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

Rhyming Pitching Matchups

Jayson Stark posed this question this morning: Fun question for my favorite Useless Infomaniacs: It’s Miley vs Smyly tonight. Got any other great rhyme-zone matchups from yesteryear? Go! — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) May 10, 2016 This is right up the VORG’s alley.  With the Retrosheet gamelogs accessed, I compiled a list. This list is NOT … Read more

Highest Scrabble Score of Starting Batteries

A couple of nights ago, a fellow named “thedeejus” had this Reedit post on highest Scrabble score batteries. It came with this caveat Edit: this is last names only, forgot to mention that in the title. Also, I kind of cheated and only checked to see whether they were teammates, not whether they actually played … Read more

Multiple Games with Highest Same Final Score on Same Day

This morning, friend of the VORG and ESPN stats nerd Mark Simon forwarded this tweet to my attention: @PeraKCnRoyals cc @dianagram @dakern74 — Mark Simon (@msimonespn) April 25, 2016 I rooted through the Retrosheet gamelogs for all games with more than 22 runs scored, and then aggregated them based on date of game and final … Read more

When the Pitcher and Home Plate Ump Share a Name

Friend of the VORG Bill Arnold got in touch with me today: Diane, I’m sure you have heard of this last night Carlos Torres of the Brewers started a game with umpire Carlos Torres behind the plate. I was wondering how many times has this happened of a pitcher throwing to a umpire with the … Read more

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

Kings of Particular Spots in the Batting Order

The Retrosheet gamelogs contain a wealth of information, including full starting lineups for over 170,000 games in MLB history.  Using these files, the VORG has determined the top three players for most games started from each slot in the batting order.

Some highlights:

  • Rickey Henderson started 2,890 games in his Hall of Fame career, and not surprisingly 99.5% of those games saw him batting leadoff. His next highest count? He batted third eight times.
  • Charlie Grimm is the only player to finish in the top three at two different slots (6th, 7th).  These accounted for 88% of his total games started.
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. batted third a mere 239 times, roughly 1/8th Junior’s total.  Griffey Sr. batted second most often.
1ST Frequency
Rickey Henderson 2875
Pete Rose 2300
Lou Brock 1893
2ND Frequency
Nellie Fox 1711
Omar Vizquel 1570
Ozzie Smith 1529
3RD Frequency
Stan Musial 2253
Ken Griffey, Jr. 2014
Carl Yastrzemski 1978
4TH Frequency
Eddie Murray 2038
Fred McGriff 1825
Willie McCovey 1607
5TH Frequency
Harry Heilmann 1275
Ernie Banks 976
Robin Ventura 918
6TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 892
Graig Nettles 832
Travis Jackson 789
7TH Frequency
Charlie Grimm 976
Everett Scott 894
Jimmy Dykes 768
8TH Frequency
Al Lopez 1363
Jim Hegan 1317
Ray Schalk 1207
9TH Frequency
Ozzie Guillen 1095
Gary Disarcina 853
Bucky Dent 826

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