Is performing well in extra-inning games an important factor in success in the major leagues?
Looking at games in the 2017 MLB season, we see there are 13 of the 30 teams that have a winning record (above .500) in extra-inning games. Of those 13, all six of the current division leaders (the Dodgers, Cubs and Nats in the N.L.; the Red Sox, Astros and Indians in the A.L.) have a winning record in extra-inning contests this season.
The Orioles (not one of the division-leaders) have the best extra-inning record at 10-2 (.833) in the majors. The other three teams with a winning percentage above .700 in extra-inning games this season are the Dodgers (8-3 .727), Diamondbacks (8-3 .727) and Red Sox (11-3 .786). The D’Backs currently hold one of the Wild Card spots in the N.L., while the Dodgers and Red Sox, as noted above, are division-leaders.
Here’s one more stat about this year’s extra-inning games records: The 13 teams that have a winning record in extra-inning games have a combined overall record of 886-755, a .540 winning percentage. The 17 teams that do not have a winning record in extra-inning games are a combined 1005-1136, a .469 winning percentage.
(From August 1 until the first regular season game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 10, we’ll give you a daily dose of Packers stats.)
If you are looking for the Packers to have a 100-yard rusher in their first game of the season versus the Seahawks, past history has shown that it is probably unlikely.
In the Packers first game of the year there have been only five games where a Green Bay player rushed for 100 or more yards. The last time it happened was September 10, 2006 when Ahman Green had 110 yards rushing versus the Chicago Bears in the Pack’s 26-0 loss. In fact, Green is one of only two Green Bay players to rush for 100 or more yards in the Packers first game of the season.
Here are the five times when a Packers player had 100 yards rushing in the team’s first game of the season.
2006-Ahman Green, 110 yards
2004-Ahman Green, 119 yards
2002-Ahman Green, 155 yards
2001-Ahman Green, 157 yards
1982-Eddie Lee Ivery, 109 yards
Looking at the Pack’s history, there have been only 25 times when a Packers player rushed for 75 or more yards in the opening game of the season. Eddie Lacy had 85 yards rushing in the 2015 season opener against the Bears, the last player to reach these numbers on opening day.
In 1964, a pair of Packers, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung each rushed for over 75 yards in the opening contest. Taylor had 79 while Hornung had 77 in the team’s 23-10 over the Bears.