Washington Nationals make history
It was an itch that certainly needed to be scratched… especially for their long-suffering fans.
With their win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series, the Washington Nationals are going to the National League Championship Series (NLCS) for the first time in the history of the franchise in Washington.
As a point of historical perspective, the Nationals have been in existence since 2005. Prior to that, the franchise called Montreal home where the Expos played from 1969 to 2004. They then left Montreal for D.C. and a new start as the Nationals in ’05.
The Expos made the post-season only once in their history, losing in the NLCS three games to two in 1981. It was the first and only time the franchise had made it to the NLCS until this year, the longest drought of all franchises. In fact, of the current 30 franchises, 26 have played in either an ALCS or NLCS this century. The four teams that had not played in the ALCS or NLCS this century prior to this year were Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Washington.
Here’s a look at the last time each MLB team has played in the ALCS or NLCS with a chance to reach the World Series.
Chicago White Sox-2005
*At the time of this post, the ALDS series between Tampa Bay and Houston had not been decided, therefore their years may not be current
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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys on October 6.
- The game started at 3:25 CST. Green Bay has now won six of their last seven games that started at 3:25 CST. They are 15-5 (.750) in 3:25 CST starts since the 2014 season.
- Green Bay has now won three straight games on the road versus the Cowboys. The Pack has also won six of their last seven regular season games against Dallas.
- The win was only the third in their last eight road games in October.
- Aaron Rodgers is now 5-2 in his seven regular season starts versus the Cowboys. He is also 2-0 in a pair of post-season starts versus Dallas.
- The Packers lost the coin toss and are now 7-6 in road games since 2015 when they lose the coin toss.
- Green Bay’s defense had three takeaways and the offense did not have a turnover. Green Bay is 13-1 since 2010 in games where they have zero turnovers and the opponents have three or more in a game.
- The Packers are 73-13-2 (.841) in games when they do not have a turnover. The 88 turnover-less games are the third most in the NFL since 2000 behind the New England Patriots (110) and the Kansas City Chiefs (90).
- Green Bay had three interceptions in the game. They have now won 19 straight games when they have three or more interceptions, and are 33-3 (.917) since 2000 when they have three or more interceptions in a contest.
- Aaron Jones had four TD via runs. He is the 12th Green Bay Packers player to have three or more rushing TDs in a game and the fourth to have four or more rushing TDs in a game. Jim Taylor had three games with four TD runs to top the list. The other Packers with four TD runs in a game are Dorsey Levens and Terdell Middleton.
- Jones became the first player in the NFL to score 24 or more points in a game this season and the first to do so since Derrick Henry had 24 points for the Tennessee Titans on December 6, 2018 versus the Jaguars. He became the seventh Green Bay player to score 20 or more points in a regular season game: The others: Donny Anderson, Paul Hornung, Dorsey Levens, Terdell Middleton, Sterling Sharpe and Jim Taylor.
- Green Bay has outscored their opponents 42-3 in the first quarter this season.
- Green Bay had a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. They are 21-11 (.656) since 1966 in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter of a road game.
- Green Bay is now 36-22 (.621) in road games since 2000 when they hold the opposition scoreless in the first quarter.
- Green Bay held the Cowboys scoreless in the first half. They are now 31-9 (.775) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in road games when they hold the opponents scoreless in the first half.
- Aaron Jones became the sixth player in NFL history to have 100 yards rushing, 75 yards receiving and four TDs in a regular season game. The others: Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, Larry Brown, Gale Sayers and Dub Jones. Jones was the first player in league history to do it in a road game.
- Za’Darius Smith had two sacks in the game; he also had two sacks in the third game of the season. Green Bay won both games.
- Green Bay had a 31-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. NFL teams are 1903-5 (.995) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in games where they take a lead of 20 points or more into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 78-0.
- Dak Prescott had 463 yards passing in the game. He became the fifth QB in NFL history to have 450 or more yards passing in a regular season game versus the Packers. The others: Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb. The Packers are 3-2 in these games.
