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Bloops: Best Post-Season Series Of All-Time

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 24, 2011

Chris Jaffe takes a stab at putting a number on it. Click here to check it out.

What do you think of his attempt and results?

37 Comments | Posted in Bloops

Allen Craig’s fabulous post-season

Posted by Andy on October 24, 2011

Allen Craig has tied the record for most post-season pinch-hitting appearances in a season with a WPA of at least 0.09:

Rk Player Year #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Del Unser 1980 3 Ind. Games 4 4 4 3 0 0 3 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.750 2.750 0 0 0 0 0
2 Dusty Rhodes 1954 3 Ind. Games 7 6 4 0 0 2 7 1 2 .667 .714 1.667 2.381 0 0 1 0 0
3 Allen Craig 2011 3 Ind. Games 3 3 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 10/23/2011.

He benefits, of course, from playing in an era with more post-season games in a year, but nevertheless he's been excellent.

25 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Albert Pujols’ not very good 3-HR game

Posted by Andy on October 23, 2011

Albert Pujols went 5-for-6 last night with 3 homers and 6 RBI. Not bad for a guy who some thought was washed up.

It was a great game, no doubt, but because the Cardinals already had a big lead when he did much of his heavy hitting, it wasn't worth all that much in terms of WPA.

His value of .211 for the game is quite low. Here are all the 3-HR regular season games from 2011:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Prince Fielder 2011-09-27 MIL PIT W 6-4 4 3 3 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0.707 4.614 1.320 4 1B
2 Casey McGehee 2011-08-03 MIL STL W 10-5 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.424 4.359 .755 5 3B
3 Jason Giambi 2011-05-19 COL PHI W 7-1 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 7 0 2 0.414 5.519 .596 5 1B
4 Carlos Quentin 2011-05-24 CHW TEX W 8-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 5 0 2 0.376 3.767 .976 3 RF
5 Aubrey Huff 2011-06-02 SFG STL W 12-7 5 5 3 4 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.284 5.310 .638 4 1B
6 Carlos Beltran 2011-05-12 NYM COL W 9-5 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.284 5.006 .682 3 RF
7 Corey Hart 2011-05-23 MIL WSN W 11-3 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1 0 0.283 6.051 .600 2 RF
8 Chris Heisey 2011-06-22 (2) CIN NYY W 10-2 5 5 4 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.252 3.552 .634 1 CF LF
9 Jose Bautista 2011-05-15 TOR MIN W 11-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0.040 2.938 .520 3 RF
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Generated 10/23/2011.

As you can see, Pujols' performance would rank as one of the "worst" as compared to this group, not that this is his fault (but rather a credit to his teammates.)

In fact, Pujols' game is the lowest-ranked 3-HR game in post-season history:

Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO WPA RE24 aLI BOP Pos. Summary
1 Adam Kennedy 2002-10-13 ALCS 5 ANA MIN W 13-5 4 4 3 4 0 0 3 5 0 0 0.634 4.655 1.390 9 2B
2 Reggie Jackson 1977-10-18 WS 6 NYY LAD W 8-4 4 3 4 3 0 0 3 5 1 0 0.386 4.874 .883 4 RF
3 Babe Ruth 1926-10-06 WS 4 NYY STL W 10-5 5 3 4 3 0 0 3 4 2 0 0.337 4.501 .618 3 LF
4 Adrian Beltre 2011-10-04 ALDS 4 TEX TBR W 4-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0.319 2.585 .810 5 3B
5 George Brett 1978-10-06 ALCS 3 KCR NYY L 5-6 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0.301 2.708 1.220 1 3B
6 Bob Robertson 1971-10-03 NLCS 2 PIT SFG W 9-4 5 5 4 4 1 0 3 5 0 1 0.254 4.736 .716 5 1B
7 Babe Ruth 1928-10-09 WS 4 NYY STL W 7-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 3 0 0 0.241 2.119 1.284 3 LF
8 Albert Pujols 2011-10-22 WS 3 STL TEX W 16-7 6 6 4 5 0 0 3 6 0 0 0.211 5.808 .628 3 1B
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Generated 10/23/2011.

In fact, even most of the 118 2-homer post-season games resulted in more WPA than Pujols got yesterday.

115 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Career HR Totals Of Those To Have Multi-HR World Series Game

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 23, 2011

If you took all the players to hit more than one homerun in a single World Series game, prior to Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, and ranked them by their career HR totals, you would get the following list (below).

