Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
2009: George Sherrill (Orioles/Dodgers) - 1.70 ERA (69 IP)
2008: Joe Nathan (Twins) - 1.33 (67.2 IP)
2007: J.J. Putz (Mariners) - 1.38 (71.2 IP)
2006: Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox) - 0.92 (68.1 IP)
2005: Mariano Rivera (Yankees) - 1.38 (78.1 IP)
2004: Armando Benitez (Marlins) - 1.29 (69.2 IP)
2003: John Smoltz (Braves) - 1.12 (64.1 IP)
2002: Chris Hammond (Braves) - 0.95 (76 IP)
2001: Felix Rodriguez (Giants) - 1.68 (80.1 IP)
2000: Robb Nen (Giants) - 1.50 (66 IP)
Monday, December 14, 2009
9. Baseball In-Depth : Blogger Brad Templeman offers easily digested articles featuring straight facts and quick stats. Comprehensive lists occasionally undercut by brief blurbs undercut the majority of the content, making this something of a haven for baseball fans also harboring a love of numbers and detailed research guides.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Bailey's 2009 season is one of only 13 with an ERA under 2.00 and he places 7th on the list. There were only 6 pitchers to do that this season and he was in a class by himself.
ERA: 80+ IP, 0 Starts
1.84 - Andrew Bailey (A's)
2.72 - Ramon Troncoso (Dodgers)
2.90 - Todd Coffey (Phillies)
3.26 - Mark Lowe (Mariners)
3.40 - Jeff Fulchino (Astros)
4.90 - Brian Bass (Orioles)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
Ryan Braun (Brewers)
Hanley Ramirez (Marlins)
David Wright (Mets)
Lance Berkman (Astros
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
Manny Ramirez (Red Sox, Dodgers)
Mark Teixeira (Angels/Braves)
Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
David Ortiz (Red Sox)
Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
David Wright (Mets)
Chipper Jones (Braves)
Magglio Ordonez (Tigers)
Matt Holliday (Rockies)
Chase Utley (Phillies)
2006: 9 players
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Congratulations to the Yankees. I think (hope) that it will be a great series and go 7. They've fared pretty well over the years facing the defending champs, although most of those times they were simply getting revenge for getting beaten the year before:
Monday, October 19, 2009
Teams who have been down 2-0 in a 7 game (or greater) series and won, since 1903:
1921 World Series 5-3 NY Giants over NY Yankees (Yankees won Game 1 at on the road and game 2 at home)
1955 World Series 4-3 Brooklyn Dodgers over NY Yankees
1956 World Series 4-3 NY Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers
1958 World Series 4-3 NY Yankees over Milwaukee Braves
1965 World Series 4-3 LA Dodgers over Minnesota Twins
1971 World Series 4-3 Pittsburgh Pirates over Baltimore Orioles
1978 World Series 4-2 NY Yankees over LA Dodgers
1981 World Series 4-2 LA Dodgers over NY Yankees
1985 World Series 4-3 Kansas City Royals over St. Louis Cardinals
1985 ALCS 4-3 Kansas City Royals over Toronto Blue Jays
1985 NLCS 4-3 St. Louis Cardinals over LA Dodgers
1986 World Series 4-3 NY Mets over Boston Red Sox
1996 World Series 4-2 NY Yankees over Atlanta Braves
2004 ALCS 4-3 Boston Red Sox over New York Yankees
The Yankees have done it 4 times and had it done to them 4 times. It doesn't really happen anymore, for some reason, while it happened 6 times between 1978 and 1986.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Jason Marquis: 65 Wins, 4.65 ERA
10 wins, .540 W-L%, 4.75 ERA, since 2005 (Active):
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
1977: Dodgers over Phillies 3-1, Yankees beat Dodgers in WS 4-2
1978: Dodgers over Phillies 3-1, Yankees beat Dodgers in WS 4-2
In 1976, the Phillies had made the playoffs, and been swept by the Big Red Machine, who were on their way to a 2nd consecutive World Championship (first playoff appearance since 1950).
