Wednesday notes on a few Tuesday games

The evening’s theme was dominant starters:

@Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Adam Wainwright went the distance just like old times, racking up 9 Ks mainly with the curveball that’s been known as one of the best around ever since he froze Carlos Beltran to clinch the 2006 NLCS. Beltran was his benefactor Tuesday, driving in the game’s first 2 runs in the 1st and 6th innings.

  • In 25 times up, San Diego’s #1-7 hitters had a single and a walk, both by Yonder.
  • St. Louis pitching leads the majors with 13 games allowing exactly one run — but this was their first shutout.
  • Colorado, you’re on the clock: every other team has at least one shutout.
  • Beltran is on pace for 49 HRs and 132 RBI; his career highs are 41 and 116, in 2006. How is it possible that Johnny Damon has more HOF buzz than Beltran? Would any team, at any point in their careers, have preferred Johnny over Carlos? Damon’s main calling card is scoring runs, but he doesn’t even best Beltran in that area; both have averaged 109 R/162 G.

Angels 5, @Athletics 0: Bouncing back from his wildest start of the year (6 walks and a HBP in 3.1 IP), C.J. Wilson held Oakland to a single (erased on a DP) and two walks over 8 stellar innings; another man reached on an escaped 3rd strike.

  • The good news: Angels lead the majors with 6 shutouts. The bad news: When they allow any runs, they’re 13-25. The worst news: They’ve been shut out 8 times and rank next-to-last in AL scoring at 3.61 R/G, 12th with a .305 OBP and 13th in walks. No Angel is on pace for even 50 walks; Albert has never drawn less than 61 but is on track for 37.
  • Our man Godfrey: A’s starter Graham Godfrey is the first in MLB history with Godfrey as either a last name or first name.

@Orioles 4, Red Sox 1: Baltimore answered a Monday spanking with a gem by Tooz and the A Team: 2 hits, 2 walks, 12 Ks. Holding a wafer-thin lead in the top of the 7th, Matusz ended his night by sending off Adrian Gonzalez on a swinging 3rd strike, tying his career high with #9; then Darren O’Day likewise dismissed Youk (who homered in his return from a 22-game absence) and Middy. In the last of the 8th, they bought breathing room with a 2-out lightning rally — Wieters walked, Betemit bonked one.

  • The O’s are 3-2 in so far in a three-week trial that will go some ways towards answering the question on everyone’s lips. It started with their 3-game Beltway Battle in Washington; then 3 with red-hot Boston; next, 3 with the Royals’ road cast (they’re 12-8 away); then 3 each at Toronto, Tampa and Boston again; and finally, 3 with the iconic (if struggling) Phillies.
  • Jim Johnson (16 for 16) is on pace for 59 saves. Bet you didn’t know … There’s been just one 40-save season in Orioles history; that’s out of 135 MLB seasons of 40+ saves. Toronto and Colorado also have one apiece; every other team has at least 2.
  • Daddy never did that: Steven Tolleson provided the early lead with a 2-run HR. Papa Wayne Tolleson spent 10 years in the AL and hit 9 HRs in 2,614 PAs, but he never hit one against the BoSox.

 Twins 9, @White Sox 2: In 6 career starts, P.J. Walters had never gone past the 7th. But with a big early lead, he poured on the strikes and let his fielders and Chicago’s hackers do the rest. Walters went all the way, with enough gas left to strike out the side in the 8th on 10 pitches (all strikes).

  • Minnesota has won 7 of 11 since their 8-23 nadir, while averaging 5.5 R/G — or 2.1 runs more than their average in their first 31 games.
  • Justin Morneau has driven home 9 runs in 6 games since his DL stint, and has already surpassed last year’s HR total. Five of his six HRs are on the road; he has 5 HRs in 85 career games at his new home park, or 1 per 17 games — in all other parks combined, 1 HR per 5.2 games.
  • A.J. PierzynskiAlex RiosDayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez — all in the AL’s bottom 25 in Pitches/PA — combined to see 36 pitches in 12 PAs, reaching base once.

Rangers 3, @Mariners 1: Held to a season-low 4 hits, Texas still won, scoring all their runs with 2 outs in the 3rd. Just 2 other Rangers reached base, and none got past 1st. Mike Adams got out of a jam left by Matt Harrison, retiring Montero, Smoak and Seager (Seattle’s leading power threats) with the tying runs on base.

  • Hector Noesi walked only 2 in 8 strong innings, but he bunched them in the 3rd and then he got stung by Elvis for a 2-run triple.
  • Texas is 21-6 against the M’s since the start of last year, including 8-4 in Safeco.

