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Archive for April, 2011

Pirates @ Reds, August 12, 1966

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 18, 2011

Or, otherwise known as Shamsky's big day off the bench...

26 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Pitchers who debuted with a complete game but never pitched another one

Posted by Andy on April 18, 2011

Since 1928, there have been 196 pitchers to debut with a complete game. It hasn't happened since Andy Van Hekken's major league debut in 2002. (Van Hekken, incidentally, is still pitching in the minors.)

Of those fellows, here are the 27 who never pitched more than that 1 CG in the majors:

32 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Lance Berkman’s hot streak

Posted by Andy on April 18, 2011

Lance Berkman has been on fire the last 5 days. Check out the longest streaks in 2011 (through Friday's games) where the player had at least 1 hit and 1 run scored:

Rk   Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Jonathan Herrera 2011-04-08 2011-04-15 7 26 8 12 3 0 1 3 2 9 4 .462 .600 .692 1.292 COL
2 Chris Young 2011-04-06 2011-04-13 7 31 10 11 2 1 3 11 5 1 0 .355 .364 .774 1.138 ARI
                                       
3 Troy Tulowitzki 2011-04-10 2011-04-15 6 22 7 12 2 0 4 8 1 6 0 .545 .643 1.182 1.825 COL
                                       
4 Lance Berkman 2011-04-11 2011-04-15 5 21 9 10 0 0 6 12 2 1 0 .476 .500 1.333 1.833 STL
5 Alex Rodriguez 2011-04-08 2011-04-15 5 16 7 9 3 0 2 5 1 4 0 .563 .636 1.125 1.761 NYY
6 Jose Reyes 2011-04-09 2011-04-14 5 23 5 9 3 2 1 3 1 2 2 .391 .440 .826 1.266 NYM
7 Angel Sanchez 2011-04-09 2011-04-13 5 23 6 11 2 0 1 5 3 1 0 .478 .500 .696 1.196 HOU
8 Shane Victorino 2011-04-06 2011-04-10 5 23 8 13 2 1 1 5 2 0 2 .565 .565 .870 1.435 PHI
9 Drew Stubbs 2011-03-31 2011-04-06 5 21 6 8 1 1 1 4 5 2 2 .381 .435 .667 1.101 CIN
10 Joey Votto 2011-03-31 2011-04-06 5 18 8 7 2 0 1 4 0 5 0 .389 .500 .667 1.167 CIN
11 Jose Tabata 2011-04-01 2011-04-05 5 18 7 7 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 .389 .476 .444 .921 PIT
12 Mark Teixeira 2011-03-31 2011-04-05 5 18 6 6 0 0 4 10 3 3 0 .333 .455 1.000 1.455 NYY
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Generated 4/16/2011.

A few players have had longer streaks but check out Berkman's HR and RBI totals. Not bad for a washed-up 35 year old cast off.

5 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Four hitters in the same game with 2500+ career hits

Posted by Andy on April 17, 2011

On a recent post, some readers got into an interesting discussion about whether there has ever been a major-league game with 4 batters each having at least 2,500 career hits.

It would've happened this year when the Rays faced the Yankees, before Manny Ramirez 'retired'. He would have joined Jeter, A-rod, and Damon.

Reader Doug N writes in with the following gems:

In your Blog posting last week about the Rays not hitting, quite a discussion got going on the topic of players in a game having 2500+ hits.
 
The consensus view at that time was that this had probably not happened since 1927 in As/Senators games of that year. In fact, though, this occurred in two games just last year, involving Jeter, ARod, Manny and Garret Anderson.
 
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN201006260.shtml
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN201006270.shtml
 
I suspect this may be of interest to Dukeofflatbush, DavidRF and others, if you have a way to pass this on.

Nice finds by Doug. Then, he wrote back to add the following:

Some other really close calls.

