Monday morning action & random stuff

In the annual Patriots Day game in Fenway, Daniel Bard issued 7 walks (a new game high for this year) in 6.2 innings. His last two walks, to Carlos Peña and Evan Longoria, pushed in the game’s only run.

  • Boston’s last 1-0 home loss was to the Yankees in July 2008, when Joba Chamberlain outdueled Josh Beckett for 7 innings.
  • Their last 1-0 home loss on Patriots Day was in 2000.
  • James Shields got the first out in the 9th, but walked a batter and was lifted. The last CG shutout by a visitor in Fenway was a 2009 3-hitter by Roy Halladay.
  • The game ended with Cody Ross looking at 3 strikes from Fernando Rodney with the tying and winning runs on base. It was the second time in the game that Ross took 3 strikes.
  • Rodney finally allowed a baserunner — an intentional walk to David Ortiz, who had 2 HRs in 11 prior meetings with Rodney.
  • The Rays are 3-0 on Patriots Day in Fenway.
  • I love the fact that Joe Maddon has Peña batting #2 in the order. You can have all the Darwin Barneys and Elvis Andruses with their “bat control” and their .320 OBPs; give me a #2 hitter who makes the pitcher sweat.

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I feel as though I haven’t been running enough tables from B-R lately, so here are a few random ones:

Locked in: These guys have hit in every game they’ve played so far:

Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB
Adam Jones 2012-04-06 2012-04-15 9 35 6 12 2 0 3 4 7 1
J.D. Martinez 2012-04-06 2012-04-15 9 35 5 13 3 0 3 10 7 4
Pablo Sandoval 2012-04-06 2012-04-15 9 36 7 12 4 0 2 8 5 4
Josh Willingham 2012-04-06 2012-04-15 9 31 7 13 2 0 4 7 6 4
Paul Konerko 2012-04-06 2012-04-15 8 31 5 12 4 0 1 7 6 3
Ryan Sweeney 2012-04-05 2012-04-14 7 25 3 10 3 1 0 4 4 3
David Wright 2012-04-05 2012-04-15 6 21 4 12 0 0 2 5 2 4


Still working out the kinks:
These guys have an ERA of 9 or higher after 2 starts:

Rk Player ERA Age Tm GS W L W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA+ HR
1 Paul Maholm 13.50 30 CHC 2 0 2 .000 8.0 12 12 12 3 4 28 3
2 Tim Lincecum 12.91 28 SFG 2 0 1 .000 7.2 14 11 11 3 10 29 2
3 Josh Collmenter 12.86 26 ARI 2 0 0 7.0 10 11 10 4 6 30 3
4 Adam Wainwright 11.42 30 STL 2 0 2 .000 8.2 11 11 11 3 9 34 3
5 Randy Wolf 10.61 35 MIL 2 0 1 .000 9.1 18 11 11 4 8 36 2
6 Max Scherzer 10.38 27 DET 2 0 1 .000 8.2 13 10 10 3 14 42 1
7 Francisco Liriano 10.00 28 MIN 2 0 1 .000 9.0 15 12 10 5 6 43 2
8 Clay Buchholz 9.82 27 BOS 2 1 0 1.000 11.0 14 12 12 5 7 45 1
9 Phil Hughes 9.00 26 NYY 2 0 2 .000 8.0 13 8 8 4 11 48 3


The cheapest Wins
(Game Score < 40):

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Jeff Samardzija 2012-04-13 CHC STL W 9-5 GS-5 ,W 5.0 10 5 5 1 5 0 103 64 31
2 Yu Darvish 2012-04-09 TEX SEA W 11-5 GS-6 ,W 5.2 8 5 5 4 5 0 110 59 34
3 Ubaldo Jimenez 2012-04-15 CLE KCR W 13-7 GS-5 ,W 5.0 9 4 4 3 5 0 112 70 35
4 John Danks 2012-04-11 CHW CLE W 10-6 GS-6 ,W 5.2 7 4 4 5 3 1 107 62 37
5 Felix Hernandez 2012-04-07 SEA OAK W 8-7 GS-7 ,W 6.1 8 6 6 1 7 1 102 64 39


The toughest Losses
(min. 6 IP, max. 2 runs allowed):

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Shaun Marcum 2012-04-14 MIL ATL L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 7.0 3 2 2 2 6 0 105 65 67
2 Erik Bedard 2012-04-05 PIT PHI L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 7.0 6 1 1 1 4 0 81 58 64
3 Jordan Zimmermann 2012-04-08 WSN CHC L 3-4 GS-7 ,L 7.0 6 2 1 0 4 0 80 57 63
4 Ryan Vogelsong 2012-04-15 SFG PIT L 1-4 GS-7 ,L 6.1 4 2 2 3 7 1 102 62 61
5 Blake Beavan 2012-04-10 SEA TEX L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 6.1 6 1 1 1 3 0 88 58 59
6 Felix Hernandez 2012-04-13 SEA OAK L 0-4 GS-7 ,L 7.0 7 2 2 3 6 0 107 69 58
7 Ryan Dempster 2012-04-11 CHC MIL L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 6.2 5 2 2 3 5 1 106 65 58
8 Mark Buehrle 2012-04-05 MIA CIN L 0-4 GS-6 ,L 6.0 7 2 2 2 5 0 108 72 53
9 Graham Godfrey 2012-04-10 OAK KCR L 0-3 GS-6 ,L 6.0 6 2 2 1 1 0 85 54 52


Thanks for Nothing
 (No decision in 6+ scoreless IP):

