Aerosmith line 1, call for Aerosmith …

Two consecutive tweets just now, by David Lennon, Mets beat writer for Newsday: @DPLennon David Lennon Gee broke Nady’s left hand with that hit by pitch. @DPLennon David Lennon No sooner do the D-Backs announce Nady’s broken hand, and Kennedy nails Duda on hip with next pitch. ——————————————- If this becomes THE story of the … Read more

When a Team’s Batters (or Pitchers) experience Deja Vu

Quite often, you’ll be listening to a baseball broadcast and hear the announcer say something like “they’ve gone 7 games without giving up more than 4 runs” or “that’s five straight games scoring at least 6 runs in each game”. Well, you never seem to hear any mention of those streaks in which a team … Read more

Introducing the π Young Award

The exploits of Cy Young are immortalized in the annual award bearing his name. Each year, the top hurlers in both leagues are given this award, but not without some controversy over the merits of one pitcher versus another. “Pitcher A had more wins than Pitcher B. But pitcher C had more strikeouts and less … Read more

Great Names in Baseball History: A true “4-A” player

You might have missed this minor transaction from this morning’s sports section, but the Washington Nationals now possess a true “4-A” player, as Atahualpa Severino was recalled from the minors today. Just who or what IS an “Atahualpa“: Atahualpa, Atahuallpa, Atabalipa, or Atawallpa (March 20, 1497 – July 26, 1533), was the last Sapa Inca … Read more

Now Here is a Linescore You Don’t See Every Day!

Not all no-hitters are the same. According to Retrosheet records, there have been 193 instances of a team being no-hit in major league history (they have linescore records for 1918 through 2010).  Not surprisingly, in 180 of those games, the team being no-hit also scored no runs (see table below), leading to the linescore 0-0-x, … Read more

Yankees and A’s considered Prime Number Suspects

Remember a few weeks ago, when the Mets beat the Tigers by the “perfect square” score of 16-9?  I promised at that point that I’d discuss “prime number” score games.  Well, we had one last Friday night.  The Yanks pummeled the A’s 17-7. If you need a refresher on the concept of a prime number, … Read more

KIPNIS plays well with others … other letters that is

The Cleveland Indians, in desperate need of some offense given their recent rash of injuries, last week called up their top prospect, 2B Jason Kipnis. While the VORG applauds this move for baseball reasons, it also makes good sense for Scrabble purposes. You see, many tournament Scrabble players like to study what are called “stems”.  … Read more

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