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Archive for May, 2011

Consecutive Appearances of at Most 1 Inning to Start a Career

Posted by Raphy on May 31, 2011

In his short career, Angels rookie closer Jordan Walden has now appeared in 42 games. In all but 2 of those games, Walden has pitched exactly one inning. In the other 2 games Walden retired one batter. Those 42 consecutive games without throwing more than one inning at the start of a career are by far the most from any pitcher since 1919 (and probably before, as well.) Here are the longest streaks since 1919 (through yesterday's games).

19 Comments | Posted in Streak Finders

“Clutch” Since 1996

Posted by Steve Lombardi on May 31, 2011

A list for discussion purposes: It's all active players with at least 1,000 games played between 1996 and 2011 (to date). And, it's their "WPA Clutch" ranking in those games played since 1996.

90 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Estimate the Runs Scored

Posted by John Autin on May 31, 2011

In a 9-inning game, a baseball team had:

  • 14 hits;
  • 1 HR;
  • 4 walks;
  • 2 stolen bases, with no caught stealing; and
  • a hit with a runner in scoring position.

How many runs did they score?

(Hint: How closely did you read yesterday's box scores?)

Answer: One run.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN201105300.shtml

The Rockies made the least of their opportunities yesterday, scoring only on Ty Wigginton's HR. Their other 17 baserunners went for naught; 3 were wiped out on GDPs, 1 was thrown out at the plate, and 13 were left on base. They put the leadoff man on base in every inning from the 2nd through the 8th, but not once did that runner score.

It was just the 2nd 9-inning game since 1919 in which a team scored 1 run with 14+ hits and a HR:

Rk 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 LOB #
1 2011-05-30 COL LAD L 1-7 41 37 1 14 0 0 1 1 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 -0.189 -2.887 .731 13 14
2 1984-04-13 CAL OAK L 1-2 39 38 1 14 2 0 1 1 1 0 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 -0.348 -3.137 1.669 11 12
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It was the 3rd time since 1919 that a team scored 1 run with a HR and 18+ baserunners:

Rk 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 LOB #
1 2011-05-30 COL LAD L 1-7 41 37 1 14 0 0 1 1 4 0 9 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 -0.189 -2.887 .731 13 14
2 1958-05-07 (1) WSH DET L 1-5 42 37 1 13 1 0 1 1 5 0 8 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 -0.184 -3.127 .606 14 13
3 1926-08-02 (2) DET PHA L 1-10 46 36 1 10 2 0 1 1 10 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000   18 15
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Highest ratios of runs scored to times on base

Posted by Andy on May 31, 2011

Following on my earlier post about Yovani Gallardo, here are the players since 1901 with the highest ratios of runs scored to times on base.

Each of these guys has a runs scored total that's at least 55% of their times-on-base total, minimum 400 PAs:

