Author Archive: Jerry Tapp

Today’s Sports Stat-August 22, 2017

Pitcher Cole Hamels got the victory in Texas’ 5-3 win over the Angels yesterday. Since coming to the Rangers in a late-July trade in 2015, Hamels has a staggering 31-7 record with Texas, a .816 winning percentage.

Whether or not he can maintain this win-loss pace with the Rangers for as long as he is with the team, it’s interesting to note that Hamels’ .816 winning percentage with the team is pretty significant. In fact, of pitchers who have 20 or more career wins with a team, Hamels’ .816 winning percentage is the highest for any pitcher with a particular team in major league history.

Nine pitchers in MLB history (with a minimum of 20 wins with a team) have a winning percentage of .750 or higher. Here are those nine…

Cole Hamels, Texas, 2015-17, 31-7 (.816 winning pct.)
Zack Greinke, LA Dodgers, 2013-15, 51-15 (.773)
Howie Krist, St. Louis, 1937-46, 37-11 (.771)
Pedro Martinez, Boston, 1998-2004, 117-37 (.760)
Roger Clemens, Toronto, 1997-98, 41-13 (.759)
Joe Black, LA Dodgers, 1952-55, 22-7 (.759)
King Cole, Cubs, 1909-12, 40-13 (.755)
Jack Chesbro, Pittsburgh, 1901-02, 49-16 (.754)
Tom Hall, Cincinnati, 1972-75, 21-7 (.750)

40 Packers Stats Until Opening Kickoff-August 22 (#19)

(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.)

Can you name the two teams that the Packers have not defeated in the regular season since 2000? If you answered Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, you are correct.

Green Bay is 0-3 in the regular season versus both the Bengals and Steelers since 2000. The Pack did, however, beat the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.

The Pack will get a chance in 2017 to get in the victory column versus these two teams this century. The Packers will host Cincinnati September 24 and then travel to Pittsburgh for a November 26 contest.

The Packers are 19-15 all-time versus the Steelers. Against the Bengals, on the other hand, Green Bay has a losing record… the Pack is 5-7. In fact, the Bengals are one of seven current franchises in which the Packers have a losing record in regular season contests in team history. The seven: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, New York Jets and Tennessee.

Today’s Sports Stat-August 21, 2017

The Oakland A’s defeated the Houston Astros 3-2 yesterday in a game where they (the A’s) were not credited with an RBI. The A’s scored their three runs on two throwing errors and a passed ball.

It was the 505th game in the majors since 1913 that a team won a game without having an RBI in the game.

The MLB record for most runs scored in a win without the benefit of a team RBI is five. On August 11, 1971, the Reds beat Houston 5-1 in a game where they did not have an RBI; on July 2, 1948, the Cubs defeated the Pirates by the same score of 5-1 in a contest where they did not have an RBI.

Seven teams won games where they scored four runs without an RBI; there have also been 25 games where a team scored three runs without an RBI since 1913. There have been 352 games since 1913 when a team won 1-0 and no RBI was credited for the lone run scored.




40 Packers Stats Until Kickoff-August 21 (#20)

(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.)

For the third consecutive season, the Packers had a player gain 300 or more yards rushing and 300 or more yards receiving in the same season. Ty Montgomery had 457 rushing yards and 348 receiving yards in 2016. James Starks reached 300-300 in 2015; Eddie Lacy did it in 2014.

Sixteen different Packers players have reached the 300-300 rushing/receiving stat in the club’s history, accomplishing it 30 times. Leading the way is Ahman Green who did it five times in his career with the Pack. Donny Anderson and Gerry Ellie each did it four times with the Packers, while Edgar Bennett did it in three seasons.

Bennett and Ellis are the only two Packers to have a 600-600 season (600 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving) for Green Bay. Ellis in 1983 had 696 yards rushing and 603 yards receiving; Bennett in 1995 rushed for 1067 yards and added 648 yards receiving to his stat line.

If we look at career numbers, the Packers have three players who reached the 2000-2000 stat in rushing yards and receiving yards in their career with Green Bay. They are:
Dorsey Levens, 3937 rushing yards, 2079 receiving yards
Ahman Green, 8322 rushing yards, 2726 receiving yards
Gerry Ellis, 3826 rushing yards, 2514 receiving yards.

Today’s Sports Stat-August 20, 2017

Even though they are 20 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West race, the Colorado Rockies currently hold the #1 spot for one of the two the N.L. wild cards.

The Rockies were not a pre-season pick to make the playoffs, but one aspect of their play that has impressed experts is their starting pitching, and specifically, the work of a trio of rookie hurlers. Rockies rookie pitchers have started 77 of Colorado’s 123 games this season.

Kyle Freeland, German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela have each won 10 games in their rookie campaigns (Freeland leads the group with 11 victories) and another rookie, Jeff Hoffman, has started 16 games for the club and has six wins.

The Rockies rookie trio is the first since the 2006 Florida Marlins to win 10 or more games in their first seasons. The Marlins had four rookie pitchers win 10 or more games in the ’06 season: Josh Johnson (12), Ricky Nolasco (11), Scott Olsen (12) and Anibal Sanchez (10).

Here’s a look at the number of rookie pitchers who won 10 or more games in a season for each club since 2000:

7: Rays, Rockies, Twins
6: A’s, Braves, Marlins, Orioles
5: Angels
4: Astros, Blue Jays, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians, Rangers, Tigers
3: Cardinals, Giants, Phillies, Yankees
2: Mets, Pirates, Red Sox, Royals
1: Cubs, Mariners, Nationals, Padres
0: Reds, White Sox