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

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

When the Pitcher and Home Plate Ump Share a Name

Friend of the VORG Bill Arnold got in touch with me today: Diane, I’m sure you have heard of this last night Carlos Torres of the Brewers started a game with umpire Carlos Torres behind the plate. I was wondering how many times has this happened of a pitcher throwing to a umpire with the … 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 2015 “Pi Young Award”

Wednesday evening brings us the announcement of the  “Cy Young Award” winner in each league.  So, its now time for the VORG to announce the winners of the 2015 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award). … Read more

Opposing Pitchers Sharing a Birthday

In a group of 25 people (such as a baseball club), there is a 57% chance that at least two people will share a birthday. In a group of 50 people (such as competing ballclubs), there is a 97% chance of at least two people sharing a birthday. Given this, how often have opposing pitchers … Read more

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