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str GSc
1 Justin Verlander 2012-04-05 DET BOS W 3-2 GS-8 8.0 2 0 0 1 7 0 105 66 84
2 Bronson Arroyo 2012-04-13 CIN WSN L 1-2 GS-8 7.1 3 0 0 1 4 0 94 58 75
3 Gio Gonzalez 2012-04-12 WSN CIN W 3-2 GS-7 7.0 2 0 0 0 7 0 97 64 80
4 Joe Saunders 2012-04-11 ARI SDP L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 4 0 0 2 4 0 102 57 71
5 Colby Lewis 2012-04-11 TEX SEA L 3-4 GS-7 6.2 5 0 0 0 6 0 109 74 70
6 Bruce Chen 2012-04-06 KCR LAA L 0-5 GS-6 6.0 3 0 0 0 4 0 75 54 70


Unsung Hero:
In 4 games, Toronto’s Luis Perez has not allowed a run, stranding 7 inherited runners, and recording the top relief-game WPA so far:

Gtm Date Tm Opp Rslt Inngs Dec IP H R ER BB SO ERA BF IR IS WPA
1 Apr 5 TOR CLE W,7-4 12-16 W(1-0) 4.0 0 0 0 3 3 0.00 14 2 0 0.745
4 Apr 9 TOR BOS L,2-4 9-GF 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 2 0 0.019
5 Apr 10 TOR BOS W,7-3 7-8 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 0.00 6 2 0 0.022
9 Apr 15 TOR BAL W,9-2 8-8 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2 1 0 0.007
TOR 6.1 2 0 0 3 4 0.00 23


The Quisenberry Award
frontrunner for best control by a reliever is … Aroldis Chapman? Is this the same guy who carried a career rate of 6.5 BB/9 into his third season? He’s throwing more strikes than ever before (70% strikes, up from career 60%). Out of 27 batters, he’s had just three 3-ball counts (none starting 3-0) and three 2-0 counts. Out of 19 2-strike counts, he’s gotten 15 Ks.

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GF SV IP H R HR BB SO BF WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 22 CIN 2 2 .500 2.03 15 3 0 13.1 9 4 0 5 19 51 1.050 6.1 3.4 12.8
2011 23 CIN 4 1 .800 3.60 54 13 1 50.0 24 21 2 41 71 207 1.300 4.3 7.4 12.8
2012 24 CIN 2 0 1.000 0.00 5 2 0 8.0 3 0 0 0 15 27 0.375 3.4 0.0 16.9
3 Yrs 8 3 .727 2.90 74 18 1 71.1 36 25 2 46 105 285 1.150 4.5 5.8 13.2
162 Game Avg. 7 3 .727 2.90 68 17 1 66 33 23 2 42 96 262 1.150 4.5 5.8 13.2

 

All tables provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/16/2012.

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Doug
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Not sure if 7 guys who have hit in every game is a lot for this late in the season but, accordng to P-I, since 1918 there have only been 9 season-starting hitting streaks of 20+ games, and only 2 of 30+ games.

George Sisler….. 1925-04-14 TO 1925-05-19 – 34
Ron LeFlore……. 1976-04-17 TO 1976-05-27 – 30
Sam Rice………. 1930-04-14 TO 1930-05-17 – 28
Gee Walker…….. 1937-04-20 TO 1937-05-23 – 27
Charlie Grimm….. 1923-04-17 TO 1923-05-16 – 25
Edgar Renteria…. 2006-04-03 TO 2006-05-09 – 23
Joe Torre ………1971-04-06 TO 1971-04-28 – 22
Steve Garvey…… 1978-04-07 TO 1978-05-02 – 21
Harry Heilmann…. 1923-04-18 TO 1923-05-15 – 21

Timmy Pea
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I like Pena batting second also, esp in the AL. I get your point about Barney, but in the NL it’s different. The Rangers have a 30/30 guy leading off. Also the Rangers have been to the last 2 WS so I like what they’re doing down there.

Insert Name Here
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“The game ended with Cody Ross looking at 3 strikes from Fernando Rodney with the tying and winning runs on base. It was the second time in the game that Ross took 3 strikes.”

Watch the end of that game again, and you’ll see that he didn’t look at 3 strikes – he looked at 2, at most, and then the umpire had a flight to catch. 🙂

Neil L.
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Nice one, Insert, but take off your Red Sox glasses, stop listening to NESN announcers and …. 🙂

Of course, just kidding, but I’m not sorry to see the Sox stay at the bottom of the AL East.

Neil L.
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John, Luis Perez’s four-inning relief appearance in the Indians’-Jays’ season-opener, resulting in a WPA of 0.745, only ranks him ninth in high-WPA relief appearances, since 2000. I was surprised at the number of high-WPA appearances in htat time span. Here is the list of relievers with a WPA > 0.740 in a single appearance since 2000. http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/shareit/WOOIE There are only ten pitchers on the list for the last 11+ years and Luis Perez makes the new-millenium, long-relief hall of fame twice. His 2012 relief performance was eclipsed by his 2011 0.753-WPA relief appearance against the White Sox linked here http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR201105280.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool… Read more »
Darien
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“You can have all the Darwin Barneys and Elvis Andruses with their “bat control” and their .320 OBPs; give me a #2 hitter who makes the pitcher sweat.”

Sadly, my team already has all the Darwin Barneys. I miss Kosuke already.

Paul E
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I’m glad somebody figured out what to do with a modern-era, typical middle of the order hitter who strikes out 150 times and hits .240….

Now, if Maddon could only get Upton to figure out how to hit a breaking pitch!!

Timmy Pea
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Ozzie comes back tonight, I’d love to see someone get a good Ozzie thread going.

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