It was the Yankees first World Series in a long time (1962, 15 years - at least by their standards).
It was the first time since 1952-53 (Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers) that a team has won 2 consecutive World Series, both over the same team.
1936-37: Yankees over NY Giants
1921-22: NY Giants over Yankees
1907-1908: Cubs over Tigers
I would gladly take a World Series that goes 6 games,which has not happened since 2003. The playoffs are more interesting with the Yankees involved, and it will get really interesting if a Joe Torre-led Dodgers team faces them in the World Series.
There are some great story lines set up: Can the Phillies do the improbable and repeat? Can the Dodgers make it to the World Series for the first time since 1988? Will there be an all LA series? Yankees-Dodgers? The most exciting matchup, I think, would be the Phillies vs. the Yankees, with the chance for the Phillies to repeat while being the underdog.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Previous 12 Appearances: 10.1, IP, 10.45 ERA, 6 SV, 3 BL SV,
ERA by Month
October: 0.00 (2.1 IP)
The Phillies knew they had a problem with Lidge for a long time, but the problem wasn't fixed. It is possible, however unlikely, that he has brought himself back to 2008-form. He was brought in to face one batter tonight, and he struck him out to end the series, which is a positive sign.
The series figures to be a fairly close one, and Lidge could be the crucial player. If he pitches like the Lidge of April 5-September 25, it could be a very long series for the Phillies. If he pitches like the Lidge of September 28-October 12, the Phillies have a great chance to get back to the World Series.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Division Series Sweeps in consecutive seasons
Atlanta Braves: 1996-1998 (Dodgers, Astros, Cubs)
New York Yankees: 1998-1999 (Rangers)
LA Dodgers: 2008-2009 (Cubs, Cardinals)
Multiple Division Series Sweeps
4 Braves: 1996-98, 2001 (Dodgers, Astros, Cubs, Astros)
4 Cardinals: 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005 (Padres, Braves, D-Backs, Padres)
2 Yankees: 1998-99 (Rangers)
2 Dodgers: 2008-09 (Cubs, Cardinals)
2 Red Sox: 2004, 2007 (Angels)
If the Phillies and the Dodgers face each other this year in the NLCS, it will look different than it did last year, when the Phillies won 4-1.
2008 NLCS - Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels
Dodgers: Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley
Derek Lowe went to the Braves in free agency; Brett Myers and Joe Blanton will be pitching out of the bullpen; Jamie Moyer had surgery and won't pitch at all in the postseason; Hiroki Kuroda is injured and his status is uncertain for the NLCS. Chad Billinglsey will now be the 4th starter, and will not get more than 1 start in the NLCS. Cole Hamels will be in the rotation.
2009 LDS - Starting Pitchers
Dodgers: Randy Wolf , Clayton Kershaw, Vincente Padilla
Phillies: Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, (announced) J.A. Happ
Pedro Martinez might be the 4th starter for the Phillies, since he was initially announced as the game 3 starter before it was postponed, and it was switched to Happ.
So far, the only starter on either team who hasn't pitched well in the postseason was Cole Hamels, the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP. Cliff Lee was unbelievable in his 1st postseason start (2009 version of Cole Hamels?).
