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

How Many Men Does it Take to Play the Position?

While noticing that the Cubs had already used 13 different players in left field this season, I began to wonder what the record was for each position on the diamond.  Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, here are the position-by-position leaders, with the year, count and associated players listed. (The Cubs are still two short … 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

Full Houses of all Types

Now that Kris Bryant has become the first player to complete a three homer/two double “full house” in a game, I thought it would be fun to look at other full house combinations. Three singles / two doubles: Achieved 245 times through 6/28/2016, most recently done by Aledmys Diaz on 4/23/16. Three singles / two … Read more

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

And all the Runs were Scored 2 by 2

It was late Saturday night. The Padres had just scored two runs in the top of the twelfth to take an 8-6 lead on the Brewers. I was skimming the boxscore when I noticed that all the runs have been scored in two-run half-inning increments. I tweeted to fellow stat geek Doug Kern about this … Read more

Teams with Biggest Win % Difference when they Homer

Michael Baron of “JustMets.net” tweeted: #Mets are 4-8 when they don’t hit a home run so far in 2016. 16-4 when they do hit a home run. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) May 11, 2016 That results in a .467 winning percentage difference between when they DO homer (.800) and when they don’t (.333).  Is that … Read more

“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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