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Archive for February, 2011

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Posted by Sean Forman on February 28, 2011

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2 Comments | Posted in Administration

Batter Games With RE24 = 6+ Since 1973

Posted by Steve Lombardi on February 28, 2011

Since 1973, here are the games where a batter's RE24 for the contest was 6 or better.

20 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Highest WPA by a pitcher in a game

Posted by Andy on February 28, 2011

In another thread, some readers started discussing the best single-game performance by a pitcher as measured by his combined WPA from both pithing and hitting.

One reader pointed out that Rick Wise, in his no-hit game, scored 0.376 WPA as a pitcher but also 0.202 as a batter thanks to his 2 home runs. That's a total of 0.578 on both sides of the ball.

On May 5, 1968, Catfish Hunter pitched a no-hitter too, earning 0.489 as a pitcher. He also drove in 3 of the A's 4 runs and scored .190 as a hitter, for a total of .679, beating out Wise easily.

There are actually lots of games that score higher, I think. For example, in this 1972 game, Claude Osteen pitched a 10-inning complete game for 0.284  WPA as a pitcher. He also had a double, single, and 3 RBI as a hitter and a whopping 0.660 WPA. That's a total of 0.944 for the game. Most of his teammates had negative WPA scores thanks to getting very few hits.

What other games can you find that score as high?

27 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Duke Snider, Passes At 84

Posted by Steve Lombardi on February 27, 2011

30 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

4+ Players With 4+ Hits In Same Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on February 27, 2011

Since 1920, how many teams had 4+ players have 4+ hits in the same game?

30 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Most hits with no extra-base hits

Posted by Andy on February 26, 2011

Thanks to dukeofflatbush, here's an interesting list....most hits in a season with no extra-base hits:

Rk Player H XBH OPS+ Year Tm G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Jack O'Connor 33 0 24 1906 SLB 55 184 174 8 0 0 0 11 2 0 .190 .199 .190 .389 *2
2 Lynn Nelson 31 0 53 1938 PHA 67 119 112 12 0 0 0 15 7 12 .277 .319 .277 .596 1
3 Bill Stumpf 31 0 45 1912 NYY 42 143 129 8 0 0 0 10 6 0 .240 .279 .240 .520 *6/4583
4 Mark Grudzielanek 30 0 72 2010 CLE 30 119 110 10 0 0 0 11 8 10 .273 .328 .273 .600 *4/D
5 Mike Gallego 28 0 45 1995 OAK 43 132 120 11 0 0 0 8 9 24 .233 .292 .233 .526 465
6 Frank Baumholtz 27 0 59 1956 PHI 76 112 100 13 0 0 0 9 6 6 .270 .309 .270 .579 9/8
7 Dave Nelson 25 0 30 1969 CLE 52 137 123 11 0 0 0 6 9 26 .203 .259 .203 .463 *4/79
8 Doc Farrell 25 0 77 1933 NYY 44 112 93 16 0 0 0 6 16 6 .269 .376 .269 .645 *64
9 Otis Lawry 25 0 43 1916 PHA 41 137 123 10 0 0 0 4 9 21 .203 .263 .203 .466 *4/78
10 Mordecai Brown 25 0 34 1908 CHC 46 128 121 5 0 0 0 4 2 0 .207 .220 .207 .426 *1
11 Ty Cline 24 0 63 1966 TOT 49 94 88 15 0 0 0 8 3 13 .273 .312 .273 .585 89/73
12 George Winter 24 0 79 1905 BOS 35 98 92 12 0 0 0 5 5 0 .261 .306 .261 .567 *1
13 Broderick Perkins 23 0 68 1979 SDP 57 97 87 8 0 0 0 8 8 12 .264 .323 .264 .587 3
14 Pat Corrales 23 0 40 1972 TOT 46 135 120 6 0 0 0 6 13 26 .192 .276 .192 .468 *2
15 Catfish Hunter 23 0 33 1972 OAK 39 116 105 5 0 0 0 5 0 16 .219 .215 .219 .434 *1
16 Mike McNally 23 0 19 1916 BOS 87 151 135 28 0 0 0 9 10 19 .170 .228 .170 .398 45/68
17 Grover Land 23 0 36 1910 CLE 34 119 111 4 0 0 0 7 2 0 .207 .228 .207 .435 *2
18 Bill Carrigan 23 0 45 1906 BOS 37 118 109 5 0 0 0 10 5 0 .211 .252 .211 .463 *2
19 Vic Willis 23 0 10 1902 BSN 52 161 150 10 0 0 0 7 9 0 .153 .206 .153 .360 *1
20 Eppa Rixey 22 0 17 1925 CIN 39 111 103 8 0 0 0 11 2 17 .214 .236 .214 .449 *1
21 Paul Casanova 21 0 21 1974 ATL 42 113 104 5 0 0 0 8 5 17 .202 .232 .202 .434 *2
22 Doc Edwards 21 0 60 1970 PHI 35 86 78 5 0 0 0 6 4 10 .269 .313 .269 .582 *2
23 Tony Cloninger 21 0 36 1964 MLN 38 98 87 9 0 0 0 7 0 20 .241 .241 .241 .483 *1
24 George Blackerby 21 0 44 1928 CHW 30 91 83 8 0 0 0 12 4 10 .253 .287 .253 .540 *7
25 Jack Gilbert 21 0 82 1904 PIT 25 102 87 13 0 0 0 3 12 0 .241 .353 .241 .594 *7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 2/24/2011.

Mark Grudzielanek scored really high on this list last year although he had a better season (as measured by OPS+) than most. The only other fairly recent season on here is Mike Gallego's 1995.

25 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

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Posted by Neil Paine on February 25, 2011

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3 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Site Features

Opening Day Duels

Posted by Steve Lombardi on February 25, 2011

I was just messing around with Play Index' Game Finder and found these two great "Opening Day" pitcher's duels.

25 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Bloops: “Computer Games” (The New Yorker)

Posted by Neil Paine on February 25, 2011

After IBM's "Watson" defeated the two best human players in "Jeopardy!" history last week, The New Yorker's Robert Mankoff pondered the history of "thinking machines" -- including a cartoon from 1952 that worried about computers invading the dugout and managing baseball games (an oft-repeated fear half a century later with the dawn of the sabermetric era).

3 Comments | Posted in Bloops

20 Questions: Which player and year am I?

Posted by Andy on February 25, 2011

Let's start an all-new 20 Questions game. See my last such game for the rules. Remember, I will only answer the first valid question posted in the comments after each previous answer I give, so there is no point in posting question after question.

As an added twist, the subject of this 20 Questions is a particular season by a particular player.

To illustrate, let's use Mark Whiten as an example. If I were thinking of Mark Whiten in 1997 and you asked "did you appear as a pitcher?" I would say no, because he didn't in 1997. If I were thinking of Mark Whiten in 1998 and you asked the same question, then the answer would be yes. The same rules apply to all of his stats, teams he played for, post-season, etc. It's all confined to the one year of which I am thinking. Of course, if you phrase a question such as "did you appear at any time in your career as a pitcher?" then I'd answer yes, but such a question only helps to identify the player and not the year.

So, somebody start us off with our first question.

89 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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