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.


Comments

Monday morning action & random stuff — 14 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. “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. :)

    • 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.

    • Insert, I had a hunch that at least one of those “strikes” would turn out to be questionable. I didn’t have a chance to look at video, so thanks for confirming.

      I heard the Mets announcers discussing that call by ump Larry Vanover on Cody Ross. They noted that it was Vanover who called Jason Bay out on a pitch at least 6 inches outside last Wednesday vs. Strasburg.

      We joke, but seeing that the 1-0 BOS-TB game took over 3 hours, maybe Vanover really was thinking, enough already.

  4. 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

    Of course, all of the games are X-innings ones except an intriguing appearance by Kerry Ligtenberg in a road game against the Astros on May 27th, 2000.

    He obtained a WPA of 0.754 in regulation time, while facing only two batters. I didn’t know it was possible to accumulate that much WPA in such an abbreviated outing.

    John Rocker walked the bases full in the bottom of the ninth (one intentional) with none out and Atlanta leading by one run. Ligtenberg came in and induced a FB to CF (presumably short CF) and then obtained a game-ending double play.

    Game boxscore linked here

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/HOU/HOU200005270.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool

  5. “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.

    • 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!!

    • Which new manager has done himself the most harm with his ill-considered remarks, Ozzie Guillen or Bobby Valentine?

      Compare and contrast, in 500 words or less.

      • Easy – Guillen.

        Valentine is a big story with sports fans, but will probably fade quickly in a couple weeks (less if the Red Sox start winning now). Guillen is a big story with the general public, not just sports fans It’s been getting national coverage on the major TV and radio networks.

        Plus, it’s a HUGE story with the Cuban-exile community in southern Florida. Even when general interest in this story fades, the Cuban-exiles are not going to forget his Castro comments anytime soon.

        (85 words)

        • Agreed! Guillen for sure. He did not get booed, nor were there any protests, but let’s remember he apologized to Cubans as hard as Bobby Petrino has been apologizing to his wife the last 10 days or so. I mean if anything the Cubans in Florida won this battle like they win so many. From what I gather many were satisfied the punishment fit the crime and Ozzie was contrite/scared, and they were very happy with the way the Marlins handled it.

          • Agreed that the Marlins and Ozzie handled this very well. Miami’s preemptive suspension of Ozzie was both appropriate and effective in showing they fully understood the weight of Ozzie’s comments. Are there still some Cubans and Cuban-Americans who will never go to a Marlins game? Probably some, but not nearly as many as there could have been had the Marlins not handled this so deftly.

          • I just read that 13 Marlins season ticket holders wanted to cancel, and the team president called call 13 personally and 12 of the 13 were satisfied and kept the tickets. The other 1 was not satisfied and kept the tickets anyway.

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