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Mike Morse is a run-producer (really!)

Posted by Andy on June 18, 2011

Mike Morse has played in the big leagues every year since 2005. Granted, he's never appeared in 100 games in any one season.

That's likely to change, though, based on how he's swinging the bat in 2011. Before today's performance (2 RBI coming on a homer) he's already got 40 RBI in his first 61 games and a 147 OPS+.

In fact, for players who have debut since 2005, here are the top guys (ranked by plate appearances) with an RBI total at least 14% of their plate appearance total. Another way to look at it is that these are the guys to have averaged 1 RBI per 7 plate appearances:

Rk Player PA RBI G BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Prince Fielder 3822 596 907 .281 .387 .541 .928 *3/D MIL
2 Brian McCann 3198 504 817 .290 .360 .489 .849 *2/D ATL
3 Ryan Braun 2850 471 650 .307 .367 .555 .922 *75/D MIL
4 Matt Kemp 2768 388 697 .290 .344 .488 .833 *89/7D LAD
5 Troy Tulowitzki 2661 384 622 .288 .360 .496 .856 *6 COL
6 Mark Reynolds 2546 381 629 .239 .333 .478 .811 *5/349 ARI-BAL
7 Carlos Quentin 2235 353 566 .253 .350 .496 .846 97/D ARI-CHW
8 Adam Lind 2186 324 541 .277 .328 .488 .815 D7/3 TOR
9 Joey Votto 2185 341 526 .316 .408 .551 .959 *3/7 CIN
10 Josh Hamilton 2129 358 502 .311 .370 .542 .912 *87/9D CIN-TEX
11 Mike Jacobs 2117 310 556 .253 .313 .475 .787 *3D NYM-FLA-KCR
12 Evan Longoria 2010 321 472 .280 .360 .512 .871 *5/D6 TBR
13 Nelson Cruz 1787 273 465 .267 .329 .501 .831 *9/7D8 MIL-TEX
14 Ryan Garko 1752 250 463 .275 .347 .434 .781 *3/D79 CLE-TOT-TEX
15 Casey McGehee 1375 205 351 .276 .330 .440 .770 *5/4D39 CHC-MIL
16 Kendrys Morales 1240 192 330 .284 .336 .502 .838 *3/D9 LAA
17 Mike Morse 901 128 298 .295 .354 .479 .833 /9367D5 SEA-WSN
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Generated 6/18/2011.

There are a couple of other surprising names on there, but for the most part this is a list of the best young run-producers in the game. Morse is actually one of the oldest players on here, along with Hamilton, Cruz, Jacobs, and Garko.

It looks like Morse is a full-time player now, though, and deservedly so. He's another piece of a Nationals team that is looking like their best team since 2005.

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Random Recap for Friday, June 17

Posted by John Autin on June 18, 2011

-- There was an intriguing pitching matchup in tonight's D-backs/ChiSox game in Arizona: Daniel Hudson vs. Edwin Jackson. The game mimicked the overall results since the two were traded for each other at the 2010 deadline: Jackson was OK, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in his 6.2 IP; but Hudson was excellent, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in his first career CG, even adding an RBI double.

  • Hudson is now 15-6 with a 2.76 ERA since joining the Diamondbacks, averaging almost 7 IP in his 26 starts. Jackson is 8-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 25 starts with Chicago.
  • Hudson's gem was the 2nd straight Game Score of 81 by a D-backs pitcher. On Thursday, Ian Kennedy fanned 10 and allowed one unearned run on 4 hits in 8 IP against the Giants, lowering his ERA to 2.98. It's the first time Arizona has had back-to-back Game Scores of 80+ since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling did it August 15-16, 2002.

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Orioles Oddities: 4 runs on 18 hits in 9 innings

Posted by John Autin on June 17, 2011

The Orioles matched a live-ball record for offensive inefficiency Friday night, scoring 4 runs on 18 hits in losing to the streaking Nationals in D.C.

