Swapping Shutout Routs

Friday night, the Giants roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu and ran away from the Dodgers, 9-0.  The next night, the Dodgers returned the favor on Tim Hudson and many other San Francisco relievers, 17-0.  Thus, we had consecutive shutouts by each team, with a total run differential of 26 (0-9/17-0). This got the VORG wondering what … Read more

Good-field, no-hit Cuban SS signed, and the VORG goes wild!

The Dodgers continued their free-wheelin’, free-spending ways today, as they announced the signing of Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena to a five year, $25 million deal. The early scouting report on Arruebarruena is a very strong glove with a very weak bat.  But the VORG isn’t fretting about that.  We are celebrating Arruebarruena’s possible appearance in … 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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Dodgers Can’t Bring Them Home

The L.A. Dodgers have been having a hellacious time driving in baserunners this season. Going into Monday night’s action, they are tied for sixth in the Majors with a .335 team OBP.  However, they are next to last in runs per game, at 3.47.  So, it shouldn’t surprise you to read that they are 28th in … Read more

No Singles for You … or You … or You

The Dodgers beat the Braves 6-2 last night, collecting only four hits, but they were all homers.  The Braves had five hits: three doubles, one triple and one homer. So, in a game with nine hits combined between the two teams, there were no singles.  It was only the sixth time in history that neither … Read more

Catch Me Now I’m Falling

The Mets got off to a surprisingly good start in the first half of the season, sitting at 46-40 (.535) at the All-Star Break.  Some suggested they were “playing over their heads”.  Since then, they have dropped 11 of 12 (.083), including today’s 5-2 loss to the Nationals. Of course, many teams can go through … Read more

When “just one bad inning” is an understatement

How many times have you listened to a post-game interview, and the manager or pitcher of the losing team states that it was just “one bad inning” that did them in? Now, to be sure, there are plenty of occasions where the “one bad inning” really isn’t horrible.  Take this Red Sox/Yankees game from August.  … Read more