Comments on: Low-Hit Game in Minnesota Saturday: Swarzak vs. Weaver This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Friday Hits! « Puckett's Pond | A Minnesota Twins Blog Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:16:19 +0000 [...] Twins doing something historically exceptional? ┬áThat’s what John Autin of Baseball-Reference found out when examining Anthony Swarzak and [...]

By: John Autin Mon, 30 May 2011 05:19:29 +0000 @4, DoubleDiamond -- And the 1934 game was by the legendary Bobo Newsom, the first of 5 CG 1-hitters in his career. He never did get a no-hitter.

By: Johnny Twisto Mon, 30 May 2011 04:36:52 +0000 That makes me want to crunch some numbers and see just how much run-scoring is down this year compared to previous ones.

Not sure what you're looking to crunch but a simple answer can be found here:
4.18 runs per game, lowest since 1992 (4.12). Down a run since the 2000 peak.
(N.B., those who proclaim this due to STEROIDS: Scoring dropped more than a half-run from 2000 to 2002, more than it has dropped from 2002 to now.)

By: Brendan Mon, 30 May 2011 02:41:41 +0000 Only two no-hitters on the first list, though two other games (1995 Pedro Martinez and 1959 Harvey Haddix) were perfect through 9.

The more recent no-hitter ended on a walk-off HR, which kinda makes me wonder what the heck would have happened in the Haddix game if Adcock's hit was with 2 out. Also, could Aaron have been called out for leaving the basepaths, making the final score 2-0 rather than 1-0 as Adcock would have been allowed to score? Wow, I've been going on for a while here.

By: DoubleDiamond Mon, 30 May 2011 02:19:50 +0000 It's interesting that the two earliest games in the first list were both losses for the team that allowed one hit or less in 10+ innings, while the rest of them were victories. That second earliest game, of course, was the famous Harvey Haddix "perfect game".

By: Neil L. Sun, 29 May 2011 22:26:39 +0000 @2
JA, yes an unusual combined HR drought.

Aaron Hill has been the victim of "bad luck" this year in some of his swings, but he has also left a boatload of runners on base and has popped the ball up a lot (without power) in his at bats. He has consumed a lot of outs both last year and this. Arencibia hit ahead of him in the line up today.

Edwin "Stone Hands, Wild Arm" Encarnacion is unplayable at any position in the field. The Jays even tried him at 1B for a game, with disastrous results. Look at his combined position fielding percentage.

Jayson Nix broke an 0-47 (I think) slump for Toronto third baseman by getting a couple of hits today. And that at a "power" position.

The Brett Lawrie watch is on because of the offensive black hole that is the Jays' 3B position. Supposedly, management wants Lawrie to improve his K/BB ratio at Las Vegas before calling him up.

There is speculation that the team may eat Encarnacion's contract when Lawrie comes to the big show.

By: John Autin Sun, 29 May 2011 21:49:57 +0000 Neil, on a random tangent re: the Jays' 13-run outburst today:
Until I saw the box score, I didn't realize that not only was Aaron Hill (26 HRs last year) without a HR before today, but also Edwin Encarnacion (21 HRs last year). And they connected back-to-back in the 1st inning!

It was the first HR in 38 games for Hill. His longest homer drought in 2009-10 was 14 games.

Encarnacion had gone 37 games without a HR, all this year. He closed the 2010 season homering in 4 straight games.

By: Neil L. Sun, 29 May 2011 21:27:43 +0000 JA, both lists are really interesting.

I have a feeling that we may be seeing more qualifying games on both lists this year.

That makes me want to crunch some numbers and see just how much run-scoring is down this year compared to previous ones. Everybody's talking about the decline of offense and the rise of pitching but I'm not sure how steep the offensive drop-off actually is .

What brought 2011 offensive decline into focus for me was thinking that my local team was one of the worst in the AL offensively but then seeing that they were fourth best in RPG this year behind only Boston, New York and Cleveland.

And that doesn't include their 13-run outburst today.

Perhaps previous-years' offensive standards no longer apply and all home-town fans think their team is under-performing at the plate!

Just had to check the fourth game on the second list and was surprised to find it was an amazing 14-inning affair that ended at 1-0 with a total of 11 hits.

Nine of the hits occurred in the ninth and extra innings.

Interesting that there were no qualifying games for your first list between 1998 and 2004. Statistical noise or further proof of an unusual offensive outburst in that era?

Either way, it was an amazing game between LAA and Minnesota, the kind that makes you sorry "some one had to lose".