Brewers Mike Moustakas hits two HRs on his birthday
Mike Moustakas was the hero in the Brewers’ 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on September 11. He hit a pair of two-run home runs in the contest. What made it all the more celebratory for “Moose” was that the two long balls came on his 31st birthday.
Moustakas became the 43rd player in MLB history to hit two or more home runs in a game on his birthday. He was the second player to do so this season; the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hit a pair of home runs on his 27th birthday, April 21, versus the Brewers. Moustakas also became the second Brewers player to hit two or more HRs in a game on his birthday… Jose Hernandez did it for the Brew Crew on July 14, 2002 against the Pirates on his birthday.
Three of the 43 players in this group have hit two or more homers in a game on their birthday twice in their careers: Duke Snider, Justin Morneau and Kirk Gibson each hit a pair of home runs on their birthdays in two different seasons.
Nomar Garciaparra holds the MLB record for most home runs in a game on a birthday with three. He did that on July 23, 2002 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Garciaparra had three home runs and eight RBI in Game Two of a doubleheader against Tampa Bay on his 29th birthday.
Back to Moustakas… previous to his two HRs on his birthday this season, he had not had much success on his birthdays in previous years. Prior to the 2019 season, Moustakas was 3-for-17 (.176 batting average) with no home runs on his birthday.
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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears on September 5.
- This was the second time the Packers have defeated the Bears 10-3 in a regular season game. It happened on January 2, 2011 in the last game of the 2010 season.
- The Bears scored first in the game with a first quarter field goal. No problem, however for the Pack; they have now won seven of the last eight games against the Bears when the Bears score first in the contest.
- Green Bay did not score in the first quarter. They are 21-22 (.488 winning percentage) since 2010 when they do not score in the first quarter.
- The Aaron Rodgers-to-Jimmy Graham TD pass, the game’s only TD, was just the third TD pass Graham has caught as a Packer.
- Packers’ punter JK Scott punted nine times in the game. The team record for most punts in a game is 11. It happened twice in 1950 and once in 1953. Most punts by the Packers in a game since 2000 was in 2006 when the Packers punted 10 times in a 35-0 loss to the New England Patriots.
- Green Bay had a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 7-3. The Packers are now 67-3-1 (.951 winning percentage) since 2010 when they are leading by four points or more entering the fourth quarter. They are 25-3 (.893) in road games since 2010 when they are leading by four points or more heading into the fourth quarter.
- The Pack’s defense held the Bears to only 46 yards rushing. Green Bay is now 60-9-1 (.864) all-time when they allow the opposition less than 50 yards rushing in a game.
- Green Bay won the Time of Possession battle with 31:03 minutes of TOP versus the Bears’ 28:57. Since 2015, Green Bay is 17-11-1 (.603) when they have more TOP than their opponents in a game.
- The Packers held the Bears scoreless in the second, third and fourth quarters. Green Bay is now 51-3-1 (.936) in games where they hold the opponents scoreless after the first quarter.
- Green Bay has been held to 10 points or less in 139 regular season games since the merger back in 1970. They have only won eight of those games, an 8-129-2 (.065) record in regular season games when they score 10 or fewer points in a contest.
- Holding their opponents under 10 points, however, is a different story. The Packers are now 94-5 (.949) since 1970 in games when they hold the opposition to under 10 points in a regular season game.
- Aaron Rodgers did not have an interception in the game. The Packers are now 73-24-2 (.747) in games started by Rodgers when he does not throw a pick.
- Rodgers had a TD pass in the game and has now thrown a TD pass in 146 regular season games, tied for 15th on the all-time list. Brett Favre tops the list with at least one TD pass in 249 regular season games.
- The Packers did not have a turnover in the game and is now 71-13-2 (.836) since 2000 in games when they do not commit a turnover.
- Rodgers was sacked five times in the game. Prior to the win last night, the Packers were 3-16 (.158) since 2010 in games where their QB is sacked five or more times.
- The defense sacked Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky five times. They are now 17-2-1 (.875) since 2010 in games when they sack the opposing QB five or more times.
- Green Bay’s defense did not allow a TD in the game. Since 1940, the Packers are 94-7 (.931) in regular season games where they did not allow a TD. The last loss in a game where they did not allow a TD was in 1993 when they lost to the Minnesota Vikings 15-13. The Vikes kicked five field goals that day to win the contest.
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A few stats you may not know about new basketball HOF’s Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma
A pair of former NBA stars with ties to the Milwaukee Bucks, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma, will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame tonight, September 6.
Moncrief spent 10 seasons in Milwaukee (1979-80 to 1988-89) while Sikma played in Milwaukee for five seasons (1986-87 to 1990-91) after nine years with Seattle.
Both Moncrief and Sikma had unique careers. Moncrief was a two-way threat as a stellar defensive player (twice winning the league’s defensive Player of the Year Award) who could also score. Sikma was that rare big man who could score, rebound and shoot (he led the league in free throw shooting one year… and he was probably the first big man who effectively ventured outside to the three-point line).
