“Celebrity” Pitching Matchups

Various sports outlets and Twitter folks are noting tonight’s “Ray-Romano” pitching matchup in the Arizona-Cincinnati game. Here are some more “celebrity” pitching matchups that have taken place (thanks to the gamelogs at Retrosheet): DATE VIS HOME VIS P HOME P 19340522 SLN NY1 Dean Smith 19340719 SLN BSN Dean Smith 19360521 SLN NY1 Dean Smith … Read more

Astros are Road Runners

Sitting at 60-29 at the All-Star Break, the Astros boast a gaudy 33-11 record on the road. and that .750 road winning percentage is 2nd-best since 1901 (1906 Chicago Cubs went 60-15 away from home, for an .800 winning percentage). The Astros have put up a remarkable 314 runs in their 44 road games, an … Read more

Consecutive Games Facing Pitcher with Same Last Name

Friend of the VORG (and fellow you should definitely follow) Doug Kern asked me the following this morning:

After a bunch of data wrangling with the Retrosheet game logs, I don’t know about the Brew Crew having experienced this phenomena nine times, but here is what I was able to come up with in terms of one team facing pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games, through 2016.  If there is only a last name listed, just trust me when I say that each pitcher had a different Retrosheet ID.  I’m not 100% certain on this list, but I think I’m ….. in the ballpark.

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Dial M (7 times) for a Record

Friend of the VORG Zack Raab set out a request to Jayson Stark and I: .@dianagram/@jaysonst, since you love these wacky finds and I love seeing what you can do with them, ever seen this in a MLB lineup? 👇🤔 https://t.co/PowiFZ8hS0 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) June 20, 2017 … which referred to this tweet: @ESPNStatsInfo … Read more

Get the Leb Out

Recently, the VORG came across a ballplayer in the Blue Jays system named Jason Leblebijian. He’s currently an infielder (mainly second base) at Triple-A. and there was some chatter about a possible call-up to the majors. If he DOES get there, he’ll join this wondrous list of players whose last name takes the form of … Read more

The Most Deceptive Saves of All Time?

The “save” is one of those stats that raises the ire of the sabermetrically-inclined, due to its being sometimes credited in less than high leverage spots. Today, a relief pitcher is awarded a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; … Read more

Pitching Appearances with More Ks than Outs

Last night, Craig Kimbrel got a four out save, and thanks to a wild pitch on a strikeout, managed to K five batters during his appearance. Followers of the VORG asked me if this was some sort of record for most Ks where the strikeouts exceeded the outs recorded.  It turns out it wasn’t a … Read more

Longest Last Names by Position

Over at the Effectively Wild podcast group on Facebook, a hard-working soul manually put together a list of the longest last names in MLB history by position. Using the Lahman Baseball Database, this is the list I came up with: POS GAMES NAME LENGTH 1B 959 Doug Mientkiewicz 12 2B 510 Gene DeMontreville 13 SS … Read more

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