Which team will be the winningest MLB team this decade?
Will it be the New York Yankees? The Los Angeles Dodgers? The St. Louis Cardinals? Or could the Boston Red Sox make a run at this title? And, do the Washington nationals have a shot?
This year will be the final year of this decade and that means it’s the final season of the baseball decade. Entering 2019, there are three MLB teams which have won 800 or more games this decade: the Yankees with 818, the Dodgers with 813, and the Cardinals with 808. The Red Sox are a distant fourth on this list with 788 victories since 2010. Washington is fifth on the list with 786 wins.
With a 30-game lead over the Red Sox, the Yankees appear to be a lock for the winningest A.L. team this decade. The N.L., on the other hand, appears to be a two-team race with the Cardinals only five games behind the Dodgers. The Nationals are still in the picture, but trail L.A. by 27 games.
Here’s a look at the number of wins each franchise has this decade. It’s is broken down by each league (current city is listed for each team).
New York Yankees, 818
Tampa Bay, 764
Kansas City, 699
Chicago White Sox, 671
Los Angeles Dodgers, 813
St. Louis, 808
San Francisco, 744
Chicago Cubs, 733
New York Mets, 707
San Diego, 669
The Houston Astros, who spent time in both leagues this century, have 682 wins since 2010. That places them 25th overall.
By the way, how many of you would have thought that the Brewers have more wins this decade than the Cubs?
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It’s one thing to come in last place in Major League Baseball. It’s another thing to come in last place and to be so far out of first place that you set a record.
That’s what happened to the Baltimore Orioles this past season. The O’s finished in last place in the American League East, 61 games behind first place Boston. That’s right… 61 games out of first place.
The 61 games out of first place stat are the most games behind by a team in the majors since baseball went to a three-division format in 1994. Prior to that, the record was held by the 1998 Florida Marlins who finished 52 games out of first place in the National League East.
Following are the teams that finished more than 40 games (or more) out of first place in their division since 1994.
2017: San Francisco, N.L. West, 40 games behind
2012: Houston, N.L. Central, 42 games behind
2011: Houston, N.L. Central, 40 games behind
2004: Arizona, N.L. West, 42 games behind
2002: Milwaukee, N.L. Central, 41 games behind
1998: Florida, N.L. East, 52 games behind
2018: Baltimore, A.L. East, 61 games behind
2013: Houston, A.L. West, 45 games behind
2005: Kansas City, A.L. Central, 43 games behind
2003: Detroit, A.L. Central, 47 games behind
2002: Tampa Bay, A.L. East, 48 games behind
2001: Texas, A.L. West, 43 games behind
2001: Anaheim, A.L. West, 41 games behind
1998: Tampa Bay, A.L. East, 51 games behind
1995: Minnesota, A.L. Central, 44 games behind
Adrian Beltre retires
Adrian Beltre recently announced his retirement. He began his career in 1998 at the age of 19 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. A sure-fire Hall of Famer, Beltre had a career .286 average with 477 home runs, 1,707 RBI and 3,166 hits.
Beltre is also one of only 21 players in baseball history to end their careers with 12,000 or more plate appearances. He had 12,130, good enough for 17th on the all-time list.
Here are the 21 players with 12,000 or more plate appearances in a career: Pete Rose (15,890), Carl Yastrzemski (13,992), Hank Aaron (13,941), Rickey Henderson (13,346), Ty Cobb (13,099), Cal Ripken (12,883), Eddie Murray (12,817), Stan Musial (12,718), Barry Bonds (12,606), Derek Jeter (12,602), Craig Biggio (12,504), Willie Mays (12,496), Dave Winfield (12,358), Robin Yount (12,249), Alex Rodriguez (12,207), Paul Molitor 12,167), Adrian Beltre (12,130), Eddie Collins (12,078), Rafael Palmeiro (12,046), Omar Vizquel (12,013) and Tris Speaker (12,011).
Christian Yelich – Part One
The numbers were enough to give him a straight path to the 2018 National League MVP: 110 RBI, 118 runs scored, 36 home runs, 22 stolen bases, a .326 batting average. With those stats, Christian Yelich also became the 19th player in baseball history to have 100 or more RBI, 100 or more runs, 30 or more HRs, 20 or more stolen bases, and a batting average of .320 or better in a season. (It’s interesting to note that fellow Brewer Ryan Braun is the only player in history to reach these numbers in two seasons.)
