More Saves than Ks

Yesterday I wrote about Jim Johnson having more saves than the Astros have wins.  Well, over at TheScore, yours truly got mentioned in their article on the same topic.  In the comments section of that post, a reader named “Hendo” opined: But how many guys have saved more games than K’s? J. Johnson has 41 … Read more

One Player’s Saves greater than Another Team’s Wins

This afternoon the Orioles’ Jim Johnson notched his 41st save of 2012, nailing down a 5-3 win over the White Sox.  That save puts him temporarily ahead of the Astros total wins (40) this year. If Johnson can keep the Astros in his rearview mirror, he’ll join a select group of closers.  Here are the … Read more

Contracted Player Names

Due to an intestinal bug suffered by Cole Hamels, the Phillies are giving rookie Tyler Cloyd the start tonight.  It’s Cloyd’s big league debut.  When I saw the name, I thought of this guy, and apparently so did Andy, of the always-interesting High Heat Stats.  Andy tweeted the following: High Heat Stats ‏@HighHeatStats Phillies pitcher … Read more

Remember those Canonical Batting Lines?

A few months ago I embarked upon a rather ambitious bit of research, to catalog all the different batting lines (AB-R-H-RBI) in MLB history.  It was a lot of work, going through each combination in the Baseball Reference Play Index, and noting which player(s) had the most occurrences of each line.  By the time I … Read more

Homering and Cycling … the new Biathlon?

Coming into Friday night’s action there had at least 237 cycles in major league history, and there have been at least 510 instances of a batter hitting at least three homers in a game.  It takes a pretty unique skill set to accomplish both in a career. Here are the players to have done so: … Read more

I Don’t Like (insert day of week here)

We’ve discussed the best and worst teams on specific dates within the seasons.  We’ve gone over the best and worst teams on specific days of the week.  Now its time to look at the best and worst single-season records on specific days of the week, inspired by the Braves o-for-their-first-12 Mondays this season. Here are … Read more

Active Franchise Won-Loss Records by Day of Week

Last time out we discussed the best and worst franchise won-loss records for each date of the season.  There’s another way to parse the baseball calendar and that is by the day of the week.   For example, the Braves recently broke a 16-game losing streak on Mondays. So, which franchises perform best and worst on … Read more

Active Franchise Won-Loss Records by Date

The wonderful Red Sox blog “Over the Monster” noted early this past week that the Sox were somehow 0-13 in their last 13 games played on August 15.  They blamed it on uber-Sox fan Ben Affleck, as he celebrates a birthday on that day, and Boston’s 13-game “August 15″ losing streak syncs up with the … Read more