Author Archive: Jerry Tapp

Today’s Sportstat: August 22, 2019

Ryan Braun looking for his 10th 20-HR season

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is the franchise leader with 340 career home runs. This season, through games of August 21, Braun has hit 18 home runs.

Braun needs two more HRs this season for his 10th 20-HR season in his career. If he reaches 20 homers this season, he will become the 98th player in MLB history to have 10 seasons with 20 or more home runs. (For what it is worth, 37 of the 97 players in baseball history who have hit 20 or more home runs in 10 or more seasons are in the baseball Hall of Fame.)

Braun’s nine seasons with 20 or more HRs with the Brewers is the team record. Here is a look at the Brewers players with the most 20-HR seasons with the team.

9-Ryan Braun
7-Geoff Jenkins
6-Prince Fielder
5-Corey Hart, Jeromy Burnitz, Rob Deer, Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper
4-Greg Vaughn, Robin Yount

Hank Aaron holds the MLB record for most seasons with 20 or more home runs with 20. Following are the 17 players who have hit 20+ HRs in a season in 15 or more seasons.

20-Hank Aaron

19-Barry Bonds

17-Frank Robinson, Willie Mays

16-Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Eddie Murray, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth

15-David Ortiz, Ken Griffey, Jr., Fred McGriff, Dave Winfield, Willie Stargell, Mel Ott.

Albert Pujols is the active leader in this category with 16 seasons with 20+ HRs. He does, however, have 19 HRs this season through games of August 21 and should jump into the Top 5 in this category with one more homer this season.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 19, 2019

The high and low of giving up 14 or more runs in a game

Let’s be honest… the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff had a rough weekend. In two games on Saturday August 17 and Sunday August 18 against the Washington Nationals, the Brewers pitching staff gave up 14 runs in one game and 16 in the other. What makes this all the more interesting is that the Brewers did not lose both games; they split these two games with the Nats.

On Saturday the Brewers needed 14 innings to win 15-14 over the Nationals. On Sunday, Washington got off to a 13-0 lead and eventually won the game 16-8.

In the 15-14 win, Eric Thames hit a two-run HR in the 14th inning to put the Brew Crew up 15-13. It was the team’s seventh HR in the contest, tying a club record. The Brewers became the first team since 2008 to win a game where they allowed the opposition to score 14 or more runs. Back on September 2, 2008, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Florida Marlins 16-14.

There have been only 61 games since 1911 where a team won a game where their opponents scored 14 or more runs in a contest. It was the first time for the Brewers franchise. The Brew Crew is now 1-78 in games where they allow 14 or more runs in a game. It was also the fourth game this season that the Brewers allowed 14 or more runs in a game. The team record is six games in a season; they allowed 14 or more runs in six games in 1991.

Prior to Thames’ 14-inning HR, the Brewers had tallied 13 runs with six HRs. Teams that score 13 or more runs in a game with six or more home runs have won 197 of 200 games in MLB history. The three times when a team that scored 13 or more runs with six homers in a game were:

4-27-1965: Philadelphia, 6 HRs, 13 runs in a 14-13 loss to San Francisco

5-17-1979: Cubs, 6 HRs, 22 runs in a 23-22 loss to Philadelphia

6-30-1996: Dodgers, 6 HRs, 15 runs in a 16-15 loss to Colorado.

The Brewers finished that Saturday 15-14 win over Washington with 15 runs and seven home runs. Teams that have scored 15 or more runs in a game with seven or more home runs are now 50-0. There have already been six games this season in the majors where a team had 15 or more runs and seven HRs in a game. The previous MLB high for a season was four games.

One final note: In Sunday’s game, a 16-8 loss for the Brewers, the Brew Crew hit four HRs. In 2019, they have had 10 games where the team hit four or more home runs, compiling an 8-2 record in those games. The most games with four or more home runs in a season for the Brewers was in 1982 when they had 12 games with four or more home runs. They did it 11 times in 2012. They also had 10 games with four or more HRs in 1980. The Brewers are 145-33 (a .815 winning percentage) in their history in games where they hit four or more home runs.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 15, 2019

Highest Passer Rating for QBs at each age

If you follow the NFL, you know that the play of the quarterback is an important part of success in the league. Not only do we have young QB’s who are quickly becoming stars in the NFL (Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff), but we are also seeing QB’s well into their 30’s and 40’s who are performing at a high level.

To put some numbers to this, let’s look at which QBs have had the most success at each age. Specifically, let’s see which QBs have the highest Passer Rating at age 21 all the way up to age 41.

Just last season Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff, who turned 24 during the 2018 campaign, ended his age 23 games with a Passer Rating of 109.3, highest of any QB in NFL history at that age. But he wasn’t the only player to set a record last year for the highest Passer Rating at a particular age:

  • Los Angeles Chargers QB ended his age 36 NFL games with a 110.2 Passer Rating.
  • New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who was age 39 during the 2018 season, had a 115.7 Passer Rating, highest of any QB at age 39.
  • New England Patriots ageless signal-caller, Tom Brady, was age 41 during last season when he compiled a 97.7 Passer Rating, the highest of any QB at age 41.

Following are the quarterbacks who have had the highest Passer Ratings in games at ages 21-41 (minimum of 200 passes attempted to qualify for the list).

