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Archive for July, 2011

13 Or More 5+ RBI Games Since 1919

Posted by Steve Lombardi on July 31, 2011

Since 1919, how many players have 13+ games in their career with 5+ RBI?

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Derek Holland has 4 shutouts and a 4.14 ERA

Posted by John Autin on July 30, 2011

Derek Holland shut out the Blue Jays in Toronto Saturday, his 4th shutout of the year and 3rd in his last 5 starts. He threw just 26 balls out of 95 pitches, walking 1, with 5 strikeouts. In the 4 shutouts, he's allowed a total of 18 hits, 5 walks and 1 HBP.

Despite the shutouts, Holland's season ERA is 4.14 in 22 starts. In the previous 30 years, 107 pitchers had a season with at least 4 shutouts; every last one finished the season with an ERA under 4.00, and the majority were under 3.00.

Since 1981, here are the 25 highest ERAs in a season of 4+ shutouts:

73 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

64+ Wins In 1st 103 Games Since 1996

Posted by Steve Lombardi on July 29, 2011

Since 1996, how many teams have won 64+ games within their first 103 games of the season?

38 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Rare power and speed combo: Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Reyes, and Matt Kemp

Posted by Andy on July 29, 2011

As of last week, three players are poised to join the list of qualified players to post a slugging percentage of at least .500 in a season where they also stole at least 1 base for every 4 games played:

Rk Player Year SLG SB G Age Tm PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS Pos
1 Jose Reyes 2011 .522 30 83 28 NYM 394 364 68 127 22 16 3 32 27 27 .349 .392 .914 *6
2 Matt Kemp 2011 .578 27 98 26 LAD 408 353 58 109 19 2 24 72 47 91 .309 .390 .968 *8/D
3 Jacoby Ellsbury 2011 .509 28 95 27 BOS 431 389 70 123 26 2 15 54 33 59 .316 .375 .884 *8/D
4 Jimmy Rollins 2007 .531 41 162 28 PHI 778 716 139 212 38 20 30 94 49 85 .296 .344 .875 *6
5 Hanley Ramirez 2007 .562 51 154 23 FLA 706 639 125 212 48 6 29 81 52 95 .332 .386 .948 *6/D
6 Alfonso Soriano 2006 .560 41 159 30 WSN 728 647 119 179 41 2 46 95 67 160 .277 .351 .911 *7
7 Carlos Beltran 2004 .548 42 159 27 TOT 708 599 121 160 36 9 38 104 92 101 .267 .367 .915 *8
8 Bobby Abreu 2004 .544 40 159 30 PHI 713 574 118 173 47 1 30 105 127 116 .301 .428 .971 *9
9 Carlos Beltran 2003 .522 41 141 26 KCR 602 521 102 160 14 10 26 100 72 81 .307 .389 .911 *8/D
10 Alfonso Soriano 2002 .547 41 156 26 NYY 741 696 128 209 51 2 39 102 23 157 .300 .332 .880 *4/D
11 Reggie Sanders 1999 .527 36 133 31 SDP 550 478 92 136 24 7 26 72 65 108 .285 .376 .904 *798/D
12 Alex Rodriguez 1998 .560 46 161 22 SEA 748 686 123 213 35 5 42 124 45 121 .310 .360 .919 *6/D
13 Craig Biggio 1998 .503 50 160 32 HOU 738 646 123 210 51 2 20 88 64 113 .325 .403 .906 *4/D
14 Craig Biggio 1997 .501 47 162 31 HOU 744 619 146 191 37 8 22 81 84 107 .309 .415 .916 *4/D
15 Chuck Knoblauch 1996 .517 45 153 27 MIN 701 578 140 197 35 14 13 72 98 74 .341 .448 .965 *4/D
16 Barry Bonds 1996 .615 40 158 31 SFG 675 517 122 159 27 3 42 129 151 76 .308 .461 1.076 *7/8
17 Reggie Sanders 1995 .579 36 133 27 CIN 567 484 91 148 36 6 28 99 69 122 .306 .397 .975 *98
18 Barry Bonds 1994 .647 29 112 29 SFG 474 391 89 122 18 1 37 81 74 43 .312 .426 1.073 *7
19 Kenny Lofton 1994 .536 60 112 27 CLE 523 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 52 56 .349 .412 .948 *8
20 Barry Bonds 1992 .624 39 140 27 PIT 612 473 109 147 36 5 34 103 127 69 .311 .456 1.080 *7
21 Barry Bonds 1991 .514 43 153 26 PIT 634 510 95 149 28 5 25 116 107 73 .292 .410 .924 *7/8
22 Rickey Henderson 1990 .577 65 136 31 OAK 594 489 119 159 33 3 28 61 97 60 .325 .439 1.016 *7D
23 Barry Bonds 1990 .565 52 151 25 PIT 621 519 104 156 32 3 33 114 93 83 .301 .406 .970 *7/8
24 Howard Johnson 1989 .559 41 153 28 NYM 655 571 104 164 41 3 36 101 77 126 .287 .369 .928 *56
25 Jose Canseco 1988 .569 40 158 23 OAK 705 610 120 187 34 0 42 124 78 128 .307 .391 .959 *9D
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Generated 7/22/2011.

