The VORG’s 2014 “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 2014 “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

V is for Victory (for One Team)

Game four of the World Series will feature a match-up of Ryan Vogelsong and Jason Vargas.  It will mark the 39th World Series game with starting pitchers with matching first letters in their last names.  This will be the first World Series contest where both starters have last names beginning with the letter “V”. The … Read more

Pitchers with a Lower ERA than WHIP in a Season

Paul Swydan of The Hardball Times and Fangraphs tweeted the following: Paul Swydan @Swydan 1.87 would be a great ERA for a reliever. Too bad that’s Craig Breslow’s WHIP. Why is he on the Red Sox still? Give me one reason. I then responded: dianagram @dianagram @Swydan HMMM …. seasons in which a pitcher’s ERA … Read more

“Presidential” Pitching Matchups

Friend of the VORG Mike Gianella pointed out the following Saturday: ‏@MikeGianella Just noticed it is a battle of 19th Century Presidents in Philadelphia today. Indeed, Edwin Jackson was facing David Buchanan, calling to mind presidents Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan.  That seemed ripe for some Retrosheet gamelog mining, so here are the 141 “presidential” pitching … Read more

Will a Mets Pitcher get a Hit in 2014?

Your browser does not support iframes. The Mets have gotten off to a surprisingly good start, despite a power-challenged offense.  While no one expects the pitchers to contribute much to this offense, the hurlers have managed to compile the following stat line at the plate in 2014: PA AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO … Read more

Giving new Meaning to “Win Streak”

Loyal VORG reader David Branson tweeted at me yesterday: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Joe Niekro had single season win totals of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17. Any idea if this is the longest string? I thought that was a really cool find, and decided to investigate further.  … Read more

A Pitcher’s Best Friend, times 1.5

Last night, the Yankees pulled off a triple play, the third one completed in back of CC Sabathia in the last four years. Your browser does not support iframes. This got me wondering what the record is, from the pitcher’s perspective, for most triple plays “induced”.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index (a fantastic resource … Read more

The VORG salutes The Oscars

Tonight brings us the Academy Awards, and one of the top nominees for Best Picture is 12 Years A Slave. The VORG celebrates this year’s ceremony by presenting OUR Best Picturetcher Oscar to “12 Years, a Save“, for the pitchers who hurled exactly 12 seasons and compiled exactly one save. Dennis Leonard Armando Reynoso John … Read more