Here are the 19 players who have accomplished these numbers in a season:
2018: Christian Yelich (Milwaukee)
2015: Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona)
2011: Matt Kemp (L.A. Dodgers), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)
2010: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado)
2009: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)
2007: David Wright (N.Y. Mets)
2005: Alex Rodriguez (N.Y. Yankees)
2002: Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal)
1999: Ivan Rodriguez (Texas)
1997: Larry Walker (Colorado)
1996: Ellis Burks (Colorado)
1993: Barry Bonds (San Francisco)
1978: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh)
1970: Carl Yastrzemski (Boston)
1961: Hank Aaron (Milwaukee), Frank Robinson (Cincinnati)
1932: Chuck Klein (Philadelphia)
1922: Ken Williams (St. Louis Browns)
Christian Yelich – Part Two
Yelich became the eighth Brewers player to hit 30 or more home runs for the team before he turned 27. (Yelich turns 27 on December 5th.)
Following are the seasons when a Brewers player had 30 or more HRs before turning 27 (age for the season as of June 30 of that year).
Player, year Home Runs Age
Rob Deer, 1986 33 25
Geoff Jenkins, 2000 34 25
Richie Sexson, 2001 45 26
Bill Hall, 2006 35 26
Ryan Braun, 2007 34 23
Prince Fielder, 2007 50 23
Ryan Braun, 2008 37 24
Prince Fielder, 2008 34 24
Ryan Braun, 2009 32 25
Prince Fielder, 2009 46 25
Prince Fielder, 2010 32 26
Domingo Santana, 2017 30 24
Christian Yelich, 2018 36 26
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TODAY’s SPORTSTAT-November 15, 2018
With Craig Counsell’s second-place finish in the 2018 National League Manager of the Year race, the Brewers still have not had one of their managers win this award. Counsell became the fourth Brewers manager to finish second in a Manager of the Year honor since the birth of the franchise in 1969.
Counsell finished 17 points behind Atlanta skipper Brian Snitker in this year’s race. That’s the second closest second-place finish for a Milwaukee manager since Tom Trebelhorn finished second 12 points behind Sparky Anderson in the 1987 American League Manager of the Year award.
There have been 12 seasons where a Brewers manager received votes for the Manager of the Year award. Here’s a look at those 12 times:
1987: Tom Trebelhorn (finished 2nd)
1988: Tom Trebelhorn (finished 4th)
1992: Phil Garner (finished 2nd)
1995: Phil Garner (finished 6th)
1997: Phil Garner (finished 3rd)
2005: Ned Yost (finished 5th)
2007: Ned Yost (finished 7th)
2008: Dale Sveum (finished 8th)
2011: Ron Roenicke (finished 2nd)
2014: Ron Roenicke (finished 7th)
2017: Craig Counsell (finished 4th)
2018: Craig Counsell (finished 2nd
Win increase in three straight seasons
One of the reasons why Counsell received significant support for the N.L. Manager of the Year award this season is the fact that the team won the N.L. Central Division and increased their win total by 10 wins over 2017. The Brewers won 86 games in 2017 and won 96 this past campaign.
The Brewers are one of four teams that have increased their win totals in each of the past three seasons. The Brewers won 68 in 2015, 73 in 2016, 86 in 2017 and 96 in 2018. The other teams that have increased their win totals in each of the past three seasons:
Colorado: 68-75-87-91 (the Rockies have actually increased their win totals in each of the past four seasons… they won 66 games in 2014)
The Brewers also became one of only a handful of MLB teams in history that saw their win totals in four consecutive years go from 60-70-80-90. Can they keep the streak alive and win 100 or more games in 2019, thus joining one other team that went 60-70-80-90-100 wins in five straight seasons?
Following are the MLB teams that had 60-70-80-90 win seasons in four consecutive years (seasons that were shortened due to any strike or work stoppage are not included).
Milwaukee (2015-18): 68-73-86-96
Colorado (2015-18): 68-75-87-91
New York Mets (2003-06): 66-71-83-97
Oakland (1997-2001): 65-74-87-91-102 (5 seasons)
St. Louis Cardinals: (1924-27): 65-77-89-92
St. Louis Browns (1919-22): 67-76-81-93
Brooklyn (1912-16): 58-65-75-80-94 (5 seasons)
Brewers pitching staff with only one 10-game winner
Jhoulys Chacin led the Brewers pitching staff with 15 wins in 2018. What makes that stat all the more interesting is that Chacin was the only Brewers hurler to win 10 or more games. It was the seventh time in team history that happened.
