New Day, Opposing Pitcher with Same Last Name

From the Twitterverse on Thursday. It started innocently enough:

… which led to:


To which Jayson Stark replied:

So, using the Retrosheet game logs, it turns out that the same team has faced two different pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games nearly 200 times between 1914 and 2015! Of course there are brother combinations in there, like the Perrys, Niekros and Deans, but there are quite a few more without a familial link.  Here they are, in team-by-team order:

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Zee Matchup was Zee Wonderful

Another day, another question for the VORG from the Twitterverse: Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben Is Ziegler vs Zunino the highest alphabetical matchup in baseball history? Opposite of Aardsma vs Aaron if they ever faced each other? Doug Kern @dakern74 @BaseballRuben @dianagram   Ruben Lipszyc @BaseballRuben @dakern74 @dianagram Is Diane going to look this up for me? … Read more

The Reds Pitchers have Gopheritis

The current Reds pitching staff is on a record pace for homers allowed. They’ve yielded 154 in their first 89 games (1.73 per game average). That would put them on pace for 280 longballs given up for the year, which would obliterate the record of 241 set by the 1996 Tigers. Year HR W L … Read more

Stopped Before Making His Start

Friend of the VORG Andrew H asked: Has there ever been a 0 pitch start in MLB history? Paging @dianagram for this one. — Andrew H (@AndrewtheNerd85) June 21, 2016 Now, there HAVE been plenty of starts where a pitcher was listed as not facing a single batter, with no pitches listed: Player Date Tm … Read more

Ray Faces the Rays, Brown Faces the Browns

Friend of the VORG Dave Haller had a question for me Monday afternoon …

Here’s the boxscore from the Ray versus Ray(s) contest.

David Branson did some research and came up with this … which partially answered what Haller had asked …

I merged the Teams data file from the excellent Lahman Baseball Database with the gamelogs from Retrosheet, and this is what I found.  Prior to 2015, there had only been 58 similar occasions of a starting pitcher’s last name matching either his team or the opposing team’s nickname (singular of that name). The breakout is as follows:

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 2 times

Visiting Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 27 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Visiting Team Nickname: 25 times

Home Starting Pitcher the same as Home Team Nickname: 4 times

All 58 happened to feature a pitcher and team named “Brown” (Browns).  Besides Lloyd Brown of the ’28 to ’36 St. Louis Browns, the other “Brown” pitchers are the 1914-5 Yankees’ Boardwalk Brown, the 1933 and ’35 Yankees’ Jumbo Brown (19330622, 19350822 and 19350917 games only, h/t to Richard Chester) and the 1953 Red Sox’ Hal Brown.

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Winning and Saving Pitcher with Same Last Name

The logical extension to the winning and losing pitchers having the same last name is to list the winning and saving pitchers sharing a last name. Here they are through 2015: date vteam hteam winpnam savepnam 20140928 KCA CHA Casey Coleman Louis Coleman 20130529 WAS BAL Steve Johnson Jim Johnson 20120924 TOR BAL Steve Johnson … Read more

Pitchers of Record with Same Last Name

We previously dealt with starting pitchers sharing the same last name, but friend of the VORG Isaac Sasson, as well as ESPN’s Jayson Stark asked me a variation of that:

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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 — The Notorious B.O.G. (@BravesOptions) May 29, 2016 Here are the top Scrabble scores of all time if you ignore … Read more

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