull off the 10-0 feat 2 years ago. Taveras' inclusion here is also odd as most of his first 10 appearances were as a pinch-runner. Despite having only 2 plate appearances, he really did appear in all 10 of those games.

The other notable factor is this isn't exactly a group of stars. Other than Jermaine Dye, none of these guys has had significant big-league success, and only Dye and Taveras have stuck around for very long. (I see that Reyes doesn't have any minor league numbers so far this year, so I'm guessing he's either injured or not playing professional ball.)

A couple other things. In addition to the above list being limited to the years 1920-1939 and 1952-present, I also eliminated pitchers from the list. By searching for pitchers in the batting game finders, we get screwy results because sometimes pitchers count depending on whether they appeared in double-switches and/or actually batted, etc. We can do a separate search for pitching appearances. (Hmmm, future post perhaps?)

I leave you with the list of 32 batters whose teams finished 9-1 in their first 10 career games:

Player ▾ #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Shooty Babitt 9 Ind. Games 35 30 9 0 0 0 3 4 1 .300 .382 .300 .682
Tony Batista 9 Ind. Games 17 17 7 2 0 1 1 0 3 .412 .412 .706 1.118
Don Baylor 9 Ind. Games 26 20 4 0 0 0 5 4 4 .200 .346 .200 .546
Michael Bourn 9 Ind. Games 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mark Brouhard 9 Ind. Games 12 11 2 1 0 1 4 0 2 .182 .250 .545 .795
Mike Cameron 9 Ind. Games 16 14 4 2 0 0 1 1 7 .286 .333 .429 .762
John Castino 9 Ind. Games 17 15 6 2 0 0 5 1 1 .400 .438 .533 .971
Danny Cater 9 Ind. Games 31 28 10 5 0 0 1 3 3 .357 .419 .536 .955
Ike Davis 9 Ind. Games 33 27 10 3 0 1 6 5 7 .370 .455 .593 1.047
Mike Dimmel 9 Ind. Games 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Mark Ellis 9 Ind. Games 28 25 9 1 0 0 5 2 4 .360 .393 .400 .793
Babe Ganzel 9 Ind. Games 41 33 14 3 1 0 8 5 2 .424 .500 .576 1.076
Bob Garbark 9 Ind. Games 30 25 5 1 0 0 3 5 4 .200 .333 .240 .573
Chris Getz 9 Ind. Games 7 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .286 .286 .286 .571
Lenny Harris 9 Ind. Games 28 22 9 1 0 0 4 4 1 .409 .481 .455 .936
Scott Hemond 9 Ind. Games 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .222 .222 .222 .444
Travis Jackson 9 Ind. Games 17 16 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 .125 .176 .250 .426
Matt Kata 9 Ind. Games 35 29 9 3 0 1 4 6 7 .310 .429 .517 .946
Jim Landis 9 Ind. Games 37 29 9 3 1 0 2 7 6 .310 .459 .483 .942
Dwight Lowry 9 Ind. Games 12 9 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733
Hideki Matsui 9 Ind. Games 42 39 11 3 0 1 10 2 4 .282 .310 .436 .745
Ryan McGuire 9 Ind. Games 32 30 13 5 0 2 7 2 0 .433 .469 .800 1.269
Ross Moschitto 9 Ind. Games 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Dwayne Murphy 9 Ind. Games 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .125 .000 .125
Rey Quinones 9 Ind. Games 33 22 7 2 0 0 4 9 4 .318 .545 .409 .955
Jason Repko 9 Ind. Games 25 22 7 1 0 2 4 2 4 .318 .400 .636 1.036
Roger Repoz 9 Ind. Games 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
Billy Ripken 9 Ind. Games 43 39 12 1 0 1 6 3 3 .308 .357 .410 .767
Bill Russell 9 Ind. Games 38 32 12 2 2 1 4 6 8 .375 .474 .656 1.130
Bill Schroeder 9 Ind. Games 35 30 4 0 1 2 3 3 11 .133 .212 .400 .612
Van Snider 9 Ind. Games 25 24 5 1 0 1 6 0 12 .208 .200 .375 .575
Shane Spencer 9 Ind. Games 21 19 8 3 0 2 5 1 2 .421 .429 .895 1.323
B.J. Surhoff 9 Ind. Games 35 30 9 2 0 2 7 5 2 .300 .400 .567 .967
Tony Walker 9 Ind. Games 14 13 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .077 .143 .077 .220
Glenn Wilson 9 Ind. Games 29 24 11 3 0 1 3 4 3 .458 .536 .708 1.244
Bob Zupcic 9 Ind. Games 13 12 2 0 0 1 3 0 2 .167 .167 .417 .583
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Generated 4/29/2010.

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No RBI for either team in the same game (?!?!?)

Posted by Andy on April 28, 2010

That tile might sound kind of odd, but this sort of thing happens more often than you might think.

In last night's Twins/Tigers game, there were no RBI. The Twins scored an unearned run in the 6th after Jim Thome walked. Because there were two outs, Thome was running all the way on J.J. Hardy's fly ball that was eventually dropped in the outfield, allowing Thome to score. They scored again in the 7th when Michael Cuddyer advanced to home on an E4. The Tigers didn't get any RBI because they got shut out by Francisco Liriano and Jon Rauch.

Believe it or not, this is the second such game already this season. The Mets and Braves pulled it off on Sunday when Jose Reyes advanced to home on an error and there was no other scoring before the game got called in the top of the 6th. Incidentally, this game also features one of the rare cases of a pitcher getting credit for appearing in a game despite not facing a batter or registering an out. Raul Valdes started the top of the 6th and must have thrown at least one pitch but the game was called before the plate appearance was completed. (I am assuming this is what must have happened.)

Here are the last 20 times that both teams have failed to register an RBI in the same game:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 DET MIN 2010-04-27 2
2 ATL NYM 2010-04-25 2
3 NYM PHI 2009-05-06 2
4 PIT TOR 2008-06-20 2
5 CHW COL 2008-06-14 2
6 COL SFG 2008-06-11 2
7 LAA MIN 2008-04-02 2
8 FLA SDP 2007-07-04 2
9 MIN OAK 2007-06-02 2
10 SEA TBD 2006-05-10 2
11 FLA HOU 2006-04-03 2
12 ARI MIL 2005-07-27 2
13 LAA OAK 2005-04-16 2
14 HOU MIL 2004-09-19 2
15 ATL MON 2004-07-06 2
16 HOU TEX 2004-06-27 2
17 NYM SFG 2002-08-20 2
18 ANA SEA 2002-04-23 2
19 CLE MIN 2001-09-28 2
20 ATL FLA 2001-09-24 2
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Generated 4/28/2010.

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