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 … Read more

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