Randy Wolf isn't exactly a great #1 starter, Kershaw is young and unproven, and Padilla was actually released by another team (Rangers) just a few months ago, but it is hard to pick against the Dodgers right now, after their impressive sweep of the Cardinals. Of course, they had an impressive sweep of the Cubs last season before losing to the Phillies 4-1. Their starting rotation is unconventional and might not scare anyone, but they will be tough to beat, whether they face the Phillies or Rockies.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Phillies v. Dodgers 1977-78, '83, '08 (Phillies won in '83, '08, lost in 77-78)
Red Sox v. Yankees 1999, '03-04 (Red Sox won in '04, lost in '99, '03)
Angels v. Twins 2002 (Angels 4-1)
Potential World Series Rematches
Red Sox v. Phillies 1915 (Red Sox 4-1)
Yankees v. Cardinals 1926, '28, '42-43, '64 (Yankees won in 1928, '42, lost in '26, '43, '64)
Yankees v. Dodgers 1941, '47, '49, '52-53, '55-56, '63, '77-78, '81 (Dodgers won in 1955, '63, '81, lost a lot)
Red Sox v. Cardinals 1946, '67, '04 (Red Sox won in '04, lost in '46 and '67)
Yankees v. Phillies 1950 (Yankees 4-0)
Twins v. Dodgers 1965 (Dodgers 4-3)
Twins v. Cardinals 1987 (Twins 4-3)
Red Sox v. Rockies 2007 (Red Sox 4-0)
Other possible rematch
Yankees v. Angels 2002, 2005 – LDS: (Angels won both series)
Cardinals v. Dodgers 1985, 2004 (Cardinals won both series)
Twins v. Yankees 2003-04 (Yankees won both series)
Phillies v. Rockies 2007 (Rockies 3-0)
Red Sox v. Angels 1986, '04, '07-08 (Red Sox won all 4 series)
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Cliff Lee was unbelievably good for his first 5 starts with the Phillies after being traded from the Indians on , but the last 7 have been miserable.
First 5 starts: 5-0, 0.67 ERA, 39 SO, 6 BB
Next 7: 2-4, 6.20 ERA, 35 SO, 4 BB
His walks and strikeouts have remained good, and the home runs allowed have stayed the same too. He started allowing a lot of hits:
August: .226, 3 HR
September: .320, 3 HR
There is something in his favor, though. Despite Colorado's fine play this season, they only hit .235 on the road (vs. .287 at home), which was 2nd worst in the league. They were 21st in runs scored on the road vs. 2nd in runs at home.
Breakdown of Lee's last 7 starts:
3 Home: 1-2, 4.05 ERA (including complete game shutout vs. Nationals on Sept. 15)
4 Road: 1-2, 8.10 ERA
His most recent 4 starts were much better than the previous 3 in allowing hits:
(Sept. 15-Oct. 1: 4 starts) 27 H, 24.2 IP
(Aug. 29-Sept. 9: 3 starts) 29 H, 15 IP
Prediction: In the first postseason start of his career, Lee is solid, but not dominant (3 ER over 7 IP) and gets the win.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Rick Porcello (Tigers): 14-9, 4.04 ERA, 81 SO, 50 BB
Scott Baker (Twins): 15-9, 4.36 ERA, 160 SO, 46 BB
Pre All Star Break
Rick Porcello: 8-6, 4.14
Scott Baker: 7-7, 5.42
Post All Star Break
Rick Porcello: 6-3, 3.92
Scott Baker: 8-2, 3.21
Since August 1
Rick Porcello: 5-2, 3.21
Scott Baker: 7-2, 3.52
Since September 1
Rick Porcello: 3-1, 3.22
Scott Baker: 3-2, 3.97
Away: Rick Porcello: 6-6, 4.21
Home: Scott Baker: 6-5, 4.55
vs. Min: Rick Porcello: 1-2, 3.09
vs. Tigers: Scott Baker: 1-1, 6.75
Porcello: September 29th (6 days rest)
Baker: October 1st (4 days rest)
Ground Ball/Fly Ball
Sunday, October 4, 2009
1.044 Matt Holliday (A's/Cardinals (1.019 OPS w/Cardinals) 2nd Overall - ML
1.042 Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies)
1.018 Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
1.003 Ryan Howard (Phillies)
.998 Joe Mauer (Twins)
.996 Kendry Morales (Angels)
.994 Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
.992 Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) 10th Overall
.962 J.D Drew (Red Sox)
.954 Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) 15th Overall
Most of the names are very familiar and expected (Pujols, Mauer, Howard, etc.). The only real surprise to me is Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies).
