Today’s Sports Stat: July 14, 2018

With the 2018 NFL season less than eight weeks away, how about a quick NFL stat to whet your appetite…

Did you know that 31 of the 32 NFL teams have won at least 10 games in a season at least once since 2000? Do you know which team has not won 10 games in a season this century?

If you guessed the Buffalo Bills, you are correct. The Bills last won 10 or more games in a season all the way back in 1999. On the flip side, do you know the last time the New England Patriots lost 10 or more games in a season? It was in 2000, a remarkable 17 seasons ago!

Here’s a look at the last time each NFL franchise won 10 or more games in a season and the last time each lost 10 or more games in a season.

Team            Last 10-win season   Last 10-loss season

Arizona                   2015                               2012
Atlanta                    2017                               2014
Baltimore               2014                               2015
Buffalo                   1999                               2013
Carolina                  2017                               2016
Chicago                  2012                               2017
Cincinnati               2015                               2010
Cleveland               2007                               2017
Dallas                     2016                               2015
Denver                    2015                               2017
Detroit                    2014                               2012
Green Bay              2016                               2008
Houston                  2012                               2017
Indianapolis           2014                               2017
Jacksonville           2017                               2016
Kansas City            2017                               2012
L.A. Chargers         2009                               2016
L.A. Rams               2017                               2016
Miami                     2016                               2017
Minnesota              2017                               2013
New England          2017                               2000
New Orleans          2017                               2005
New York Giants    2016                               2017
New York Jets         2015                               2017
Oakland                  2016                               2017
Philadelphia           2017                               2012
Pittsburgh              2017                               2003
San Francisco         2013                               2017
Seattle                    2016                               2009
Tampa Bay             2010                               2017
Tennessee              2008                               2015
Washington            2012                               201

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 12, 2018

In the 50-year history of the Milwaukee Brewers, there have now been 60 players who have been selected to play in the All-Star Game Including this year’s four selections). Some had long careers with the Brewers (Molitor, Yount, Braun) while others spent only one season in Milwaukee (Dave Parker, Jim Sundberg). Another interesting category is those Milwaukee Brewers players who made the All-Star team in their first season with the club.

Christian Yelich is the latest Brew Crew member to be selected to play in the ASG in his first season with the team; in fact, Yelich becomes the 12th Milwaukee Brewers player to be selected in his first season with the team.

Here’s a look at the Brewers players who made the All-Star team in their first season with the team.

1969: Don Mincher and Mike Hegan (this was the first year as the expansion Seattle Mariners before the team moved to Milwaukee in 1970… for Mincher, it was his only year with the franchise)

1975: Hank Aaron (Aaron made several All-Star appearances as a member of the Milwaukee Braves, but this was his first and only ASG as a member of the Brewers)

1978: Larry Hisle (he made the All-Star team the previous year as a member of the Minnesota Twins)

1981: Rollie Fingers and Ted Simmons

1984: Jim Sundberg (this was his only year with the Brewers)

1990: Dave Parker (this was his only year with the Brewers)

2001: Ben Sheets (this was Sheets’ rookie campaign)

2005: Carlos Lee

2009: Trevor Hoffman

2018: Christian Yelich

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 9, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers have won 54 games (as of July 8), tops in the National League. Did you know that since the Brew Crew joined the N.L. in 1998 they have never had the most wins in the National League at the end of the year?

In fact, since the Brewers franchise came into existence in 1969 as the Seattle Mariners, the Brewers have led the majors in wins only once… in 1982. As a member of the American League East, the Brewers won 95 games that season, tops in all of baseball. It was also the only time the Crew played in the World Series.

Here is a look at the number of times each of the National League teams has led (or tied) the league (the N.L.) in wins since the Brewers joined the N.L. in ’98.

5: St. Louis
4: Atlanta
2: Chicago Cubs, L.A. Dodgers, Philadelphia, Washington
1: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, N.Y. Mets, San Francisco
0: Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Diego

Since 1969, the New York Yankees have had the most wins (or tied for the most wins) in the majors seven times, most of all teams. Twenty-one of the 30 MLB franchises have led or tied for the most wins in baseball at least once since ’69; nine have never done so in this timeframe.

Following are the seasons teams have led or tied for the most wins in baseball since 1969.

7: New York Yankees

5: Atlanta, Oakland, St. Louis

4: Baltimore, Cincinnati

3: Cleveland

2: Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers. New York Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

1: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle

0: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Texas, Toronto

Note: Through games of July 8, the Boston Red Sox lead the majors with 62 wins.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 5, 2018

Barring a total collapse in the 2018-19 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs will end this decade as the NBA’s winningest team in the 2010’s. The Spurs have won 511 games this decade (2009-10 season to 2017-18 season), 45 more victories than the team second on this list, the Oklahoma City Thunder, with 466.

Considering that Golden State and Cleveland played for the NBA title in the last four seasons, it’s a testament to the Spurs’ consistency this decade that they will be known as the NBA’s best team of the 2010’s. The Spurs appeared in the NBA Finals twice this decade (2013 and 2014).

Following are the number of victories each of the 30 NBA teams had the past nine seasons this decade (teams are listed by their current franchise city).

San Antonio, 511

Oklahoma City, 466… Golden State, 448… Miami, 441… Houston, 435… Los Angeles Clippers, 416… Boston, 407… Chicago, 406

Portland, 398… Memphis, 395… Atlanta, 394… Indiana, 389… Dallas, 387… Denver, 383… Toronto, 382… Utah, 373… Cleveland, 369… Los Angeles Lakers, 326… Milwaukee, 325… New Orleans, 322… Washington, 321… New York Knicks, 307… Phoenix, 307… Orlando, 305… Charlotte, 302

Detroit, 292… Philadelphia, 264… Brooklyn, 258… Minnesota, 252… Sacramento, 248.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: July 2, 2018

In less than two seasons in Milwaukee, Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar has slugged 35 home runs in just 561 plate appearances, a long ball every 16 plate appearances.

How does that rank with other Brewers players? Aguilar’s 16.0 plate appearances for every home run are currently second on the franchise list. Topping the list is a recent former first baseman, Chris Carter, who spent all of one season with the team in 2016. He had 41 HRs in 644 plate appearances, one homer for every 15.7 plate appearances.

Following are the Brewers players who have the fewest plate appearances per home runs in a career with the team (minimum of 35 career home runs to qualify for the list).

Chris Carter, 15.7 (644 plate appearances, 41 HR)
Jesus Aguilar, 16.0 (561-35)
Eric Thames, 16.4 (687-42)
Russell Branyan, 16.5 (576-35)
Richie Sexson, 17.2 (2288-133)
Prince Fielder, 18.3 (4210-230)
Carlos Lee, 18.7 (1123-60)
Larry Hisle, 18.7 (917-49)
Khris Davis, 19.0 (1142-60)
Jeromy Burnitz, 19.8 (3269-165)
Rob Deer, 19.8 (2711-137)
Gorman Thomas, 19.9 (4133-208)

 

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