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All-Star Game: Which team’s pitching staffs have performed best, worst?

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Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who will be managing the American League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, has eight of his Texas players as members of the A.L. squad. When it comes time to make pitching changes, however, he may want to think twice before inserting one of his three hurlers on the squad, Matt Harrison, Joe Nathan or Yu Darvish.

The Rangers have the worst ERA of pitchers who have thrown in the All-Star Game since 2000. Rangers hurlers have given up five earned runs in 2.2 innings of work for a 16.88 ERA. The A.L. lost last year’s game, 5-1, and Texas pitcher C.J. Wilson was credited with the loss after giving up three earned runs in an inning of work.

Considering that the Tampa Bay staff has a 0.00 in five innings of work since 2000, Washington may want to call upon the Ray’s David Price or Fernando Rodney for a little work on Tuesday.

On the National League side, the Colorado Rockies have the best ERA at 0.00 in nine innings of work. The Washington Nationals have the worst ERA at 9.00, but it should be noted that the only two N.L. victories since 2000 have been won by pitchers from the Nationals… Tyler Clippard last year, and Matt Capps in 2010. Both pitchers worked only one-third of an inning in their victories.

Following are the ERAs of each team’s pitching staffs in the All-Star Game since 2000.

National League, ERA (innings pitched)

Colorado 0.00 (7)

Pittsburgh 0.00 (1.1)

Milwaukee 0.96 (9.1)

Arizona 1.59 (11.1)

San Francisco 2.45 (7.1)

St. Louis 2.57 (7)

Philadelphia 2.70 (10)

Atlanta 3.24 (8.1)

Chicago 3.86 (7)

Cincinnati 4.50 (4)

L.A. Dodgers 5.14 (14)

Miami 7.20 (5)

N.Y. Mets 8.31 (4.1)

Houston 8.53 (6.1)

San Diego 8.64 (8.1)

Washington 9.00 (2)

American League, ERA (innings pitched)

Tampa Bay 0.00 (5)

Kansas City 0.00 (2.2)

Boston 0.82 (11)

N.Y. Yankees 1.17 (15.1)

Minnesota 2.00 (9)

L.A. Angels 2.16 (8.1)

Detroit 2.57 (7)

Chicago 2.61 (10.1)

Baltimore 3.00 (3)

Oakland 3.75 (12)

Seattle 6.08 (13.1)

Toronto 6.10 (10.1)

Cleveland 7.20 (5)

Texas 16.88 (2.2)

The Yankees have had the most appearances by their pitchers in the All-Star Game since 2000 with 16. The Dodgers pitching staff has made 14 appearances, most in the N.L. Following are the number of All-Star Game appearances by each team’s pitchers since 2000.

16: N.Y. Yankees

14: L.A. Dodgers

13: Seattle

11: Oakland

10: San Diego, Minnesota, L.A. