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Archive for June, 2011

Teams With 2+ 18+ Game Winners Since 1973

30th June 2011

How many teams, since 1973, had at least two pitchers on their team win 18+ games in the same season?

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I love Mark Eichhorn…

30th June 2011

...and I've never even met him. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Phillies are still chucking shutouts

29th June 2011

Since 1969 (the year the pitcher's mound was lowered to its current height), here are the most team shutouts within the first 80 games of the year:

In sports, it seems so often that reality fails to live up to hype. This is not the case with the Phillies' rotation, which has been dynamite.

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Bizarro Box-Score Sorcery

29th June 2011

[Please humor me for a moment; I'll get to the point shortly.]

Here's a fun exercise with the Play Index: Try to find a game where both starting pitchers had the exact same basic box score line of IP, H, R, BB and SO. Here's a step-by-step guide for doing that search:
(To skip the search and see the results for a certain pitching line that I selected at random, click here.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Most wins by a pitcher who never won 10 in a single season

29th June 2011

I did this search by first ranking all pitchers since 1901 in wins, and then finding among those the guys that never won 10 in a season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jose, can you get any hotter?

29th June 2011

[Sure, Cliff Lee's shutout streak is *the* story tonight, and Andy's got that discussion going. And for real drama, the Mets broke their nearly two-year grand slam drought, and liked it so much that they did it again the next inning. But still -- this is my story, and I'm stickin' to it.]

Playing in his 1,000th career game Tuesday night, it took just 5 innings for Jose Reyes to go 4 for 4 with 3 runs, a double, and his 15th triple, in the Mets' 79th game. He remains on pace for several Mets season records as well as some numbers that haven't been seen in 80 years or more.

For starters, Reyes has hit more triples in the first 79 games than any other player since 1919 (which is the limit of B-R's game-search database). Here are the guys who had 14 triples in the first 79 games: Read the rest of this entry »

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Cliff Lee

28th June 2011

Dude just threw his 3rd consecutive complete-game shutout. I'd say he's hitting his stride.

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Retired Players With 200 Career HR Or Less And 15+ Games With 2+ HR

28th June 2011

How many retired players have 200 career HR or less, but, have 15+ games in their career where they hit more than one HR?

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Active hitting leaders

28th June 2011

Here are active hitting leaders for most plate appearances ... Read the rest of this entry »

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Biggest BAbip advantages so far this year

28th June 2011

I found several players with BAbips (batting average on balls put in play) that are at least 100 points higher than their batting averages so far in 2011. That's even more bad news for these guys, since they are all having pretty bad years, and if their BAbips regress to the mean a little, their seasons will probably get even worse.

Rk Player PA BAbip OPS+ 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Dexter Fowler 247 .345 79 13 5 0 18 31 66 .238 .340 .348 .688 /*8 COL
2 Jack Cust 226 .322 96 11 1 2 19 40 65 .216 .358 .319 .677 /*D SEA
3 Brad Hawpe 216 .331 86 10 0 4 19 19 68 .231 .301 .344 .645 /*39D SDP
4 Bill Hall 183 .327 71 9 2 2 14 10 59 .224 .273 .335 .609 /*4 TOT
5 Willie Harris 132 .355 83 5 0 1 9 14 39 .241 .333 .310 .644 /758D9 NYM
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/27/2011.

Incidentally, Jack Cust did this last year, too. He finished 2010 with 425 plate appearances, a .272 batting average, and a .387 BAbip. He also had a 128 OPS+. In 2010, Austin Jackson maintained a 103-point differential over 675 plate appearances.

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