After a disappointing 2008 with the A’s, where he only hit 4 HR in 302 AB with a .242 BA, he was traded to the Rockies, along with Huston Street, in the Matt Holliday deal in November 2008. He was also one of the many players traded by the D-Backs to Oakland for Dan Haren in December 2007. His good performance in the 2nd half has probably earned him an offseason without being traded, but we'll have to see.
He didn't even get an at-bat this year until June and was only hitting .202 with 1 HR at the All-Star Break, which was before he started getting regular playing time. He eventually batted all over the lineup, although ended up hitting most often in the leadoff spot. He played about an even amount in LF and CF (putting up his best numbers in CF), although he sometimes played both positions in the same game.
The Rockies are loaded with outfielders, including Brad Hawpe, Seth Smith, Ryan Spilborghs and Dexter Fowler. Gonzalez shares playing time with Fowler and Smith. Fowler was once considered a top ROY candidate (at least by some) this year before he went on the DL. Eventually Gonzalez will be an everyday starter, but he seems to be getting some kind of playing time every game, with a good number of starts.
Gonzalez's lofty 2nd half numbers are mostly the result of a monster August, where he posted the 2nd highest OPS in entire league, behind only Matt Diaz: .370, 6 HR, .714 SLG, 1.146 OPS. His September numbers were respectable too: .277, 5 HR, .543 SLG, .885 OPS. The Rockies were winning before the emergence of Gonzalez (21-7 in June), but he gives them another weapon and could be a factor in the playoffs.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
With 5, Abreu is the ML leader going back to 1934. It happened a lot during the 1920's, with Hall of Famers Harry Heilmann and Goose Goslin the all-time leaders with 8. Heilmann's seasons were from 1921-1929 and Goslin from 1925-1934.
7 players have had 7 seasons, none of which were after 1939. They are all well-known (and Hall of Famers): Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Pie Traynor, Al Simmons, Tony Lazzeri, Charlie Gehringer and Joe Cronin. 2 players had 6 seasons, both early 20th century: Hall of Famer Sam Crawford (the all time leader in triples) and Bobby Veach. Crawford once had 120 RBI and 5 HR, in 1910, which was at the height of the dead ball era.
This is also the 4th season in a row that Abreu has done this. When was the last time anyone did that? Charlie Gehringer from 1931-1936.
This is just one component of Abreu's career, but it is an interesting one. I have nothing against home run hitters, but it is good to see someone who can consistently drive in runs even if they don't hit a lot of home runs. There have been 221 combined seasons of 100 RBI since 2003 (244 from 1960-1980), and Abreu is basically by himself in this category.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
1990's: Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Belle, Juan Gonzalez, Barry Bonds, Frank Thomas, Rafael Palmeiro
In 1987 the Tigers were 11 games back in May, but fought their way way to be enter the final weekend trailing the Blue Jays by 1 game and facing off with the Blue Jays in a 3 game series at Tiger Stadium. They proceeded to sweep the Blue Jays to take the AL East.
That was 7 years before the Wild Card was created and the Braves have won 14 Division Titles in that span and the Yankees have now won 10. 14 different franchises have won the World Series since 1987 and virtually every other team has won a Division Title. Which other teams have not won a Division Title since 1987?
