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 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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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