The Most Deceptive Saves of All Time?

The “save” is one of those stats that raises the ire of the sabermetrically-inclined, due to its being sometimes credited in less than high leverage spots. Today, a relief pitcher is awarded a save when he meets all three of the following conditions: He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; … 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″ Brandon McCarthy. 158 inches of starting pitchers in the game. … Read more

Difference in Team Games Played on Schedule

Over in the “Effectively Wild” Facebook group, there was this question posed: Sam Gerweck May 12 at 11:19pm So I’ve been picking through games tonight on MLB.tv and saw that the (17-16) Tigers are playing the (17-20) Angels. 1/5 of the way through the season and there is a 4 games-played disparity between these teams. … Read more

Opposing Pitchers with Same First Name (and Opposing Catchers Too!)

SportsnetLA’s Alanna Rizzo (and more than a few others) noted a quirk in the batteries in Saturday night’s Dodgers/Padres game. What are the chances? The batteries tonight are Clayton & Austin and Clayton & Austin. — Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) May 7, 2017 Indeed, Clayton Kershaw was facing off against Clayton Richard. Kershaw was being caught … Read more

The VORG’s Thanksgiving Message for 2016

Thanksgiving is two days away, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following people/entities for making my baseball blogging world a better place (in no particular order): Baseball Prospectus: The folks I followed (Kahrl, Jaffe, Goldstein, Lindbergh, Sheehan, Goldman) are gone, but they continue to find great writers/analysts. From prospect talk to … Read more

Art Shamsky and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tuesday night marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a day of atonement, and one is to refrain from work, while attending synagogue and fasting.  At the VORG, it means its time for another edition of “Sabbathmetrics“. Today we examine the Sabbath/non-Sabbath performance differences of Art Shamsky. In … Read more

Infield Quartets with Most Games Started

Last time out I discussed the outfield trios with the most games started, inspired by the infield foursome of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey. I decided to go further down the infielders rabbit hole by seeing who that Dodger group topped in terms of most games started. Here are the top ten foursomes, with their … Read more

The Outfield Equivalent of Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey

Recently, I was thinking about the 1970s Dodgers infield of Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey and Bill Russell.  They famously played together longer than any other infield foursome (833 games). It got me wondering what trio of outfielders started the most games together, both in specific outfield slots and as a general trio regardless … Read more

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