Michael Wacha’s Drive for Five

If the Cardinals are going to make it to game seven of this World Series, they’re going to need another sterling performance from rookie hurler Michael Wacha.  Wacha, who won three games as a starter and one in relief during the regular season, has amassed a 4-0 record in four starts this post-season, with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings with 28 strikeouts against eight walks and 11 hits:

Series Opp Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
NLDS g4 PIT W(1-0) 7.1 1 1 1 2 9 1 1.23
NLCS g2 LAD W(2-0) 6.2 5 0 0 1 8 0 0.64
NLCS g6 LAD W(3-0) 7.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.43
WS g2 BOS W(4-0) 6.0 3 2 2 4 6 1 1.00
27.0 11 3 3 8 28 2 1.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/29/2013.

Between the length of the series the Cards have been involved in (one less than the maximum for a division-winner to this point), and his status as number two starter in the Cardinals playoff rotation, Wacha has been able to make four starts in his team’s first 16 playoff games.   His start Wednesday will be his fifth.

Here are the pitchers to make at least five starts in one post-season.  Schilling and Carpenter each made two starts on three days rest, allowing them to make a record six starts:

Player Year Starts W ERA IP H BB SO
Curt Schilling 2001 6 4 1.12 48.1 25 6 56
Chris Carpenter 2011 6 4 3.25 36.0 31 11 21
Jaret Wright 1997 5 3 4.72 26.2 24 19 25
C.J. Wilson 2011 5 0 6.08 26.2 29 19 24
Jeff Weaver 2006 5 3 2.43 29.2 25 9 19
Jarrod Washburn 2002 5 1 5.02 28.2 30 10 17
Adam Wainwright 2013 5 2 2.57 35.0 31 3 34
Frank Viola 1987 5 3 4.31 31.1 31 8 25
Fernando Valenzuela 1981 5 3 2.21 40.2 29 15 26
John Tudor 1985 5 3 2.93 30.2 25 10 22
John Smoltz 1996 5 4 0.95 38.0 22 13 33
John Smoltz 1992 5 3 2.67 33.2 27 17 31
CC Sabathia 2009 5 3 1.98 36.1 28 9 32
Jerry Reuss 1981 5 2 2.21 36.2 27 9 17
Deacon Phillippe 1903 5 3 3.07 44.0 38 3 22
Andy Pettitte 2003 5 3 2.10 34.1 33 11 34
Andy Pettitte 2000 5 2 2.84 31.2 40 8 18
Andy Pettitte 2009 5 4 3.52 30.2 26 11 25
Andy Pettitte 2001 5 2 4.55 29.2 30 6 21
Andy Pettitte 1996 5 2 4.78 32.0 25 15 15
Russ Ortiz 2002 5 2 5.76 25.0 27 13 13
Jack Morris 1991 5 4 2.23 36.1 35 10 22
Dennis Martinez 1995 5 1 2.73 29.2 27 11 14
Greg Maddux 1995 5 3 2.84 38.0 35 7 19
Greg Maddux 1996 5 3 1.70 37.0 32 3 22
Tim Lincecum 2010 5 4 2.45 36.2 23 9 42
Jon Lester 2013 5 4 1.56 34.2 25 8 29
Cliff Lee 2010 5 3 2.78 35.2 27 2 47
Cliff Lee 2009 5 4 1.56 40.1 27 6 33
Scott Kazmir 2008 5 1 4.21 25.2 26 18 22
Randy Johnson 2001 5 4 1.57 40.0 25 8 46
Bruce Hurst 1986 5 3 2.13 38.0 36 7 25
Burt Hooton 1981 5 4 0.82 33.0 22 18 12
Orel Hershiser 1988 5 3 1.06 42.1 25 13 32
Orel Hershiser 1997 5 0 5.72 28.1 33 9 16
Orel Hershiser 1995 5 4 1.53 35.1 20 9 35
Cole Hamels 2008 5 4 1.80 35.0 23 9 30
Jaime Garcia 2011 5 0 4.21 25.2 27 8 21
Roger Clemens 2001 5 1 2.36 26.2 20 12 32
Roger Clemens 1986 5 1 3.97 34.0 31 13 28
Chris Carpenter 2006 5 3 2.78 32.1 28 8 23
Matt Cain 2012 5 2 3.60 30.0 27 7 20
A.J. Burnett 2009 5 1 5.27 27.1 22 16 24
Kevin Brown 1997 5 2 4.91 33.0 35 10 22
Kevin Brown 1998 5 2 1.89 38.0 22 16 45
Josh Beckett 2003 5 2 2.09 38.2 20 12 44
Kevin Appier 2002 5 0 6.23 21.2 24 12 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/29/2013.

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Michael Wacha: Is He a Man or a Muppet?

