Pitchers are Cities in the State Game is Played In

As so often is the case with a VORG topic, it started with a single tweet: Hey @jaysonst wi Austin Pruitt starting opposite Dallas Keuchel in TX – can you recall 2 SP named after cities meeting in that state — Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) August 3, 2017 To which my hero Jayson Stark replied: How … Read more

“Celebrity” Pitching Matchups

Various sports outlets and Twitter folks are noting tonight’s “Ray-Romano” pitching matchup in the Arizona-Cincinnati game. Here are some more “celebrity” pitching matchups that have taken place (thanks to the gamelogs at Retrosheet): DATE VIS HOME VIS P HOME P 19340522 SLN NY1 Dean Smith 19340719 SLN BSN Dean Smith 19360521 SLN NY1 Dean Smith … Read more

Astros are Road Runners

Sitting at 60-29 at the All-Star Break, the Astros boast a gaudy 33-11 record on the road. and that .750 road winning percentage is 2nd-best since 1901 (1906 Chicago Cubs went 60-15 away from home, for an .800 winning percentage). The Astros have put up a remarkable 314 runs in their 44 road games, an … Read more

Consecutive Games Facing Pitcher with Same Last Name

Friend of the VORG (and fellow you should definitely follow) Doug Kern asked me the following this morning:

After a bunch of data wrangling with the Retrosheet game logs, I don’t know about the Brew Crew having experienced this phenomena nine times, but here is what I was able to come up with in terms of one team facing pitchers with the same last name in consecutive games, through 2016.  If there is only a last name listed, just trust me when I say that each pitcher had a different Retrosheet ID.  I’m not 100% certain on this list, but I think I’m ….. in the ballpark.

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Dial M (7 times) for a Record

Friend of the VORG Zack Raab set out a request to Jayson Stark and I: .@dianagram/@jaysonst, since you love these wacky finds and I love seeing what you can do with them, ever seen this in a MLB lineup? 👇🤔 https://t.co/PowiFZ8hS0 — Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) June 20, 2017 … which referred to this tweet: @ESPNStatsInfo … Read more

Get the Leb Out

Recently, the VORG came across a ballplayer in the Blue Jays system named Jason Leblebijian. He’s currently an infielder (mainly second base) at Triple-A. and there was some chatter about a possible call-up to the majors. If he DOES get there, he’ll join this wondrous list of players whose last name takes the form of … Read more

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

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