Opposing Pitchers with Same First Name (and Opposing Catchers Too!)

SportsnetLA’s Alanna Rizzo (and more than a few others) noted a quirk in the batteries in Saturday night’s Dodgers/Padres game. What are the chances? The batteries tonight are Clayton & Austin and Clayton & Austin. — Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 7, 2017 Indeed, Clayton Kershaw was facing off against Clayton Richard. Kershaw was being caught … Read more

Long Last Name vs. Short Last Name At-Bats

Jayson Stark issued an alert …. Another project for @dianagram !!! https://t.co/WMYlX2TaoQ — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 5, 2017 which referenced THIS tweet ….   .@EliasSports @Kurkjian_ESPN @jaysonst @MLBRandomStats @baseball_ref What’s the biggest letter difference between a pitcher and hitter ever? pic.twitter.com/fHVV8ajEZ3 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) May 5, 2017 and some folks chimed in with … Read more

Most Runs, Hits with Only Certain Types of Hits

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern tweeted this out early this morning:

That got me wondering what the records were for most hits and runs for a team in a game would be, based on each specific hit type or combination of hit types.  First, here are the hit records.  For example, the Dodgers set the record for most hits with all being singles when they amassed 22 on June 3, 1988 in a 13-5 win over Cincinnati.

HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
1B 6/3/1988 LAD CIN W 13-5 22 0 0 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
1B, 2B 8/22/1917 BRO PIT W 6-5 28 3 0 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
1B, 2B, 3B 7/29/1928 CLE NYY W 24-6 27 2 1 0
1B, 2B, 3B 8/5/1922 NYG CHC W 19-7 27 6 4 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
1B, 2B, 3B, HR 7/1/1979 OAK TEX W 13-12 29 2 1 1
1B, 2B, 3B, HR 8/12/48 (2) CLE SLB W 26-3 29 5 1 4
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
2B 8/18/1998 ATL SFG W 8-4 9 9 0 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
2B, 3B 9/8/2014 NYM COL W 3-2 6 4 2 0
2B, 3B 8/5/2007 CHW DET W 3-1 6 5 1 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
2B, HR 7/10/2010 DET MIN W 7-4 8 4 0 4
2B, HR 9/18/2002 STL COL W 8-5 8 3 0 5
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
3B 5/5/1973 BAL CAL L 1-3 2 0 2 0
3B 5/2/1972 SFG NYM L 2-4 2 0 2 0
3B 4/19/1964 WSA KCA L 1-5 2 0 2 0
3B 6/23/63 (1) PHI NYM L 0-5 2 0 2 0
3B 4/20/51 (1) WSH NYY W 5-3 2 0 2 0
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
3B, HR 4/2/2014 HOU NYY W 3-1 4 0 2 2
3B, HR 8/9/1999 BOS KCR L 2-5 4 0 2 2
3B, HR 9/14/1952 NYG STL L 4-14 4 0 2 2
HIT TYPE Date Tm Opp Rslt H 2B 3B HR
HR 6/24/1989 CLE TEX W 7-3 6 0 0 6

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Fun with Ryan Schimpf’s Stats

Friend of the VORG and ESPN SweetSpot Senior Writer David Schoenfield with some love for a wacky stat line: Ryan Schimpf is on pace to hit .156 with 41 home runs and 104 walks and for the love of the baseball gods I hope he keeps it up. — David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) May 3, 2017 … Read more

Bob Melvin and “Sabbathmetrics”

Monday night marks the beginning of Passover, the celebration of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in Egypt.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better or worse on the Sabbath. Our focus today is on catcher Bob Melvin. He currently serves as the manager … Read more

Opposing Starting Pitchers with “Embedded” Last Names

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern pointed this out to me today: @dianagram Dodgers radio points out tmw’s game is Hill vs Ca-Hill. If you feel like doing anything with that. “Embeds”, as it were. — Doug Kern (@dakern74) April 5, 2017 So here are the pitching matchups where one pitcher’s name is “embedded” in … Read more

Youngest, Oldest, Most Frequent Opening Day Starters

With Opening Day just a couple of days away, the VORG gives you the oldest and youngest players to ever start an Opening Day game, as well as the record holders for most Opening Day starts. YOUNGEST OPENING DAY STARTERS – BY POSITION 1913-2016 POS Player Age Date Tm Opp 1B Ed Kranepool 20.155 4/12/1965 … Read more

Slash Stats by Birthday

We’ve done homers by birthday, and hits by birthday.  Might as well go whole hog and do slash stats.

Here are the composite homer, RBI and slash stats for each birthday. The homers and RBI are prorated to 502 plate appearances per player, and all stats are from 1954-2016.

In case you are wondering, 7/24’s numbers are quite gaudy due to one Barry Bonds.

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