Sixty-five different pitchers have won 10 or more games in a season with the Brewers. Jim Slaton leads that group with nine double-digit win seasons for the Brew Crew. He is followed by Ben Sheets with seven, Mike Caldwell and Moose Haas with six, and Yovani Gallardo and Teddy Higuera with five each.
Here are the seven seasons when only one Brewers pitcher won 10 or more games for the club that year:
1984: Don Sutton, 14
1985: Teddy Higuera, 15
1995: Ricky Bones, 10
2012: Yovani Gallardo, 16
2015: Jimmy Nelson, 11
2016: Zach Davies, 11
2018: Jhoulys Chacin, 15
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One of baseball’s greatest players, Willie McCovey, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. As someone who came to love baseball in the 1960s, I greatly admired McCovey and closely followed his career (I’m also pretty sure I had his baseball card… or more than a few of them). He helped form a dynamic duo for the San Francisco Giants with Willie Mays.
Here are a few stats you may not know about McCovey:
- McCovey played for three different teams in his career, all California teams: San Francisco Giants (19 seasons), San Diego Padres (three seasons) and the Oakland A’s (one season).
- He went four-for-four in his MLB debut on July 30, 1959 with a pair of triples. He is one of only 18 players to collect four or more hits in his Major League debut. Cecil Travis holds the MLB record for most hits in a debut with five; he did in 1933. Of the 18 players who had four or more hits in their MLB debut, McCovey is one of only four players to go a perfect four-for-four in his first game.
- McCovey had a pair of triples in that first game and is one of only four players to hit two triple in a debut. The last player to do so was John Sipin on May 24, 1969 for the San Diego Padres in a game versus the Chicago Cubs.
- McCovey, nicknamed “Stretch,” had a 22-game hitting streak as a rookie. The longest hitting streak by a rookie in MLB history is 34 games by San Diego Padres catcher Benito Santiago
- McCovey wore number 44 his entire career.
- He was a Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, and a National League MVP.
- Although he hit 521 career home runs, he hit 40 or more HRs only twice in his career.
- McCovey is one of only 16 players to have 35 or more home runs and 130 or more walks in a season (he had 39 HRs and 137 walks in 1970).
- He is one of only 11 players to lead the league in slugging percentage in three consecutive seasons (he did it in 1968, ‘69 and ’70). The others: Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein, Johnny Mize, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt and Barry Bonds.
- The most home runs he hit in the minors in a season was 29; he did that twice.
- He did have five sacrifice bunts in his career.
- A member of the 27-member 500-HR Club, McCovey has the third fewest games played of the 27 players (9,692), the third fewest hits (2,211) and the fourth most intentional walks (260).
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Ten Stats You May Not Know About MLB Game Sevens
by Jerry Tapp
The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers will face off in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) tonight with the Brewers playing at home. This will be the 59th game 7 in MLB history. Forty-two of those game 7’s were in the World Series; seven were in the American League Championship Series (ALCS); and this will be the 10 Game 7 in the history of the NLCS.
Here’s 10 stats you may not know about the history of Game 7’s in baseball’s history.
- The most runs scored in a Game Seven were 15 by the Atlanta Braves in a 15-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1996 NLCS.
- There have been 16 shutouts in a Game Seven.
- There have been 16 one-run games in Game Sevens.
- The most frequent score in a Game Seven is 3-2. That has happened six times.
- There have been 15 times where the winning team won Game Seven by a margin of five runs or more.
- The Dodgers have lost five Game Sevens in their history, four as the Brooklyn Dodgers (1920, 1947, 1952 and 1956). They also lost a Game Seven last year in the World Series to the Houston Astros. The Brewers have lost one Game Seven in their history… a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1982 World Series.
- Home teams are a very average 31-27 (.534 winning percentage) in Game Sevens.
- There have been five Game sevens that went into extra innings. The home team is 4-1 in those games. The only road team to win a Game Seven in extra innings were the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 World Series over the Indians in Cleveland.
- Of the 16 teams that have won an LCS (A.L. or N.L.) eight went on to win the World Series that year. The last team to do so were the Astros last year who beat the Yankees in seven games in the ALCS and then won the World Series last year.
- The Game Seven loser in the previous 16 LCS contests has scored less than three runs in 13 of those 16 games.
- Bonus Stat: How many runs will it take to win Game Seven? Of the previous 16 LCS that went to a Game Seven, teams that scored three or more runs were 16-3 (.842 winning percentage); teams that scored four or more runs in that Game Seven were 13-2 (.867 winning percentage); and those teams that scored seven or more runs in Game seven were a perfect 6-0.