Rk Player Year R TOBwe PA Tm G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Kazuo Matsui 2007 84 152 453 COL 104 410 118 24 6 4 37 34 1 69 0 8 1 1 32 4 .288 .342 .405 .746 *4
2 Raul Mondesi 2000 78 140 426 TOR 96 388 105 22 2 24 67 32 0 73 3 0 3 8 22 6 .271 .329 .523 .852 *9
3 Jim Edmonds 1995 120 218 620 CAL 141 558 162 30 4 33 107 51 4 130 5 1 5 10 1 4 .290 .352 .536 .888 *8
4 Robin Yount 1980 121 206 647 MIL 143 611 179 49 10 23 87 26 1 67 1 6 3 8 20 5 .293 .321 .519 .840 *6/D
5 Jake Wood 1962 68 117 404 DET 111 367 83 10 5 8 30 33 0 59 1 2 1 5 24 3 .226 .291 .346 .637 *4
6 Al Dark 1953 126 228 693 NYG 155 647 194 41 6 23 88 28 0 34 6 12 0 19 7 2 .300 .335 .488 .823 *647/591
7 Joe DiMaggio 1936 132 234 668 NYY 138 637 206 44 15 29 125 24 0 39 4 3 0 0 4 0 .323 .352 .576 .928 789
8 Pepper Martin 1935 121 196 575 STL 135 539 161 41 6 9 54 33 0 58 2 1 0 7 20 0 .299 .341 .447 .789 *59/87
9 Al Simmons 1930 152 251 611 PHA 138 554 211 41 16 36 165 39 0 34 1 17 0 0 9 2 .381 .423 .708 1.130 *7/8
10 Mark Koenig 1927 99 177 568 NYY 123 526 150 20 11 3 62 25 0 21 2 15 0 0 3 2 .285 .320 .382 .702 *6
11 Jack Smith 1924 91 164 502 STL 124 459 130 18 6 2 33 33 0 27 1 9 0 0 24 16 .283 .333 .362 .694 *978
12 Jack Smith 1923 98 155 444 STL 124 407 126 16 6 5 41 27 0 20 2 8 0 0 32 11 .310 .356 .415 .771 *798
13 Jack Smith 1922 117 211 578 STL 143 510 158 23 12 8 46 50 0 30 3 15 0 0 18 7 .310 .375 .449 .824 *897
14 Jack Smith 1921 86 156 439 STL 116 411 135 22 9 7 33 21 0 24 0 7 0 0 11 6 .328 .361 .477 .838 *98
15 Tommy Leach 1909 126 221 682 PIT 151 587 153 29 8 6 43 66 0 50 2 27 0 0 27 0 .261 .337 .368 .705 *85
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Quite an eclectic group, huh?

I suspect that most of these guys hit in front of big run-pruducers. Matsui, for example, spent most of the year hitting ahead of Holliday & Helton, and later bumped up one spot to be ahead of Tulowitski as well.

Mondesi hit right ahead of Carlos Delgado.

And how about Jack Smith, who makes this list 4 times? Well most of the time over those 4 years, he was hitting ahead of Rogers Hornsby.

Note, too, that most of these guys had a lot of stolen bases--that helps. There are also a lot of high doubles and triples totals--that helps too.

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Yovani Gallardo and scoring runs every time on base

Posted by Andy on May 31, 2011

Check out pitchers this year who have scored runs at least half their times on base (minimum 10 plate appearances):

Rk Player R TOBwe PA Year Age Tm G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP SH BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Yovani Gallardo 6 6 32 2011 25 MIL 12 30 6 0 0 1 3 0 12 0 2 .200 .200 .300 .500 *1
2 Carlos Zambrano 5 9 26 2011 30 CHC 12 24 9 2 0 1 4 0 6 0 2 .375 .375 .583 .958 *1
3 Clayton Kershaw 4 7 28 2011 23 LAD 12 25 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 2 .240 .269 .240 .509 *1
4 Ryan Vogelsong 3 4 14 2011 33 SFG 8 13 4 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 .308 .308 .385 .692 /*1
5 Esmil Rogers 2 2 10 2011 25 COL 8 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 .222 .222 .222 .444 /*1
6 Matt Cain 2 2 26 2011 26 SFG 11 23 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 0 2 .043 .083 .043 .127 *1
7 Matt Garza 2 1 20 2011 27 CHC 9 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0 .050 .050 .050 .100 /*1
8 Bud Norris 2 3 22 2011 26 HOU 11 18 2 1 0 0 2 1 9 0 3 .111 .158 .167 .325 *1
9 Chris Volstad 2 3 19 2011 24 FLA 9 16 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 .188 .188 .188 .375 /*1
10 Jason Hammel 2 3 25 2011 28 COL 10 19 3 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 6 .158 .158 .316 .474 *1
11 Travis Wood 1 1 20 2011 24 CIN 15 18 1 0 0 1 3 0 7 0 2 .056 .056 .222 .278 *1
12 Clayton Mortensen 1 1 11 2011 26 COL 7 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .091 /*1
13 Roy Halladay 1 1 32 2011 34 PHI 11 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 5 .037 .037 .037 .074 *1
14 Mat Latos 1 1 16 2011 23 SDP 9 16 1 0 0 1 1 0 8 0 0 .063 .063 .250 .313 /*1
15 Jon Garland 1 1 15 2011 31 LAD 8 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 .000 .091 .000 .091 /*1
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Gallardo hasn't actually scored every single time he's been on base, but he's close. On April 17th he singled and was stranded, and on April 27th he reached by a bunt groundout and later scored. However, his other 5 runs came from times he got on base himself.

