Monthly Archives: April, 2015

The month of MLB no-hitters


There has already been a pair of one-hitters in the major leagues this season after only one week of play. In Oakland on Opening Day, April 6, two A’s pitchers allowed only one hit (a lead-off single in the eighth) against the Texas Rangers, while three days later a ninth-inning home run spoiled a potential no-hitter as four Cleveland pitchers allowed only one hit in their win.

There have been 244 no-hitters in the Modern Era of baseball (since 1901). The earliest no-hitter on the calendar since 1901 was on April 4, 2001 when Boston’s Hideo Nomo pitched the first no-hitter in Camden Yards history as the Red Sox defeated the Orioles 3-0. It was the second game of the year for the Boston.

Here’s a look at which months have had the most no-hitters since 1901.

September – 57

May – 43

June – 41

April – 34

July – 34

August – 31

October – 4

If you are looking for a date in the month for the most likely occurrence of a no-hitter, the 15th and 30th top the list, both with 14 no-hitters happening on those dates. The fewest no-hitters were thrown on the 22nd, 24th and 31st of the month; it happened only three times each on those dates.

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Are the Brewers headed for another 94-loss season?

Brewers win

With their victory Saturday night, the Brewers got their first win of the season and in the process became the last major league team to win a game in 2015.

While the victory may be good news, being the last team to win a game in 2015 may not be a good omen. Consider this: The last time the Brewers were the last National League team to get a victory to start the season was in 2003 when they started 0-6 before getting that first win. The team ended that season 68-94. The last time the Brewers were the last of all MLB teams to get a win in a season was in 1984; they started the year 0-5 and then got their first victory. The team’s record that season? 67-94.

Let’s look at the teams that were the last to win a game in each season from 2005-2014 (last 10 seasons).

* Only three of the 10 made the playoffs that season (Philadelphia, 2006; Tampa Bay, 2011; L.A. Angels, 2014).

* Only one, L.A. Angels last season, won their division.

* Only four of the 10 had a winning record.

* The average wins by these teams was 76.7 in a season. The fewest wins was Washington’s 59 in 2009.

* Six of the of the 10 teams finished in either fourth of fifth place in their division that season.

As you can see, being the last team to win a game in an MLB season can be a precursor to a less-than-successful season. Time will tell if the Brewers can turn their season around, but early signs (and stats for teams that are the last to win a game in a season) indicate a long 2015 for the Brewers.

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Runner-up at the Masters


Jack Nicklaus made headlines this week when he got a hole-in-one at the Masters “Par-Three” event. Nicklaus is used to making a name for himself at Augusta. He holds the tournament record with six wins, but did you know he also is tied for the most runner-up spots in the Masters?

Nicklaus is one of 25 golfers who finished in second (or a tie for second) in two or more Masters. Nicklaus finished as runner-up four times, which ties him with Ben Hogan and Tom Weiskopf.

Here’s a look at the players who have finished second in two or more Masters:

4: Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf

3: Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, Tom Watson

2: Seve Ballesteros, Harry Cooper, Ben Crenshaw, David Duval, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Ralph Guldahl, Davis Love III, Lloyd Magnum, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Snead, Ken Venturi, Craig Wood, Tiger Woods

Of the 25 golfers above, 11 have never won a Masters event. Leading the way is Weiskopf who finished second four times but never won the tourney. Of the five players who have finished in the runner-up spot in three tournaments, Kite, Miller and Norman never won the Masters.

Jordan Spieth took the first round lead in this year’s event with an eight-under score. Tiger Woods holds the tournament record with a 72-hole total of 18-under par. Twenty-six of the Masters champions won the event with a score of 10-under or better. Thirty-two golfers in the history of the event have ended their four rounds with a score of 10-under or better yet did not win the event; it happened to two golfers twice, Raymond Floyd and Tiger Woods.

Here’s a look at the best 72-hole scores (under par) that did not win the Masters.

