Monthly Archives: March 2014

Opening Day!

Hey there!

Stretching out my blogging legs after an extended absence due to “real job” requirements. Hopefully there will be many, many more posts like this as the 2014 baseball season progresses.

Let’s get started with some random stats that I thought you might find interesting:

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* – Highest Opening Day OPS since 2000 (min. 25 such PA; Active players only):

1.739 – Xavier Nady, Padres 481/517/1232/1739
1.300 – Chase Utley, Phillies 417/467/833/1300
1.253 – Adam Jones, Orioles 417/462/792/1253

And here are the lowest:

0.134 – Hunter Pence, Giants (1-for-22)
0.316 – Ty Wigginton, unsigned (4-for-33)
0.327 – Russell Martin, Pirates (2-for-25)

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* – 2013 Lowest OBP Allowed to #1 Hitters (min. 70 such BF):

.340 – Julio Teheran, Braves
.342 – Roberto Hernandez, Phillies
.343 – Brandon McCarthy, Diamondbacks

And here are the highest:

.481 – Barry Zito, Giants
.442 – Anibal Sanchez, Tigers
.445 – Shelby Miller, Cardinals

Note this: Boston’s Andrew Miller faced only 15 such batters last season, but he allowed 12 of them to reach base (.800 OBP) as they went 8-for-11 with 4 walks.

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* – The Nationals did not allow more than 5 runs in any of their last 22 games last regular season. That’s the second-longest such streak to end a season on record:

24 – Astros, 1971
22 – Nationals, 2013
20 – Pirates, 1970
20 – Dodgers, 1968
20 – Cubs, 1968

Note this: The next longest such streak since 2000: 14 (by the 2013 Rangers and 2012 Rays)…Washington pitchers allowed just 9 home runs in that 22 game stretch.

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* – 2013 Longest Streaks Without Scoring In First Inning:

27 – Brewers
23 – Twins
18 – Astros
18 – Athletics
17 – Cubs

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* – Highest Pitches per Inning by Opposing Starters, 2013:

17.9 – Red Sox
17.1 – Indians
17.0 – Athletics
17.0 – Twins

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* – Most Games in which Opposing Starter lasted 5 innings or less but threw 100+ pitches:

20 – Red Sox (17-3)
13 – Athletics (10-3)
13 – Rays (6-7)
12 – Indians (8-4)

Boston’s own staff had 14 different starts of 5 or fewer innings and 100+ pitches, also the most in the majors. Felix Doubront (5) and Ryan Dempster (4) accounted for most of those outings.

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* – Most Games Where Bullpen Allowed 0 Runs in 3+ IP:

44 – Twins (25-19)
41 – Royals (25-16)
38 – Braves (29-9)
37 – Marlins (23-14)
36 – Orioles (31-5)

Note this: Top winning percentages when pen combined for 3+ IP and 0 runs:

.880 – Red Sox (22-3)
.861 – Orioles (31-5)
.846 – Yankees (22-4)
.829 – Pirates (29-6)

In 2012, Boston went just 15-13 when their pen combined for 3+ scoreless.

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* – Kansas City started last season by winning only 4 of their first 13 road games against lefty starters. Then they won 10 of their last 12 such games.

Note this: The White Sox faced 20 lefty starters away from home last year and won just 4 times, including losing 14-of-15 after May 17.

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* – Longest current streaks without allowing multiple runs in a first inning:

52 – Giants (August 4)
38 – Rays (Aug 22)
18 – Tigers (Sept 10)
17 – Padres (Sept 13)
16 – Royals (Sept 12)

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* – 2014 will be the 15th time since 1994 that the Orioles have opened their season at home and they’ve gone 12-3 in those games. They are 9-6 in game two in those seasons. They’ve hosted Boston in their opener 5 times and won the last 4 (’76, ’89, ’01, ’04) with their only loss coming in 1969. 3 of those 5 games lasted at least 11 innings.

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* – Last season, 154 starting pitchers left 50+ innings to their bullpens. Here are the top ten bullpen ERA’s by starter:

1.03 – Gerrit Cole, PIT
1.33 – Jeremy Guthrie, KCR
1.68 – Zack Grienke, LAD
1.78 – Bruce Chen, KCR
1.78 – Kyle Lohse, MIL
1.83 – Kris Medlen, ATL
1.90 – Julio Teheran, ATL
1.91 – Mike Minor, ATL
1.92 – Jeff Francis, COL
2.04 – Sam Deduno, MIN

And here are the worst:

6.13 – Jordan Lyles, HOU
5.84 – Justin Verlander, DET
5.68 – Erik Bedard, HOU
5.59 – Joe Blanton, LAA
5.46 – Brandon Maurer, SEA
5.36 – Matt Cain, SF
5.35 – Corey Kluber, CLE
5.27 – Hector Santiago, CHW
5.25 – Tommy Hanson, LAA
5.24 – Lucas Harrell, HOU

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