Category Archives: Baseball

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 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 1, 2019

Brewers not ‘California Dreamin’ on the west coast

Why is it that every time the Brewers head off on a road trip to the west coast I think something bad is going to happen? Something like a road trip where they go 2-7 or get swept in a series or two on the road out west?

Well, this year the Brewers’ trips out west have not been very successful… and it could be that if they miss the playoffs that lack of success on west coast road trips could be the reason.

Through games of August 1, the Brewers had a 7-18 record in 2019 (a .280 winning percentage) in road games played in the Pacific Time Zone, otherwise known as Pacific Standard Time (PST)… games against the Angels, A’s and Mariners (American League teams) and games versus the Dodgers, Giants and Padres (National League teams. With their recent three-game series in Oakland where they won only one of three games against the A’s in a short three-game series out west, the Brewers are done playing games this season in the PST.

As mentioned above, the Brewers will end the 2019 campaign with a record of 7-18 in games in the PST, again, a winning percentage of .280. That means that with a 57-53 record at the end of the day on August 1 that the Brew Crew are 50-35 (.588 winning percentage) in games not played in the PST. That’s a pretty significant gap between .588 in non-PST games and .280 in PST games.

Last season, the Brewers were 13-7 (.650) in PST games. In 2017, their record in games played in Pacific Time Zone was 11-9 (.550).

Let’s take a look at how well the Brewers have played in games in the Pacific Time Zone since 2009. Against the Angels, Dodgers, A’s, Padres, Mariners and Giants in their home parks, the Brewers have a record of 57-64 (.471). Here is Brewers road record against each of these six PST teams from 2009-2019.

Los Angeles Angels 2-4

Los Angeles Dodgers 21-14

Oakland A’s 2-3

San Diego 16-18

Seattle 3-3

San Francisco 13-22

That’s a losing record against four of these teams, a .500 record against one team, and a winning record against only one PST team since 2009… the Dodgers.

If the Brewers fail to reach the post-season this season, they may look at their paltry 7-18 record against teams on the west coast as one reason for their struggles. Time will tell.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: July 25, 2019

Brewers rookie Keston Hiura can hit

Imagine what kind of damage Brewers second baseman (and rookie) Keston Hiura could have done had he been with the Brewers the entire 2019 season. Hiura has 10 home runs and a .327 batting average in 40 games with the Brewers this year. With 58 games remaining on the schedule, Hiura is on a pace to slug 24 home runs, which would be the third most by a Brewers rookie in franchise history.

Here is a look at the most home runs by a rookie in Brewers history.

34-Ryan Braun
28-Prince Fielder
17-Greg Vaughn
17-Danny Walton
16-Jesus Aguilar
16-Casey McGehee
16-Darrell Porter
15-Bob Coluccio
15-Pedro Garcia
15-Wayne Comer

You may be wondering why a few Brewers legends/sluggers are not on the above list… Paul Molitor had six HRs his rookie season (1978), while Greg Vaughn, a rookie in 1989, had only five homers that season. Gary Sheffield had only four home runs his rookie season in 1988; Robin Yount was a rookie in 1974 and had only three homers that season

What has been even more impressive with Hiura’s batting prowess in his first season in the majors has been his hitting for average. With a .327 batting average, Hiura is second to Christian Yelich’s .335 average. A strong finish to this season and Hiura could challenge the team record for highest batting average by a rookie. Of all Brewers rookies with 250 plate appearances, Ryan Braun tops the list with a .324 batting average in his first season with the club. Braun did that in 2007 when he was selected as the National League Rookie of the Year.

Following are the Top 10 Brewers rookies in batting average for a season (250 plate appearances to qualify).

  1. Ryan Braun, 2007… .324
  2. Scott Podsednik, 2003… .314
  3. Casey McGehee, 2009… .301
  4. B.J. Surhoff, 1987… .299
  5. Ronnie Belliard, 1999… .295
  6. Dion James, 1984… .295
  7. Pat Listach, 1992… .290
  8. Alex Sanchez, 2002… .289
  9. Nori Aoki, 2012… .288
    10.Ernest Riles, 1985… .286

Of the 10 players listed above, seven of them finished in the Top 10 for Rookie of the Year voting that season. Braun and Listach won the award, while Podsednik finished second.

Wondering about Molitor and Yount? Molitor hit .273 his rookie season (and he finished second in the A.L. Rookie of the Year voting that year), while Yount hit .250 his rookie season.

Former Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett hit .324 his rookie season with the Brewers, but based on our criteria, he did not qualify for the list… he had 230 plate appearances that season.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: July 17, 2019

MLB’s best second-half teams over the past three seasons

For those teams hoping to make a run at a post-season appearance, getting off to a good start after the All-Star break is important.

Looking at the past three seasons (2016-18), the Chicago Cubs have been baseball’s best second-half team in that time period. The Cubs compiled a record of 139-78 (.641 winning percentage) after the All-Star break in the past three seasons, tops in the majors. Over in the American League, the Cleveland Indians were the league’s best second-half team the last three seasons with a .633 winning percentage. The Cubs and Indians were the only teams to win 60 percent or more of their games in the second half of the three seasons from 2016-18.

Here’s a look at the winning percentages of each MLB team after the All-Star break over the past three seasons.

Chicago Cubs, .641
Cleveland, .633

Boston, .599
L.A. Dodgers, .581
N.Y. Yankees, .571
Washington, .566
St. Louis, .556
Houston, .555
Milwaukee, .531
Colorado, .519
Oakland, .517
Seattle, .510
Tampa Bay, .509
N.Y. Mets, .500

L.A. Angels, .499
Atlanta, .488
Toronto, .486
Texas, .483
Kansas City, .477
Arizona, .476
Pittsburgh, .474
Minnesota, .468
Philadelphia, .435
Miami, .427
San Diego, .424
Baltimore, .421
Chicago White Sox, .421
Cincinnati, .418
Detroit, .417

San Francisco, .399

The Cubs have had two of the three best second half winning percentages over the last three campaigns. In 2016 the Cubs had a winning percentage of .685 the second half of the season; in 2017 their second-half winning percentage was .662. The only team with a better second-half winning percentage over the past three seasons were the 2017 Cleveland Indians who had a .733 winning percentage after the All-Star break that season. The Oakland A’s had the best second half winning percentage last season at .646; the Brewers were second with a .631 second-half winning percentage in 2018.

For the record, the Boston Braves hold the MLB record for highest second-half winning percentage at .792… they were 61-16 after the All-Star break in 1914. Thirty-three different teams had a winning percentage of .700 or higher in the second half of the season. Five of those happened after 2000: Oakland-2001, .773; Cleveland-2017, .733; Oakland-2002, .716; Seattle-2001, .707; and N.Y. Yankees-2009, .703.

 

 

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