Tagged: Irreverant (irrelevant?) stats

Fast start for Mets’ pitchers

With their 10-0 drubbing of the Cards last night, the Mets finished a 20-2 season-opening sweep of the defending WS champs.

That got me thinking … is this the BEST 3-game season-opening start (in terms of allowing zero or one run) for a pitching staff in history?

Well,  these Mets are close, but you wouldn’t believe who bested them most recently …

I present the …. 1969 San Diego Padres

Yes …. the same Padres team that finished 52-110 actually started out the season by pitching their way past the Astros (a team that would finish 81-81) by scores of 2-0, 2-0 and 2-1.

Those Pods then immediately lost their next six, hung around .500 for a few weeks (15-18 on May 12), then proceeded to lose 92 of their remaining 129 games.

Somehow I doubt the Mets will resemble those Pods at the end of this season.

Were his Reds a good bet?

Rose states he bet on his team "every night"

"Pete Rose revealed Wednesday that he bet on the Reds "every night"
while he was manager of the team and that the Dowd Report was correct
when it said he did so.

Appearing
on the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, Pete Rose said he bet on the
Reds to win every night while he was their manager because he believed
in his team.

"I bet on my team every night. I didn’t bet on my team four nights a week. I was wrong," Rose said.

Rose said that he believed in his team so much that he bet on them to win every night.

"I
bet on my team to win every night because I love my team, I believe in
my team," Rose said. "I did everything in my power every night to win
that game."

============================

Being the stat geek I am, let’s see if Pete was a wise man to bet on his team every night …

Here is his managerial record …. Rose’s run as the Reds ringleader

 Year    League   Team     Age  G     W    L    WP   Finish
+----+-----------+--------+---+-----+----+----+------+------+
1984 NL West     Cincnnti  43    41   19   22   .463      5  Player/Manager
1985 NL West     Cincnnti  44   162   89   72   .553      2  Player/Manager
1986 NL West     Cincnnti  45   162   86   76   .531      2  Player/Manager
1987 NL West     Cincnnti  46   162   84   78   .519      2
1988 NL West     Cincnnti  47   134   75   59   .560      2
1989 NL West     Cincnnti  48   125   59   66   .472      5
+----+-----------+--------+---+-----+----+----+------+------+
      TOTAL                      786  412  373   .525

Assuming all his bets were against the "dime line"
(generally requiring a 51.2 win percentage), Pete would have
made a slight profit (1.3%) overall during his years as Reds' skipper.
If he was betting on a "20-cent line", which requires a 52.4 win
percentage to break even, then Pete was probably wasting his time.

Runelvys runs up the score

It takes a certain something to get released by the Royals …. but Runelvys Hernandez has "it" …

What do the Sox see in him?
Based on yesterday’s performance …. not much.
http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=270302102

                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR

R Hernandez        1         6   6   6   0     1     1

But in looking at his career stats, I noticed that despite his horrible ERA and WHIP, he actually pitched a complete-game shutout last season.  So, that got me wondering as to the worst season ERA for a complete-game shutout pitcher:

Minimum 100 innings pitched in a season, since 1957 (Runelvys pitched 109.2 last year):

 Cnt Player              ERA  SHO CG   IP  Year Age
+----+-----------------+------+---+--+-----+----+---+
    1 Jason Grimsley      6.84   1  2 130.1 1996  28
    2 Brian Williams      6.77   1  2 121   1996  27
    3 John Butcher        6.56   1  2 120.2 1986  29
    4 Oliver Perez        6.55   1  1 112.2 2006  24
    5 Jim Bullinger       6.54   1  1 129.1 1996  30
    6 Ken Schrom          6.50   1  4 153.2 1987  32
    7 Runelvys Hernande   6.48   1  1 109.2 2006  28

And here is the list, regardless of innings pitched:


Cnt Player              ERA  CG SHO Year Age
+----+-----------------+------+--+---+----+---+
    1 Blue Moon Odom     10.06  1   1 1964  19
    2 Todd Van Poppel     9.06  1   1 1996  24
    3 Pete Burnside       8.80  1   1 1957  26
    4 Don Cardwell        7.69  1   1 1970  34
    5 Gavin Floyd         7.29  1   1 2006  23
    6 Jim Beattie         7.29  1   1 1985  30
    7 Blue Moon Odom      7.22  1   1 1975  30
    8 Jason Grimsley      6.84  2   1 1996  28
    9 Brian Williams      6.77  2   1 1996  27
   10 Tommy Boggs         6.71  1   1 1978  22
   11 Scott McGregor      6.64  1   1 1987  33
   12 John Butcher        6.56  2   1 1986  29
   13 Oliver Perez        6.55  1   1 2006  24
   14 Jim Bullinger       6.54  1   1 1996  30
   15 Ken Schrom          6.50  4   1 1987  32
   16 Runelvys Hernandez  6.48  1   1 2006  28

Jorge Sosa and the Gophers

While listening to the Mets/Cards game this afternoon (ah …. baseball), the Mets announcers were talking about pitcher Jorge Sosa, who in 2006 gave up 30 homeruns in only 118 innings.

This of course sent me scurrying for the reference sites …

Most homers allowed in 118 or fewer innings in a season:

  Cnt Player            HR   IP  Year Age
+----+-----------------+--+-----+----+---+
    1 Greg Gohr         31 115.2 1996  28
    2 Ken Dixon         31 105   1987  26
    3 Jorge Sosa        30 118   2006  29 

Fewest innings pitched with 30 or more homeruns:

 Cnt Player              IP  HR Year Age
+----+-----------------+-----+--+----+---+
    1 Ken Dixon         105   31 1987  26
    2 Andy Benes        107.1 30 2001  33
    3 Greg Gohr         115.2 31 1996  28
    4 Jorge Sosa        118   30 2006  29

Those 30 homers contributed to a .544 opponents’ slugging percentage.  Going back to 1957, there have been only 11 pitcher-seasons of 118 or more innings with a higher slugging percentage:

  Cnt Player             SLG    IP  Year Age
+----+-----------------+-----+-----+----+---+
    1 Jim Deshaies       .583 130.1 1994  34
    2 Jose Lima          .578 196.1 2000  27
    3 Darrell May        .555 186   2004  32
    4 Rob Bell           .554 149.2 2001  24
    5 Jeff Fassero       .554 156.1 1999  36
    6 Colby Lewis        .550 127   2003  23
    7 Willie Blair       .548 134   1999  33
    8 Jerry Walker       .546 143.1 1962  23
    9 Brian Anderson     .545 166   2004  32
   10 Dave Mlicki        .545 167.2 2001  33
   11 Tim Belcher        .545 132.1 1999  37
   12 Jorge Sosa         .544 118   2006  29 

He went through a stretch during August and September (after he was traded to the Cardinals), in which he allowed 10 homeruns within a span of 26.1 innings!

Scrabble and Baseball … I live for these!

All-time Scrabble All-Star team (players whose first and last names are acceptable in Scrabble)

C) Josh Gibson, Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza

1B) Bill Terry, Norm Cash, Frank Chance

2B) Joe Morgan, Nellie Fox

SS) Monte Ward, Joe Tinker

3B) Frank Baker, Buddy Bell

OF) Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Torii Hunter, Curt Flood, Duke Snider

SP) Chief Bender, Dizzy Dean, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Catfish Hunter, Bob Lemon, Lefty Grove, Bob Feller, Randy Johnson, Early Wynn, Herb Score, Mudcat Grant, Matt Morris, Rick Wise

MGR) Earl Weaver, Bobby Cox

Most points in first name: Arquimedez Pozo (31) [infielder for Seattle and Boston 1995-1997]

Most points in last name: Jim Czajkowski (39) [relief pitcher for Rockies 1994]

Current players:
Low score: first and last names combined: 8   Ian Snell

High score: first and last names combined: 38   Yhency Brazoban