Cardinals rookie hurler Michael Wacha is impressing America through his dominant performance in the playoffs.  He’s also gotten the attention of fans through his last name, which is a homophone of the catch-phrase of Fozzie Bear, a character on The Muppet Show”, as seen here: Fans are bringing “Fozzie Bear Wacha Wacha” signs to the … Read more

The VORG 2013 World Series Preview

Other sites can give you all the match-ups and tactical forecasts for the showdown between the Red Sox and Cardinals.  At the VORG, we’re going to give you the fact(oids) about each of the main contributors for each team: Cardinals: Yadier Molina, in his age-30 season, lashed a career-high 44 doubles in 2013. That is … Read more

VORG Baseball Puzzle #10

Before you gorge yourself on pro football and the baseball playoffs, why not take a stab at the latest crossword puzzle?   You can solve this on-line here, or print out the PDF.

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Across

1. Luis ___, Twins Opening Day 2B from 2001-2005
6. Excursion
10. Padres reliever Boxberger
14. Grammar topic
15. Helper
16. Like some muscles
17. Dead duck
18. Former Angels reliever Shields
19. 10 jiao
20. Automatic punishment for infractions of a stated rule
23. ___ lark
25. Verlander or Kershaw, in a rotation
26. Chilean range
27. Basic primary denominations of a country’s currencies
32. ____ Rienzo, White Sox rookie SP
33. Russia’s ___ Mountains
34. Automatic
35. Gomes or Venters
37. ___-bodied
41. Blemish
42. Astound
43. 1969 was this team’s first and only season
47. Like a lizard’s skin
49. Tit for ___
50. Do-it-yourselfer’s purchase
51. Part of the body that coordinates the voluntary and involuntary actions
56. ___ Spumante
57. Twins pitcher Hendriks
58. Elevate
61. Steve ___, closer for late 1980s Royals teams
62. Alliance acronym
63. Bender
64. Carbamide
65. “You said it, brother!”
66. Arcade coin

Down

1. Toupee, slangily
2. Slugging pct. minus batting avg.
3. Last name of guitarist known as “Little Steven”
4. AL ROY in 1966, traded to Mets after 1967 season
5. Notched
6. Sampler
7. ___ Carty, hit Majors-best .366 in 1970
8. Kelly Clarkson or Taylor Hicks
9. “Old ___”, nickname of Grover Cleveland Alexander
10. Ron ____, led NL with 24 wins in 1973
11. Doctors make them in hospitals
12. Abreast (of)
13. Force units
21. Mozart’s “L’___ del Cairo”
22. Commuter line
23. ____ Daal, went 16-9 in 1999 and 4-19 in 2000
24. Superstition says to not mention this while its happening
28. Before, poetically
29. Rays SS ____ Escobar
30. Ashes holder
31. Vote against
35. Scribble
36. Former Rangers now Cubs 3B prospect Mike ____
37. “Is that ___?”
38. Note website for quick access in future:
39. French novelist Pierre
40. At one time, at one time
41. Eddie ____, runner-up to teammate Hal Newhouser for 1945 AL MVP
42. Survival of the ____
43. “No Exit” playwright
44. #1 Oak Ridge Boys hit
45. Earlier form of a word in the same language
46. Pops
47. Big mess
48. ___ Geronimo, Gold Glove OF of the 1970s
52. Arm bone
53. Thailand, once
54. Fill
55. Olympic Stadium athlete through 2004
59. Bill ___, pitcher who called Olympic Stadium home from 1979-1981
60. “Perfect” number
(solution after the break)

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MLBers . . . Minus One Letter

Friend of the VORG High Heat Stats asked me the following question recently:

@dianagram with NFL player Whitner dropping the W from his name, can you come up with a list of MLB players whose names from real words when dropping the first letter? I already have Mackey Sasser 🙂

In case you missed this, Donte Whitner of the 49ers is apparently changing his last name to Hitner, as a testament to his umm . . . hard-hitting style on the field (he’s been fined $21,000 by the NFL for a hard hit during a recent game).

So, here are the MLB players whose last names make real words when you drop the first letter.  You can see that Elroy Face should have been an ACE, Josh Thole has a HOLE in his swing, Dave Winfield should have played the INFIELD, etc.

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VORG’s New and Improved Salute to “Breaking Bad”

After we posted our tribute to Breaking Bad over the weekend, friend of the VORG @justarobert wrote a Perl script that generated a cleaner version of the list, ridding some of the names of extraneous letters/symbols and finding some over-looked names.  The VORG thanks Robert for his efforts!

Robert is responsible for the at-bat Twitter bots for players like Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.  

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The 2013 “Pi Young Award” Winners

With game 163 for the Rays and Rangers in the books, we’ve finally reached the end of another exciting season.  So, its now time to announce the winners of the 2013 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . .  (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of … Read more

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