Dodgers 8, @Diamondbacks 7: In just his 20th career game, Ivan de Jesus, Jr. notched a bigger WPA than his dad ever did in more than 1,300 games. The backup 2B with 1 RBI and no extra-base hits in 19 career games stepped in as a pinch-hitter to drive in the tying run with a sac fly in the 7th, then came up again with 2 out and 2 on in the 9th, LA trailing by 1, and drove the first pitch from J.J. Putz over the head of a shallow Chris Young for a turnaround 2-run double.

  • De Jesus had a game WPA of 0.706, the 2nd-highest this year off the bench. Here’s #1.
  • There are really just two modes for Putz: dominant, or injured. His ERA is 7.20, with 12.0 H/9 and 4 HRs in 15 IP. You know where to forward his mail.
  • Arizona had very strange offensive totals: (a) 15 hits with 7 extra-base hits including 2 HRs, but (b) no walks and 12 strikeouts. In the searchable era, that exact combination has never happened before. Teams with exactly 15 hits and 7 XBH have gone 576-89 (.866). Teams with no walks and exactly 12 Ks have gone 27-135 (.167). No wonder the game went right down to the wire.
  • What’s the record for most sons of big-leaguers in one team’s lineup? The Dodgers finished the game with de Jesus, Tony Gwynn, Jr.Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke all on the field. (Arizona started Josh Bell at 3B, but no luck.)

Mets 3, @Pirates 2R.A. Dickey: 7 IP, 1 R, career-high 11 Ks, no walks. Second Mets start this century with 11+ strikeouts and no passes. Twenty-second such game in club history; 7 by Seaver, 3 apiece by Doc and El Sid, 2 each for Coney and Koos.

  • David Wright failed to get on for just the 3rd time this year. The man who’s reached safely in the most games is Adam Jones, 41 out of 44 — but with a modest .349 OBP. The normally streaky Dan Uggla has been a model of consistency, getting on in 40 of 44 games (but
  • Seen some good things from Josh Harrison in this series, including a double and a hustle triple tonight. But he is lapping the field in swinging away: 4 walks in 268 career PAs, one per 67 trips. No other active hitter with 200+ PAs has averaged less than 1 in 40. The career record for nonpitchers with 1,000 PAs is held by Rob Picciolo, 1 walk per 68.8 PAs.
  • Who’s the LOOGiest of them all? This year, it’s Tim Byrdak: 17 of his MLB-high 26 appearances have lasted just 1 batter. Totals for those games: 15 outs (7 Ks), 2 hits, no walks. No other pitcher has more than 10 one-man outings; the season record is 35 by Scott Eyre in 2004. Byrdak has 12.1 IP, averaging 0.47 IP per game; last year Trever Miller set the all-time low for 30+ games, averaging 0.44 IP (48 G, 21.1 IP). Lefties against Byrdak this year: 3-26, 1 walk, 14 Ks. (The one HR was a doozy, but the Mets still managed to win.)

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Notes:

— Toronto is 3rd in AL scoring, but only 10th in OBP and 7th in OPS. One factor: their runners on base have taken 51% of possible extra bases on batter hits, best in the majors; no other AL team is above 44%. On singles, the Jays have gone first-to-third at a 37% clip (AL average 27%), and second-to-home at a 72% rate (avg. is 59%). Yet their 13 baserunning outs is just the league average.

— Mets batting splits by leverage, etc.:

  • Low leverage: .247 BA (NL .251), .312 OBP (NL .315)
  • Medium leverage: .259 BA (NL .244), .344 OBP (NL .309)
  • High leverage: .285 BA (NL .252), .372 OBP (NL .329)
  • 2 outs, RISP: .280 BA (NL .224, #2 team .251), .385 OBP (NL .338)
  • When ahead, the Mets have walked once per 12.0 PAs, a little worse than the NL average (1 BB/11.6 PA). But when trailing this year, most teams walk less often, once per 13.0 PAs. The Mets walk rate goes up to once per 9.2 PAs. Their ultimate deciding run tonight began when Kirk Nieuwenhuis fought back from an 0-2 count to earn a seemingly benign walk off fireballer Juan Cruz in the 8th; they would score twice with 2 out to take a 3-1 lead, but that insurance run proved vital when Pittsburgh plated one in their half.

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Ben
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always appreciate the work that goes into these summary posts. thank you

Doug
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I echo those sentiments. Knowing the time that goes into my posts, I shudder to think how you can manage to check out all these factoids (or conceive of them in the first place).

Well done, JA.