It was the 3rd regulation game since 1919 in which a team had 18+ hits without topping 4 runs; all three teams had exactly 4 runs on exactly 18 hits:

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 2011-06-17 BAL WSN L 4-8 43 42 4 18 4 0 0 4 0 0 6 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0.156 -0.107 1.179 12 16
2 1953-09-23 CIN CHC W 4-3 42 40 4 18 3 0 0 4 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0.185 -0.405 1.464 12 13
3 1935-07-28 (2) SLB CHW W 4-3 44 41 4 18 4 2 1 4 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 15 11
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Generated 6/18/2011.

More oddities from this game:

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Three Tigers at .300 BA/.500 SLG – no, FOUR Tigers!

Posted by John Autin on June 17, 2011

Through June 16, there were 16 qualifying hitters [see note at end of post] with a .300+ BA and .500+ slugging average.

The Tigers have 3 of those 16, plus another regular at .298/.505:
[June 17 update: Jhonny Peralta made it 4 such players by going 2-4 tonight, with a HR and 4 RBI.]

Rk Player OPS+ BA SLG Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP OPS Pos
1 Miguel Cabrera 181 .319 .559 2011 28 DET AL 69 298 238 50 76 18 0 13 47 53 13 38 3 0 4 8 1 1 .443 1.002 *3/D
2 Alex Avila 155 .304 .546 2011 24 DET AL 58 224 194 24 59 14 3 9 38 22 2 52 1 2 5 5 3 0 .369 .916 *2/D
3 Victor Martinez 145 .322 .505 2011 32 DET AL 55 224 202 28 65 19 0 6 38 18 2 22 0 0 4 3 0 0 .371 .875 *D2/3
4 Jhonny Peralta 140 .298 .505 2011 29 DET AL 61 242 218 28 65 11 2 10 35 20 1 39 1 0 3 4 0 2 .355 .860 *6/3
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Generated 6/17/2011.

Boston is the only other team with 2 such players.
Here's the complete 2011 list of qualifying batters with .300+ BA and .500+ SLG:

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100+ Career “Runs” From Fielding

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 17, 2011

Nothing fancy about this list - it's those with 100+ career "Fielding Runs" aka Rfield.

77 Comments | Posted in Season Finders

Yo, Adrian!

Posted by Andy on June 17, 2011

Here's a quick rundown of players with the given first name of Adrian (sometimes properly spelled Adrián):

There are two active players in the majors with that first name--Adrian Beltre and Adrian Gonzalez. Both pretty good ball players. (Well, one pretty good and one who looks like the AL MVP.)

Some of you probably remember Adrian Hernandez, El Duquecito, who was supposed to be the next Orlando Hernandez.

But there are a couple more you might not know...

I bet some of you remember another Adrian---Adrian Devine. But his real first name is Paul!

See the full list of Adrians here.

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Atlanta’s Balk-Off Win: One for Flinching

Posted by John Autin on June 16, 2011

The Braves and Mets took turns trying to give away Thursday night's game, but in the end, the guest Mets were more generous than the host Braves.

The winning run for Atlanta scored in the bottom of the 10th on a balk by D.J. Carrasco. The Mets, on the verge of a sweep and their first day above .500 since the opening week, were turned away in Turner Field yet again.

I don't think the Play Index / Event Finder can find balks in any sort of direct way; at least, I can't do it. Andy had a couple of posts on walk-off balks last year, in which commenters posted some of those events:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/6512
http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4487

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Josh Beckett’s best start

Posted by Andy on June 16, 2011

Yesterday's start by Josh Beckett was the best of his career, at least going by Game Score:

Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 2011-06-15 BOS TBR W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 1 0 0 0 6 0 97 68 91
2 2009-07-12 BOS KCR W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 0 7 0 94 66 88
3 2011-04-10 BOS NYY W 4-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 1 10 0 103 68 87
4 2005-04-10 FLA WSN W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 1 11 0 110 78 87
5 2009-06-20 BOS ATL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 0 7 0 94 67 84
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Generated 6/16/2011.

