Pitching Appearances with More Ks than Outs

Last night, Craig Kimbrel got a four out save, and thanks to a wild pitch on a strikeout, managed to K five batters during his appearance. Followers of the VORG asked me if this was some sort of record for most Ks where the strikeouts exceeded the outs recorded.  It turns out it wasn’t a … Read more

Matching Starting Pitching Lines in Twins/Angels Game

As noted by Jayson Stark and others, yesterday’s Twins/Angels game saw a nearly identical set of starting pitcher lines:   Min-Angels starters Thurs: Mejia 6+ IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 1 HR 84 pitches 51 strikes Meyer 6+ IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 1 HR 84 pitches … Read more

Tallest Pitching Matchups

On Twitter, Sarah Wexler noted a strange event:   Just realized we might be watching one of the tallest pitching matchups ever pic.twitter.com/kio4Sk8LYk — Sarah Wexler (@SarahWexler32) April 6, 2017 This is the game she was referring to.  6′ 7″ Adam Wainwright versus 6′ 7″Jered Weaver. 158 inches of starting pitchers in the game. But … Read more

Opposing Starting Pitchers with “Embedded” Last Names

Friend of the VORG Doug Kern pointed this out to me today: @dianagram Dodgers radio points out tmw’s game is Hill vs Ca-Hill. If you feel like doing anything with that. “Embeds”, as it were. — Doug Kern (@dakern74) April 5, 2017 So here are the pitching matchups where one pitcher’s name is “embedded” in … Read more

The VORG’s 2016 “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 2016 “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

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

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