Monthly Archives: September, 2015

Brewers Taylor Jungmann looking to join elite rookie pitchers group


Brewers rookie hurler Taylor Jungmann will probably get three or four more starts before the close of the 2015 season. For the 25-year-old right-hander, another win in one of those games would give him 10 wins for the season. That would make him the 14th rookie pitcher in Brewers history to win 10 or more games in a rookie season.

Jungmann’s nine wins puts him second on the list of rookie pitchers in the majors this season (he is one of three pitchers with nine wins; Chris Heston of the Giants leads all first-year pitchers with 11 victories). Teddy Higuera holds the Brewers rookie record with 15 wins. The last Brewers pitcher to win 10 or more games in a season was Wily Peralta in 2013.

Jungmann is one of four Brewers rookie pitchers to win a game this season. Michael Blazek has five wins, and youngsters Zach Davies and Ariel Pena each have one win for the ‘Crew this year. The four Brewers rookie pitchers with at least one win this season is the 20th season since 1969 that the team has had at least four rookie pitchers collect a win in a season. The most rookie pitchers to win a game for the Brewers in a season was eight in 1995. Those eight pitchers were: Steve Sparks (nine wins), Sid Roberson (6), Brian Givens (5), Scott Karl (5), Mark Kiefer (4), Jamie McAndrew (2), Ron Rightnowar (2) and Alberto Reyes (1). The 2013 Brewers had seven rookie pitchers with a win, second-most in team history.

Jungmann became the 36th Brewers pitcher to pitch a complete game in his rookie season and he became the 34th Brewers hurler to throw 100 or more innings in his first year with the team.

A strong finish by Jungmann would also help his case for mention in this year’s National League Rookie of the Year Award. Seven different Brewers first-year pitchers have finished in the Top 10 for the ROY voting in the team’s history: Teddy Higuera (second in 1985), Bill Parsons (second in 1971), Don August (fourth in 1988), Cal Eldred (fourth in 1992), Jeff DiAmico (seventh in 1996), Doug Henry (eighth in 1991) and Steve Sparks (ninth in 1995).

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Packers Numbers Crunches


Here are 12 stats you may not know from the Packers 31-23 win over the Bears (the stats all reflect regular season games unless otherwise noted).

  1. Behind 13-10 at half, the Packers defeated the Bears for only the second time when they were behind at half to the Bears in Chicago. The other time was in 1998 when the Pack was down by three at half to the Bears in Chicago and came back to win that game 16-13. The Packers are 8-49 (.140) in the all-time series against the Bears when they are behind at halftime (home or away).
  2. Matt Forte became the 22nd runner to gain 100 yards rushing in a regular season game against the Packers since 2000. Forte has 141 yards on 24 carries. The Packers are 12-9-1 (.568) in these games. Forte became the 50th runner to gain 140-plus yards rushing against the Packers since 1960; Green Bay is 10-38-2 .220) in those games.
  3. The Packers did not have a turnover in the contest. They are now 53-6-1 (.892) since the turn of the century in games where they did not have a turnover. They are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games dating back to October 14, 2012.
  4. Clay Matthews had his sixth career interception in the game. The Packers are 6-0 in games when Matthews intercepts a pass.
  5. James Jones made a triumphant return in a Packers uniform with a pair of TD pass receptions. It was the sixth time in his career that he had two or more TD pass receptions in a game. The last was December 16, 2012 when he had three against the Bears. In fact, three of Jones six multi-TD games were against the Bears.
  6. The Packers have now won 10 straight games when they score 30 or more points in a regular season contest. The team is 34-3 (.919 winning percentage) in games when they score 30-plus in a game since 2010. They rank tied for second (with the Broncos) in the NFL since 2010 with 37 games with 30-plus points scored. The Patriots have scored 30-plus in 48 games since 2010.
  7. Eddie Lacy had 85 yards rushing on 19 carries. The Pack is 13-2-1 in games when Lacy gets 16 or more carries in a game; they are 11-3-1 when Lacy has 80 or more rushing yards in a game.
  8. The Green Bay defense surrendered 23 points to the Bears. Since 2010, the Packers are 41-9 (.820 winning percentage) if they hold opponents under 24 points in a season game. They have now won 23 of their last 25 when the “D” holds the opposition under 24 points.
  9. Aaron Rodgers had his 44th three-TD pass game of his career, and his sixth versus the Bears. The Pack is 37-7 (.841) in these games. His QB Rating was 140.5, the 11th time he has been over the 140.0 mark in a game (the Pack are 11-0 in those games). It was also the fourth time he was above 140.0 against the Bears.
  10. The 2015 season opener was the 68th time since 2000 that the Packers scored in every quarter in a game. They are 56-12 (.824) in these games, and have now won eight straight when they get on the board in each period.
  11. Rookie returner Ty Montgomery had 106 yards in return yardage in the game. He became the first rookie to have over 100 return yards in his first game with the packers since Randall Cobb did it in 2011.
  12. Winning the first game of the year has been a good omen for the Packers over the last 15 seasons. The Packers won their first game of the year in eight of those seasons, 2001, ‘02, ‘04, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10, ’11. The Packers ended those season with a combined 89-39 record (.695 winning percentage). They also made the playoffs in seven of those eight seasons. In those seven seasons (2000, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’12, ’13, ’14) when they lost the first game of the season, the Packers were a combined 62-49-1 (.554 winning percentage) and made the playoffs in four of those seven years.