If you look all-time, here are the leaders for most runs scored per time on base:

Rk Player R TOBwe PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Asa Brainard 18 18 69 1873 32 BAL NA 16 69 18 1 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .261 .261 .275 .536 *1/94
2 Blue Moon Odom 16 9 72 1972 27 OAK AL 59 66 8 1 0 2 2 1 0 29 0 5 0 0 4 2 .121 .134 .227 .362 *1
3 Phil Collins 15 13 60 1929 27 PHI NL 59 58 11 4 0 1 7 1 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 .190 .217 .310 .527 *1
4 Pedro Ramos 13 9 62 1963 28 CLE AL 54 55 6 0 0 3 7 3 0 32 0 4 0 0 0 0 .109 .155 .273 .428 *1
5 Hal Jeffcoat 13 9 34 1954 29 CHC NL 56 31 8 2 1 1 6 1 0 7 0 0 2 1 2 0 .258 .265 .484 .749 *1/8
6 Jim Palmer 11 10 78 1966 20 BAL AL 36 73 7 1 0 1 5 3 0 33 0 2 0 0 0 0 .096 .132 .151 .282 *1
7 Grant Jackson 9 6 47 1970 27 PHI NL 52 44 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 15 1 1 0 1 0 0 .091 .130 .091 .221 *1
8 Dock Ellis 9 9 76 1970 25 PIT NL 38 70 7 1 0 0 1 2 0 37 0 4 0 0 1 0 .100 .125 .114 .239 *1
9 Vic Keen 9 9 62 1923 24 CHC NL 35 53 8 2 0 0 2 1 0 16 0 8 0 0 0 0 .151 .167 .189 .355 *1
10 Bernie Boland 8 8 81 1917 25 DET AL 45 72 4 1 1 0 2 4 0 19 0 5 0 0 0 0 .056 .105 .097 .202 *1/9
11 John Gilroy 8 8 30 1895 25 WHS NL 12 29 7 1 0 0 4 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .267 .276 .543 /*175
12 Jumbo McGinnis 8 8 33 1887 33 CIN AA 8 31 6 2 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .194 .242 .323 .565 /*1
13 Pud Galvin 8 6 46 1875 18 STL NA 13 46 6 2 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 .130 .130 .217 .348 /*1978
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Some of these guys scored more runs than times they were on base. How is that possible? Just like Gallardo, they got on base via a fielder's choice or they entered some games as pinch-runners. To find out who scored every time on base, we'd need to look at each guy's batting game log. I looked at a few but couldn't find anybody who actually did score each time on base. (Note that the above list is for pitchers only!)

Shout out to reader Tim B., who emailed in with this idea moments after I started writing it. He and I were on the same page.

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Mike Napoli: Historically Powerful Catcher, Defensive Dilemma

Posted by John Autin on May 30, 2011

Mike Napoli had a big game Monday that was more in character than Sunday's romp around the bases, hitting 2 HRs and a double for Texas. It was his 3rd straight day with a HR, and gave him 10 HRs in 104 AB this year, and 102 HRs in 1,654 career AB. Only one catcher with at least 100 HRs has a higher HR% than Napoli (HR as % of AB):

Now, it's not fair to compare Napoli to catchers whose careers are over, since he has yet to experience his decline phase. But even if we restrict the search to "through age 29" or "first 6 seasons," only Napoli and Piazza meet the criteria of 100 HRs and a 6% HR rate.

