Yesterday, Colby Lewis, who has five letters in his first and last names, became only the fifth pitcher in history to give up five homers as the only (5) hits in a start (see table below). He did this on the tenth day (2*5) of the fifth month. For two of the homer-hitters (Nick Markakis … Read moreSo many Fives!
The Twins are certainly struggling. How bad? They are being outscored by 2.10 runs per game so far in 2012. Only two other teams in the past 50 years have ended a season with a -2.00 or worse per game run differential (the 1962 Mets and the 2003 Tigers). If the Twins continue to score … Read moreTwo Runs Too Short to Box with AL
The Padres have many problems. Entering Monday night, they are an NL-worst 9-20, and sit 9.5 games back of the Dodgers. Their closer Huston Street is on the DL. A starting pitcher, Cory Luebke could be headed for Tommy John surgery, They’ve already played 20 home games against only nine on the road. And they … Read moreWhat’s “Left” to say about San Diego?
It was only a couple of weeks ago that we examined the record-setting “one-batter” relievers. Apparently Astros’ manager Brad Mills reads the VORG, as he decided to go and set a one-game record for one-batter relievers last night during Houston’s 4-3 win over the Mets. Mills used five relievers for just one batter apiece, breaking … Read moreNo Relief for Breaking Brad
While the Yankees’ comeback from a 9-0 deficit to win 15-9 yesterday was impressive, what tickled the VORG’s fancy was that the Bombers scored exactly seven runs in two consecutive innings. It got me wondering what the record might be for the highest number of the same runs scored in two consecutive innings. It turns … Read moreRolling Two Straight Sevens
When I wrote about Jack Spring a few weeks ago, reader Kurt Blumenau tweeted the following to me: @dianagram I noticed Mr. Spring’s 1963 season — 45 G, 38 IP. Was he LOOGY before LOOGY was cool? I was intrigued by this possibility, and searched the web for any existing analyses of this. It turns … Read moreOne and Done
Last year we did a special post for Tax Day, featuring the (primarily) former players who had memorable career category totals of 1,040 (or closest to 1,040). Let’s revisit it, restricting it now to only inactive/former players, see if there have been any changes, correct some inaccuracies and find some new categories. First up, the batters … Read moreTax Day 2012
Wednesday is Leap Day and to “celebrate”, the VORG hereby presents the single-season record holders specifically restricted to Leap Years. I limited this to post-1900, if you’re wondering . . . STAT LEADER RECORD YEAR AVG Rogers Hornsby .424 1924 OBP Barry Bonds .609 2004 SLG Babe Ruth .847 1920 OPS Barry Bonds 1.422 2004 … Read moreLeap Year Leaders