Teams that existed in 1987
Kansas City Royals (last Division: 1985)
Milwaukee Brewers (last Division: 1982)
Teams that did not exist in 1987
Colorado Rockies (Wild Card: 1995, 2007, clinched at least a tie 2009)
Florida Marlins (Wild Card: 1997, 2003)
The Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise has not been to a playoff series since 1981, when they won the 2nd-Half of the 1981 Strike Season, but they did technically win the 1994 NL East before the season was called off. It's a little confusing because it is often claimed that the Braves won 14 consecutive Division Titles, but they get credit for it.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
St. Louis Cardinals (last in 2005): 8
Atlanta Braves: 6 (1993-2003)
Dodgers (Brooklyn 3/LA 2) (last in 1974): 5
Baltimore Orioles (1969-1980): 5
Giants (NY/SF) (last in 2003): 5
Detroit Tigers (last in 1984): 5
Cincinnati Reds (last in 1976): 4
Boston Red Sox (1912, 1915, 1946): 3
Philadelphia Phillies (1976-77): 2
Cleveland Indians (1954, 1995): 2
Chicago Cubs (1910, 1935): 2
Arizona D-Backs (1999): 1
Chicago White Sox (1917): 1
Pittsburgh Pirates: 0
I don't want to pick on the Pirates too much, but it is a bit surprising that they have not won 100 games in a season since 1910 (in fairness, the last time was 1909), and are the only non-expansion team not to have one. Their highest total was 98 wins in 1979 (WS Champs) and 1991 (came close to NL pennant). Also surprised at the Red Sox total, although I probably shouldn't be.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
It is a surprise because their team ERA ranked near the bottom of the league in both July (28th in ML) and August (26th), although they were scoring plenty of runs in July (8th in ML) and August (6th), but only went 26-26. Their pitching has improved dramatically in September:
Twins team ERA by month
April: 5.26 (24th in ML)
May: 4.43 (17th)
June: 3.31 (5th)
July: 5.32 (28th)
August: 5.21 (26th)
September: 3.59 (9th)
One of the biggest reasons for the improvement is the emergence of rookie left-hander Brian Duensing, who is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 5 September starts.
Prior to September, in his career, he only had 3 starts, 14 relief appearances and a 4.39 ERA. If you include his 2 starts late in August, he is 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his last 7 starts. Impressively, he has only allowed 1 HR and 11 BB over those 7 starts.
A lot is going to be put on him, as he is scheduled to face off against Justin Verlander in Detroit on Tuesday and then possibly, the final game of the season, at home vs. Kansas City.
Which other AL pitchers have 3 wins and an ERA lower than 2.00 in September? Felix Hernandez, Clay Buchholz, C.C. Sabathia and Roy Halladay.
Friday, September 25, 2009
1914-1935 Babe Ruth: .209 (2217, 10616)
1923-1939 Lou Gehrig: .207 (1995, 9660)
2005-present Ryan Howard: .203 (active) (631, 3107)
1936-1951 Joe DiMaggio: .200 (1537, 7671)
1925-1945 Jimmie Foxx: .199 (1922, 9670)
1989-2005 Juan Gonzalez: .196 (1404, 7155)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
1996-present: Vladimir Guerrero: .322, 407 HR, 863 SO
1997-present: Todd Helton: .327, 324, 877
1924-1944 Al Simmons
1926-1947 Mel Ott
1928-1944 Chuck Klein
1936-1953 Johnny Mize
1936-1951 Joe DiMaggio
1939-1960: Ted Williams
1941-1963 Stan Musial
1973-1993 George Brett
1990-2008 Moises Alou
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
.300, 30 HR, 101 RBI, 46 2B, 0 3B, 1 SB...
2009: .300, 25 HR, 35 2B, 90 RBI
Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
Adam Lind (Blue Jays)
Kendry Morales (Angels)
It is odd that he has no triples at all with so many doubles and home runs: The only player in ML history with 30+ HR and 45+ 2B with no triples was Shawn Green for the Blue Jays (42 HR, 45 2B) in 1999.
