Debuts by Batting Order Slot

Jorge Soler, the latest prospect called up by the Cubs this year, is making his big league debut tonight, batting fifth. That’s a pretty heady part of the order in which to make your first start in your first game. It got the VORG wondering how many batters have made their debut in each of … Read more

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

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 … Read more

All about 1-0 Games

Saturday was quite a day for shutouts.  There were seven of them, including four by 1-0.  The record for shutouts on a single day is eight (June 4, 1972, when a total of 16 games were played).  The four 1-0 games tied the all-time record for the most in one day (September 18, 1915 which … Read more

Does Your Team’s W-L Record Have an Impact on the Elections?

After you’ve exhausted all of your reading on the polls regarding tomorrow’s election, you start to read of quirks which might point to one party or another winning the election. So, in that vein, does one specific team’s won-loss record in an election year correlate with who will occupy the White House in the following … Read more

Roadkilling the competition

When last we met, I described the oddity of the Milwaukee Brewers having more wins at home than the Astros had all year.  Turns out its happened in 65 different seasons from 1904-2010. So, the obvious follow-up question is . . . has a team ever won more road games than another team’s win total … Read more