Monthly Archives: November, 2015

Another 100-win team fails to win the World Series


For the first time since 2011 when the Phillies won 102 games, the St. Louis Cardinals reached the 100-win mark this past season. It was the 15th time this century that a team reached the 100-win milestone.

While winning 100 games is a great accomplishment, 100-win teams have not had great success as they entered the post-season. Of the 15 teams that reached 100 wins since 2000, only three (the 2003 Yankees, 2005 Cardinals and 2009 Yankees) went on to play in the World Series that year… and of those three, two won the title (2005 Cards and the 2009 Yanks).

But even getting out of the first round of the playoffs has been a chore for the 100-win teams. Of the 12 teams since 2000 that did not reach the World Series, only three made it to their league’s Championship Series meaning that nine of the teams lost in the A.L. Division Series or N.L. Division Series… their first round in the playoffs.

Of the 15 times since 2000 that a team won 100 games, four of those times it was the New York Yankees. The Cardinals franchise has done it three times, and the Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves have each won 100 or more games twice since 2000. Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels are the other teams to win 100 games in a season since 2000.

One other quick stat about these teams that won 100 games from 2000-2014: Of the 14 teams, 11 won fewer games the following year, two won the same number of games, and one actually won more games than the previous year (the Oakland A’s went from 102 wins in 2001 to 103 wins in 2002). On average, a team that won 100 or more games in a season since 2000 had 7.4 fewer wins the following year.

Looking back to the start of the World Series in 1903, there have been 82 teams that have won 100 or more games in a year with 28 of those teams making it to the World Series.

It’s also interesting to note that the team that holds the MLB record for most wins in a season, the Seattle Mariners with 116 wins in 2001, did not win the World Series that year; the M’s lost in five games to the Yankees in the ALCS that season and never made it to the World Series.

Eighteen teams have won 105 or more games in a season in MLB history. Ten won the World Series that year… the last to do so were the Yankees in 1998 when they won the title after winning 114 games that season. Eight teams that won 105 or more games in a season failed to win the World Series in that year; the last team to do so was the 2004 St. Louis Cardinals who won 105 games that year but were swept by the 95-win Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

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Packers Numbers Crunches: Week #10


Here are several stats you may not know from the Packers 18-16 loss to the Detroit Lions (the stats all reflect regular season games unless otherwise noted).

  1. The 18-16 final score was only the sixth time in history that score was a final in an NFL game. The last time was on December 16, 2013 when the Ravens defeated the Lions.
  2. The Pack is now 0-3 in November games this year. Last year they were 4-0 in November games. From 2010-14 they were 12-6-1 in November games; that includes a 0-4-1 record in November in 2013.
  3. This was the 31st time since 2000 that the Packers had three points or less at halftime in a game. They are now 9-22 in those games including 5-10 at home.
  4. This was the 14th game since 2000 that Green Bay was tied at halftime. They are 3-11 in those games, 1-5 at home.
  5. The Packers were down by six points entering the fourth quarter. Since 2000 they are 3-48-1 in games where they are losing by six points or more after the third quarter and 2-31 at home in those games.
  6. Aaron Rodgers made 61 pass attempts in the contest, the most in his career. Since 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era), a QB attempting 60 or more passes in a game has not been a good omen for teams. Fifty-one QBs have attempted 60 or more passes in a game since 1966; those teams are 7-44 in those games. Of those 51 times a QB passed more than 60 times, Rodgers’ 5.45 yards per attempt (333 yards in 61 attempts) is the 11th lowest. A Green Bay QB has attempted 50 or more passes in a game 18 times. Brett Favre tops the list with 11 times. Randy Wright did it three times, Don Majkowski did it twice and Lynn Dickey did it once.
  7. This was the 15th game since 2010 that the Packers scored less than 17 points in a game. They are now 2-13 in those games.
  8. This was seventh time since 2007 that the Packers had less than 50 yards rushing in a game. They have lost their last four games with less than 50 yards rushing in a game.
  9. Davante Adams had 10 receptions for 79 yards in the game. It was the fifth time that a Packers receiver had 10 or more catches in a game with less than 100 yards receiving. The others: Edgar Bennett (10/78), Sterling Sharpe (10/70), Vince Workman (12/50) and Gerry Ellis (11/76).
  10. Green Bay did not score a point in the second and third quarters in the game. Since 2000 the team is 2-9-1 when they do not score in both the second and third quarters.
  11. The Packers held the Lions under 300 total yards. Usually that is good news. They had won seven of their last eight when they keep the opposition under 300 yards and are now 17-8 in those games since 2010.
  12. Ball control and making first downs are an important part of a successful offense. The Packers offense has had 98 drives this season. Here’s a breakdown of how many times they have scored when they have had a drive of 10 plays or more, six to nine-play drives, and those drives with five plays or less.Drives of 10 plays or more: 9 TDs and 4 FGs in 15 drives (86.7%) Drives of 6-9 plays: 11 TDs and 7 FGs in 33 drives (54.5%) Drives of five plays or less: 9 TDs and 2 FGs in 50 drives (22.0%)

