Stopped Before Making His Start

Friend of the VORG Andrew H asked: Has there ever been a 0 pitch start in MLB history? Paging @dianagram for this one. — Andrew H (@AndrewtheNerd85) June 21, 2016 Now, there HAVE been plenty of starts where a pitcher was listed as not facing a single batter, with no pitches listed: Player Date Tm … Read more

Doubleheaders with Same Linescores

Tuesday, the Mets lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Pirates by the same score, 3-1. The Pirates had a 3-10-0 linescore in each game while the Mets themselves nearly had the same linescore in both games. They were off by a grand total of 2 “pips” (1 fewer hit and 1 more error): … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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Winning and Saving Pitcher with Same Last Name

The logical extension to the winning and losing pitchers having the same last name is to list the winning and saving pitchers sharing a last name. Here they are through 2015: date vteam hteam winpnam savepnam 20140928 KCA CHA Casey Coleman Louis Coleman 20130529 WAS BAL Steve Johnson Jim Johnson 20120924 TOR BAL Steve Johnson … Read more

Pitchers of Record with Same Last Name

We previously dealt with starting pitchers sharing the same last name, but friend of the VORG Isaac Sasson, as well as ESPN’s Jayson Stark asked me a variation of that:

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Highest Scrabble-Scoring Pitching Matchups

Friend of the VORG @BravesOptions alerted me to a fun factoid coming up in tomorrow’s Braves/Giants contest: .@dianagram I know you’ve looked at Scrabble batteries but what about pitching match ups? Folty vs Shark https://t.co/CStowFAsVL — The Notorious B.O.G. (@BravesOptions) May 29, 2016 Here are the top Scrabble scores of all time if you ignore … Read more

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

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