Starting Pitchers with Highest TTO%

We’ve talked a lot about Three True Outcomes for batters, most recently with Joey Gallo setting a new single-season record for highest TTO%. Now lets take a look at the record-holders from the starting pitcher standpoint.  Here are the top 25 highest single-season TTO marks by starters with enough innings to qualify for the ERA … Read more

Ross Baumgarten and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday night marks the first evening of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. So its time for another installment of “Sabbathmetrics”, where we determine if Jewish ballplayers perform better or worse on the Sabbath.  Our subject today is lefty pitcher Ross Baumgarten. Baumgarten was a 20th-round selection of the White Sox in 1977 and made … Read more

From 20-game Winner to 20-game Loser

A friend of mine asked me, after considering the 2016-7 fortunes of Rick Porcello, if anyone had ever lost 20 games the year after winning 20. This list meets that request, with the following exceptions: It doesn’t include those that won and lost 20+ games in the same season It doesn’t include those that lost … Read more

Recycled Batteries

At the seventh annual Saberseminar this past weekend at Boston University, attendees were entertained and informed by the event’s emcee, Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti. Periodcally, Benetti would make note of a “Recycled Battery” receptacle in the lecture hall. He asked if anyone had extra batteries to dispose of, and then started asking … Read more

(More) Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

Here is a new and improved version of the list of those starting pitching matchups whose first names are actual cities in the state in which the game is being played. This list is for games from 1961-2016, and excludes games in Montreal and Toronto. date vteam hteam hstate vis sp home sp 19620708 CHA … Read more

Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

As so often is the case with a VORG topic, it started with a single tweet: Hey @jaysonst wi Austin Pruitt starting opposite Dallas Keuchel in TX – can you recall 2 SP named after cities meeting in that state — Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 3, 2017 To which my hero Jayson Stark replied: How … Read more

“Celebrity” Pitching Matchups

Various sports outlets and Twitter folks are noting tonight’s “Ray-Romano” pitching matchup in the Arizona-Cincinnati game. Here are some more “celebrity” pitching matchups that have taken place (thanks to the gamelogs at Retrosheet): DATE VIS HOME VIS P HOME P 19340522 SLN NY1 Dean Smith 19340719 SLN BSN Dean Smith 19360521 SLN NY1 Dean Smith … Read more

Consecutive Games Facing Pitcher with Same Last Name

Friend of the VORG (and fellow you should definitely follow) Doug Kern asked me the following this morning:

After a bunch of data wrangling with the Retrosheet game logs, I don’t know about the Brew Crew having experienced this phenomena nine times, but here is what I was able to come up with in terms of one team facing pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games, through 2016.  If there is only a last name listed, just trust me when I say that each pitcher had a different Retrosheet ID.  I’m not 100% certain on this list, but I think I’m ….. in the ballpark.

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