Comments on: Ron Kittle vs. Bert Blyleven This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: shoewizard Fri, 04 Feb 2011 07:22:27 +0000 Knew that was coming,
and of course you are right.

By: mccombe35 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:39:28 +0000 @47

Hey Shoe!

Been a long time. Hope you are doing well!

Don't forget:

Robin Ventura > Matt Williams


By: mccombe35 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 02:48:48 +0000 Awesome. Thanks for looking into this Andy! Very appreciated!

By: Mike Felber Fri, 04 Feb 2011 01:36:14 +0000 I think Dr. Doom meant a full season of PA that a batter would rack up against all pitchers, not one.

Blyleven had those & very big HR surrendered years. He still pitched decently those 2 campaigns. Even including those years, his HR allowed per IP was not that high. we could find those who had a 'surprisingly' low HR rate against him, again due to the random factors in a small sample size mostly.

By: Dan W Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:55:38 +0000 And Stieb - here's another little interesting tidbit about Stieb since you guys brought it up - he went to a high school in San Jose (Oak Grove) that was a rival of mine (before me though). One time, years ago when Stieb was still active, I was driving in San Jose and this black Porsche zips up behind me and pulls up next to me and the license was something like Steib 44 (or something like that, I don't remember exactly, this was like 25 years ago or so) and it's Steib. So we're sitting there at the light and I look over and wave and try to get across that I went to a high school near him, but it was real hard to convey that, and I was young and stupid and he's just looking at me like I'm an idiot, which I really was and then there was this long awkward wait for the light to turn green. So I edge up about a foot just so he cant' see my face now and we just sat there and it was really awkward. Another intersting tidbit for ya...

By: Kahuna Tuna Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:44:10 +0000 Mike Pagliarulo hit five HRs off Don Sutton, the most off any pitcher he faced. And he did it in only 18 at-bats.

By: John Autin Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:43:42 +0000 Here's a bit of quirkiness in Kittle's career splits:

-- 8.2% HR rate with a runner on 1st base only (49 HRs in 596 PAs)
-- 5.9% HR rate with the bases empty (96 HRs in 1,631 PAs)
-- 5.8% HR rate in all situations except a man on 1st (127 HRs in 2,417 PAs)
-- 3.9% HR rate with runners in scoring position (31 HRs in 786 PAs)

By: shoewizard Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:40:39 +0000 McCombe35

I know that White Sox homer from way back at CBS message boards. Big shoutout for him if he reads this. The guy always had a great sense of humor.

Ron gotta love it.

By: Dan G Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:30:39 +0000 Gee Whiz Guys,

I thought that this was an interesting piece of analysis. I did not feel that the analyzer had an ax to grind. If we jump all over a guy just because we feel he is slighting our hero then nobody will do any analysis any more. Thanks for an informative read. It is totally appropriate to analyze Blyleven right now because he is in the news. Who better than all of us to evaluate his career and see what happened when and who did what? Maybe one of you was sitting in the stands or watching on TV one day when Kittle took Blyleven deep and you said to yourself "am I imagining this or is Kittle banging Blyleven around these days" well we just found out that your powers of observation were correct as a kid and you were not imagining this. What could be better than that?? Lighten up guys.

By: John Autin Thu, 03 Feb 2011 05:20:10 +0000 Taking up DavidRF's challenge @42 (and using a 30-PA floor)....

-- Rick Cerone vs. Nolan Ryan: 1.213 OPS in 33 PAs; 11 for 29, 2 HRs, 1 triple, 3 doubles.

-- Abraham Nunez vs. Greg Maddux: 12 for 28 (.429), 3 doubles, 1 K.

-- Trot Nixon vs. Roger Clemens: 1.450 OPS in 48 PAs; 16 for 40, 5 HRs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, .950 SLG. Trot Nixon was a good hitter, but that SLG is more than twice his career mark. (However, the individual game-by-game breakdowns for Nixon vs. Clemens show 1 less HR (and 1 less PA, etc.) than the initial batter-vs-pitcher report.