Newbury College and Bridgewater State got together for a Division III baseball game this past Monday at Bridgewater’s home field.
The two teams combined for 58 runs.
The home team scored 57 of those runs.
Yes, just your old-fashioned 57-1 thumping.
Bridgewater scored at least 8 runs in each of its first five times at-bat.
Three different Bridgewater players drove in at least 7 runs.
During one four-inning stretch, Bridgewater sent 64 men to the plate, and 52 reached base.
Bridgewater was the recipient of 20 walks and 4 HBPs.
Newbury had eight men reach base during the game … Bridgewater had one inning in which fewer than eight reached base.
ERAs for the Newbury pitchers:
Anthony DiClemente 0.0 IP (7 batters faced), 7 ER, ERA: Infinity
William Maddock 1.0 IP, 5 ER, ERA: 45.00
Jamison Torres 2.0 IP, 19 ER, ERA: 85.50
Homas Mathew 2.0 IP, 11 ER, ERA: 49.50
Brian Fish 1.0 IP, 2 ER, ERA: 18.00
Attendance was listed at 50 … they each received the gift of a run named after them. 🙂
(My thanks to buddy Richard Senzel for the heads-up on this one)
As part of ESPN’s Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit, Guy Lake (part of the "Talented Mr. Roto" team) advised on the draftability of certain players who were injured during 2006 (see below)
One comment about the Astros’ Morgan Ensberg made me sit up and take notice (emphasis mine).
"Ensberg suffered through a horrible year after injuring his shoulder
diving for a foul ball. Note that despite the injury Ensberg actually
improved his plate patience (101 walks) from 2005 (85) in 13 fewer games."
Now, if you were battling a shoulder injury, wouldn’t you want to limit the number of pitches you actually swung at … be more selective as a way of protecting against tweaking the shoulder again?
Ensberg’s walk rate actually started to skyrocket in 2005 (perhaps not-so-coincidentally, his first season of 500+ plate appearances), His number of pitches per plate appearance took off then too, which also leads to his higher K rate:
Let’s look at 2006, before the shoulder injury on June 9, during his fight to play through it (6/10-7/9), and then his return from the inevitable DL stint and rehab (8/1-9/29).
I don’t have number of pitches per plate appearance for these three sections, but for the year, he saw an average of 4.23 pitches per PA. Here are the rates by month:
Interestingly, he was at his MOST patient during September, when he was supposedly fully healed, and the Astros needed his bat in the race for the division. He wasn’t swinging at more/bad pitches (his K rate being consistent throughout the year), he was just more selective.
(For comparison sake, of those with enough PAs for the batting title, only 7 players saw a higher average of pitches per PA, and they are the typical names of patience and OBP: Giambi, Nick Johnson, Frank Thomas, Abreu, Burrell, Youkilis and Thome.)
He started the season on a torrid homerun pace, and though his BA slipped, he improved on his 2005 BB rate. The month in which he fought through the injury saw him walk roughly 3 out of every 10 PAs, a Bondsian rate. Upon his return, his XBH power didn’t come back at anywhere near 100%, but his walk rate was still at a career high.
So … this may in fact be the growth in one aspect of Ensberg’s "skill set", but 2006’s BB rate needs to be seen in a certain perspective.
We’ll see what the addition of Carlos Lee does for the continuance of this positive trend.
In the never-ending dissection of A-Rod’s "clutchness," here is yet another look.
I took the players who amassed a minimum of 500 PAs with 2 outs and runners in scoring position since the beginning of the 2000 season (44 names), and compared their average to all other situations. I expressed the difference between the two averages not in terms of raw b.a. difference (.300 – .250 = .050), but in terms of one’s percentage of the others (.300/.250 = +20%). This allows for a fairer baseline comparison of who boosts their individual baseline performance in clutch situations.
Here are the results:
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Garrett Anderson improves his batting average by about 8% in clutch situations, while Jermaine Dye may need a pinch-hitter in the clutch, losing nearly 22% off his "normal" BA.
A-Rod DOES lose a bit of his edge in these situations …. but he’s far from a slouch.
Now you can search from 50 years worth of baseball boxscores for particular plays/linescores/events ….
Amazing! … and WELL worth the $29.95 per year ….
Early this week, I mentioned how the Devil Rays were on the verge of becoming the first team in over 60 years to go .500 or better at home while playing .250 or worse on the road.
The set-up for the D-Rays run to infamy
Well, with their 6-3 loss today in Cleveland, they’ve managed to do it!
D-Rays run off the side of the road games
Congrats to the D-Rays!
Loyal readers may remember my June 2005 post regarding the history of large team home/road winning percentage disparities …
Well, with 6 games to go, your 2006 Tampa Bay Devil Rays have a shot at becoming the first team in over 60 years to play at least .500 ball at home while playing UNDER .250 ball on the road.
The others … (with home and road records respectively)
Team Year GM W L Win% Team Year GM W L Win% diff.
PHA 1945 77 39 35 .527 PHA 1945 76 13 63 .171 .356
BLA 1902 64 32 30 .516 BLA 1902 77 18 57 .240 .276
Tampa has finished its home games for the year, going 41-40 (.506). They currently sit at 19-56 (.253) on the road, with 3 games in Boston and 3 in Cleveland to end the season. If they can lose 5 of those 6 games, they will finish 20-61 (.247) on the road.
The stats geek in me is rooting for 5 losses …
With tonight’s 10-8 loss to Milwaukee, the Giants have now given up a remarkable 113 runs over their past 12 games, while scoring 73. (They’ve actually been able to win 3 of those games, including a shutout). When is the last time a team has given up that many runs over a 12-game stretch?
Tm StartDate EndDate Games W-L RS RA
CHC 1999-06-20 1999-07-03 66-77 4-8 81 130
(The pre-humidor Rockies gave up at least 113 runs over a 12-game stretch on numerous occasions, but the Cubs allowed the MOST runs over a 12-game stretch in recent history. Three of those 12 Cub games DID take place at Coors. The Giants played 3 of their games at Coors during their current streak.)
Now, if you exclude ANY games involving Coors Field, you have to go all the way back to 1977 to find a worse 12-game stretch for runs allowed ….
Tm StartDate EndDate Games W-L RS RA
ATL 1977-04-24 1977-05-07 15-26 0-12 37 114