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Archive for March, 2011

140+ HRs Since 1919 In Games Team Lost

Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 26, 2011

Since 1919, how many players have hit 140+ homeruns in games that his team lost?

18 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Is Kevin Millwood really that bad?

Posted by Andy on March 26, 2011

Kevin Millwood finally has a team after signing a minor-league deal with the Yankees. I'm surprised it took him so long to find a job.

Yeah, in 2010 he had just an 82 ERA+ and 16 losses, but check out the list of the most recent guys to do that:

Rk Player Year L ERA+ Age Tm G GS CG SHO W W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA HR OPS+
1 Joe Saunders 2010 17 93 29 TOT 33 33 3 1 9 .346 203.1 232 120 101 64 114 4.47 25 118
2 Kevin Millwood 2010 16 83 35 BAL 31 31 1 0 4 .200 190.2 223 116 108 65 132 5.10 30 119
3 Rodrigo Lopez 2010 16 85 34 ARI 33 33 0 0 7 .304 200.0 227 126 111 56 116 5.00 37 123
4 Jeremy Guthrie 2009 17 90 30 BAL 33 33 1 0 10 .370 200.0 224 120 112 60 110 5.04 35 115
5 Zach Duke 2009 16 102 26 PIT 32 32 3 1 11 .407 213.0 231 101 96 49 106 4.06 23 106
6 Aaron Harang 2008 17 93 30 CIN 30 29 1 1 6 .261 184.1 205 104 98 50 153 4.78 35 119
7 Greg Smith 2008 16 100 24 OAK 32 32 2 0 7 .304 190.1 169 92 88 87 111 4.16 21 97
8 Justin Verlander 2008 17 93 25 DET 33 33 1 0 11 .393 201.0 195 119 108 87 163 4.84 18 88
9 Barry Zito 2008 17 86 30 SFG 32 32 0 0 10 .370 180.0 186 115 103 102 120 5.15 16 106
10 Javier Vazquez 2008 16 98 32 CHW 33 33 1 0 12 .429 208.1 214 113 108 61 200 4.67 25 94
11 Daniel Cabrera 2007 18 83 26 BAL 34 34 1 0 9 .333 204.1 207 133 126 108 166 5.55 25 103
12 Jose Contreras 2007 17 84 35 CHW 32 30 2 2 10 .370 189.0 232 134 117 62 113 5.57 21 110
13 Matt Cain 2007 16 123 22 SFG 32 32 1 0 7 .304 200.0 173 84 81 79 163 3.65 14 78
14 Nate Robertson 2005 16 95 27 DET 32 32 2 0 7 .304 196.2 202 113 98 65 122 4.48 28 103
15 Kip Wells 2005 18 83 28 PIT 33 33 1 1 8 .308 182.0 186 116 103 99 132 5.09 23 115
16 Jamey Wright 2005 16 88 30 COL 34 27 0 0 8 .333 171.1 201 119 104 81 101 5.46 22 120
17 Brandon Webb 2004 16 129 25 ARI 35 35 1 0 7 .304 208.0 194 111 83 119 164 3.59 17 87
18 Darrell May 2004 19 85 32 KCR 31 31 3 1 9 .321 186.0 234 130 116 55 120 5.61 38 130
19 Ryan Franklin 2004 16 93 31 SEA 32 32 2 1 4 .200 200.1 224 116 109 61 104 4.90 33 116
20 John Lackey 2003 16 95 24 ANA 33 33 2 2 10 .385 204.0 223 117 105 66 151 4.63 31 109
21 Jeff D'Amico 2003 16 92 27 PIT 29 29 2 1 9 .360 175.1 204 104 93 42 100 4.77 23 110
22 Nate Cornejo 2003 17 92 23 DET 32 32 2 0 6 .261 194.2 236 111 101 58 46 4.67 18 118
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Generated 3/25/2011.

This is not a list full of stinkers. Yeah, there are a lot of guys who led their league in losses (see bold numbers). But then there are some guys like #8 Verlander, #13 Cain, and #17 Webb who had excellent OPS+ against numbers and still racked up the losses. Quite a few other names on this list put together good careers and had many other good seasons.

