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 moreDifference in Team Games Played on Schedule

New Day, Opposing Pitcher with Same Last Name

From the Twitterverse on Thursday. It started innocently enough:

… which led to:


To which Jayson Stark replied:

So, using the Retrosheet game logs, it turns out that the same team has faced two different pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games nearly 200 times between 1914 and 2015! Of course there are brother combinations in there, like the Perrys, Niekros and Deans, but there are quite a few more without a familial link.  Here they are, in team-by-team order:

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No Weekend Baseball in New York!

This weekend is a rare one in New York City. Neither the Mets nor the Yankees are at home. The Mets are in San Francisco and the Yankees are visiting Anaheim.  Citi Field is instead hosting a concert by the Zac Brown Band, while Yankee Stadium is the site of the annual Damon Runyon 5K. … Read moreNo Weekend Baseball in New York!

The Day’s Games are Home or Visitor Sweeps (or close to it)

On Tuesday, all 15 home teams won their games, a first in MLB history. That got the VORG wondering about other “sweeps”, by either the home or visiting teams, based on the number of games on a day. Thanks to the gamelogs from Retrosheet, here are the most wins on a single day by the … Read moreThe Day’s Games are Home or Visitor Sweeps (or close to it)

More Fun with “Quarter Pole” and the Baseball Season

Three years ago, I wrote about bloggers/journalists misusing the term “quarter pole” when discussing the first quarter of the baseball season.  I mentioned that the “quarter pole” specifies the point on a racetrack one-quarter mile from the finish line, not the starting gate.

Here we are in 2015, and the misuse continues. Some examples:

“The New York Yankees hit the quarter pole of their season on Wednesday night, …”

“As they close in on the quarter pole of the 2015 Major League Baseball season, the Red Sox remain a work in progress.”

“Castellanos epitomizes the nervousness in this town as a still-young season just passed the quarter pole with the Tigers struggling to keep pace with division-leading Kansas City.”

Just this evening, during FOX’s “Baseball Night in America” pregame show, the studio host used the term twice within the first two minutes.
Listen gang. I’m not a “semantics Nazi.” My followers don’t think so.

However, when I see sportswriters incorrectly co-opting terms from other sports, I have to call it.

So, in order to hopefully help stop this from happening (again), I am providing the approximate “quarter pole” of each baseball season, based on the original schedule as listed on Retrosheet. Basically, take the total number of games to be played in each year, multiply by .75, and that is the game number that represents the “quarter pole.” Most years, it will involve a team playing in game 120-123 (out of 162), some time between August 15 and August 21.  This season, the “quarter pole” should be reached on August 22nd. (The “quarter pole” game might be slightly different than the one listed, based on the ordering of the Retrosheet list.  However, the basic theme remains intact)

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Its Like They Never Left

When it comes to coming up with the opening and final series of each season, the MLB schedule makers generally try for natural intradivision rivalries . . . Red Sox and Yankees, Cubs and Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants.  In the era of daily interleague play, that becomes a bit harder.  For example, the Phillies are … Read moreIts Like They Never Left

The Last Baseball Game Ever Played by Your Team?

So tomorrow is apparently the last day on Earth for all of us, at least to some of us.  If that is indeed the case, here is how every team finished up their 2012 (and final) season. Here are the teams who played their final game on October 3rd, with the final batter and result … Read moreThe Last Baseball Game Ever Played by Your Team?

Our Opponents Don’t Look Familiar

This past Monday, prior to the start of the Yankees series with the Twins, William Juliano, proprietor of the excellent “The Captain’s Blog”, tweeted the following: The Captain’s Blog ‏@williamnyy23 It’s been 139 games since Yanks played Twins. Can’t confirm without programming, but that has to rank among longest spans between meetings. This intrigued me, … Read moreOur Opponents Don’t Look Familiar

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