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Archive for September, 2011

Youngest with 7 scoreless IP in a postseason game

30th September 2011

Matt Moore, Johnny Damon and Kelly Shoppach led the Rays to a 1-0 lead in their ALDS with Texas.

At 22 years and about 104 days, Moore becomes the 9th-youngest pitcher to throw at least 7 shutout innings in a postseason game, slotting in between Waite Hoyt and Gary Nolan on the following list. Number 2 should ring a bell: Read the rest of this entry »

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Matt Moore’s first post-season start

30th September 2011

If I did my quick math correctly, Matt Moore earned a 77 game score by going 7 innings with 2 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts (and no runs).

Among pitchers making their first career post-season start, Moore ranks only tied for 56th-best.

However, check out where he ranks among those pitchers making their first career post-season start in the first game of a post-season series:

Rk Gcar Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc
1 1 Tim Lincecum 2010-10-07 NLDS 1 SFG ATL W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 1 14 0 96
2 1 Roy Halladay 2010-10-06 NLDS 1 PHI CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 0 0 0 1 8 0 94
3 1 Mike Scott 1986-10-08 NLCS 1 HOU NYM W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 1 14 0 90
4 1 Bob Forsch 1982-10-07 NLCS 1 STL ATL W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 0 6 0 87
5 1 Johnny Sain 1948-10-06 WS 1 BSN CLE W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 85
6 1 Christy Mathewson 1905-10-09 WS 1 NYG PHA W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 0 6 0 85
7 1 Don Sutton 1974-10-05 NLCS 1 LAD PIT W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 1 6 0 84
8 1 Dave Stieb 1985-10-08 ALCS 1 TOR KCR W 6-1 GS-8 ,W 8.0 3 0 0 1 8 0 83
9 1 Bill Donovan 1907-10-08 WS 1 DET CHC T 3-3 CG 12 12.0 10 3 1 3 12 0 83
10 1 Carl Hubbell 1933-10-03 WS 1 NYG WSH W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 2 0 2 10 0 81
11 1 Howard Ehmke 1929-10-08 WS 1 PHA CHC W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 1 0 1 13 0 81
12 1 Dick Rudolph 1914-10-09 WS 1 BSN PHA W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 0 3 8 0 80
13 1 Don Newcombe 1949-10-05 WS 1 BRO NYY L 0-1 CG 9 ,L 8.0 5 1 1 0 11 1 79
14 1 Mordecai Brown 1906-10-09 WS 1 CHC CHW L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 4 2 1 1 7 0 79
15 1 Mike Norris 1981-10-06 ALDS 1 OAK KCR W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 4 0 0 3 2 0 78
16 1 LaMarr Hoyt 1983-10-05 ALCS 1 CHW BAL W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 0 4 0 77
17 1 Nick Altrock 1906-10-09 WS 1 CHW CHC W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 1 3 0 77
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/30/2011.

He'll be tied with Hoyt and Altrock and on a list of very impressive pitchers.

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Oldest players with a multi-HR postseason game

30th September 2011

Having homered in his first plate appearance, Johnny Damon has a chance to become one of the oldest players to have a multi-HR post-season game:

Damon is about a month shy of his 38th birthday.

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‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori’

30th September 2011

See Naples and die.

That famous line may have been coined by Goethe to express the opulence of 18th-century Naples -- Napoli -- but it's acquired another meaning this year for AL pitchers, who may wonder if Mike Napoli has struck a Faustian bargain.

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Poll: 2011 American League MVP

30th September 2011

Two polls...one for who deserves it and one for who will actually win it.

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Matt Moore (3 games in the major leagues) will start Game 1 for the Rays

30th September 2011

 

The Rays have opted to have rookie Matt Moore start Game 1 of the Division Series against the Rangers. (h/t to LoHud Yankees Blog for the link)

Holy wow! Moore has made only 12 appearances above double-A in his career, including 3 in the last few weeks at the big-league level.

With Moore about 22 years and 100 days old, there have been roughly 70 starts in the post-season by younger pitchers. Very few of them have been in Game 1 of a series, with notably exceptions such as Fernando Valenzuela in Game 1 of the 1981 NLDS, Rick Ankiel in Game 1 of the 2000 NLDS, as well as starts by Clayton Kershaw, Ralph Branca, Don Gullett and, of course, Dwight Gooden.

But I wonder how many pitchers have made a post-season start with so few appearances in the big leagues?

This event relates, I think, the the Rays having such a stockpile of young pitching. If Moore does well and the Rays make it far in this post-season, it will be remembered as his coming-out party.

I'm starting to think that the 2011 playoffs are going to be the best we've seen in a long time. The way I see it, a very strong case can be made that any of 7 teams have a great shot at making the World Series, with the Cardinals being the only exception. The American League, in particular, is wide open.

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10+ Games In A Season With WPA >= .5

29th September 2011

Since 1919 1950, how many teams had at least 10 games in a season where they had at least one batter in the line-up have a WPA of .5 or better in the contest?

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The most exciting day in baseball history

29th September 2011

Was yesterday the most exciting day in baseball history? I can't remember a regular-season day that was anywhere close to as exciting. Can you?

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Poll: 2011 National League MVP

29th September 2011

Two polls...one for who deserves it and one for who will actually win it.
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No such thing as a lock

29th September 2011

The Red Sox and Braves were locks for the playoffs...or so just about everyone thought. Now they're both going home.

I am totally amazed, and my hats go off to the Orioles, Rays, and Phillies, who all staged great comebacks to make it happen. In particular, the Orioles and Phillies deserve a lot of credit given they had nothing on the line.

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