- Amari Cooper had 226 yards receiving in the contest. It was the third most receiving yards by a player in a game against the Pack. Julio Jones had 259 in a game versus the Pack on 12/8/2014 and Calvin Johnson had 244 yards in a 1/1/2012 game.
- Dallas tallied 563 total yards in the game, third most against the Packers since 1966. Green Bay is now 5-11 (.313) in games when the opposition gains 500 or more total yards.
- Green Bay is now 100-8 (.926) when they score 30 or more points in a game. They have now won 11 straight when they reach 30 points in a game. They are 43-5 (.896) in road games since 2000 when they score 30 or more points. They have won 12 of their last 13 games on the road when they score 30+ in a contest.
- Aaron Rodgers had 0 TD passes and 0 interceptions in the game. Of his 170 regular season games in his career, Rodgers has had 0 TDs in 21 games, 15 of those were games he started. In the 15 games started by Rodgers where he did not have a TD pass, the Pack is now 5-10. Green Bay is 5-7 in games where Rodgers does not have a TD pass and no interceptions in a game.
Where are they now? World Series winning managers since 2000
You would think that winning a World Series would give a manager a certain degree of job security. Think again.
Just this year, we saw that three of the last seven managers to win a World Series are no longer with that team: Bruce Bochy, who won three titles with the Giants (2010, 2012 and 2014) retired after the 2019 season; Joe Madden, who guided the Cubs to a World Series in 2016, was fired (or better stated, his contract was not renewed) at the conclusion of this year; and, Ned Yost, who led the Royals to a championship in 2015, decided to retire after the ’19 campaign.
Here’s another take on this: Of the 15 different managers who won a World Series since 2000, only three are now still managing in the majors: Terry Francona (he won two World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007) who is now the skipper of the Cleveland Indians, and Houston manager A.J. Hinch (he won the title in 2017 with the Astros) and Boston manager Alex Cora (he won with the Red Sox last season), are still with the teams they led to the title.
Here’s a look at the World Series winning managers since 2000 and where they are now.
2000: Joe Torre, New York Yankees (last managed in 2007). Now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer
2001: Bob Brenly, Arizona (last managed in 2004). Broadcaster
2002: Mike Scioscia, Anaheim (last managed in 2018). Stepped down after the 2018 season
2003: Jack McKeon, Florida (last managed in 2005). Retired in 2011 after a short stint as San Diego interim manager.
2004: Terry Francona, Boston (still managing… current Cleveland skipper).
2005: Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox (last managed in 2011). Broadcaster
2006: Tony LaRussa, St. Louis (last managed in 2011). Vice-President of the Boston Red Sox
2007: Terry Francona, Boston (see above-2004))
2008: Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (last managed in 2013). Phillies hitting coach in 2019
2009: Joe Girardi, New York Yankees (last managed in 2017). Broadcaster
2010: Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (last managed in 2019). Retired in 2019.
2011: Tony LaRussa, St. Louis (see above-2006)
2012: Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (see above-2010)
2013: John Farrell, Boston (last managed in 2017). Broadcaster
2014: Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (see above-2010)
2015: Ned Yost, Kansas City (last managed in 2019). Retired in 2019
2016: Joe Madden, Chicago Cubs (last managed in 2019). Fired/Contract not renewed in 2019
2017: A.J. Hinch, Houston (still managing the Houston Astros)
2018: Alex Cora, Boston (still managing the Boston Red Sox)
A couple of men on the above list are being mentioned as candidates for managerial openings that are (or will be) available; Girardi could wind up with the Cubs, a team he played seven seasons for in two stints. Madden, a former Angels minor leaguer, has been mentioned as a strong candidate for the Angels opening, and there has been talk that Farrell is ready to get back into the dugout as a manager.
So… stay tuned.
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Four stats you may not know about Christian Yelich’s 2019 season
The Milwaukee Brewers 2019 season ended with their Wild Card loss to the Washington Nationals, but we’ll never know if things might have been different had Christian Yelich not missed the last 15 games of the season (and the Wild Card contest) due to a fractured right knee cap he sustained in a September 10 game against the Cardinals.
