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

More Pitching Matchup Weirdness

Friend of the VORG Tim Moore on the “Effectively Wild” Facebook page earlier this week: Curious about pitchers with the same surname as the opposing pitcher’s birthplace. Bonus points if it’s a Capitol. resulting in the following discussion … Diane Firstman Tim ….. are you serious about that? Tim Moore Always. OK, so pulling the … Read more

Same Last Name Pitching Matchups

Today’s Diamondbacks/Rockies matchup features Jorge De La Rosa versus Rubby De La Rosa.  Its far from the first time a game has featured two pitchers with the same surname.  Here is the complete list through the end of 2014. (Data from Retrosheet.  Please donate to their cause.)

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