Monthly Archives: February, 2018

Today’s Sports Stat: February 15, 2018

On Monday night, February 12, Philadelphia 76ers reserve point guard T.J. McConnell came off the bench to score 10 points, hand out 11 assists and grab 10 rebounds versus the New York Knicks. It was his first career triple-double in the NBA.

It was also the first triple-double by a bench player in the league since December 11, 2016 when New Orleans’ Tim Frazier came off the bench to have 14 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds versus Phoenix. According to research on Basketball, McConnell became the 21st bench player to achieve a triple-double.

Three players have achieved a triple-double coming off the bench in multiple games: Detlef Schrempf did it three times, while Clyde Drexler and Hassan Whiteside each did it twice.


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Toda’s Sports Stat: February 14, 2018

How about a little Valentine’s Day stat?

Who is the greatest baseball player ever born on Valentine’s Day, February 14?

Is it Kelly Stinnett, a catcher who played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams from 1994-2007?

How about another catcher, Earl Smith, who played from 1919 to 1930?

Or, is it Tyler Clippard, a relief pitcher who is currently a free agent? He has played 11 seasons in the majors; he played for three different Major League teams in 2017.

Here’s a quick look at the players born on February 14th who have the most career home runs, hits, pitching wins and saves (Must have started MLB career after 1900 to qualify for the lists below).

Home Runs
65-Kelly Stinnett (1994-2007)
63-Derek Norris (2012-17)
46-Earl Smith (1919-30)

686-Earl Smith (1919-30)
623-Larry Melbourne (1974-84)
476-Kelly Stinnett (1994-2007)

69-Red Barrett (1937-49)
64-Dave Dravecky (1982-89)
48-Tyler Clippard (2007-17)

84-Takashi Saito (2006-12)
61-Tyler Clippard (2007-17)
36-Damaso Marte (1999-2010)

So… who is your choice for baseball’s greatest player born on Valentine’s Day?


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Today’s Sports Stat: February 13, 2018

“Just put the ball in play… make something happen.”

The above lament was a comment I heard many times over the course of my baseball playing days. The premise was simple: Putting the ball in play is better than striking out. You never know what can happen when you hit the ball… there could be a hit, a fielding error, etc. It’s pretty seldom that you reach base when you strike out.

Let’s throw some numbers on the above theory:

Major League teams last season were 612-936 (.395 winning percentage) when their hitters struck out 10 or more times in a game. The Tampa Bay Rays led the majors with 81 games (exactly half of their games in 2017) where their line-up struck out 10 or more times in a contest. The Milwaukee Brewers led the National League teams in this stat; their hitters struck out 10 or more times in 80 games. (For Brewers fans, the Brew Crew went 32-48, a.400 winning percentage, in those games.)

It’s interesting to note that last year’s World Series champs, the Houston Astros, had the fewest number of games with 10 or more strikeouts in 2017 with 21. Coincidence?

Here is the number of games each MLB team struck out 10 or more times last season.

81-Tampa Bay


67-Arizona, Colorado
66-San Diego
62-Chicago White Sox

59-Chicago Cubs
55-L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Yankees
52-St. Louis

43-N.Y. Mets

39-Boston, Pittsburgh
36-L.A. Angels
35-San Francisco
32-Atlanta, Kansas City



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Today’s Sports Stat: February 12, 2018

Portland’s Damian Lillard scored 50 points against the Sacramento Kings on February 9 in the Trailblazers’ 118-100 win over the Kings. It was the 10th time this season that a player tallied 50 or more points in an NBA game.

For the Kings, it was the first time an opposing player had 50 or more points in a game against them since April 1, 2015 when Houston’s James Harden had 51.

It’s interesting to note that one franchise, the Brooklyn Nets, has not had an opposing player score 50 or more points against them in a regular season game in almost 20 years! Shaquille O’Neal is the last player to score 50 against the Nets; he had exactly 50 in a game as a member of the L.A. Lakers on April 2, 1998 when the Nets were in New Jersey.

Here’s a look at the last regular season each of the 30 NBA franchises had an opposing player score 50 or more points against them.

1997-98: Brooklyn (New Jersey Nets)

2005-06: Atlanta, Cleveland

2007-08: Memphis

2008-09: Minnesota

2011-12: Oklahoma City

2013-14: Houston

2014-15: San Antonio

2015-16: Dallas, Detroit, New Orleans, Toronto

2016-17: Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Indiana, Miami, N.Y. Knicks, Philadelphia, Phoenix

2017-18: Chicago, Golden State, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Milwaukee, Orlando, Portland, Sacramento, Utah, Washington


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Today’s Sports Stat: February 10, 2018

Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond had 27 rebounds in a game February 7 versus the Brooklyn Nets. It was the most rebounds in a game this season.

The 27-rebound game was Drummond’s sixth game of his career where he had 25 or more rebounds in a regular season contest. That ranks tied for 12th all-time in the league, but he’s light years away from the leaders in this category.

According to research on Basketball, Wilt Chamberlain had 25 or more rebounds in 165 games in his career, most in the league. Here are the six players who top this stat category.

Most career 25+ rebound games
165-Wilt Chamberlain

125-Bill Russell
72-Nate Thurmond
69-Jerry Lucas
33-Dennis Rodman
16-Walt Bellamy

Since the 1999-2000 season, Drummond is second on the list with his six 25-rebound games; Howard tops the list with seven. Dikembe Mutumbo is third with four.

If we drop the number down to 20 or more rebounds per game, Drummond ranks 16th on the career list with 45 such games. Chamberlain again tops this category with 343 games with 20 or more rebounds in his distinguished career.

One more note: Of the 12 players with 50 or more career regular season games with 20 or more rebounds, all are in the Hall of fame except for Dwight Howard, who has 79 games and is still active.
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