Steve Stone and “Sabbathmetrics”

Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the “Jewish New Year”.  That means its time for another Sabbathmetrics post, in which we look at whether certain Jewish players performed better on worse on the Sabbath. Our focus today is on Steve Stone.  Stone pitched for four MLB teams between 1971 and 1981. In 1980, … Read more

Mariners were RISP-averse last night

The Seattle Mariners toiled for 18 innings last night/early this morning before succumbing to the Orioles 4-2.  As is the case with many extra-inning affairs, the M’s had a bit of trouble getting that one big hit with runners in scoring position.  In fact, they went 0-12 in RISP situations during innings 10-18, and an … Read more

One Player’s Saves greater than Another Team’s Wins

This afternoon the Orioles’ Jim Johnson notched his 41st save of 2012, nailing down a 5-3 win over the White Sox.  That save puts him temporarily ahead of the Astros total wins (40) this year. If Johnson can keep the Astros in his rearview mirror, he’ll join a select group of closers.  Here are the … Read more

Here’s the throw . . . here’s the play at the plate!

Today’s Orioles/A’s game ended on a play at the plate (no one was injured in the making of this play).  Immediately after Kurt Suzuki tagged out pinch-runner Blake Davis, the Twitterverse exploded with “wow, what a way to end the game!” blasts.  Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein opined: @Kevin_Goldstein Awesome ending in Oakland. Last out at … Read more