Starting Pitchers with Highest TTO%

We’ve talked a lot about Three True Outcomes for batters, most recently with Joey Gallo setting a new single-season record for highest TTO%. Now lets take a look at the record-holders from the starting pitcher standpoint.  Here are the top 25 highest single-season TTO marks by starters with enough innings to qualify for the ERA … Read more

Who Moved My All-Star Break?

We’re in the last week prior to the 2013 All-Star Break, and with it will come the usual pronouncements of some player setting a record for most ____ by the Break.  Now of course, the actual date of All-Star Break moves around quite a bit, but its generally the beginning of the second week of July.    Here’s a breakdown of the actual dates of the All-Star Game, excluding 1981 (when it was held after the end of the strike) and the dates of the second of the two games played each year from 1959-1962:

DATE OF ALL-STAR GAME
DATE Count Pct.
7/11 11 13.9
7/13 11 13.9
7/10 9 11.4
7/9 8 10.1
7/12 7 8.9
7/8 7 8.9
7/14 5 6.3
7/7 5 6.3
7/15 4 5.1
7/6 4 5.1
7/16 2 2.5
7/23 2 2.5
7/17 1 1.3
7/19 1 1.3
7/24 1 1.3
7/25 1 1.3
Total 79 100.0

Take that and add in that fact that the teams all play a different number of games prior to the break, and it renders “Most ____ by the Break” statements kind of weak (at least without many caveats).  Here is the percentage of each season’s games actually played prior to the Break from 1933-2012, excluding strike years:

gamesbyasb

As you can see, prior to the 1950s, the Break generally occurred with less than 50% of the season completed.  That dramatically changed during the last 60s and early 70s, before dropping back under 50% in the early 1980s.  The percentage has been trending upward since then, with the last season that had a break before 50% of games played occurring in 1991.  (This represents games actually played based on rainouts/postponements, rather than the original schedule, but the percentages based on the original schedule didn’t differ significantly.)

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A Weighty New Metric

So, Prince Fielder is now the “The Round Mound of Motown” (copyright pending).  Those debating the wisdom of his new contract are focused on his weight, and pointing out that heavier players don’t age as well as their skinnier counterparts.  To help quantify the differences between players with and without “scale issues”, the VORG, in … Read more

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