Comments on: Edinson Volquez allows back-to-back homers to start the game for the second time this season This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: DoubleDiamond Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:51:30 +0000 I have a James Taylor 1970s song playing in the background right now.

What on earth are the Cincinnati Reds, the top team in the NL, doing playing the Milwaukee Brewers, one of the bottom feeders in the AL? And why are they playing a team from the 6-team NL East, Pittsburgh, instead of one of their NL West rivals, so early in the season? Pittsburgh comes later - playing the teams in the other division doesn't start until at least a few weeks into the season. Well, at least the two teams will be meeting in the NLCS in October, right?

And then the winner will be playing Oakland or Baltimore (or maybe Billy Martin's Yankees) after that. But not the Brewers!

James Taylor's song has ended, and now John Denver is singing "Rocky Mountain High". Oh, yes, Denver is somebody's AAA team, right?

And now Jimmy Buffet. Maybe one day he will have his own beer and get one of those spring training parks in Florida to buy the naming rights to it. Not a major league stadium, of course, because we know that Florida doesn't have a team in the big leagues during the regular season.

By: MichaelPat Wed, 20 Apr 2011 17:51:31 +0000 @8 & 10

Bruins beat the Habs
Hawks spanked the Canucks

Canada was due

By: Neil L. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 03:41:27 +0000 @8
Gotta admit he looked like a lock coming in in the ninth against the reeling Jays.

Ah, the unpredictability of baseball.

By: John Autin Wed, 20 Apr 2011 03:27:11 +0000 Unlikelier still ... Bruce Chen has won 7 straight decisions, dating to last season. In his last 10 starts, Chen -- owner of the highest HR/9 of any pitcher with at least 1,000 IP -- has logged 70.1 IP with a 2.56 ERA. (True to form, though, he has allowed 9 HRs in those 10 games.)

By: John Autin Wed, 20 Apr 2011 03:06:50 +0000 Here's an even more unlikely event: Mariano Rivera actually gave up 2 runs tonight, and blew the save.

It was a bad night all-around for Mo. He snapped a 22-game no-BB streak (including the 2010 postseason); threw his first wild pitch since September 2009; and allowed 4 hits in a game for the first time since April 2009 (snapping a streak of 146 games, including the postseason).

By: Neil L. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:18:23 +0000 @3 @5
How do you get a reliever ready after 5 BF by Dumatrait at the start of a game?

Mackinin must have learned from the original Captain Hook.

By: kenh Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:26:13 +0000 I could've done that. Give me a contract.

By: Doug Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:32:28 +0000 Not a big deal, but the PI query could be tweaked a bit.

It picked up the Apr 23 and Jul 16 games in 2007, which I don't think were what we're talking about it here. In those games, it appears each of the starting pitchers allowed a homerun to the first batter he faced, rather than one SP allowing two homeruns.

Poor Phil Dumatrait. Back-to-back-to-back jacks. Won't find many of those games.

By: Spartan Bill Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:12:04 +0000 That's not the weirdest stat amongst the Cinci Starting Pitchers.

Mike Leake got charged with Caught Stealing yesterday, and he wasn't even at the ballpark.

By: koma Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:39:58 +0000 looking at Phil Dumatrait receiving a Gamescore of 24 despite giving up a total of 5 Hits (3 Homers and 2 Singels) before he was removed with no out recorded, i searched for

From 1919 to 2011, as Starter, (requiring IPouts=0), sorted by smallest game_score

and i found a Gamescore-minimum of 7 three times. And 2 of them came from the same pitcher.