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Archive for August, 2010

One Hit Or Less Games In A Season

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 31, 2010

The Dodgers' one-hitter last night was the 24th no-hitter or 1-hitter this season, most since 1988 (26).

Hat tip to to a tweeting Jon Heyman. Here's the list of seasons since 1920 with 13+ no-hitter or 1-hitters...

37 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

POLL: Kenny Lofton and the Hall of Fame

Posted by Andy on August 31, 2010

Kenny Lofton led the league in stolen bases 5 times, was a 6-time All-Star, and a 4-time Gold Glove winner. He played in the 6th-most games in center field since 1954, and was part of an incredible number of playoff teams.

His 622 career stolen bases rank 15th all-time while his 160 times caught stealing ranks only 21st.

Does Lofton deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Let's discuss and vote below.

171 Comments | Posted in Hall of Fame, Polls

John Lackey’s home/road splits in 2010

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2010

When the Red Sox signed John Lackey as a free agent, I was among many folks who criticized the move, citing Lackey's historical performance in Fenway Park. His numbers so far this year among his career worst, in particular his 95 ERA+. Are his difficulties this year due to Fenway Park? Let's investigate.

15 Comments | Posted in Splits

The correlation between run-scoring and extra-inning games

Posted by Andy on August 30, 2010

This result isn't too surprising, but it turns out that there is a fairly strong correlation between average run scoring and percentage of games that go to extra innings. This makes intuitive sense--if league-wide run scoring is higher, it's less likely that both teams in a game will end up with the exact same number of runs at the end of 9 innings.

Click through for the data.

30 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

MLB team with the most wins

Posted by Andy on August 29, 2010

Did you ever look at the MLB Team Win Totals page? It shows how many wins each team had each season going back to 1901. The team with the highest win total each season is shown in bold. It's interesting to note how long it's been since some long-existing teams have led MLB in wins:

  • The Cubs haven't done it since winning 98 games in 1945.
  • The Reds haven't done it since winning 66 games in 1981 (strike-shortened).
  • The Astros have never done it despite 102 wins in 1998.
  • The Royals haven't done it since winning 102 in 1977.
  • The Dodgers haven't done it since winning 102 in 1974.
  • The Twins haven't done it since winning 102 in 1965.
  • The Phillies have never done it! In 110 seasons!
  • The Padres have never done it and have never won 100 games.
  • The Rays might do it for the first time this season (currently tied for most wins).
  • The Rangers have never done it and have never won 100 games.
  • The Blue Jays have never done it and have never won 100 games.
  • The Nationals/Expos led in 1994 with 74, but have never done it in a full season.

18 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

“Stable” Rotations Who Didn’t Win Often

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 29, 2010

How many teams have had 3+ SP in a season make at least 27 starts and win less than 10 games each?

27 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

John Jaso, Russell Martin, and Catchers Batting Leadoff

Posted by Andy on August 29, 2010

This season, two different catchers have started a significant number of games in the leadoff spot. Here are all the seasons since 1901 in which a catcher batted leadoff in at least 10 games:

Rk Player Year #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Jason Kendall 2004 119 Ind. Games 543 475 155 27 0 3 37 49 34 .326 .404 .402 .806
2 Jason Kendall 2006 90 Ind. Games 428 379 114 16 0 0 31 39 39 .301 .373 .343 .716
3 Jason Kendall 2005 75 Ind. Games 354 311 85 14 1 0 26 28 17 .273 .347 .325 .672
4 Jason Kendall 2001 52 Ind. Games 236 212 57 10 2 2 15 19 20 .269 .343 .363 .706
5 Jason Kendall 2002 51 Ind. Games 232 206 56 7 2 2 12 19 10 .272 .349 .354 .704
6 Rollie Hemsley 1939 43 Ind. Games 198 177 48 10 1 0 7 14 10 .271 .325 .339 .664
7 Paul Lo Duca 2001 32 Ind. Games 150 137 52 8 0 11 27 9 7 .380 .420 .679 1.099
8 Butch Wynegar 1980 29 Ind. Games 132 116 36 10 0 1 12 14 5 .310 .385 .422 .807
9 Kurt Suzuki 2008 24 Ind. Games 117 109 22 1 0 1 9 8 20 .202 .256 .239 .495
10 John Jaso 2010 23 Ind. Games 104 86 23 6 0 1 9 16 9 .267 .379 .372 .751
11 Frankie Pytlak 1939 19 Ind. Games 89 80 19 0 1 0 3 8 1 .238 .307 .263 .569
12 Russell Martin 2008 19 Ind. Games 92 72 15 3 0 0 10 19 7 .208 .370 .250 .620
13 Jason Kendall 2003 19 Ind. Games 88 71 22 4 0 0 6 9 2 .310 .432 .366 .798
14 Russell Martin 2010 18 Ind. Games 80 69 18 3 0 3 8 9 7 .261 .363 .435 .797
15 Johnny Oates 1973 17 Ind. Games 79 75 18 2 0 2 10 4 9 .240 .278 .347 .625
16 Jason Kendall 2000 17 Ind. Games 82 68 23 4 0 0 4 11 7 .338 .439 .397 .836
17 Craig Biggio 1989 17 Ind. Games 84 71 17 3 0 3 10 10 9 .239 .333 .408 .742
18 Jason Kendall 1999 15 Ind. Games 71 62 17 3 0 0 1 8 8 .274 .366 .323 .689
19 Craig Biggio 1991 14 Ind. Games 68 57 16 1 1 1 8 10 5 .281 .382 .386 .768
20 Butch Wynegar 1979 13 Ind. Games 61 50 18 1 0 2 5 10 4 .360 .467 .500 .967
21 Mickey Cochrane 1925 13 Ind. Games 60 53 22 2 2 0 7 7 2 .415 .483 .528 1.012
22 Ivan Rodriguez 2007 12 Ind. Games 60 60 17 8 0 1 3 0 15 .283 .283 .467 .750
23 Charlie Moore 1980 10 Ind. Games 49 46 13 1 0 0 4 1 4 .283 .292 .304 .596
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Generated 8/29/2010.