30 HR, 46 2B, 0 3B, since 1900
2009 Adam Lind (17 games to go)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
1968-69 Bobby Bonds (Giants) 271, 119
1986-87 Pete Incaviglia (Rangers) 353 103
1986-87 Cory Snyder (Indians) 289, 47
2006-07 Dan Uggla (Marlins) 290, 116
2007-08 Alex Gordon (Royals) 257, 107
2007-08 Mark Reynolds (D-Backs) 333, 101
2008-09 Evan Longoria (Rays)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
1967 Bobby Knoop (Angels): 9 HR, 136 SO
1968 Rick Monday (A's): 8, 143
1970 Larry Hisle (Phillies): 10, 139
1975 Ron LeFlore (Tigers) : 8, 139
1986 Gary Pettis (Angels): 5 HR, 132 SO
1991 Delino DeShields (Expos): 10, 151
1995 Benji Gil (Rangers): 9, 147
1997 Rich Becker (Twins): 10, 130
2008 Carlos Gomez (Twins): 7 HR, 142 SO
2008 B.J. Upton (Rays): 9. 134
2008 Jack Hannahan (A's): 9, 131
2008 Akinori Iwamura (Rays): 6, 131
2009 B.J. Upton (Rays): 9, 142
2009 David Wright (Mets): 8, 113
2009 Michael Bourn (Astros): 3, 110
Sunday, September 6, 2009
1880's: Cap Anson: 1502
1890's: Ed Delahanty: 1862
1900's: Honus Wagner: 1847
1910's: Ty Cobb: 1948
1920's: Rogers Hornsby: 2085
1930's: Paul Waner: 1959
1940's: Lou Bodreau: 1578
1950's: Richie Ashburn: 1875
1960's: Roberto Clemente: 1877
1970's: Pete Rose: 2045
1980's: Robin Yount: 1731
1990's: Mark Grace: 1754
2000's: Ichiro Suzuki: 1996
The hit totals in 1940's were skewed because of WWII. Many players missed significant playing time due to the war, such as Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio, who did not play at all from 1943-1945.
Ted Williams had 1303 hits over the other 7 years that he played during the decade, which is an average of 186 hits per year. Assuming he would collected 186 hits per year from 1943-1945, he would have finished the 40's with 1861 hits, nearly 300 more than Boudreau's total.
Multiple Decade Leaders:
1900-1920: Honus Wagner: 2967
1921-1940: Al Simmons: 2894
1941-1960: Stan Musial: 3294
1961-1980: Pete Rose: 3557
1981-2009: Cal Ripken: 3184
Thursday, September 3, 2009
1920 Babe Ruth (Yankees)
1937 Lou Gehrig (Yankees)
1947-49 Ted Williams (Red Sox)
1970 Willie McCovey (Giants)
1987 Von Hayes (Phillies)
1992-93 Barry Bonds (Giants)
2002 Brian Giles (Pirates)
2004 Todd Helton (Rockies)
2009 Albert Pujols (Cardinals): (99 BB, 55 SO, 42 HR, 35 2B through 134 games)
This is kind of a statistical quirk, although this is an impressive set up numbers for anyone to put up in a season, which might explain how Von Hayes, aka "5 for 1", snuck in, despite not having incredible overall numbers (.277 BA, .404 OBP, .473 SLG). Still, this has not been done in the AL since Ted Williams in 1949.
Albert Pujols is on pace for exactly 120 BB and only 66 SO (and 50 HR), so it should be close. In case you're wondering, has anyone ever had 120+ BB, less than 70 SO and 50+ HR in a season? Nope, he would be the first.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Adrian Gonzalez (Padres): .460
Denard Span (Twins): .458
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
There are several issues to address regarding Larry Walker's Hall of Fame candidacy for the Hall of Fame.
1. Are his numbers good enough?
2. How does Coors Field factor in?
There are many different methods to use and questions to ask when evaluating a player's HOF candidacy. Sometimes, the simplest method can work best. Due to various factors, including injuries, he did not get 500 HR or 3000 hits, so he will need quality of stats over quantity.