Re: Blue Jays, yes they have been very efficient at scoring runs (I’m guessing their BA with RISP is pretty high, and their runners LOB is pretty low), but that can’t last forever. At some point (and probably soon) their hitting has to pick up if they want to stay in the hunt.

Evan
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I had assumed that the Orioles would fade over the 15 game stretch from April 30th to May 15th when they played 3 @NYY, 3 @BOS, 4 vs. TEX, 3 vs. TBR and 2 vs. NYY. But they went 9-6, winning 3 series, splitting the 2 gamer and losing to Texas. They are 15-6 on the road this season.

There is, understandably, a good deal of skepticism toward this team given its recent history, but looking at this team objectively it’s hard to be anything but impressed with the first quarter of its season.

RJ
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Scott Eyre! What a beast; 86 games in 2005. Anyone see Melky Cabrera’s throw in the first inning Tuesday? What can he not do?

Darien
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In re: Beltran and HOF buzz: I cannot understand why, but Carlos Beltran has been wildly underrated pretty much forever. He’s put up more than 60 WAR in only fifteen years (which is pretty darn good) by posting a career 123 OPS+, playing plus defense (*significant* plus defense in his prime) in centre field, and stealing bases incredibly well (his 88% SB% is second only to Chase Utley, who has 188 fewer steals). He’s been pretty durable, working about 140 games every year except 2010. He’s been legendarily good in the postseason. And yet, all you ever read about Beltran… Read more »
bstar
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Well, the obvious reason Beltran hasn’t gotten much HOF buzz is because he’s playing his age 35 season. Isn’t it a little early to be talking about the Hall of Fame for Beltran? All he has to do is stay the course, put up a few more nice seasons, get to 70-75 WAR, and then I think he’ll have a pretty decent shot. As for Damon, I haven’t heard or read one article stating the merits of Damon’s career as a Hall of Fame one. Just because Damon recently beat his chest and declared himself an HOF’er doesn’t mean anyone… Read more »
Hartvig
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While it’s true that I don’t think many (if any) writers are making much of a case yet of Damon for the HOF for the past couple of years any time someone writes about someone approaching 3000 hits (Jeter, ARod, Ichiro, even Omar Vizquel & IRod) he does get a mention and I think there’s at least a little undercurrent among some fans out there. As for Beltran, I think he qualifies right now as a deserving Hall of Famer but it’s also true that he’s not yet a lock. I think there are a couple of things that have… Read more »
Paul E
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Beltran is a “Hall of Fame talent”. How that talent has expressed itself over the years is not necessarily a traditional picture of a Hall of Famer. Highest stolen base % of anyone with over 300 attempts. 300/300 SB/HR club Decent BB rate Relatively modest BA (.283) but 123 OPS + Gold Glove CF with a great arm Highest OPS in postseason ALL TIME amongst players w/100PA Basically, 5 tools. However, he’s not ever going to hit benchmarks like 500 HR’s or 500 SB’s or 3,000 hits and that’s where the HoF question lies. I dunno, but at least he… Read more »
birtelcom
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Here in NYC, Beltran gets undeserved but heavy demerits because of one, single pitch — what might be characterized as his “walk-off called third strike” that ended the Mets’ 2006 season.

Lawrence Azrin
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Hey Mets Fans, Getoveritalready, willya? It was _one_ pitch. He didn’t lose the game all by himself. It’s like old Red Sox fans who blamed the ’46 WS loss to the Cardinals on Johnny Pesky, because he “held” the relay throw that allowed Enos Slaughter to score from first. You’d think that Pesky took a nap before he threw home, well I’ve seen the actual game film and if there is any delay, it’s all but imperceptable. The real problem was that Leon Culberson replaced Dom Dimaggio in CF when The Little Perfessor got hurt, Diamaggio gets the ball back… Read more »
bstar
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What the……LA, are you suggesting that a team’s fans from the Northeastern part of this country would unfairly turn on one of its players for one small blunder? 🙂 Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

brp
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Damon played for the Red Sox and Yankees for a lot of his career.

Beltre had one year with the Sawks.

