The Braves’ Record-Chasing Home Woes

The Braves are a miserable (and remarkable) 2-20 (.091) in home games coming into Friday night’s action. Here are the worst single-season home winning percentages since 1900: Team-Year W L W-L% SLB-1939 18 59 .234 BSN-1911 19 54 .260 PHA-1915 19 53 .264 PHI-1923 20 55 .267 NYM-1962 22 58 .275 DET-2003 23 58 .284 … Read more

The VORG’s “Hard to Spell” List

Tonight will be the conclusion of the Final Round of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. In honor of this, the VORG presents some of our favorite hard-to-spell player names: Adam Hyzdu Al Hargesheimer Andy Lapihuska Andy Stankiewicz Archi Cianfrocco Arquimedez Pozo Aurelio Monteagudo Bevo LeBourveau Biggs Wehde Bill Nahorodny Bill Wambsganss Billy Grabarkewitz Bob … Read more

And all the Runs were Scored 2 by 2

It was late Saturday night. The Padres had just scored two runs in the top of the twelfth to take an 8-6 lead on the Brewers. I was skimming the boxscore when I noticed that all the runs have been scored in two-run half-inning increments. I tweeted to fellow stat geek Doug Kern about this … Read more

Freddie Freeman IS the Braves Power Source

Last night, Freddie Freeman socked his sixth homer of the season. He now represents 66.7% of the Braves homer total (9) for the year. Here is the Braves’ 2016 homer log.  Note also that only one of the homers has come with someone on base. Date Batter Opp Score Inn Out RBI 2016-04-04 Freddie Freeman … Read more

Teams with Biggest Win % Difference when they Homer

Michael Baron of “JustMets.net” tweeted: #Mets are 4-8 when they don’t hit a home run so far in 2016. 16-4 when they do hit a home run. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) May 11, 2016 That results in a .467 winning percentage difference between when they DO homer (.800) and when they don’t (.333).  Is that … Read more

Rhyming Pitching Matchups

Jayson Stark posed this question this morning: Fun question for my favorite Useless Infomaniacs: It’s Miley vs Smyly tonight. Got any other great rhyme-zone matchups from yesteryear? Go! — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 10, 2016 This is right up the VORG’s alley.  With the Retrosheet gamelogs accessed, I compiled a list. This list is NOT … Read more

Highest Scrabble Score of Starting Batteries

A couple of nights ago, a fellow named “thedeejus” had this Reedit post on highest Scrabble score batteries. It came with this caveat Edit: this is last names only, forgot to mention that in the title. Also, I kind of cheated and only checked to see whether they were teammates, not whether they actually played … Read more

Longest-Named Batteries (Update)

A few years ago, we delved into the shortest-named batteries of all-time, and included a brief mention of the longest-named pair. “. . . the battery with the longest combined last name?  It appears to be 23.  On September 27, 1940, the Chicago Cubs had Ken Raffensberger pitching to Clyde McCullough“ Last night, the Twitterverse … Read more

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