Officially, this search looked for games where the batter played C as defensive position, batted leadoff, and had at least two plate appearances. This weeds out many other games where a catcher is moved to the #1 spot in the order late in a game as part of a double switch. It does not, however, rule out games where a catcher moves to the #1 as part of a double switch and then gets two plate appearances from that spot (as might happen in an extra-inning game.) It also does not rules out cases of a leadoff batter from another position moving to catcher late in a game (which I think Biggio did a couple of times in his career.)

Anyway, the last time two different catchers did it was 2008 with Martin and Kurt Suzuki. It also happened in 2001 (Paul LoDuca and Jason Kendall), 1980 (Charlie Moore and Butch Wynegar) and 1939 (Rollie Hemsley and Frankie Pytlak).

30 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Cal McLish 1925-2010

Posted by Andy on August 29, 2010

Cal McLish has passed away at age 84.

He had a lengthy career and is often noted for a few things:

  • McLish first appeared in the majors at age 18 in 1944, but due to ineffectiveness did not appear in the majors again until 1946. He then missed 1950 in the majors as well as all of 1952-1955. By 1956 at age 30, he was in the majors for good, appearing in 8 more seasons.
  • Over a stretch in 1958-1959, McLish went 21 straight road starts without receiving a loss:
    Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG IP H ER BB SO HR ERA Tm
    1 Chris Young 2005-06-25 2007-04-04 25 9 0 25 0 143.1 102 50 53 116 17 3.14 TEX-SDP
    2 Allie Reynolds 1948-05-23 1949-08-11 25 15 0 25 7 170.2 167 72 87 71 11 3.80 NYY
    3 Russ Meyer 1953-05-12 1954-07-18 24 14 0 24 10 153.0 139 52 48 59 14 3.06 BRO
    4 Greg Maddux 1997-04-12 1998-07-02 22 16 0 22 5 156.2 116 32 13 120 7 1.84 ATL
    5 Scott McGregor 1982-09-06 1983-09-03 21 14 0 21 8 152.1 148 42 24 47 12 2.48 BAL
    6 Cal McLish 1958-06-14 1959-07-16 21 16 0 21 9 162.0 153 46 54 82 13 2.56 CLE
    7 Monte Pearson 1936-05-13 1937-08-12 21 14 0 21 10 157.1 148 61 79 83 8 3.49 NYY
    8 Jamie Moyer 1994-07-17 1996-08-22 20 13 0 20 0 125.1 126 53 27 64 18 3.81 BAL-BOS-SEA
    9 Greg Maddux 1994-07-02 1995-09-27 20 18 0 20 11 154.2 93 17 15 129 4 0.99 ATL
    10 Dave LaPoint 1980-09-26 1983-05-29 20 8 0 20 1 114.2 127 42 48 58 9 3.30 MIL-STL
    11 Richard Dotson 1983-06-07 1984-06-18 19 16 0 19 7 138.0 111 39 48 82 9 2.54 CHW
    12 Tommy John 1967-09-03 1969-05-15 19 10 0 19 5 137.0 110 27 37 90 7 1.77 CHW
    13 Bobo Newsom 1939-09-14 1940-08-29 19 11 0 19 9 129.1 118 40 61 79 6 2.78 DET
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    Generated 8/29/2010.

    At the time, his 16 straight wins without a loss was a record that has since been reached by a few other players

  • His full given name was Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, which I think is the longest name of any major league baseball player.

13 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Stephen Strasburg’s career stats

Posted by Andy on August 28, 2010

Stephen Strasburg may have thrown his last MLB pitch. Although not terribly likely given the high success rate of Tommy John surgery in the last several years, I'm curious to see how his career stats stack up if indeed he's finished in the majors.

45 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Teams Who Have Gone To WAR This Season

Posted by Steve Lombardi on August 27, 2010

Which teams, to date this season, have the most players on their roster with WAR totals of 2 or more?

22 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

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