Baseball Nuggetpalooza – 4/17/15

A few things I saw this week:

* – So far in 2015, hitters leading off innings for the Red Sox have gone 11-for-76 (.145), the lowest average in the majors:

.145 – Red Sox
.169 – Mariners
.169 – Nationals

Note this: The Sox do have 10 walks leading off innings, which is tied for 2nd most in the majors, trailing only the Cubs. That drives their OBP to .270, which is 20th.

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* – True to their philosophy of grinding at bats, Red Sox hitters have swung at the first pitch only 66 times in 2015, the fewest in the league:

66 – Red Sox
68 – Indians
70 – A’s

Note this: The Giants (136), Reds (128), and Nationals (127) have swung at first pitches most often.

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* – The Rays have already received 6 bases-loaded walks this season. The other 29 teams have combined to receive 11 such walks.

Here are the career leaders in bases-loaded walks received (since 1950):

39 – Carl Yastrzemski
38 – Dwight Evans
31 – Derek Jeter
31 – Joe Morgan
30 – 3 tied (Mickey Mantle, Rocky Colavito, Mickey Tettleton)

And the pitchers who have surrendered the most bases-loaded walks since 1950:

47 – Nolan Ryan

* – Going into last Sunday night, the Red Sox had not allowed 10+ runs in a game since last July 29, a streak of 61 games. At the time, it was the 2nd longest current streak in the AL. Now, they’ve allowed 10+ twice in the last four games.

Longest current streaks without allowing 10+ runs:

143 – Mets
95 – A’s
86 – Pirates
68 – Phillies

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* – The last time that the Twins swept a road series of three games or more was June 2-3-4-5, 2011 in Kansas City. Since then, they’ve played 86 such road series and lost at least one game in each of them.

Here are the longest such losing streaks since 2003:

99 – Brewers, 2004-2008
89 – Rangers, 2005-2008
86 – Twins, 2011-present
81 – Royals, 2003-2006

Longest HOME streaks without a sweep are much shorter, but still feature a LONG current drought:

66 – Astros, 2012-present
49- Cubs, 2009-2011
39 – Cubs, 2012-2014
39 – White Sox, 2010-2012

Keep in mind that we’re only counting series’ of 3+ games.

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* –┬áSteve Carlton allowed 2+ unearned runs in 58 different starts since 1970, the most such starts in that 45 season span:

58 – Steve Carlton
57 – Nolan Ryan
53 – Phil Niekro

Note: Roger Clemens had 35 such starts in his career and posted a record of 1-21 in those starts, the lowest winning percentage (.045) by any pitcher with 25 or more such starts in that span.

At the other end of that spectrum, four different times pitchers have put together a streak of 50+ starts without allowing an unearned run since 1970. The TWO longest streaks belong to Curt Schilling:

69 – Curt Schilling, 2004-2007
53 – Curt Schilling, 2001-2002
50 – Dontrelle Willis, 2007-2011
50 – Roy Oswalt, 2008-2010

The longest current streaks without allowing an unearned run (active in 2015):

42 – Drew Hutchison, TOR
31 – Dillon Gee, NYM
24 – Jered Weaver, LAA

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* – From 1931-1942, Giants’ pitcher Carl Hubbell had 47 starts in which he lasted at least 6 innings and allowed zero extra-base hits. The Giants won all 47 of those starts, the longest such streak in MLB history. No one else has a streak longer than 35 such starts.

The top 4 such streaks by active players are:

21 – Edinson Volquez (2007-2013; 3 teams)
20 – Scott Feldman (2008-2014; 4 teams)
20 – Tim Hudson (2001-2005; 2 teams)

The longest current streaks belong to Max Scherzer (11) and Justin Masterson (10).

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