He's also having his best season, although his BAbip is currently so low (.217) that he'll probably regress a bit as the year goes on.

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2-Out Game-Ending HBP Since 1954

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 16, 2011

How many times since 1954 have there been 2-out game winning HBP? Here is the list:

Yr# Gm# Date Batter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn RoB Out Pit(cnt) RBI WPA RE24 LI Play Description
1 1 1954-06-20 (1) Curt Roberts PIT MLN Lew Burdette tied 1-1 b10 123 2 1 (0-0) 1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Marquez Scores; Thomas to 3B; Atwell to 2B
2 1 1958-07-06 Jim Davenport SFG STL Larry Jackson tied 4-4 b9 123 2   1 0.34   6.38 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Worthington Scores; Kirkland to 3B; Mays to 2B
3 1 1961-04-28 Ken Hunt LAA MIN Bill Pleis tied 5-5 b12 123 2   1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Pearson Scores; Aspromonte to 3B; Kluszewski to 2B; Hunt to 1B
4 1 1965-07-15 Clete Boyer NYY WSA Steve Ridzik tied 1-1 b12 123 2   1 0.35   6.38 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Barker Scores; Howard to 3B; Tresh to 2B
5 1 1971-07-29 Fred Scherman DET KCR Tom Burgmeier tied 9-9 b9 123 2   1 0.35   6.37 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Cash Scores; Northrup to 3B; McAuliffe to 2B
6 1 1972-09-22 Wes Parker LAD SFG Jim Willoughby tied 0-0 b11 123 2   1 0.35   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Paciorek Scores; Cey to 3B; Mota to 2B
7 1 1975-06-22 Rico Carty CLE MIL Eduardo Rodriguez tied 2-2 b10 123 2   1 0.34   6.38 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Lowenstein Scores; Manning to 3B; Powell to 2B
8 1 1979-05-23 Steve Kemp DET NYY Jim Kaat tied 3-3 b9 123 2   1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Wagner Scores; LeFlore to 3B; Whitaker to 2B
9 1 1986-05-19 Marc Sullivan BOS MIN Ron Davis tied 7-7 b9 123 2   1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Boggs Scores; Buckner to 3B; Rice to 2B
10 1 1993-09-27 Gary Gaetti KCR CLE Jerry DiPoto tied 5-5 b9 123 2 3 (0-2) 1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Jose Scores/unER; Macfarlane to 3B; Gwynn to 2B
11 1 1997-06-16 Troy O'Leary BOS PHI Ricky Bottalico tied 4-4 b10 123 2 1 (0-0) 1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Naehring Scores; Valentin to 3B; Benjamin to 2B
12 1 1997-08-03 Luis Gonzalez HOU NYM Greg McMichael tied 2-2 b9 123 2 3 (0-2) 1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Biggio Scores; Howard to 3B; Bagwell to 2B
13 1 2002-07-20 Olmedo Saenz OAK TEX Dave Burba tied 5-5 b9 123 2 2 (1-0) 1 0.34   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Chavez Scores; Dye to 3B; Mabry to 2B
14 1 2002-07-21 Raul Ibanez KCR CLE Heath Murray tied 12-12 b10 123 2 4 (2-1) 1 0.33   6.39 *ENDED GAME*:Hit By Pitch; Mayne Scores; Knoblauch to 3B; Randa to 2B
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Generated 6/16/2011.

It almost never happens - yet, in 2002, it happened on back-to-back days. Ain't baseball great?

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Turnaround City

Posted by John Autin on June 16, 2011

Last year, 3 teams lost 97 games or more: Pittsburgh, Seattle and Arizona. 
This year, each of those teams has a winning record through June 15.

Here are the records of those teams last year ... this year (through June 15) ... and their projected win differential if they maintain their current pace:

  • Pirates:          57-105 ... 34-33 ... +25 wins
  • Mariners:        61-101 ... 35-34 ... +21 wins
  • Diamondbacks: 65-97 ... 37-32 ... +22 wins

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