More love for Reggie Sanders!

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50 stolen bases and .500 slugging

Posted by John Autin on July 29, 2011

Since 1901, there have been 30 seasons of at least 50 stolen bases and a .500 slugging average, by 17 different players. (That total includes 2 seasons by Benny Kauff in the Federal League, a dubious "major league.")

Every player who ever did this was a long-time star in the big leagues -- even Benny Kauff:

Rk Player Year SB SLG Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP CS BA OBP OPS Pos
1 Hanley Ramirez 2007 51 .562 23 FLA NL 154 706 639 125 212 48 6 29 81 52 3 95 7 4 4 10 14 .332 .386 .948 *6/D
2 Craig Biggio 1998 50 .503 32 HOU NL 160 738 646 123 210 51 2 20 88 64 6 113 23 1 4 10 8 .325 .403 .906 *4/D
3 Kenny Lofton 1994 60 .536 27 CLE AL 112 523 459 105 160 32 9 12 57 52 5 56 2 4 6 5 12 .349 .412 .948 *8
4 Rickey Henderson 1990 65 .577 31 OAK AL 136 594 489 119 159 33 3 28 61 97 2 60 4 2 2 13 10 .325 .439 1.016 *7D
5 Barry Bonds 1990 52 .565 25 PIT NL 151 621 519 104 156 32 3 33 114 93 15 83 3 0 6 8 13 .301 .406 .970 *7/8
6 Eric Davis 1987 50 .593 25 CIN NL 129 562 474 120 139 23 4 37 100 84 8 134 1 0 3 6 6 .293 .399 .991 *8/7
7 Tony Gwynn 1987 56 .511 27 SDP NL 157 680 589 119 218 36 13 7 54 82 26 35 3 2 4 13 12 .370 .447 .958 *9
8 Tim Raines 1987 50 .526 27 MON NL 139 627 530 123 175 34 8 18 68 90 26 52 4 0 3 9 5 .330 .429 .955 *7
9 Eric Davis 1986 80 .523 24 CIN NL 132 487 415 97 115 15 3 27 71 68 5 100 1 0 3 6 11 .277 .378 .901 *7*89
10 Ryne Sandberg 1985 54 .504 25 CHC NL 153 673 609 113 186 31 6 26 83 57 5 97 1 2 4 10 11 .305 .364 .868 *4/6
11 Willie McGee 1985 56 .503 26 STL NL 152 652 612 114 216 26 18 10 82 34 2 86 0 1 5 3 16 .353 .384 .887 *8/7
12 Rickey Henderson 1985 80 .516 26 NYY AL 143 654 547 146 172 28 5 24 72 99 1 65 3 0 5 8 10 .314 .419 .934 *8/7D
13 Joe Morgan 1976 60 .576 32 CIN NL 141 599 472 113 151 30 5 27 111 114 8 41 1 0 12 2 9 .320 .444 1.020 *4
14 Joe Morgan 1975 67 .508 31 CIN NL 146 639 498 107 163 27 6 17 94 132 3 52 3 0 6 3 10 .327 .466 .974 *4
15 Cesar Cedeno 1973 56 .537 22 HOU NL 139 576 525 86 168 35 2 25 70 41 7 79 7 1 2 19 15 .320 .376 .913 *8
16 Cesar Cedeno 1972 55 .537 21 HOU NL 139 625 559 103 179 39 8 22 82 56 5 62 5 1 4 11 21 .320 .385 .921 *8
17 George Sisler 1922 51 .594 29 SLB AL 142 654 586 134 246 42 18 8 105 49 0 14 3 16 0 0 19 .420 .467 1.061 *3
18 Ty Cobb 1917 55 .570 30 DET AL 152 669 588 107 225 44 24 6 102 61 0 34 4 16 0 0 0 .383 .444 1.014 *89
19 Benny Kauff 1915 55 .509 25 BTT FL 136 581 483 92 165 23 11 12 83 85 0 50 6 7 0 0 0 .342 .446 .955 *8
20 Benny Kauff 1914 75 .534 24 IND FL 154 667 571 120 211 44 13 8 95 72 0 55 8 16 0 0 0 .370 .447 .981 987
21 Ty Cobb 1913 51 .535 26 DET AL 122 501 428 70 167 18 16 4 67 58 0 31 4 11 0 0 0 .390 .467 1.002 *8/94
22 Ty Cobb 1912 61 .584 25 DET AL 140 609 553 120 226 30 23 7 83 43 0 0 5 8 0 0 34 .409 .456 1.040 *8
23 Tris Speaker 1912 52 .567 24 BOS AL 153 675 580 136 222 53 12 10 90 82 0 0 6 7 0 0 28 .383 .464 1.031 *8
24 Ty Cobb 1911 83 .621 24 DET AL 146 654 591 147 248 47 24 8 127 44 0 0 8 11 0 0 0 .420 .467 1.088 *8
25 Ty Cobb 1910 65 .551 23 DET AL 140 590 506 106 194 35 13 8 91 64 0 0 4 16 0 0 0 .383 .456 1.008 *89
26 Ty Cobb 1909 76 .517 22 DET AL 156 651 573 116 216 33 10 9 107 48 0 45 6 24 0 0 0 .377 .431 .947 *9
27 Honus Wagner 1908 53 .542 34 PIT NL 151 641 568 100 201 39 19 10 109 54 0 22 5 14 0 0 0 .354 .415 .957 *6
28 Honus Wagner 1907 61 .513 33 PIT NL 142 580 515 98 180 38 14 6 82 46 0 37 5 14 0 0 0 .350 .408 .921 *6/3
29 Honus Wagner 1905 57 .505 31 PIT NL 147 616 548 114 199 32 14 6 101 54 0 54 7 7 0 0 0 .363 .427 .932 *6/7
30 Honus Wagner 1904 53 .520 30 PIT NL 132 558 490 97 171 44 14 4 75 59 0 43 4 5 0 0 0 .349 .423 .944 *6/7384
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  • Of the 30 seasons, 14 came between 1904 and 1922 (mostly by Cobb and Wagner). Then there was a 50-year gap to 1972, when Cesar Cedeno kicked off another run of 13 such seasons in 19 years. In the past 20 years, there have been just three 50/.500 seasons.
  • A number of these were MVP seasons, including both 1990 MVPs; both of Joe Morgan's MVP campaigns; Cobb in 1911, Speaker in '12, Sisler in '22, McGee in '85. A few others probably should have won the MVP. (Cobb and Wagner surely would have won multiple MVPs in these years, but the NL award had not yet been instituted and the AL allowed only 1 win to a customer.)