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

MLB teams with 95 wins in a season


Four MLB teams this season finished with 95 or more wins: St. Louis (100), Pittsburgh (98), the Chicago Cubs (97) and Kansas City (95). Of the four, only the Royals advanced to the World Series, winning the title over the New York Mets.

The Cardinals finished with 95-plus wins for the 21st time in franchise history. This places them second on the MLB list with most 95-win seasons; the New York Yankees top the list with 46 seasons with 95 wins.

Here’s a breakdown of the number of 95-win seasons by each MLB franchise since 1901 (there have been 272 teams reach this milestone). Note: The franchise listed is the current MLB team.

46: N.Y. Yankees
21: St. Louis
19: Oakland
18: L.A. Dodgers, San Francisco
17: Boston
14: Pittsburgh
13: Baltimore
12: Atlanta, Cincinnati
11: Chicago Cubs
10: Detroit
7: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland, Minnesota
6: N.Y. Mets
5: L.A. Angels, Philadelphia
4: Toronto
3: Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Washington
2: Arizona, Tampa Bay, Texas
1: San Diego, Seattle
0: Colorado, Miami

For the World Champion Royals, this was the first 95-win season since 1980. Other than the Rockies and Marlins who have never won 95 or more games in a season, the Royals previously had the longest drought for 95 wins prior to this year. That honor now belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays who have not had a 95-win season since 1993.

Here are the seven teams that have not had a 95-win season in the last 10 years (since 2005): Arizona (2002), Chicago White Sox (2005), Houston (1999), San Diego (1998), San Francisco (2003), Seattle (2001) and Toronto (1993).

Finally, of the 272 teams that won 95 or more games in a season, 143 of those teams went on to play in the World Series that season with 74 winning the title that year.

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Packers Numbers Crunches: Week #9


Here are several stats you may not know from the Packers 37-28 loss to the Carolina Panthers (the stats all reflect regular season games unless otherwise noted).

