Monthly Archives: June 2013

Weekend Wrapup

A few things from my weekend notes:

* – On Friday, the Orioles shut out the Red Sox, 2-0. Prior to that, the Red Sox had scored in their last 116 games (and 223 of 224) against the O’s, their third longest such streak against a single team in club history:

125 – vs A’s; 1953-1959
124 – vs Royals; 1997-current
116 – vs Orioles; 2006-2013
107 – vs Orioles; 2001-2006

It was also the longest streak without a shutout by the Orioles against any team since they moved to Baltimore:

116 – vs Red Sox; 2006-2013
103 – vs Indians; 1952-1956

* – The Dodgers have not scored 10 or more runs in a game since last August 29, a span of 99 straight games, the longest current drought in the majors. The Cubs (83) and the Phillies (82) are the other teams that have yet to score in double figures in a game yet this season.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have score 10 or more in nine games already in 2013, matching their full season totals for 2010 and 2011 (they did it 16 times last season). The Tigers, Reds, and A’s have all done it eight times.

* – On Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox pitching staff struck out 11, walked none, but allowed 14 hits to the Orioles in a 6-3 loss. It was the most hits they’ve ever allowed in a regulation game (no extra innings) in which they struck out 10+ and walked none.

* – All of baseball has gone wild over Dodgers’ rookie Yasiel Puig’s torrid start. Over the last two weeks, Puig is batting .479 (23-for-48) with 4 home runs and a 1.271 OPS. Nobody’s made a fuss much at all about Mike Carp’s last two weeks, in which the Red Sox’ outfielder/first baseman/DH has hit .417 (15-for-36) with 5 home runs and a league best 1.365 OPS in that span.

* – St. Louis’ reliever Edward Mujica has walked only one batter this season and now has 27 straight appearances without issuing a free pass, two shy of the Cardinals’ all-time record of 29, set by Dennis Eckersley in 1997. The major league record is 41, also by Eckersley (1989-1990).

* – The Yankees’ road OPS is just .668 (.233/.292/.376) which comes out to an OPS+ of 90 (a league average OPS would yield an OPS+ of 100 and 10% above league average would be 110). That’s on pace to be their second lowest road OPS+ in their last 98 seasons. The only season lower was 89 in 1990 (.660).

New York has put up a road OPS+ above 100 (i.e. above league average) in each of the past 11 seasons and 35 of the last 39.

Around the majors

A few notes from around Major League Baseball:

* – The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera gave up two hits and a walk without recording an out in the 18th inning on Thursday in a non-save situation. We’ve all heard the stories about how terrible closers are in non-save situations, so I took a look at Rivera’s history in such appearances. Over his last 53 appearances in non-save situations (including Thursday), he’s pitched 50.2 innings, allowed one homer and FIVE earned runs. That works out to an ERA of 0.88.

To provide some context, I also looked at the last 53 non-save outings by Jonathan Papelbon (55 IP / 16 ER / 8 HR / 2.62 ERA) and Andrew Bailey (50.2 IP / 17 ER / 3 HR / 3.02 ERA).

Frankly, I was quite surprised that the numbers weren’t far worse, given the legend.

One more thing: Thursday was just the second time in Rivera’s career that he has faced two or more batters and not recorded at least one out and both of them have come this season. The other was May 28 against the Mets.

* – Since the beginning of the 2012 season, every team has hit at least one extra-inning home run except the Red Sox and Astros. The A’s (11) have hit the most in that span, followed by the Orioles (10).

Boston hitters have now had 179 extra-inning plate appearances since Jacoby Ellsbury homered off Scott Proctor in the 14th inning on September 25, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the second game of a doubleheader. They are still a long way from their longest such drought in club history (since 1945):

268 – From 4/11/92 (Naehring) through 9/22/93 (Deer)
199 – From 7/6/78 (Lynn) through 6/23/79 (Watson)
181 – From 8/24/82 (Nichols) through 4/26/84 (Armas)
180 – From 6/10/62 (Tillman) through 6/11/63 (Malzone)
179 – From 9/25/11 (Ellsbury) through current

* – Who is the best offensive player with a June 15 birthday? Two Hall of Famers, Billy Williams and Wade Boggs, turn 75 and 55, respectively, on Saturday. Two other players with 1,000+ RBI also have birthdays on Saturday: Dusty Baker (turns 64) and Lance Parrish (57) as well as Brett Butler (56), who collected 2,375 hits in his career.

All told, there have been 39 all-star selections among players with a June 15 birthday. Compare that to just eight for June 16 and four for June 14.

Thanks, Baseball Reference!