Larry Walker: 8030 PA, .313, BA .400 OBP, .565 SLG , .965 OPS, 2160 H, 383 HR, 1311 RBI, 230 SB
1995-96 (Rockies): .766 AB, .296 BA, .593 SLG
1997-2002 (Rockies): 2748 AB, .353 BA, .648 SLG (3 Batting Titles, MVP)
This surprised me a little:
All-Time .300 BA, .400 OBP, .550 SLG, 8000+ PA
All-Time: .300 BA, .400 OBP, .550 SLG, 200+ SB, 8000+ PA
With only 8030 PA, he is 248th on the all-time list. How does 8000 PA stack up against other Hall of Famers? It's not common, but there are others:
Yogi Berra: 8364
Duke Snider: 8237
Kirby Puckett: 7831
Joe Dimaggio: 7671
Kirby Puckett: 7528
Coors Field: 2136 AB, .381 BA, HR/16.2 PA
Elsewhere: 4771 AB, .282 BA, HR/24.1 PA
Would he be in the discussion if he had played at Wrigley Field from 1995-2003. Perhaps not, although there is no way to know for sure. Here are two small examples of Hall of Famers who benefited mightily from playing where they played:
Jim Rice (Red Sox - Fenway)
Home: .320, .546 SLG, 4507 PA
Road: .277, .469 SLG, 4551 PA
Don Drysdale (Dodgers - Dodger Stadium)
Home: 114-74, 2.53 ERA , 230 GS
Road: 95-92, 3.41 ERA, 235 GS
The Hall of Fame might look a lot different if there had been some minor changes in where people played. For instance, imagine Jim Rice at Dodger Stadium or Don Drysdale at Wrigley Field for their whole careers. There is some luck involved in baseball in where you get to play. Certain hitters who played in pitcher-friendly parks probably would have made the Hall of and vice-versa.
Ok, so let's say Walker is a product of Coors Field. I'm not sure how much this should matter. For instance, what if he had stayed healthy and won 4 MVP awards between 1995 and 2002? If he had stayed healthy (as he did in 1997), it could have happened. He would have been issued multiple MVP Awards (greatly enhancing his HOF resume), despite the fact that everyone knew he was playing in the thin air of Colorado. Yes, it didn't happen, but he did hit .350 from 1997-2002, which is pretty unreal. That's Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby territory.
This is not a slam-dunk. He was hit pretty hard by injuries throughout his career and rarely dominated in quantity of numbers (never placed higher than 3rd in RBI). He was also a very good right fielder who won 7 Gold Gloves. His remarkably high career OBP (On Base %) and SLG put him in elite company and 8000 PA is enough to give him serious consideration. Add in the stolen bases (230) and 7 gold gloves and I think he should gain admission when he is eligible.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
His W-L (13-9) and ERA (3.11) are good, but not spectacular (although he is 8-1 with a 2.47 ERA since late June). It is some of the other numbers, plus the degree to which he turned them around from last year that are so amazing.
He has had a stunning turnaround in several key numbers since last year, especially in HR allowed:
2008: 7-7, 5.15 ERA, 22 HR, .97 G/F, 2.1 BB/9
2009: 13-9, 3.11, 6 HR, 1.70 G/F, 1.0 BB/9
He is only allowing 1 BB per 9 IP, which is best in the league. He is also 5th in K/BB at 4.39, and he does not strike out many hitters (84 SO, 170.1 IP)
As of today: 1.0 BB/9, 160+ IP: Since 2000
2003 David Wells (Yankees)
2004 David Wells (Padres)
2004 Jon Lieber (Yankees)
2005 Carlos Silva (Twins)
2009 Joel Pineiro (Cardinals)
2008: 1.44 - 87th
2009: 1.10 - 5th (Haren, Carpenter, Lincecum, Vasquez, Pineiro)
Ground Balls/Fly Balls
In 2008, he was 37th in ML (min. 100 IP) in Ground Ball/Fly Ball Ratio.