Napoli's not a great player, of course. By all accounts, he's a poor defensive catcher; he's had negative dWAR in each of his 5 prior seasons, and the Angels essentially dumped him last winter, preferring to enter the season with a historically bad offensive catcher who's no Gold Glover, either. But Napoli is a better offensive player than most people realize. Besides the raw power, he takes some walks, adding almost 100 points of OBP to his modest .250 BA. He's not slow, stealing a few bases a year and occasionally making the highlight reel with his wheels. He averages just 10 GDP per 162 games, which is darn low for a RHB catcher.

But he reminds me of Piazza's last few years, in terms of posing a positional dilemma for their clubs. Their offense is excellent for a catcher, but the defense is a serious problem. If you put them at 1B or DH, their offensive edge at the position takes a big hit; a 120 OPS+ is only average for a 1B. And they're not exactly going to help you with the glove at 1B, either. Piazza's dWAR in 2004, when the Mets tried to convert him to 1B, was about as damaging as his worst years behind the plate.

I'd rather have the Rangers' dilemma with Napoli than the Mets' with Piazza. Nobody is expecting Napoli to play every day or to anchor any one position; Texas has started him in 15 games behind the plate, 11 at 1B and 5 at DH, and he's not interfering with any well-established players at those positions. And so far, it's working; they're 18-13 when he starts, 11-12 when he sits.

If you ran a club with Napoli on the roster, what would you do with him?

P.S. Here are the 7 catchers who, in their first 6 seasons, had at least 50 HRs and a 5% HR rate:

Rk Player HR AB From To Age G PA R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Mike Piazza 168 2558 1992 1997 23-28 689 2856 423 854 110 3 533 272 58 413 10 0 16 72 10 11 .334 .398 .576 .974 *2/D3 LAD
2 Roy Campanella 158 2644 1948 1953 26-31 754 3007 433 772 129 13 563 335 0 300 17 11 0 85 20 8 .292 .375 .530 .905 *2 BRO
3 Johnny Bench 154 2887 1967 1972 19-24 782 3228 421 781 142 12 512 288 54 470 8 4 41 75 20 21 .271 .334 .488 .822 *2/39758 CIN
4 Mike Napoli 100 1648 2006 2011 24-29 542 1927 264 410 84 4 269 223 10 487 34 2 20 35 22 14 .249 .346 .487 .833 *2/3D LAA-TEX
5 Chris Hoiles 80 1474 1989 1994 24-29 457 1729 217 393 67 1 213 222 10 303 17 5 11 35 3 5 .267 .367 .476 .843 *2/D3 BAL
6 Ed Bailey 69 1364 1953 1958 22-27 448 1609 177 354 50 9 207 212 30 227 9 13 11 24 10 5 .260 .360 .461 .821 *2 CIN
7 David Ross 57 982 2002 2007 25-30 371 1125 114 218 44 3 141 103 12 303 13 11 16 23 0 0 .222 .300 .447 .747 *2 LAD-TOT-CIN
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Bartolo Colon Throws Yankees’ 1st Shutout in 2+ Years

Posted by John Autin on May 30, 2011

Bartolo Colon tossed a 4-hit, no-walk shutout in Oakland Monday. It was the first individual shutout by a Yankees pitcher since CC Sabathia did it on 2009-05-08, over 2 years ago. Every other team had at least 1 CG shutout in that span.

Before CC, the last shutout by a Yankees pitcher was in 2006 by Chien-Ming Wang. Colon's last shutout was also in 2006. Since 2006, Bartolo Colon has as many shutouts in 55 starts as all other Yankees pitchers have in 854 starts.

Of course, the dearth of individual shutouts during the latest Yankee dynasty is not really a reflection on the starting pitchers. Rather, it shows that they usually have a strong bullpen, and they're always looking beyond today's game towards the postseason.

Incidentally, 2004 was the first full-schedule season in Yankees history that they did not have a CG shutout; they also did not have one in 1981 and 1994.

