“A _____ short of the cycle …”

Don’t you love articles that note players who finished just one particular type of hit short of the cycle?

Like this guy, who finished a triple short of the cycle … A triple, the hardest, rarest form of hit to be had, and its news-worthy?

Well, to celebrate the “____ short of the cycle” champs, here are the 2015 and single season leaders for each type of hit lacking.

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Opposing Pitchers Batting Eighth – History in Milwaukee Today

Today’s Giants/Brewers game is a first in MLB Opening Day history. Its the first time both opposing pitchers (in this case Wily Peralta and Madison Bumgarner) will bat eighth in an Opening Day tilt. Here are the 25 prior occurrences of both starting hurlers batting eighth, along with the respective managers and team game numbers. … Read more

The Best and Worst “Three True Outcome” Games

We’ve discussed the concept of “Three True Outcomes” (TTO) before, with the calculation of TTO percentage based on walks, strikeouts and homers divided by plate appearances. Now I thought it would be fun to research which games in major league history featured the highest and lowest TTO percentage. Many teams have had a game in … Read more

Consecutive Years with Increasing Stats – The Batters

If you are into numbers and patterns like I am, your eye will scan the year-by-year stats of a particular player and sometimes notice that there is a run of increasing or decreasing figures for a particular stat. During ballgames, you’ll sometimes here that “he has seen his batting average increase in each of the last three years,” or something similar.  So, what are the records for most consecutive years with increasing or decreasing figures for the major stats.

We’ll start with the batters’ increases first.  Using the year-by-year stat lines furnished by Fangraphs, here are the longest streaks with increasing totals:

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“Unoccupied” Single Season Totals Records

Last week we detailed the lowest career totals that no one is currently sitting on for various stats. Now its time to do the same for single season records. To find out, this time we exported the single season statistics from 1871-2015 for the nearly 17,000 players in baseball history listed via Fangraphs, and sorted … Read more

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