(Jerry Tapp is the author of the book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know.”)

Braves, Reds fighting to stay out of the cellar


With about three weeks left in the 2015 MLB season, a couple of teams are hoping they can finish strong and stay out of last place in their division.

The Cincinnati Reds are currently in last place in the National League Central. The reason this is noteworthy is that the Reds have not finished in last place since the MLB went to three divisions in each league in 1994. The Reds are 3.5 games behind the Brewers for fourth place.

The Atlanta Braves have a 1.5 game lead over the Phillies in the battle for fourth place in the N.L. East. The Braves are also one of  five teams that has never finished last in their division since ’94.

Since 1994, the Tampa Bay Rays have finished in last in their division most often; they have finished last in the A.L. East 10 times, most in the majors.

Here is a look at how many seasons each franchise has finished in last place in their division since ’94 (current city for each franchise is listed).

10: Tampa Bay

9: Kansas City, Pittsburgh

8: Washington

7: Chicago Cubs, Miami, San Diego, Seattle

6: Arizona, Colorado, Detroit, Minnesota, Texas

4: Baltimore, Milwaukee (3 in N.L. and 1 in the A.L.), Oakland, Philadelphia

3: Houston (2 in N.L. and 1 in A.L.), L.A. Angels, San Francisco, Toronto

2: Boston, N.Y. Mets

1: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland

0: Atlanta, Cincinnati, L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees, St. Louis

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It’s the young running backs in the NFL who are racking up the yards


Last season DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 yards with the Dallas Cowboys. The 27-year-old Murray has since moved on to running the ball for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. Here’s the question: Can Murray duplicate his league-leading performance with a new team this year?

Let’s look at one aspect of Murray’s 2014 season: his age. Murray led the league in rushing yardage at the age of 26. Did you know that of the 45 players who led the league in rushing yards since 1970 that 31 of those 45 (69%) were age 26 and younger, while 14 were 27 or older.

Here’s a breakdown of the age of the NFL rushing champion from 1970-2014.

Age, rushing champs
21: 1
22: 3
23: 7
24: 8
25: 5
26: 7
27: 2
28: 7
29: 4
30: 0
31: 1

The youngest rushing champ since 1970 was Edgerrin James at age 21 in 1999 with the Colts; the oldest was 31-year-old Curtis Martin with the Jets in 2004.

Here’s another rushing stat: Of the 86 runners who gained 1,500 or more yards in a season, 55 (64%) were under the age of 27. The breakdown: age 21 (2), age 22 (5), age 23 (8), age 24 (11), age 25 (10), age 26 (19), age 27 (11), age 28 (8), age 29 (6), age 30 (2), age 31 (3) age 32 (1).

Finally, there have been 132 runners who gained 200 or more yards in an NFL game since 1960. Of those 132, 72 percent (95) were under the age of 27. In fact, 70 of the 132 (53%) were either age 24, 25, or 26. The youngest was Clinton Portis who was 21 years, 119 days when he had 228 yards in a game in 2002. The oldest was John Henry Johnson who was 34 years, 321 days when compiled 200 yards in a 1964 contest. Only seven runners age 30 or older gained 200-plus yards in an NFL game since 1960.

There’s no doubt that its the runners under 30 who are making all the noise in the NFL.

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(Printed copies of my book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know” will be released this Thursday, September 10. You can order it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $12.99)

Khris Davis has a big August for the Brewers


Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis hit 10 home runs in the month of August. He was one of seven MLB players to hit 10 or more in the month, but he was also one of two players named Khris/Chris Davis to reach that number in the month… Baltimore’s Chris Davis also had 10 home runs in August.

Davis (Khris that is) became the 16th Brewers player in the team’s history to hit 10 or more home runs in a month. The last Milwaukee player to do so was Prince Fielder who had 10 in June of 2011. Fielder was also the last Brewer to have 10 or more in the month of August; he had 11 in August of 2009.

Fielder is also the team career leader in most months with 10-plus HRs with six. Ryan Braun and Gorman Thomas are tied for second with three months with 10-plus HRs. Here’s a look at the Brewers players who have had 10 or more home runs in a month.

6: Prince Fielder

3: Ryan Braun, Gorman Thomas

2: Carlos Lee

1: Jeromy Burnitz, Cecil Cooper, Khris Davis, Rob Deer, Tommy Harper, Corey Hart, John Jaha, Sixto Lezcano, Dave Nilsson, Ben Oglivie, Richie Sexson, Greg Vaughn

Fielder also holds the team record for most regular season HRs in a month with 13. He did that in May of 2007. The other by-month leaders for the Brewers: April (Braun and Lee, 10); May (Fielder, 13); June (Vaughn and Burnitz, 12); July (Braun, 11); August (Thomas, 12); September (Sexson, 12).

The MLB record for most regular season HRs in a month is 20 by Sammy Sosa in June, 1998. The by-month MLB leaders:

April: Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez, 14
May: Barry Bonds, 17
June: Sosa, 20
July: Albert Belle and Mark McGwire, 16
August: Rudy York, 18
September/October: Babe Ruth, Albert Belle, 17

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