  1. Having a 7-3 lead after the end of the first quarter should have been a good omen for the Packers, Until yesterday, they had won eight of their last nine games on the road when they led after the first quarter.
  2. Yesterday was the first game since 2004 that Green Bay allowed 24 or more points in the second quarter. They have allowed 24 or more points in the second quarter nine times in the team’s history… they lost all nine.
  3. The Pack was behind 27-7 at halftime. This was the 21st game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that the team has allowed the opponents to have 27 or more points at halftime. As you might expect, the Pack is 0-21 in those games.
  4. This was the 29th time since 1966 that the Packers were behind by 20 points or more at halftime. They are 2-27 in those games.
  5. The offensive line allowed five sacks in the contest. The Packers have lost nine of their last 11 in games when they allow five or more sacks in a game.
  6. The last time the Packers lost consecutive games was Weeks # 9 and #10 in 2013. The last time they lost three straight games was when they lost in Week #11 that season.
  7. Green Bay was behind 30-14 going into the fourth quarter. Since 1966, the Packers are 0-67 when they trail by 16 or more points going into the last quarter.
  8. The Packers “D” did not have a sack in the game. Since 2000, they are 13-19 when the “D” does not have a sack. They have lost eight of their last 12 when they fail to get a sack.
  9. The Packers only rushed for 71 yards yesterday. Since 2000, the Packers are 19-36 in games where they gained less than 75 yards rushing in the contest.
  10. In the Packers six wins, James Jones had 21 catches for 424 yards and six TDs. In the two losses, Jones has three receptions for 59 yards and no TDs.
  11. The Packers road woes outside their division continue. Since 2006, the Packers are 42-33 in games on the road. They are 19-9 in road games within their division (versus Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota) and 23-25 on the road in games outside the division.
  12. The Packers scored 15 points in the fourth quarter. Since 2000 they are 12-5-1 in games where they score 15 or more points in the fourth quarter.
  13. Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes for the 16th time in his career. The Pack is now 14-2 in those games. Brett Favre had 19 games where he tossed four or more TD passes in a game; the Packers were 16-3 in those games. Since 1960, the Packers are 42-5 in games when one of their QBs passes for four or more TDs.
  14. Green Bay attempted only 19 run plays. Since 2000, the team is 6-36 in games where they run fewer than 20 running plays.
  15. Kicker Mason Crosby did not attempt a field goal in the game. The Packers are 8-9 in games when Crosby does not attempt a field goal.
  16. The Pack scored 29 points in the game. Prior to last night’s game the Packers had won 11 straight when they scored 28 or more points. They are 38-5 since 2000 when they tally 28 or more points in a game.

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

When was the last time your NBA team had a player average 25 points in a season?

James Harden was one of three players to average 25 points per game in the NBA last season

James Harden was one of three players to average 25 points per game in the NBA last season

Last season there were three NBA players who averaged 25 or more points per game (minimum of 50 games played to qualify): LeBron James (Cleveland Cavs), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). Only three players averaging 25 points-plus in a season was the fewest number of players since 2004 when only one player averaged 25 points in a season. Since 2000, there have been 95 players who have averaged 25 or more points in a season, an average of just under six per year.

For the Cavs, it was the first time since 2009-10 that a player averaged 25; ironically, it was James who did it that season in his previous stint with the club. For the Rockets, last year was Harden’s third consecutive season averaging 25 points or more. For the Thunder, they have now had a player average 25 points in a season in seven straight years; last year was Westbrook, the previous six seasons was Kevin Durant.

Two franchises, New Orleans and Memphis, have never had a player average 25 points a game in a season. In addition, there are three franchises that have not had one of their players reach the 25.0/points per game mark this century.

Here’s a look at the last time each NBA franchise had a player average 25 or more points per game in a season (the year listed is the when that season ended; 1998 means the 1997-98 NBA season).

Never: Memphis, New Orleans

1980: L.A. Clippers (World B. Free)
1982 Portland (Clyde Drexler)
1997: Charlotte (Glen Rice)
2000: Utah (Karl Malone)
2001: Detroit (Jerry Stackhouse), Sacramento (Chris Webber), Toronto (Vince Carter)
2002: San Antonio (Tim Duncan)
2004: Orlando (Tracy McGrady)
2006: Boston (Paul Pierce), Philadelphia (Allen Iverson)
2007: Atlanta (Joe Johnson), Brooklyn (Vince Carter), Milwaukee (Michael Redd), Washington (Gilbert Arenas)
2008: Phoenix (Amar’e Stoudemire)
2009: Indiana (Danny Granger)
2010: Dallas (Dirk Nowitzki), Golden State (Monta Ellis)
2011: Chicago (Derrick Rose), Denver (Carmelo Anthony)
2013: L.A. Lakers (Kobe Bryant)
2014: Miami (LeBron James), Minnesota (Kevin Love), N.Y. Knicks (Carmelo Anthony)
2015: Cleveland (LeBron James), Houston (James Harden), Oklahoma City (Russell Westbrook)

Last season four players fell just a couple of points short of averaging 25 points per game. The four players that averaged 23 points per game but fell short of the 25-point mark were: Anthony Davis (24.4, New Orleans), DeMarcus Cousins (24.1, Sacramento), Stephen Curry (23.8, Golden State) and LaMarcus Aldridge (23.4, Portland).

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