In 2009, he is #1 in the ML, by a long shot. By itself, allowing more ground balls doesn't mean anything, except that he was allowing a lot of home runs last year.
Joel Pineiro: 1.70
Derek Lowe 1.35
Aaron Cook 1.34
Rick Porcello 1.31
2008: 22 HR, 148.2 IP (1.3 HR/9 - 90th out of 108 pitchers w/ 140+ IP)
2009: 6 HR, 170.1 IP (.3 HR/9 - fewest HR of any starter in baseball)
If his season ended today, he would be the first pitcher since Greg Maddux in 1994 to allow only 6 HR in 160+ IP.
As of today, he is the 18th pitcher with 160 IP, 1.0 BB/9, .3 HR/9, but the 1st since Babe Adams in 1920. Other pitchers on the list include Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson and Cy Young.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
10.15 H/9, 1500+ IP, since 1933
Jack Knott (1933-1946) 10.33
Sidney Ponson (1998-present) - 10.25
Jose Lima (1994-2006) - 10.24
Elden Auker (1933-1942) - 10.22
Bob Tewksbury (1986-1998) - 10.18
Lary Sorenson (1977-1988) - 10.16
He has been very tough on one great hitter:
Alex Rodriguez Lowest BA (50+ AB - 14 pitchers)
.176 - John Lackey
.188 - Sidney Ponson (.219 OBP, 69 AB, 6 HR, 3 BB, 19 SO)
.212 - Barry Zito
.259 - Mike Mussina
This was not typical for Sidney either:
Sidney vs. (50+ AB)
.358 Derek Jeter
.237 Bernie Williams
.345 Johnny Damon
.304 Jorge Posada
.420 Manny Ramirez
.346 Shannon Stewart
Some other one-sided matchups:
Craig Biggio v. Brandon Webb: 1/24 - .042
Chipper Jones v. Hideo Nomo: 2/35 -.057
Sammy Sosa v. John Smoltz: 4/41 - .105
Mike Schmidt v. Orel Hersheiser: 4/29 - .138
Wade Boggs v. Bob Welch: 5/36 - .139
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Prior Adams presents A True Fan Does Not Leave a Game Early posted at Prior Adams.
Chaz Shamoian presents Why the NY Yankees are the best pro team posted at Cats Love Plastic Bags.
Joe Tichio presents The Greatest Inspirational Baseball Quotes posted at Inspirational Quotes Blog.
Sam presents New !! Famous Baseball Players and Their Teams posted at Surfer Sam and Friends.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Regular Cycle (1B, 2B, 3B, HR) + Stolen Base:
2009 Ian Kinsler (Rangers)
2006 Carlos Guillen (Tigers)
1995 Rondell White (Expos)
1991 Ray Lankford (Cardinals)
1985 Oddibe McDowell (Rangers)
1980 Charlie Moore (Brewers) (2 SB)
1975 Lou Brock (Cardinals)
1970 Rod Carew (Twins)
1957 Mickey Mantle (Yankees)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is the list of players with 60 or more doubles in a season, followed by the few that had 59:
1931 Earl Webb (Red Sox) - 67
1926 George Burns (Indians) - 64
1936 Joe Medwick (Cardinals) - 64
1934 Hank Greenberg (Tigers) - 63
1932 Paul Waner (Pirates) - 62
1936 Charlie Gehringer (Tigers) - 60
1923 Tris Speaker (Indians) - 59
1930 Chuck Klein (Phillies) - 59
2000 Todd Helton (Rockies) - 59
Brian Roberts 2009
April - 8
May - 8
June - 9
July - 11
August - 10 (through 17 games)
Todd Helton 2000
April - 7
May - 7
June - 11
July - 10
August - 18
September - 6 (0 in his final 7 games)
He had a really good streak from August 11-16: 5 straight games with a double, 7 over 5 games including a 3 double game.
It could end up being one of the better storylines to follow in late September, but he still has a lot of work to do just to get to that point.