Comments on: Most consecutive appearances, 1/3 IP or less This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: whiz Sat, 04 Apr 2009 18:11:26 +0000 It's interesting that the Cardinals grabbed both Ring and Trever Miller in an attempt to get a LOOGY. Miller stuck; Ring didn't.

By: tomepp Tue, 31 Mar 2009 20:53:10 +0000 Actually, we're looking mostly at LHBs not facing those RHPs...

The relevant question is, would those other teams of old have had a better chance of beating the Yankees if they had used a "lefty specialist" to pitch against Ruth, Gehrig, et. al.? If no one is using specialists, or if everyone is using them, then there is no strategic advantage. When, however, some teams are using them and others are not - that's when we can determine their strategic value. Presumably, teams and managers changed their strategy to use specialists because they found an advantage in doing so. (This may have been determined intuitively or through analysis, but managers generaly go "by the book" unless they have a compelling reason not to.) The early adopters of the specialist pitcher strategy presumably started winning more games than expected. Other teams then had to adopt the strategy themselves or play at a strategic disadvantage. If there were no percieved advantage in using them - and clearly there is a cost (requiring a larger bullpen and therefore having fewer non-pitchers on the bench) - managers would go back to the strategy of old (or perhaps they would not have changed in the first place).

That said, most managers trust their perceptions over systematic data analysis, and percieved strategic advantages don't always prove to be actual advantages. Perhaps the small percentage increase in chance of getting David Oriz out does not translate to as many wins as having another pinch-hitter or a slick leather available at the end of the games. But that's for the sabrmatricians to study. (Are you reading this, Bill James?)

By: apreziosi Sun, 29 Mar 2009 17:18:38 +0000 All modern-era guys. Not a surprise there. God forbid a right-handed batter faces a left-handed pitcher. It's hard to imagine how the Yankees won all of those championships with guys pitching complete games and actually getting good hitters out.
Now, we need a guy to come in and face one hitter. Is the game really better?

By: leatherman Fri, 27 Mar 2009 14:23:24 +0000 Take a look at the list when you move it to 2 outs or less:

There's Mike Myers again with 21 consecutive appearances, tied for the 2nd longest streak with John Franco.

The record holder is Pedro Feliciano (imagine that, a left handed specialist) and his streak of 23 games is still in tact (as his game 23 was #162 last season).

Of the 13 streaks of 15 or more games, Jesse Orosco owns 4 of them. No one else has more than one 15 game streak.