The Orioles acquired Harold Baines from the White Sox July 29, 1997. The Angels acquired Rickey Henderson from the Padres Aug 13, 1997. Both Baines and Henderson had reached the 2500 hit mark shortly before being traded. After the Henderson trade, the Angels then released Eddie Murray the next day, Aug 14. The Angels and the Orioles played Aug 8-10, and again Aug 16-18. Had Murray stayed a few more days, or Henderson arrived a few days earlier, then Murray, Henderson, Ripken and Baines would have been in uniform for one (or both) of the Angels/Orioles series.

Texas and the Yankees played Aug 27-29, 2009. The Rangers had Omar Vizquel and Ivan Rodriquez, and the Yankees had Jeter and A-Rod. Alex picked up 4 hits in the series to bring his career total to (alas) 2,494, just shy of the milestone. It was the last meeting of the season for the two teams.

The oddest set of 2500 hit teammates? Personal taste, of course, but I'll go with Babe Ruth and Rabbit Maranville. The appeared together in 3 games including this one, where each both played in the field and reached base safely.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BSN/BSN193505090.shtml

Thanks to Doug and all the other readers for researching this--a very interesting question.

Now who can guess when it will happen next?

38 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Losing 11+ Of Your First 15

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 17, 2011

The Mets and Mariners have each started their season this year by going 4-11. Since 1988, how many teams have lost 11+ of their first 15 games?

27 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

3+ Perfect Innings in a ML Debut

Posted by Raphy on April 17, 2011

Rk Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB BR SO HR Pit Str GSc IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS PO BK WP ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 1 Max Scherzer 2008-04-29 ARI HOU L 4-6 3-7 4.1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 47 35 1 0 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.123 2.550 .358
2 1 Jimmy Key 1984-04-06 TOR CAL W 11-5 6-9f ,W 3.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.157 2.250 .619
3 1 Lance Pendleton 2011-04-15 NYY TEX L 3-5 7-9f 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 41 27 0 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.031 1.577 .130
4 1 Mike McClendon 2010-08-14 MIL COL W 5-4 6-8 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 33 19 0 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.285 1.685 1.209
5 1 Steve Stemle 2005-05-26 KCR TEX L 1-8 5-7 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 37 28 0 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0.00 0.006 1.681 .029
6 1 Felipe Lira 1995-04-27 DET SEA L 0-3 6-8f 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 38 23 0 0 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.046 1.724 .192
7 1 Jim Nelson 1970-05-30 PIT SFG L 11-13 5-7 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.032 2.808 .112
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Generated 4/17/2011.

Welcome to the club Lance Pendleton.

9 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Getting No-Hit & Winning

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 16, 2011

Since 1919, how many teams have won a game where they had zero hits?

25 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Fewest career wins by a lefty to win 20 games in a season

Posted by Andy on April 16, 2011

Using the new feature that allows us to do "two-tiered" searches...

There are 114 lefties to win 20 games in a season since 1901. Among those guys, here are the ones with the fewest career wins:

