Freddie Freeman IS the Braves Power Source

Last night, Freddie Freeman socked his sixth homer of the season. He now represents 66.7% of the Braves homer total (9) for the year. Here is the Braves’ 2016 homer log.  Note also that only one of the homers has come with someone on base. Date Batter Opp Score Inn Out RBI 2016-04-04 Freddie Freeman … Read more

Teams with Biggest Win % Difference when they Homer

Michael Baron of “JustMets.net” tweeted: #Mets are 4-8 when they don’t hit a home run so far in 2016. 16-4 when they do hit a home run. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) May 11, 2016 That results in a .467 winning percentage difference between when they DO homer (.800) and when they don’t (.333).  Is that … Read more

All about 1-0 Games

Saturday was quite a day for shutouts.  There were seven of them, including four by 1-0.  The record for shutouts on a single day is eight (June 4, 1972, when a total of 16 games were played).  The four 1-0 games tied the all-time record for the most in one day (September 18, 1915 which … Read more

Three Homers for You, A Loss for your Team

Miguel Cabrera’s three-homer game last night was the 86th instance of a player hitting three or more homers in a contest that his team lost.  This is the second time Cabrera launched three homers in a loss.  Johnny Mize had the most games like this in his career (4). Here are the games that a … Read more

Earl Weaver’s Love Affair with the Three-Run Homer

As you know, Earl Weaver, perhaps the best manager of the post-expansion era in baseball, passed away at 82 on Saturday.   As described in “Pitching, Defense and Three-Run Homers: The 1970 Baltimore Orioles“, Weaver’s overarching philosophy relied heavily on the long-ball: Weaver preached his prescription for winning: “pitching and three-run homers.” He explained, “Pitching … Read more

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