That’s the biggeset reason you hear more about Damon than Beltre, in my opinion. And, Damon was on the 2004 Red Sox that “broke the curse,” which I think really influences people more than it should; after all that team was loaded.

bstar
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JA, you were saying something about Dan Uggla and his consistency this year but the last part of that comment got omitted. Do you remember what you were going to say about Uggy? It may have been his modest Adam-Jones-esque OBP of .361.

tag
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Pop music, the presidency and now baseball with its form of primogenitor. It seems to me that baseball is more guilty of it than the other pro sports. In the NFL you have the Manning clan, but I can’t really think of any other pairs of fathers and sons (there must be, though maybe NFL fathers have just enough brain cells left after leaving the gridiron for good to stop themselves from inflicting those traumatic concussions on their sons and have them become accountants instead). In basketball a lot of the sons of the famous – Jordan, Ewing, Rick Barry,… Read more »
tag
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Of course that should be primogeniture. That’s what happens when you sneak time away from work.

tag
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Okay, John, since you alluded to My Man Godfrey, let’s see how pop culturally versatile you are. I throw down a six-degrees-of-Kevin-Bacon challenge to you with regard to the male lead of the movie, only it’s not six degrees, it’s a single one, and it’s not Kevin Bacon but, far more appropriate for this forum, Babe Ruth.

John Nacca
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William Powell and Casey Stengel went to school together as youths, if that helps……..

tag
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Well, JN, that’s pretty cool. I was thinking in purely cinematic terms, but this could conceivably be in baseball terms as well. Stengel faced Ruth in the 1916 World Series, I think (it’s probably easy to look up, but I’m [supposedly] working) and, if Powell ever played with the then-Young Perfessor on some KC, MO schoolyard diamond, voila.

John Nacca
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William Powell was in a movie called “New York” in 1927 (of course a famous year in Yankees history).

John Nacca
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Stengel never faced Ruth in the ’16 WS. Ruth only pitched in Game 2 of the 5-game series, and Stengel (being a lefty) sat in favor of Jimmy Johnston. It was the only game Stengel missed in the Series.

Paul E
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I heard Harry S. Truman and Hank Civitella of the KC mob went to school together as well. Supposedly this resulted in many Federal highway construction contracts….talk about nepotism

birtelcom
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Tim Byrdak has an active streak going of 12 appearances in a row in which he has faced a single batter. That is tied for the longest such streak ever, with Randy Choate’s streak of 12 such games in July 2009. No one else has even reached a streak of 10 games in a row of one-batter appearances. Royce Ring had a 9-game streak that covered the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008, and Tony Fossas had an 8-game streak back in ancient times, 1993. Instead of a LOOGY, a Lefty One-Out Guy, Byrdak this season is a… Read more »
leatherman
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Aroldis Chapman set a record last night by appearing in his 25th straight game with a strikeout, while not allowing an earned run. Craig Kimbrel had 24 straight from 2010-2011, Billy Wagner had 22 straight from 1999-2000, Eric Gagne had 19 straight in 2003-2004, and Brad Lidge had 18 straight from 2004-2005.

leatherman
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Indians reliever Vinny Pestano currently has a 23 game STRIKEOUT streak, including all 21 games in which he has appeared this season. The all time record for consecutive relief games with a strikeout is 35 by Eric Gagne, during which he allowed a total of one run (earned), a 9th inning HR by Vladimir Guerrero on August 20, 2003. Gagne was the winner of that game when Adrian Beltre hit a 3 run walk-off HR in the 10th.

Ed
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Well there’s a jinx for you! Pestano’s streak is now over. He retired all three batters he faced but no strikeouts, even though he was facing 3 high strikeout batters.

Paul E
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But Indians are now 6 games better than the Tigers in the standings. How long does that last?

Ed
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Don’t know but I’d much rather be 6 up than 6 down.

Evil Squirrel
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I remember sometime over the offseason (I guess on one of the past incarnations of this blog since I can’t find it here), there was a post on players who homered in their only career game.

Steven Hill can now be scratched from that list. After a two year layoff from his one moment in the sun, he resurfaced last night as a pinch hitter for his second career game.

Lawrence Azrin
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#51/Tag,

You could watch Kevin Bacon in Animal House or Diner or JFK or Apollo 13; I think they are all better than Footloose, and there’s no need to punish yourself.

BTW, speaking of a 500 “milestone”, I am approaching 500 posts here (at 495), what do I win?

nightfly
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When you and Neil L both get there, we’ll put you on the Teammates with 500 Doubles list! 🙂

Paul E
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Didn’t make the “Autin Review”, but Arencibia and Kelly Johnson each managed to K four times Wednesday night against the Rays. When was the last time that happened?

Lawrence Azrin
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#63/John A,

I agree with #65/Ed that Beltran’s having had three years with major time missed due to injury (average of 81 G/year missed) would lead to the popular perception that he is indeed injury-prone, especially since two of them were consecutive.

Nash Bruce
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“In 6 career starts, P.J. Walters had never gone past the 7th. But with a big early lead, he poured on the strikes and let his fielders and Chicago’s hackers do the rest.”

So would it be fair to say, then, that Mr. Walters “pitched to the score”??

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