Rk Player W From To Age G GS CG SHO GF L W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA ERA+ Tm
1 Gene Bearden 45 1947 1953 26-32 193 84 29 7 43 38 .542 788.1 791 398 347 435 259 3.96 103 CLE-TOT-SLB-CHW
2 Al Schulz 47 1912 1916 23-27 160 110 56 5 33 63 .427 933.1 867 440 344 409 445 3.32 91 NYY-TOT-BUF-CIN
3 Frank Allen 50 1912 1917 23-28 180 127 60 10 31 66 .431 970.1 893 411 316 373 457 2.93 101 BRO-TOT-PBS-BSN
4 Dickey Kerr 53 1919 1925 25-31 140 83 54 7 45 34 .609 811.1 876 399 346 250 235 3.84 99 CHW
5 Herb Score 55 1955 1962 22-29 150 127 47 11 11 46 .545 858.1 609 364 320 573 837 3.36 118 CLE-CHW
6 Ron Bryant 57 1967 1975 19-27 205 132 23 6 23 56 .504 917.0 890 473 410 379 509 4.02 92 SFG-STL
7 Nick Cullop 57 1913 1921 25-33 174 121 62 9 33 54 .514 1024.0 973 424 311 259 400 2.73 109 CLE-TOT-KCP-NYY-SLB
8 Ferdie Schupp 61 1913 1922 22-31 216 121 62 11 71 39 .610 1054.0 938 470 389 464 553 3.32 88 NYG-TOT-STL-CHW
9 Irv Young 63 1905 1911 27-33 209 161 120 21 32 95 .399 1384.2 1361 629 479 316 560 3.11 88 BSN-TOT-CHW
10 Patsy Flaherty 65 1903 1911 27-35 164 145 121 7 15 81 .445 1241.2 1221 578 424 317 261 3.07 88 CHW-TOT-PIT-PHI-BSN
11 Otto Hess 70 1902 1915 23-36 198 165 129 18 30 90 .438 1418.0 1355 663 469 448 580 2.98 98 CLE-BSN
12 Dontrelle Willis 71 2003 2010 21-28 192 189 15 8 0 63 .530 1146.0 1173 570 524 463 839 4.12 102 FLA-DET-TOT
13 Jack Pfiester 71 1903 1911 25-33 149 128 75 17 12 44 .617 1067.1 869 365 240 293 503 2.02 128 PIT-CHC
14 Nick Altrock 80 1902 1924 25-47 207 154 122 16 41 72 .526 1444.0 1366 546 414 251 412 2.58 98 BOS-CHW-TOT-WSH
15 Reb Russell 80 1913 1919 24-30 242 148 81 24 60 59 .576 1291.2 1128 453 335 267 495 2.33 121 CHW
16 Jim Merritt 81 1965 1975 21-31 297 192 56 9 48 86 .485 1483.0 1468 657 602 322 932 3.65 99 MIN-CIN-TEX
17 Harry Coveleski 81 1907 1918 21-32 198 151 83 13 31 55 .596 1248.0 1070 486 332 376 511 2.39 118 PHI-CIN-DET
18 Lefty Williams 82 1913 1920 20-27
189 152 80 10 27 48 .631 1186.0 1121 497 413 347 515 3.13 99 DET-CHW
19 Ray Collins 84 1909 1915 22-28 199 151 90 19 36 62 .575 1336.0 1246 493 373 269 511 2.51 115 BOS
20 Gene Packard 85 1912 1919 24-31 248 153 86 15 74 69 .552 1410.1 1393 602 472 356 488 3.01 99 CIN-KCP-CHC-TOT-STL-PHI
21 Cliff Melton 86 1937 1944 25-32 272 179 65 13 54 80 .518 1453.2 1446 672 552 431 660 3.42 110 NYG
22 Noodles Hahn 91 1901 1906 22-27 166 160 151 17 6 66 .580 1409.0 1330 548 369 224 640 2.36 135 CIN-NYY
23 Vean Gregg 92 1911 1925 26-40 239 161 105 14 53 63 .594 1393.0 1240 547 418 552 720 2.70 118 CLE-TOT-BOS-PHA-WSH
24 Teddy Higuera 94 1985 1994 26-35 213 205 50 12 7 64 .595 1380.0 1262 608 554 443 1081 3.61 117 MIL
25 Babe Ruth 94 1914 1933 19-38 163 148 107 17 12 46 .671 1221.1 974 400 309 441 488 2.28 122 BOS-NYY
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Generated 4/15/2011.

Some interesting entries here, including #25, who went on to a successful career elsewhere on the diamond.

27 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Most GIDP In Non-Extra Inning Game Since 1919

Posted by Steve Lombardi on April 15, 2011

The Yankees hit into six double plays this evening - yes, 6 GIDP in a 9 inning game.  Since 1919, how many teams had 6+ GIDP in a game of 9 innings or less?

34 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

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