Yelich ended the season with a .329 batting average and had enough plate appearances at the time of his injury to qualify for the National League batting title, his second consecutive N.L. batting crown. He also had 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. It will also be interesting to see how much support Yelich gets for the N.L. MVP Award; will missing the last 15 games of the season cost him a legit shot at a repeat MVP honor? My guess is that the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger will win the honor; he was the best player on a team that had the best record in the National League. Yelich will certainly receive a lot of support for the award and will likely finish in the Top 3.
All that being said, Yelich had a memorable 2019 campaign. Here are four stats you may not know about his 2019 season.
40-30 Player: Yelich and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. both had 40 or more HRs and 30 or more stolen bases in 2019, making them the first pair of 40-30 players in the majors since 1997. Acuna ended the year with 41 homers and 37 steals, while Yelich reached 40-30 with 44 HRs and 30 swipes. Acuna and Yelich were the first 40-30 players since Yelich’s current teammate, Ryan Braun, had 41 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 2012. (Acuna became the youngest 40-30 in MLB history at age 21.)
Acuna and Yelich became the 10th and 11th players to reach 40-30 in a season. It has been done now 13 times in baseball history with Barry Bonds and Jeff Bagwell doing it twice in their careers.
The first player with a 40-30 season? There’s another Milwaukee connection… Hank Aaron did it for the Milwaukee Braves with 44 home runs and 31 steals in 1963.
Back-to-Back Batting Titles: Yelich became the 26th player in MLB history to win back-to-back batting titles. It has now been done 12 times in the National League; the last time was Larry Walker in 1998-99. There have been 14 back-to-back batting title winners in the American League; the last time was in 2016-17 when Houston’s Jose Altuve won consecutive A.L. batting crowns.
The back-to-back batting champs: American League… Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ferris Fain, Tony Oliva, Carl Yastrzemski, Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, Nomar Garciaparra, Joe Mauer, Miguel Cabrera, Jose Altuve; National League… Honus Wagner, Jake Daubert, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Tommy Davis, Roberto Clemente, Pete Rose, Bill Madlock, Dave Parker, Tony Gwynn, Larry Walker, Christian Yelich.
Forty or more HRs, less than 100 RBIs: Although Yelich had 44 home runs for the season, he fell short of the 100-RBI mark, finishing with 97 RBIs for the season. He became the 23rd player in MLB history to have 40 or more HRs in a season with less than 100 RBIs. Four players did it twice in their careers: Adam Dunn, Hank Aaron, Joey Gallo and Mickey Mantle.
Alfonso Soriano holds the Major League record for most home runs in a season with less than 100 RBIs with 46; he had 46 HRs and 95 RBIs in 2006. Barry Bonds in 2003 and Harmon Killebrew in 1963 each had 45 homers with less than 100 RBIs in a season; Yelich is tied with two other players with 44 homers in a season with less than 100 RBIs.
Joey Gallo holds the MLB record for fewest RBIs in a season with 40 or more home runs; in 2017 Gallo had 41 HRs and only 80 RBIs for the Texas Rangers.
The Brewers have another member of this club… former first baseman Chris Carter had 41 home runs and 94 RBIs for the Brew Crew in 2016.
Back-to-Back seasons with a .325 batting average: Yelich became the first Brewers player in team history to hit .325 in back-to-back seasons (must have had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title to be on this list). He also became the third Brewers player with enough qualifying plate appearances to have two seasons with the Brewers with a .325 or higher batting average. The others: Jeff Cirillo (1996 and 1999) and Paul Molitor (1987 and 1991).
Ty Cobb and Cap Anson hold the MLB record with 19 seasons with a .325 or higher season batting average. They are followed by Tris Speaker (14 seasons), Stan Musial (13 seasons) and Ted Williams, Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner (12 seasons each).
Most of the above players ended their careers well before 1960 (Musial ended his career in 1962). There are four players who had eight or more seasons with a .325 (or higher batting average) since 1960: Wade Boggs and Rod Carew had nine seasons each, while Albert Pujols and Tony Gwynn had eight seasons each where they hit .325 or higher in a campaign.
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