Art Shamsky and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today we examine the Sabbath/non-Sabbath performance differences of Art Shamsky. In … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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Highest Scrabble-Scoring Pitching Matchups

Friend of the VORG @BravesOptions alerted me to a fun factoid coming up in tomorrow’s Braves/Giants contest: .@dianagram I know you’ve looked at Scrabble batteries but what about pitching match ups? Folty vs Shark — The Notorious B.O.G. (@BravesOptions) May 29, 2016 Here are the top Scrabble scores of all time if you ignore … Read more

And all the Runs were Scored 2 by 2

It was late Saturday night. The Padres had just scored two runs in the top of the twelfth to take an 8-6 lead on the Brewers. I was skimming the boxscore when I noticed that all the runs have been scored in two-run half-inning increments. I tweeted to fellow stat geek Doug Kern about this … Read more

Rhyming Pitching Matchups

Jayson Stark posed this question this morning: Fun question for my favorite Useless Infomaniacs: It’s Miley vs Smyly tonight. Got any other great rhyme-zone matchups from yesteryear? Go! — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 10, 2016 This is right up the VORG’s alley.  With the Retrosheet gamelogs accessed, I compiled a list. This list is NOT … Read more

Highest Scrabble Score of Starting Batteries

A couple of nights ago, a fellow named “thedeejus” had this Reedit post on highest Scrabble score batteries. It came with this caveat Edit: this is last names only, forgot to mention that in the title. Also, I kind of cheated and only checked to see whether they were teammates, not whether they actually played … Read more

Longest-Named Batteries (Update)

A few years ago, we delved into the shortest-named batteries of all-time, and included a brief mention of the longest-named pair. “. . . the battery with the longest combined last name?  It appears to be 23.  On September 27, 1940, the Chicago Cubs had Ken Raffensberger pitching to Clyde McCullough“ Last night, the Twitterverse … Read more

Scott Radinsky and “Sabbathmetrics”

Friday 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 reliever Scott Radinsky. He currently serves as the Angels … Read more

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