Here are a handful of stats you may not know about this pair.
- Seven players had 10,000 points, 3,000 rebounds, 2,000 assists, 500 steals and 200 blocks in the 1980’s (1979-80 NBA regular season to 1988-89 season). Both Moncrief and Sikma are on this list. The others: Magic Johnson, Dennis Johnson, Julius Erving, Alex English and Larry Bird. Pretty good company, huh?
- Moncrief tops the Bucks list for most wins in his playing career with the team with 447. Eight players have won 300 or more games with the Bucks in addition to Moncrief: Junior Bridgeman (394), Bob Dandridge (391), Jon McGlocklin (375), Paul Pressey (368), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (331), Brian Winters (32) and Marques Johnson (315).
- The Bucks were one of the best NBA teams in the 80’s in addition to the Lakers, Celtics and 76ers. Moncrief was with the team that whole decade and ranks tenth on the list for most wins of all NBA players in the 1980s (1979-80 season through 1988-89 season). Michael Cooper leads this list with 571 wins. Following Cooper: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (567), Dennis Johnson (540), Robert Parrish (540), Larry Bird (536), Magic Johnson (529), Maurice Cheeks (505), Kevin McHale (501), Moses Malone (469) and Moncrief (447).
- Moncrief is one of seven players to win a NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in a season where he averaged 20 or more points (he did it twice; one of only four players to do so). He won the honor in 1982-83 and averaged 22.5 points per game, and won it in 1983-84 when he tallied 20.9 points per game. The other six players to win the league Defensive Player of the Year Award in a season where they averaged at least 20 or more points per game: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Dwight Howard, Alonzo Mourning and Kawhi Leonard.
- Sikma is one of only six players 6’10” or taller (Sikma was listed as 6’11”) to have a career free throw percentage of .840 or higher (minimum of 500 career free throw attempts). The list: Dirk Nowitzki (.879), Danilo Gallinari (.871), Ryan Anderson (.854), Jack Sikma (.849), Mike Gminski (.843) and Danny Ferry (.840).
- Sikma is one of 25 players in league history who had 6,400 points and 3,700 rebounds in the league after age 30.
- Sikma is one of only five players in league history to have over 10,000 career rebounds and make 200 or more career three-pointers. The five: Dirk Nowitzki (11,489-1,982), Charles Barkley (12,546-538), Shawn Marion (10101-791), Sikma (10,816-203) and Bill Laimbeer (10,400-202).
- Sikma is one of 24 players in NBA history to have 1,000 career steals and 1,000 career blocked shots. If we add 10,000 career rebounds to that stat, he is one of only 14; if we add 10,000 career points to that stat, he is one of only 13 players is league history to have 1,000 career steals, 1,000 career blocked shots, 10,000 career rebounds and 10,000 career points.
- Sikma was 203-for-618 in three-point attempts in his career (a three-point shooting percentage of .328). He was the first player 6’11” or taller to attempt 200 or more three-pointers in a season and the first player 6’11” or taller to attempt 100 or more three-pointers in three consecutive seasons. He is one of 23 players in league history 6’11” or taller to have a career three-point shooting percentage over .325 (minimum of 600 three-point attempts to qualify).
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A history of the Packers-Bears matchup in the Week One and how Aaron Rodgers has fared in Week One games in his career
Tonight the Bears and Packers open the 2019 NFL season with a contest in Chicago. The two teams have faced off against each other numerous times in the first week. Here are a few stats celebrating that fact.
- The Bears and Packers have faced each other in the first week of the regular season 18 times since 1940. The Packers hold a 10-8 edge in those games. The Pack has won eight of the last 10 times the two teams have met on Week One.
- The Packers have won each of the last three times the two teams have met in Week One. They won last year 24-23, won 31-23 in 2015 and won 21-15 in 2009.
- Of the 18 times when they have squared off in the first game of the regular season, the final score margin was eight points or less in 10 of those games including nine of the last 13 times dating back to 1959.
Aaron Rodgers has made 11 season-opening starts as a Green Bay Packer. Here’s a quick look at some of his stats from those 11 season-opening starts.
- Green Bay has won eight of Rodgers 11 season-opening starts including winning the last three.
- Rodgers has completed 241 passes in 359 attempts, a .671 completion rate, in season-opening games. His career pass completion rate is 64.8%.
- He has averaged just under 243 yards passing in the first game of the year.
- He has 22 TD passes and only six interceptions in the first game of the year.
- Rodgers has had a 100 or higher Passer Rating in the season opener in five times; the Packers are 4-1 in those games. His lowest Passer Rating in the first game of the season was 73.1 against the Eagles in 2010.
- In his last four season-opening games, Rodgers has nine TD passes and only one interception. His Passer rating the last four openers has been 130.7, 86.5, 95.1 and 140.5.
- Rodgers has made three season-opening starts against the Bears. He is 3-0 in those games. He had seven TD passes and no interceptions in those three season-opening contests versus the Bears. His pass completion percentage in those three games was 67.9%.
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