Here are the Yankees pitchers with the most shutouts since 1991. (Scott Sanderson?)

Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
1 David Wells 9 Ind. Games 9 0 1.000 0.00 9 9 9 0 81.0 30 0 0 4 72 0.42
2 Mike Mussina 8 Ind. Games 8 0 1.000 0.00 8 8 8 0 72.0 24 0 0 6 75 0.42
3 Scott Sanderson 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 8 0 0 0 14 0.30
4 Andy Pettitte 3 Ind. Games 3 0 1.000 0.00 3 3 3 0 27.0 15 0 0 6 19 0.78
5 Ramiro Mendoza 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 9 0 0 1 6 0.56
6 Jack McDowell 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 7 0 0 7 13 0.78
7 Jimmy Key 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 4 0 0 2 17 0.33
8 Hideki Irabu 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 9 0 0 7 10 0.89
9 Orlando Hernandez 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 6 0 0 1 12 0.39
10 Roger Clemens 2 Ind. Games 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 2 0 18.0 13 0 0 2 13 0.83
11 Bob Wickman 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 3 6 1.00
12 Chien-Ming Wang 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 2 0 0 2 1 0.44
13 Aaron Small 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 2 3 0.78
14 CC Sabathia 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 4 0 0 1 8 0.56
15 Kenny Rogers 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 4 1 1.11
16 Melido Perez 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 6 0 0 1 9 0.78
17 Carl Pavano 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 0 7 0.56
18 Ted Lilly 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 3 0 0 2 11 0.56
19 Sterling Hitchcock 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 4 0 0 1 8 0.56
20 Shawn Hillegas 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 5 0 0 2 5 0.78
21 Dwight Gooden 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 6 5 0.67
22 David Cone 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 0 10 0.00
23 Greg Cadaret 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 9 0 0 2 6 1.22
24 Jim Abbott 1 Ind. Games 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 1 0 9.0 0 0 0 5 3 0.56
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John Danks and longest winless streaks to start a season

Posted by Andy on May 30, 2011

John Danks got crushed yesterday and moved to 0-8 on the season in his 11 starts.

Since 2001 here are the longest streaks to start a season where the pitcher did not register a win:

Rk Strk Start End Games W L GS CG SHO GF SV IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA HBP WP BK Tm
1 Scott Elarton 2004-04-09 2004-07-23 16 0 8 16 0 0 0 0 77.2 89 71 68 41 51 16 7.88 2 5 0 COL-CLE
2 Dan Wright 2003-05-09 2003-09-25 15 0 7 15 0 0 0 0 69.2 78 57 53 41 42 14 6.85 2 5 0 CHW
3 Tanyon Sturtze 2002-04-02 2002-06-20 15 0 8 15 0 0 0 0 97.1 124 61 55 43 60 9 5.09 2 1 1 TBD
4 Kenshin Kawakami 2010-04-11 2010-06-20 14 0 9 14 0 0 0 0 75.1 85 47 40 25 51 9 4.78 1 2 0 ATL
5 Kevin Millwood 2010-04-06 2010-06-13 14 0 8 14 1 0 0 0 90.2 108 57 52 27 73 19 5.16 3 3 1 BAL
6 Edwin Jackson 2007-04-09 2007-06-18 13 0 8 13 0 0 0 0 57.1 75 58 50 37 52 9 7.85 3 2 1 TBD
7 Jose Lima 2005-04-04 2005-06-09 13 0 5 13 0 0 0 0 64.0 82 64 58 27 32 17 8.16 4 1 0 KCR
8 Darrell May 2003-04-13 2003-06-21 13 0 4 13 0 0 0 0 78.1 85 42 39 20 43 10 4.48 1 4 0 KCR
9 Bryan Rekar 2001-04-05 2001-06-07 13 0 7 13 0 0 0 0 77.2 90 57 46 23 48 7 5.33 3 4 0 TBD
10 Ross Detwiler 2009-05-18 2009-09-23 12 0 6 12 1 0 0 0 62.2 79 42 41 26 39 3 5.89 2 2 0 WSN
11 Anthony Reyes 2007-04-07 2007-06-27 12 0 10 12 1 0 0 0 64.2 68 47 46 24 46 8 6.40 5 1 1 STL
12 Bruce Chen 2006-04-08 2006-08-04 12 0 5 12 0 0 0 0 58.1 84 52 48 18 40 19 7.41 0 1 0 BAL
13 Todd Ritchie 2001-04-03 2001-06-06 12 0 8 12 1 0 0 0 71.2 74 49 41 23 42 11 5.15 3 3 0 PIT
14 John Danks 2011-04-03 2011-05-29 11 0 8 11 1 0 0 0 70.1 81 42 41 25 46 11 5.25 3 4 0 CHW
15 Ross Ohlendorf 2010-04-07 2010-06-27 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 60.2 63 36 33 29 37 7 4.90 2 0 0 PIT
16 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2010-04-07 2010-06-15 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 53.2 73 48 41 23 22 13 6.88 3 2 0 SEA
17 Russ Ortiz 2006-04-07 2006-08-07 11 0 8 11 0 0 0 0 37.2 61 46 43 32 25 10 10.27 2 1 0 ARI-BAL
18 Orlando Hernandez 2001-04-07 2001-08-26 11 0 6 11 0 0 0 0 60.0 69 40 40 27 50 17 6.00 4 0 0 NYY
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Danks has been pretty unlucky compared to the rest of this group. He's pitched to a better ERA than most but ended up with more losses than most (on a per-start basis, at least.)

