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 https://t.co/CStowFAsVL — 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

A Rotation All Ending in a Vowel

Friend of the VORG Bill Arnold wrote to me today: “I was doing some rooting around and I came across Bill’s Chuck’s note about the possibility of a Yankee starting rotation of pitchers whose last names all end with a vowel. I was wondering if this type of rotation has ever been accomplished before? The … Read more

The VORG’s “Pi name” All-Star Team

In honor of “Pi Day” here is the VORG’s team of players with “pi” somewhere in their first or last name (not an all-inclusive list, as there are roughly 200 such names): 1B: Wally Pipp, Joe Pepitone 2B: Danny Espinosa, Jeff Keppinger SS: Spike Owen, Rob Picciolo 3B: Pie Traynor, Pinky Higgins OF: Felix Pie, … Read more

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