Age 21: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay, 84.2, 2015

Age 22: Robert Griffin Jr., Washington, 102.4, 2012

Age 23: Jared Goff, L.A. Rams, 109.3, 2017-18

Age 24: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, 119.2, 2013

Age 25: Milt Plum, Cleveland, 110.4, 1960

Age 26: Brett Favre, Green Bay, 110.5, 1995-96

Age 27: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, 124.7, 2010-11

Age 28: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 121.1, 2004

Age 29: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay, 110.1, 2012-13

Age 30: Tom Brady, New England, 117.2, 2007

Age 31: Matt Ryan, Atlanta, 117.1, 2016

Age 32: Drew Brees, New Orleans, 110.6, 2011

Age 33: Steve Young, San Francisco, 107.0, 1996-97

Age 34: Tony Romo, Dallas, 113.2, 2014

Age 35: Steve Young, San Francisco, 107.0, 1996-97

Age 36: Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers, 110.2, 2017-18

Age 37: Peyton Manning, Denver, 115.1, 2013

Age 38: Drew Brees, New Orleans, 103.9, 2017

Age 39: Drew Brees, New Orleans, 115.7, 2018

Age 40: Tom Brady, New England, 102.8, 2017

Age 41: Tom Brady, New England, 97.7, 2018

One final note: Jared Goff, who set the record for highest Passer Rating for a QB age 23 last season, could drop down to second place at that age if Patrick Mahomes has anything to say about it. Mahomes who is 23 and won’t turn 24 until September 17, will have two games to play before his 24th birthday. He has a 108.6 Passer Rating at age 23, which is percentage points behind Goff who had a Passer Rating of 109.3 at age 23.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: August 12, 2019

Brewers reliever Alex Claudio on pace to set team single-seaosn record for most games pitched

Back in 1971, Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Ken “Bulldog” Sanders led the American League with 83 games pitched. Those 83 games pitched has been the team record for more than four decades. Ray King fell one game short of the record in 2001 when he pitched in 82 games for the Brew Crew.

The record, however, may be seriously challenged this season if Brewers skipper Craig Counsell continues to use left-handed reliever Alex Claudio the way he has in the first 119 games of this season.

Through games of August 11, Claudio, who came to the Brewers last December in a trade with the Texas Rangers, has appeared in 63 games for the Brewers. He is on a pace to finish the season with 86 games pitched, which would surpass Sanders 48-year record for most games pitched in a season.

Claudio has been a workhorse over the past three seasons having appeared in 70 games for Texas in 2017 and 66 for the Rangers last season.

Here’s a look at the Brewers leaderboard of most games pitched in a season:

83-Ken Sanders, 1971
82-Ray King, 2001
78-Will Smith, 2014; Francisco Rodriguez, 2012; Todd Coffey, 2009
77-Derrick Turnbow, 2007
76-Five tied

The major league record for most games pitched in a season is 106 held by Mike Marshall. He pitched in 106 games for the Dodgers in 1974. Following are the nine times in MLB history where a pitcher appeared in 90 of more games in a season. Two pitchers, Mike Marshall and Kent Tekulve, did it three times each… Marshall did it with three different teams.

106-Mike Marshall, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1974
94-Salomon Torres, Pittsburgh, 2006
94-Kent Tekulve, Pittsburgh, 1979
92-Pedro Feliciano, New York Mets, 2010
92-Mike Marshall, Montreal, 1973
91-Kent Tekulve, Pittsburgh, 1978
90-Kent Tekulve, Philadelphia, 1987
90-Mike Marshall, Minnesota, 1979
90-Wayne Granger, Cincinnati, 1969

Claudio has now appeared in 60 or more games in three seasons in his career. While an impressive feat, consider this… Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees reliever (and all-time saves leader) and recent inductee to Baseball’s hall of Fame, appeared in 60 or more games in 15 different seasons, tops in baseball history. Mike Stanton is second on this list with 13 season with 60 or more appearances.

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Today’s Sportstat: August 8, 2019

NFL 2018: Did preseason success predict regular season success last season?

I think most NFL experts would agree that the NFL preseason is mostly about teams finding out which players will ultimately fill out their 53-man rosters. While teams would say they “want” to win, winning a preseason contest seems to be less of a focus than playing a lot of players and evaluating talent.

That having been said, they do keep score and there are still winners and losers in these preseason games. So we must ask the question: Does having success via a win-loss record in the preseason predict regular season success?

To answer this question (at least for the time being) let’s look at the 2018 NFL season to see how the preseason records compared with the regular season records. Here are a few bullet points:

  • Of the 12 playoff teams in 2018, nine won at least two preseason games. In fact, each of the six AFC playoff teams won at least two preseason games.
  • The Baltimore Ravens were the only team to go undefeated in the preseason last season. They made the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
  • There were four teams that did not win a preseason game in 2018: Dallas, Atlanta, Tennessee and Seattle. The Cowboys and Seahawks, however, did make the 2018 playoffs.
  • The 13 teams that won three or more preseason games in 2018 won an average of eight regular season games.
  • The nine teams that won two preseason games in 2018 won an average of 8.6 games in the 2018 regular season.
  • The six teams that won only one preseason game in 2018 won an average of 6.2 games in the ’18 regular season.
  • The four teams that did not win a preseason game in 2018 won an average of nine regular season games last year.
  • The 12 2018 playoff teams won an average of 2.2 preseason games last season.
  • The 20 teams that did not make the 2018 playoffs won an average of 1.95 preseason games last season.

Not very conclusive evidence either way, is there? It is interesting to note that five of the 12 playoff teams last season won three or more preseason games: Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans.

But I’m not ready to claim there is a clear link between preseason success and regular season success in the NFL. As I stated earlier, the focus on the preseason contests seems to be less about winning and more about getting reps for younger players and evaluating talent. Winning these preseason games seems to be secondary.

 

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