Comments on: Random Recap for Wednesday, June 22 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jim Bouldin Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:05:22 +0000 OK, thanks much for clarifying John. Was very fuzzy on what I had heard and couldn't follow up on it.

On an unrelated note--can you or anyone provide me info on what teams may have had 8 consecutive hits to start a game (at the Twins did last week in SF), before 1973. I read somewhere that this never happened before 1973. Since it has occurred at least 7 times since then, this cannot possibly be true. Thanks.

By: John Autin Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:17:58 +0000 @38, Jim Bouldin -- You may be thinking of Carlos Carrasco, who won two consecutive starts by a score of 1-0. But he didn't pitch a shutout in either game, lasting 8.1 innings on June 7 and 7 innings on June 13. (By the way, Carrasco did get that 3rd straight win, but he allowed a run.)

A shutout is defined as a complete game with zero runs allowed.

P.S. My statement about Lee was based on the Play Index database on this site, but if you google "Cliff Lee + consecutive shutouts," you'll find ample confirmation that Lee is the first to do it since Halladay in 2009.

By: Jim Bouldin Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:53:40 +0000 "Cliff Lee became the first pitcher with consecutive shutouts since September 2009, when -- who else?..."

I don't think this is correct. Somebody (damned if I can remember who though),was just attempting, last week, to pitch their 3rd consecutive 1-0 win, which would have been an all time record I believe--never been done.

By: Mike Gaber Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:15:04 +0000 @ 27 JA

I take your spelling...but...

I grew up in Chicago in the 1930's and 1940's and we called it the "El".

On all the viaducts where the "El" passed over a street they had the words "El".

But with the internet, texting and Twitter now in vogue, I suppose everyone feels the need to cut the # of characters in every word and/or phonetically spell every word.

Checking it out on Wikipedia, in the Contents Section:

5. 'L' or El?

After reading it I guess 'L' is now the more correct form.

By: John Autin Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:49:14 +0000 @33, Imbroglio21 (may I call you Ernie?) -- Great spotting on the zero-LOB game.

By: Neil L. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:38:42 +0000 @28
Jim P., you have to understand Johnny T's comment in light of the discussion toward the end of the thread he has linked in his post.

He is making a good point with sarcasm, but, again better understood in the context of that thread. I am still posting there also.

By: John Autin Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:33:20 +0000 @28, Jim P -- I think Johnny Twisto was just tweaking someone else who implied that a certain division race was predestined -- perhaps comment #13 on the thread JT linked to. That's just my quess.

By: Imbroglio21 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:32:49 +0000 The Phillies had zero runners left on bases last night in St. Louis. It was the third time it happened this year in MLB ( For Philadelphia, it was a first since July 4th, 1989, against the Reds at the Vet, and the 13th time since 1919 (

By: Imbroglio21 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:24:33 +0000 About Lee : He's now 5 innings short from his top performance of 28 scoreless innings streak he compiled from April 13 to 30, 2008 ( . And according to the Phillies 2011 Media Guide, his current streak of 23 ranks 15th among the pitchers in Phillies history.

By: John Autin Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:17:38 +0000 @29 -- Oh, wait, the last line was a joke, right? I thought "White So>" was a typo, but now I get it.

(Although I can't see why you'd object to such player being called a "White SoGreaterThan"....)