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

Are Expanded Rosters Leading to Longer Games?

Much has been written about the ever-increasing length of ballgames.  Attention has recently turned to the impact of expanded September rosters on game length and “level playing fields for both teams”. Here I’m only focusing on the game length issue vis-a-vis September callups. Using game length data culled from the Retrosheet game logs for 1920 … Read more

Teams with Same Linescore in Consecutive Games

Friend of the VORG James Smyth, Wednesday afternoon … Air the @dianagram Siren: Yankees have 5 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors for all 3 games of their series in Seattle — James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) August 24, 2016 Now I have my own “Bat signal”?  Cool! So, using the Retrosheet gamelogs, I’ve determined that the Yankees … Read more

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