All those Errors but no Unearned Runs

Friend of the VORG Dan Wachtell alerted me to the fact that the Astros managed to commit five errors Thursday night in a 10-1 loss, but those errors did not lead to even a single unearned run.  Dan wondered if that was a record for most errors without yielding an unearned run. With my Retrosheet … Read more

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 more

The Anagrammatic Battery

It was just a quiet Friday night.  Jarred Cosart had been called up for his big league debut with the Astros, and then my Twitter feed went nuts: Sam Miller @SamMillerBP holy cow via @suss2hyphens Cosart and his catcher Castro are anagrams Bradley Ankrom @bsankr @SamMillerBP how was @dianagram not on top of this? Chris … Read more

Teams with the Worst Plate Discipline of All Time

As of Saturday morning, the Houston Astros offense has accrued all of five walks (against 56 strikeouts) in their first four games.  While it is unlikely they will continue to average 1.25 walks and 14 strikeouts per game, their extremely youthful and hack-happy lineup will likely make a run at the title of worst plate … Read more

One Player’s Saves greater than Another Team’s Wins

This afternoon the Orioles’ Jim Johnson notched his 41st save of 2012, nailing down a 5-3 win over the White Sox.  That save puts him temporarily ahead of the Astros total wins (40) this year. If Johnson can keep the Astros in his rearview mirror, he’ll join a select group of closers.  Here are the … Read more

No Relief for Breaking Brad

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we examined the record-setting “one-batter” relievers.  Apparently Astros’ manager Brad Mills reads the VORG, as he decided to go and set a one-game record for one-batter relievers last night during Houston’s 4-3 win over the Mets.  Mills used five relievers for just one batter apiece, breaking … Read more