In case you haven't guessed already, this is my latest "historic" angle on Jose Reyes. His 2-week DL stint basically killed any chance of reaching previously projected historic combinations. But he's still slugging .519, and his 32 steals puts him on pace for 49.4; if pressed, I'd predict he doesn't get 50 SB, since he's been a bit more cautious since the hamstring pull. But it's not out of the question.

Of all the seasons on this list, I think Jose's 2011 looks most like one of Honus Wagner's years, perhaps 1904.

P.S. A search for players who slugged .500 but fell just short of the 50-SB mark turned up someone I'd never heard of: Birdie Cree, of the 1911 Highlanders (Yankees). It wasn't exactly a fluke year -- he was a legitimately good hitter -- but Cree played just 742 games in the majors, and topped 100 games just 4 times.

55 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Names

Posted by Andy on July 28, 2011

Can you figure out the most-viewed player page for each of the names below?

Click on each name to see the answer.

Sanderson

King

 

Red

 

Big

 

Angle

 

Dog

 

Michael

 

Joseph

 

Bob

 

Bill

 

Will

 

Boston

Daryl

 

Jack

 

Martinez

 

Emmanuel

 

Jose

 

George

 

Lamont

 

Averett

 

Gene

 

Eugene

These can all be verified by entering "The Sanderson" (etc) in the search box.

