From 20-game Winner to 20-game Loser

A friend of mine asked me, after considering the 2016-7 fortunes of Rick Porcello, if anyone had ever lost 20 games the year after winning 20. This list meets that request, with the following exceptions: It doesn’t include those that won and lost 20+ games in the same season It doesn’t include those that lost … Read more

It Don’t Mean a Thing if You Don’t Win in Spring

Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps. Spring training is underway. Soon the first exhibition games in Florida and Arizona will commence.

I’m here to tell you that you should not worry if your team does not come out of spring training with a winning record.  Using won-loss totals for both spring training and the regular season from 2006 through 2016, I calculated that there is a .216 correlation between the two (a correlation of 1.0 is a perfect positive relationship, while 0.0 means there is no relationship).

Why just last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks went 24-8 in February and March, and then proceeded to barely win three times as many games in the regular season (69-93). On the flip side, the Cubs “struggled” to an 11-19 spring mark, and then routed their division on their way to 103 regular season wins and an eventual World Series.

So here are the spring and regular season won-loss records for each team during each of the last 11 seasons, ranked by difference in winning percentage. Note the 2016 D’backs at the very top and the 2016 Cubs at the other end.

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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 more

Hovering Around .500 All Season

Its been a trying year for the Yankees.   They haven’t been able to establish any real momentum, as their longest winning streak is five games (done twice).  However, they’ve never really gone into a prolonged tailspin, with their longest losing streak also encompassing five games (also done twice).  As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise … Read more

There’s No Place Like Wherever We’re Not Playing

Since 1901, home teams have won 54% of all regular season games.   But sometimes, the home/road split is quite extreme, in either direction.  Its still pretty early in the 2014 season, but the Marlins and Diamondbacks are on record-setting paces for biggest home/road differentials, on differing sides of the coin. The Marlins have been one … Read more

Giving new Meaning to “Win Streak”

Loyal VORG reader David Branson tweeted at me yesterday: David Branson @obxleatherman @dianagram Joe Niekro had single season win totals of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17. Any idea if this is the longest string? I thought that was a really cool find, and decided to investigate further.  … Read more

Hanging Around .500 . . . a Lot!

Last time out, we discussed the record for a team alternating wins and losses, both to start a season and within a season.  Now let’s go on a slight tangent and explore the universe of .500 teams.

The record for most different points in the season at .500 while also finishing the season at .500 is held by the 2010 Oakland A’s, which hit .500 for the 33rd time that year in their final game:

Date Tm Opp R RA W-L
Tuesday, Apr 6 OAK SEA W 2 1 1-1
Friday, Apr 30 OAK TOR L 2 10 12-12
Sunday, May 2 OAK TOR L 3 9 13-13
Tuesday, May 4 OAK TEX W 7 6 14-14
Friday, May 7 OAK TBR L 1 4 15-15
Friday, May 14 OAK LAA L 0 4 18-18
Tuesday, May 18 OAK SEA W 6 5 20-20
Saturday, May 22 OAK SFG W 1 0 22-22
Tuesday, May 25 OAK BAL L 1 5 23-23
Saturday, Jun 12 OAK SFG L 4 5 32-32
Tuesday, Jun 15 OAK CHC W 9 5 33-33
Sunday, Jul 18 OAK KCR W 9 6 46-46
Tuesday, Jul 20 OAK BOS W 5 4 47-47
Friday, Jul 23 OAK CHW L 1 5 48-48
Friday, Jul 30 OAK CHW L 1 6 51-51
Sunday, Aug 1 OAK CHW L 1 4 52-52
Tuesday, Aug 3 OAK KCR L 2 3 53-53
Friday, Aug 6 OAK TEX L 1 5 54-54
Tuesday, Aug 10 OAK SEA L 0 2 56-56
Friday, Aug 13 OAK MIN L 3 4 57-57
Thursday, Aug 19 OAK TBR W 4 3 60-60
Saturday, Aug 21 OAK TBR L 4 5 61-61
Tuesday, Aug 24 OAK CLE W 5 0 62-62
Thursday, Aug 26 OAK CLE L 2 3 63-63
Saturday, Aug 28 OAK TEX W 5 0 64-64
Monday, Aug 30 OAK NYY L 5 11 65-65
Friday, Sep 10 OAK BOS W 5 0 70-70
Sunday, Sep 12 OAK BOS L 3 5 71-71
Tuesday, Sep 14 OAK KCR L 3 11 72-72
Friday, Sep 17 OAK MIN W 3 1 73-73
Sunday, Sep 19 OAK MIN W 6 2 74-74
Saturday, Sep 25 OAK TEX L 3 4 77-77
Sunday, Oct 3 OAK SEA W 4 3 81-81
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/25/2013.

 

The record for most different points in the season at .500 while NOT finishing the season at .500 is 35, achieved by the 1959 Chicago Cubs.  The Cubbies ended the season at 74-80, having been at .500 after every even number game from game two through 34 (except game six), and not being at .500 after game 100:

Date Tm Opp R RA W-L
Sunday, Apr 12 CHC LAD L 3 5 1-1
Wednesday, Apr 15 CHC SFG L 1 7 2-2
Sunday, Apr 19 CHC LAD L 3 8 4-4
Wednesday, Apr 22 CHC STL L 2 8 5-5
Friday, Apr 24 CHC SFG L 3 4 6-6
Sunday, Apr 26 CHC SFG L 2 3 7-7
Thursday, Apr 30 CHC CIN W 3 2 8-8
Saturday, May 2 CHC PHI W 4 3 9-9
Sunday, May 3 (2) CHC PHI L 4 5 10-10
Tuesday, May 5 CHC PIT W 6 3 11-11
Thursday, May 7 CHC STL L 3 4 12-12
Saturday, May 9 CHC STL L 1 11 13-13
Sunday, May 10 (2) CHC STL L 7 8 14-14
Tuesday, May 12 CHC MLN W 7 3 15-15
Thursday, May 14 CHC CIN L 0 2 16-16
Sunday, May 17 (1) CHC PIT L 4 5 17-17
Saturday, May 23 CHC STL L 1 5 20-20
Monday, May 25 CHC STL W 9 4 21-21
Thursday, May 28 CHC LAD W 7 5 22-22
Saturday, May 30 CHC SFG L 2 5 23-23
Friday, Jun 5 CHC PIT W 10 5 25-25
Friday, Jun 19 CHC PHI L 7 8 32-32
Sunday, Jun 21 CHC PHI W 4 0 33-33
Wednesday, Jun 24 CHC CIN L 0 5 34-34
Friday, Jun 26 CHC MLN L 1 11 35-35
Sunday, Jun 28 CHC MLN L 1 2 36-36
Wednesday, Jul 1 CHC STL W 6 5 37-37
Friday, Jul 3 CHC SFG L 0 4 38-38
Saturday, Jul 4 (2) CHC LAD L 2 5 39-39
Thursday, Jul 16 CHC MLN W 4 2 44-44
Saturday, Jul 18 CHC CIN L 1 5 45-45
Tuesday, Jul 21 CHC STL W 8 2 46-46
Thursday, Jul 23 CHC LAD L 3 5 47-47
Saturday, Jul 25 CHC SFG W 5 3 48-48
Thursday, Jul 30 CHC MLN L 2 6 50-50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/25/2013.

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A Win, a Loss (ad infinitum)

The New York Jets set an NFL record this weekend despite losing to the Bills 37-14.  As ESPN.com reported: “The Jets (5-5), coming off their bye, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL’s first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season.” This got the VORG … Read more

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