Unanimous Once, Never Considered Again

While doing research for the “World Series Preview“, we discovered (thanks to some helpful friends of the VORG) that Jake Peavy was the ONLY unanimous winner of a Cy Young Award to never receive at least one vote in any other year. The Award has been bestowed unanimously 22 times, to 16 different hurlers. Every … Read more

V is for Victory (for One Team)

Game four of the World Series will feature a match-up of Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Vargas.  It will mark the 39th World Series game with starting pitchers with matching first letters in their last names.  This will be the first World Series contest where both starters have last names beginning with the letter “V”. The … Read more

The VORG’s 2014 World Series Preview

We’ve finally reached the World Series, and with it the established institutions will of course give you the standard previews of the Royals/Giants showdown. But this is the VORG … we don’t do “standard” … we do factoids, minutiae, trivia, oddities, random bits of info on all the major participants for both teams. Here now … Read more

Consecutive Game Hitting Streak to End One’s Career

As Derek Jeter winds down his stellar career with a mediocre at best final season, he’s managed to find one last burst of youthful ability. Coming into today’s game, he had fashioned a seven-game hitting streak. That streak ended with an 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 9-5 loss to Baltimore. If Jeter had managed to keep … Read more

Hovering Around .500 All Season

Its been a trying year for the Yankees.   They haven’t been able to establish any real momentum, as their longest winning streak is five games (done twice).  However, they’ve never really gone into a prolonged tailspin, with their longest losing streak also encompassing five games (also done twice).  As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise … Read more

Swapping Shutout Routs

Friday night, the Giants roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu and ran away from the Dodgers, 9-0.  The next night, the Dodgers returned the favor on Tim Hudson and many other San Francisco relievers, 17-0.  Thus, we had consecutive shutouts by each team, with a total run differential of 26 (0-9/17-0). This got the VORG wondering what … Read more

Debuts by Batting Order Slot

Jorge Soler, the latest prospect called up by the Cubs this year, is making his big league debut tonight, batting fifth. That’s a pretty heady part of the order in which to make your first start in your first game. It got the VORG wondering how many batters have made their debut in each of … Read more

HOFers with Season OBP Higher than SLG

In a few weeks, Derek Jeter will complete his Hall of Fame-worthy career.  His stat line in this, his age-40 season, is rather un-Jeterlike.  Through Monday night, he has a 79 OPS+ with a slash line of .264/.313/.316.  Its entirely possible he’ll end the season with an on-base percentage higher than his slugging percentage. So, … Read more