Monthly Archives: August, 2017

Today’s Sports Stat-August 29, 2017

Jeff Samardzija, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, hurled a three-hit, complete-game shutout in the Giants’ 3-0 win over San Diego on Monday night. It was the sixth straight year that Samardzija had at least one complete game in a season.

Baseball fans know that the complete game has become somewhat of a lost art in today’s game (that’s a topic for a future stat). If we look at past history, Nolan Ryan holds the MLB record for most seasons with at least one complete game with 24. He is followed by Early Wynn (23) and Dennis Martinez, Don Sutton and Tommy John (each with 22).

Sutton holds the MLB record for most consecutive seasons with at least one complete game at 22.

For Brewers fans, Moose Haas holds the team record for most seasons with one or more complete game with nine. He is followed by Mike Caldwell (8) and Ben Sheets, Bill Wegman and Jim Slaton (each with 7).

 

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40 Packers Stats Until Opening Kickoff-August 29 (#12)

(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 follow the NFL, you know that the game has taken a decidedly distinct slant towards the passing game. Here’s a stat that helps quantify that…

Green Bay in 2016 was one of five teams that passed the ball over 600 times and ran the ball less than 400 times. The Pack had 620 pass attempts and 374 rushing attempts last season. The five teams:

Arizona, 646 passes, 399 runs Baltimore, 679 passes, 367 runs Green Bay, 620 passes, 374 runs Jacksonville, 626 passes, 392 runs Washington, 607 passes, 379 runs

The Minnesota Vikings in 1981 were the first team to pass more than 600 times and run less than 400 times in a season; the Vikes that year had 709 pass attempts and 391 runs. Ironically, it is the only year the Vikings had 600+ passes and less than 400 runs in a season.

A team with 600+ passes and less than 400 runs in a season has happened 61 times since 1981. Three teams, the Falcons, Lions and Saints, have each done it six times; the Cardinals have done it five times, while the Packers are next with four seasons with 600 or more passes and less than 400 runs.

Today’s Sports Stat-August 28, 2017

The Cleveland Indians yesterday defeated the Kansas City Royals, 12-0. It was the second time this season that the Indians won a game by a score of 12-0; on June 19 they had a 12-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Since 1913, there have now been 503 MLB games where a team scored 12 or more runs and shutout their opponent. There have been three such games in 2017… in addition to the two Cleveland wins noted above, on July 8th, Atlanta clobbered the Washington Nationals 13-0.

The most runs scored by a team in a shutout victory are 22 (it has happened twice). The Indians on August 31, 2004 defeated the New York Yankees 22-0; on September 16, 1975, the Pirates won 22-0 over the Chicago Cubs.

 

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40 Packers Stats Until Opening Kickoff-August 28 (#13)

(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.)

The Packers in 2016 were one of six teams that did not score a defensive or special team touchdown. On the other hand, the Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL last season with eight TDs by their defense or special team.

The Pack gave up two TDs to their opposition via their defense or special team. The Tennessee Titans, however, led the league by giving up eight TD to their opponents via special teams or defense.

Here are the TDs scored in 2016 by each team via defense or special teams and the TDs allowed by each team to their opponents’ defense or special teams.

Defense or special team TDs scored
8: Kansas City
7: Minnesota
5: Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego
4: Denver, Miami, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
3: Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit
2: Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville
1: Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington
0: Cincinnati, Dallas, Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, San Francisco

Defense or special team TDs allowed
8: Tennessee
6: Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets
5: Carolina, New Orleans, San Diego
4: Arizona, Jacksonville, Washington
3: Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis
2: Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Tampa Bay
1: Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle
0: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, New England

Today’s Sports Stat-August 27, 2017

Is it possible that the Brewers will have their first 20-game winner in more than 30 years?

With his victory last night in the Brewers’ 3-0 win over the Dodgers, starting pitcher Zach Davies won his 15th game of the season. He is tied with Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for most wins this season in the majors. With 32 games left on the schedule, Davies will probably get six more starts in 2017. He would need to win five of those six starts to reach the 20-win milestone.

The Brewers are one of eight MLB teams that have not had a 20-game winner this century. Colorado is the only team that has never had a 20-game winner, and the San Diego Padres have not had a 20-game winner since Gaylord Perry did it in 1978, the longest drought of the teams that have had a 20-game winner in their franchise history.

Here is a look at the last season each team had a 20-game winner.

Never: Colorado
1978: San Diego
1984: Baltimore
1986: Milwaukee
1989: Kansas City
1991: Pittsburgh
1993: San Francisco
1998: Texas
2001: Seattle
2002: Oakland
2003: Atlanta, Chicago White Sox
2004: Minnesota
2005: Miami
2008: Cleveland
2010: N.Y. Yankees, Philadelphia
2011: Arizona
2012: L.A. Angels, N.Y. Mets, Tampa Bay
2013: Detroit
2014: Cincinnati, L.A. Dodgers, St. Louis
2015: Chicago Cubs, Houston
2016: Boston, Toronto, Washington

 

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