Yesterday's blowout was the worst start of Danks' career by most measures, including Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2011-05-29 CHW TOR L 4-13 GS-4 ,L 4.0 9 9 9 1 1 3 96 61 8
2 2010-05-29 CHW TBR L 5-8 GS-5 ,L 4.0 8 8 8 3 2 1 102 62 13
3 2008-04-09 CHW MIN L 5-12 GS-3 ,L 2.1 7 7 7 3 2 0 69 39 14
4 2007-05-29 CHW MIN L 2-9 GS-4 ,L 3.1 9 6 6 4 0 2 83 44 14
5 2009-05-15 CHW TOR L 3-8 GS-4 ,L 3.0 9 7 7 1 3 1 62 40 15
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Incidentally, Jo-Jo Reyes has a 10-game winless streak to start the season, and his streak goes all the way back to 2008.

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Jose Reyes Leads NL in Doubles and Triples through May 29

Posted by John Autin on May 30, 2011

Jose Bernabe Reyes currently leads the NL with 17 doubles and 8 triples. The last player to lead the NL in both categories was Lou Brock in 1968.

After a 4-hit, 2-triple Sunday, Reyes has what would be career highs with a .335 BA, .382 OBP and .493 SLG.

Reyes also leads the NL with 19 SB; Brock in '68 also led the NL in SB.

Reyes is on pace for 53 doubles 25 triples.  No MLB player has ever reached both those totals in a season. Stan Musial is the only one with 50 doubles and 20 triples, hitting both on the nose in 1946.

I'm going to be sad when the Mets trade him.

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Diamondbacks Streaking Again

Posted by John Autin on May 30, 2011

With a comeback win Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks have won 6 straight for the 2nd time in 2 weeks. With 12 wins in their last 13 games, they have reached 5 games over .500 (29-24) for the first time since 2008, which was also the last year they had a win streak of at least 6 games. Arizona's longest win streak last year was 4 games.

While Pittsburgh's 2010 road record got all the attention, Arizona's 25-56 (.309) mark was also dreadful. This year, they're 13-14 on the road.

Arizona pulled ahead with a 3-run 8th. J.J. Putz tossed a perfect 9th for his 16th save in as many tries this year. Putz has a 1.57 ERA and 0.83 WHIP so far; Arizona's primary closers last year (Juan Gutierrez and Chad Qualls) had a combined 6.37 ERA and 1.63 WHIP.

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