So many Fives!

Yesterday, Colby Lewis, who has five letters in his first and last names, became only the fifth pitcher in history to give up five homers as the only (5) hits in a start (see table below).  He did this on the tenth day (2*5) of the fifth month.  For two of the homer-hitters (Nick Markakis … Read moreSo many Fives!

Division of Labor(ing Teams) at Home

With play now completed for all AL Central teams today, their standings are as follows: Central W L PCT GB HOME ROAD Cleveland 11 9 .550 – 4-7 7-2 Chi WSox 11 11 .500 1 4-7 7-4 Detroit 11 11 .500 1 6-7 5-4 Kansas City 6 15 .286 5.5 0-10 6-5 Minnesota 6 15 … Read moreDivision of Labor(ing Teams) at Home

YOU get one hit … and YOU get one hit … and YOU get one hit

Friends of the VORG often pass along interesting factoids for me to pursue.  Such is the case with the strange event encountered by my friend Dan Wachtell (Met fan, Scrabble player and all-around good guy). Wednesday afternoon, Dan e-mailed me: so, check out this box score today. has any team done this before – … Read moreYOU get one hit … and YOU get one hit … and YOU get one hit

Leap Year Leaders

Wednesday is Leap Day and to “celebrate”, the VORG hereby presents the single-season record holders specifically restricted to Leap Years. I limited this to post-1900, if you’re wondering . . . STAT LEADER RECORD YEAR AVG Rogers Hornsby .424 1924 OBP Barry Bonds .609 2004 SLG Babe Ruth .847 1920 OPS Barry Bonds 1.422 2004 … Read moreLeap Year Leaders

Congrats on Just Missing the 30-100-.300 Club!

In the midst of researching material for the VORG World Series Preview, I came upon the fact that Albert Pujols finished the year at .299, with 37 homers and 99 RBI.  I noted that he was the first player in history to finish one point short of .300 AND one RBI short of 100 in … Read moreCongrats on Just Missing the 30-100-.300 Club!

The VORG World Series Preview

Other sites can give you all the match-ups and tactical forecasts for the showdown between the Rangers and Cardinals.  At the VORG, we’re going to give you the fact(oids): Cardinals: Yadier Molasses Molina stole four bases in 2011, and is now up to 25 for his career.  This ties him for 83rd all-time amongst catchers.  … Read moreThe VORG World Series Preview

Factoids about the 2011 Season

Now that the regular season is over, let’s mine some of its data for fun nuggets (dipping sauce optional):

  • NL batting champ Jose Reyes appeared in only 126 games, but tied for the league lead with 16 triples.  The entire Orioles squad had 13 three-baggers.
  • Can you name the only player to appear in all 162 games this season?  Would you believe it was Prince Fielder?  He’s missed a total of 13 games over the last six years.
  • Curtis Granderson led the majors with 136 runs scored, 15 more than runner-up Ian Kinsler.  That margin is the largest for a runs leader since 1991, when Paul Molitor’s 133 were 18 more than anyone else.
  • Melky Cabrera, a career .267 hitter coming into 2011, hit .305 with 201 hits.  This is only the 27th time in baseball history that a 200+ hit player batted .305 or lower.
  • Jeff Francoeur had 47 doubles and 20 homers in a solid season for the Royals.  However, he scored a mere 77 runs despite his extra-base prowess.  That’s the fewest runs ever scored while having those minimum number of doubles and homers.
  • Victor Martinez (12 homers) and Michael Young (11 homers) each managed to drive in over 100 runs.  The last time we had at least two players with 100+ RBIs and 12 or fewer homers was 1975.
  • 78 players struck out 100 or more times in 2011, the fifth-highest total ever (each of the last five seasons are in there). A record nine players had 162 or more strikeouts.
  • There has been only 54 player-seasons of 10 or more homers but an OPS of .625 or less.  The 2011 White Sox had two of them (Alex Rios and Adam Dunn).
  • Speaking of Dunn, he had 66 total hits all year.  Prior to 2011, he had seven seasons (out of his first ten) of 63 or more extra-base hits.  Only 12 players in history had more 63+ XBH years in their first 10 seasons.
  • The Cubs’ Starlin Castro joined the 20-20 club . . . 20 stolen bases and 20 GIDPs.  He was the only one in the club in 2011.  Alex Rios had made it in each of the prior three seasons.
  • Reed Johnson had his second straight season of five or fewer walks in over 200 plate appearances.  Only one player in history has had three such seasons.  Johnson is the first player to end a season with ten or more HBPs and five or fewer walks.

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