14-under: David Duval (2001)

13-under: Davis Love III (1995), Phil Mickelson (2001), Lee Westwood (2010)

12-under: Chad Campbell (2009), Jason Day (2011), Chris DiMarco (2005), Anthony Kim (2010), Kenny Perry (2009), Adam Scott (2011)

11-under: K.J. Choi (2010), Raymond Floyd (1992), Jay Haas (1995), Johnny Miller (1975), Greg Norman (1995), Tom Weiskopf (1975), Tiger Woods (2010)

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Brewers Opening Day Notes


Not the greatest of days for Wisconsin sports fans yesterday. Here’s a few stat notes from the Brewers 10-0 loss to Colorado on Opening Day. As I mentioned to a friend, I would have never thought that the Brewers would lose by more than the Badgers. Oh well.

* The 10-run defeat yesterday was not the Brewers worst Opening Day loss. That happened in 1970 when the Brewers, who had just moved from Seattle, opened their ’70 season and on Opening Day in the first game as the Brewers, lost 12-0 to California. Yesterday was the third double-digit Opening day loss in the team’s history; they also lost 10-0 on Opening Day in 1973 to the Orioles. Yesterday was also the third time the Brewers have been shutout on Opening Day; they lost 3-0 in 1977 to the New York Yankees.

* Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse lasted only 3 1/3 innings in the contest. He was the seventh starting pitcher in Brewers history to last less than four innings on Opening Day. It was not the shortest starting stint on Opening Day for a Brewers pitcher; that honor belongs to Rafael Roque who started Opening Day in 1999 and lasted only two innings. Here’s a look at those Brewers starting pitchers that lasted less than four innings on Opening Day:
2015: Kyle Lohse, 3.1 innings
2012: Yovani Gallardo, 3.2 innings
2004: Ben Sheets, 3.1 innings
1999: Rafael Roque, 2.0 innings
1975: Jim Slaton, 2.2 innings
1974: Jim Colborn, 2.2 innings
1970; Lew Krausse, 3.0 innings

* Newly-acquired first baseman Adam Lind had three hits in the game. He became the 21st Brewer player to get three or more hits on Opening Day for the Brewers since 1970. Last Brewers player to do so was Carlos Gomez in 2010 when he had four hits on Opening Day. Gomez is one of four Brewers players to have four hits on Opening Day; the others: Jose Valentin (1996), Chuckie Carr (1996) and Dave Nilsson (1994). Only one Brewers player has had three or more hits on Opening Day twice. The player? Jim Gantner. He did it in 1984 and 1987.

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Did You Know? Final Four Edition (Part 2)


Here’s a look at a few more stats/numbers you might not know about tonight’s Final Four title game.

Did you know…

… A Wisconsin victory will give Duke seven Final Four championship game losses, a record. The Blue Devils are currently tied with Kansas with six title game losses. Other teams with multiple Final Four championship game losses: 5-Michigan; 4-Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State; 3-Georgetown; 2-Bradley, Butler, Dartmouth, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma, Syracuse, UCLA.

… Seven title games have gone into overtime. The last was in 2008 when Kansas defeated Memphis.

… The Big Ten Conference has lost five straight Final Four championship games.

… Sixteen title games have been decided by three points or less. The last was in 2010 when Duke beat Butler 61-59. Three teams have lost multiple title games by three points or less, led by Kansas which has lost three such games. Duke and Georgetown both lost two championship games by three points or less.

… Teams that score 60 points in the championship game are 62-48 (.564 winning percentage). Teams that score 70 or more points in the game are 49-28 (.636 winning percentage). Teams that score 80 or more points in the championship game are 26-4 (.867 winning percentage).

… The ACC and the Big Ten have faced each other six times in the final game (tonight is the seventh time). The ACC has won five and only lost once. The only Big Ten Conference win over an ACC school in the final was in 1981 when Indiana beat North Carolina. The ACC has won the last five championship games over a Big Ten opponent.

… Wisconsin could become the first Big Ten school since Michigan State in 2000 to win the title and also win the title the same year they won a football bowl game. Michigan State won the Florida Citrus Bowl in 1999 and then won the NCAA men’s basketball title in 2000 (the 1999-2000 season). Louisville is the last school to win a football bowl game and men’s national basketball title in the same year (2011 football bowl game, 2012 basketball title).

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