Don't get me wrong--I'm not suggesting that Millwood is a #1 or #2 type guy, especially at his age. But he's a pretty good bet to be solid, pitch a lot of innings, go relatively deep into games, and be a good guy to fill the back end of a rotation. Given that he ultimately agreed to a minor-league deal, I'm surprised some team didn't throw a couple of million bucks at him to make him a #5 starter.

28 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Teams With Most Pitchers Over .500 Min. 10 Decisions

Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 25, 2011

How many teams had 8+ pitchers in a season where the pitcher won more games than he lost and had at least 10 decisions?

33 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

The 20 most productive pitchers of 2010

Posted by Andy on March 25, 2011

Following on to my list of the 20 most productive hitters of 2010, here's a list of the 20 most productive pitchers.

19 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

The 20 most productive players of 2010

Posted by Andy on March 24, 2011

Here's one way of finding the most productive players (hitters edition) of 2010.

35 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Teams Who Won @ Home Often

Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 23, 2011

How many teams, since 1919, have won 57 games (or more) at home in a given season?

39 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Bloops: A Saber Seminar to Benefit the Jimmy Fund

Posted by Neil Paine on March 23, 2011

In May, Harvard will be hosting a sabermetric seminar to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

"Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball is a 2 day baseball-centric seminar at Harvard's Pfizer Lecture Hall on May 21 and 22. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Jimmy Fund. Speakers include Jared Porter, Dan Brooks, Tom Tippett, Andy Andres, Dr. Alan Nathan, Jeremy Greenhouse, David Gassko, Mitchel Lichtman, David Sheinberg, Michael Richmond, and Chuck Korb. ESPN writer Jonah Keri will be MC'ing one of the days, and there may be one or two others folks added, as well.

Planned seminars include an explanation of linear weights and WPI/LI, a discussion of pitch f/x, the bio-mechanics of a baseball swing, the visuomotor aspects of the game - getting information into your brain, how fast players make decisions, the psychophysics of hitting, etc., what the most advanced defensive stats entail and where they are going, forecasting player performance, modern technologies for tracking the baseball, how the spin of a ball affects its flight (i.e., why a ball curves), and question and answer sessions with Tom Tippett and Jared Porter."

Sounds like a great way to learn more about baseball research, and to contribute to an extremely worthy cause in the process. All of the money from the seminar will go to the Jimmy Fund, since the speakers have donated their time and Harvard is letting them use their facilities gratis.

Comments Off | Posted in Bloops, Sabermetrics

Three fifth of the Astros’ starting rotation are former Phillies

Posted by Andy on March 23, 2011

With Nelson Figueroa wining the 5th spot in the Astros' 2011 starting rotation, that makes 3 guys on their starting staff who are former Phillies.

The staff is currently set as:

Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, J.A. Happ, Bud Norris, and Nelson Figueroa

Myers was drafted by the Phillies in 1999 and played 8 seasons with them. Happ was drafted by the Phillies in 2004 and was traded to the Astros last year as part of the Roy Oswalt deal. Figueroa was drafted by the Mets in 1995 and was eventually traded from the Diamondbacks to the Phillies in 2000 as part of the Curt Schilling trade. He also had a second stint with the Phillies last year.

The other two guys, Rodriguez and Norris, were both drafted by the Astros.

Incidentally, in addition to Oswalt, the Phillies have former Astros Brad Lidge on their staff, although he's not a starting pitcher.

12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Bloops: Rare footage of Ruth and Gehrig Unearthed

Posted by Neil Paine on March 22, 2011

From the NY Times:

"Amid eight reels of 16-millimeter film recently discovered in excellent condition in an Illinois cellar are three and a half minutes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig wearing the uniforms, but not the caps, of their barnstorming teams. The film is believed to have been shot with a high-end home movie camera in or around Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 18, 1927 — 10 days after the Yankees completed a four-game World Series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates."

7 Comments | Posted in Bloops, History

Bloops: Beware the ‘Bases Fallacy’

Posted by Neil Paine on March 22, 2011

Over at The Book Blog, Tangotiger offers another friendly reminder about the required reading out there regarding the dreaded Bases Fallacy. Although it can happen to the best of us (one of my most embarrassing moments to be sure), once you know about the bases fallacy, you must do everything in your power to prevent the bases fallacy from happening again.

17 Comments | Posted in Bloops, Sabermetrics, Stats

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