 

 

 

 

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Doug Fister can’t buy a win

Posted by John Autin on July 27, 2011

Seattle finally won a game Wednesday, erupting for 9 runs against the Yankees. It's no surprise that it happened the day after Doug Fister started.

On Tuesday, Doug "No Visible Means of Support" Fister was tagged with another tough loss, allowing 3 runs in 7 IP, while his mates could barely make contact off CC Sabathia. The Mariners have scored 2 runs or less in 16 of Fister's 21 starts this year.

  • His last win came on May 30. In 10 starts since then, he has a 3.42 ERA, but an 0-7 record, including an agonizing 3-game stretch allowing 1 run each game while lasting 8, 8 and 9 IP -- all for an 0-1 record. He has 4 games of 8+ IP and just 1 run allowed, but no wins to show for them. All other SPs combined, when going 8+ IP and allowing 1 run this year, are 77-12, with 15 no-decisions. No other pitcher has more 2 winless games of 8+ IP and 1 run.

(1) Fister's season record is now 3-12 (.200 W%), but with a 3.33 ERA / 111 ERA+.

Since 1901, here are the 15 starting pitchers with a season Winning Pct. of .250  or worse but an ERA+ of at least 100 (min. 15 decisions):

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Ervin Santana no-hits Cleveland

Posted by John Autin on July 27, 2011

Ervin Santana tossed a no-hitter in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon.

Santana had 10 strikeouts and 1 walk. He allowed one unearned run; the first batter he faced reached on an E-6, stole 2nd, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The error and the walk were the only baserunners against him.

-- It's the Angels' first individual no-hitter since Mike Witt's perfect game on the last day of the 1984 season, and the 8th in franchise history, half of those by Nolan Ryan. It's their first no-hitter of any kind since 1990, a game in which Witt got the save with 2 IP in relief of Mark Langston.

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No-Hit but Not Shutout

Posted by Raphy on July 27, 2011

Despite being no-hit by Ervin Santana today, the Indians were not shutout. Since 1919 - 13 other teams have allowed at least one run in a game in which they did not give up a hit. Please note that the games which only featured 8 IP are not officially no-hitters.

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR WP Pit Str IR IS BF AB 2B 3B IBB HBP SH SF GDP SB CS PO WPA RE24 aLI # ERA
1 2008-06-28 LAA LAD L 0-1 8.0 0 1 0 3 9 0 0 124 75 0 0 29 24 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.238 3.000 .801 2 0.00
2 1993-09-08 HOU NYM W 7-1 9.0 0 1 0 1 9 0 1 83 59 28 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.316 3.339 .603 1 0.00
3 1992-04-12 (1) BOS CLE L 1-2 8.0 0 2 2 7 6 0 0 120 63 32 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 0.121 1.821 .945 1 2.25
4 1990-07-01 NYY CHW L 0-4 8.0 0 4 0 5 3 0 0 131 79 31 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.049 -0.215 1.287 1 0.00
5 1986-09-19 CHW CAL W 7-1 9.0 0 1 1 7 8 0 0 32 24 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0.350 3.601 1.127 1 1.00
6 1976-07-28 CHW OAK W 2-1 9.0 0 1 0 11 5 0 0 1 0 35 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0.598 2.788 1.665 2 0.00
7 1968-07-29 (2) CIN PHI W 6-1 9.0 0 1 0 5 4 0 0 34 27 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.076 2.420 .622 1 0.00
8 1967-08-25 (2) MIN CLE W 2-1 9.0 0 1 1 5 8 0 1 31 25 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0.620 2.758 1.517 1 1.00
9 1967-04-30 (1) BAL DET L 1-2 9.0 0 2 1 10 3 0 1 2 1 40 24 0 0 1 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 -0.191 1.689 2.148 2 1.00
10 1964-04-23 HOU CIN L 0-1 9.0 0 1 0 2 9 0 0 31 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.185 2.838 1.165 1 0.00
11 1963-05-17 HOU PHI W 4-1 9.0 0 1 0 3 8 0 0 105 67 31 26 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.257 2.590 .851 1 0.00
12 1951-07-01 (1) CLE DET W 2-1 9.0 0 1 0 3 5 0 0 31 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.581 3.419 1.140 1 0.00
13 1925-09-13 (1) BRO PHI W 10-1 9.0 0 1 0 1 9 0 0 29 27 0 0 0 1 1 0.00
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