17 Comments | Posted in Game Finders, Season Finders

What are these numbers?

Posted by John Autin on October 22, 2011

I've tried a few mystery challenges in these pages, but I've yet to stump the experts for long.
Let's see if this one can up the ante:

What do the following totals represent?

.239 BA / .316 OBP / .392 SLG / .709 OPS

23 HR, 91 RBI, 87 R

29 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Find the unifying theme

Posted by John Autin on October 21, 2011

[Note: The mystery has been solved -- see comments 5, 8 and 10....]

What do these 34 pitchers have in common?

A tiny hint: I deleted one name from the list to prevent a dead giveaway.

45 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Both starting pitchers with a game score of at least 64 in Game 2 of the World Series

Posted by Andy on October 21, 2011

Last night, Colby Lewis had a game score of 64 and Jaime Garcia had a 77. That was the first time in a quite a while that both starters in Game 2 of the World Series reached a 64:

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching
1 TEX STL 2011-10-20 2
2 BAL NYM 1969-10-12 2
3 PHI NYY 1950-10-05 2
4 NYY BRO 1949-10-06 2
5 STL DET 1934-10-04 2
6 PHA STL 1931-10-02 2
7 NYY NYG 1922-10-05 2
8 BRO BOS 1916-10-09 2
9 PHI BOS 1915-10-09 2
10 PHA BSN 1914-10-10 2
11 PHA NYG 1913-10-08 2
12 NYG PHA 1905-10-10 2
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Generated 10/21/2011.

It's only happened 12 times, the last being by Jerry Koosman (77) and Dave McNally (71) in 1969.

The last time it happened in any World Series game was in Game 1 of 2009, when Cliff Lee (83) and CC Sabathia (64) did it.

 

10 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

7+ Scoreless IP In World Series Game & No Decision

Posted by Steve Lombardi on October 21, 2011

Last night was only the 7th time it's happened in World Series history:

Rk Player Date Series Gm# Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR GSc BF ERA WPA RE24 aLI
1 Jaime Garcia 2011-10-20 WS 2 STL TEX L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 3 0 0 1 7 0 77 24 0.00 0.419 3.077 1.047
2 Brandon Backe 2005-10-26 WS 4 HOU CHW L 0-1 GS-7 7.0 5 0 0 0 7 0 74 26 0.00 0.447 3.586 1.075
3 Miguel Batista 2001-11-01 WS 5 ARI NYY L 2-3 GS-8 7.2 5 0 0 5 6 0 70 30 0.00 0.464 3.938 1.270
4 John Smoltz 1991-10-27 WS 7 ATL MIN L 0-1 GS-8 7.1 6 0 0 1 4 0 69 29 0.00 0.310 2.979 1.221
5 Danny Cox 1985-10-26 WS 6 STL KCR L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 7 0 0 1 8 0 70 27 0.00 0.447 3.578 1.238
6 Freddie Fitzsimmons 1941-10-04 WS 3 BRO NYY L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 4 0 0 3 1 0 67 27 0.00 0.444 3.515 1.428
7 George Earnshaw 1930-10-06 WS 5 PHA STL W 2-0 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 3 5 0 75 27 0.00 0.502 4.669 1.168
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Generated 10/21/2011.

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File this under: Hang wit'em.

9 Comments | Posted in Game Finders

Colby Lewis: 2.22 ERA in 7 postseason starts

Posted by John Autin on October 21, 2011

WS Game 2 was the 7th postseason start for Colby Lewis, and the 6th time that he went at least 5 innings allowing 2 runs or less. His postseason ERA is 2.22 in 44.2 innings, with a 1.07 WHIP and no unearned runs.

Among the 144 pitchers with at least 6 postseason starts, Lewis ranks 16th in ERA (1st among active pitchers).

14 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Tying and go-ahead sac flies in the same W.S. inning

Posted by John Autin on October 21, 2011

The top of the 9th inning in game 2 was just the 2nd time in World Series history that a team got a tying sacrifice fly and a go-ahead sac fly in the same inning (according to the B-R Event Finder).

The other was game 1 of the 1930 Series, sac flies in the 3rd inning by the Cardinals' Taylor Douthit and Sparky Adams, off of Lefty Grove. The Cards got no other runs off Grove and wound up losing that game, and lost the Series 4-2 to the Athletics.

31 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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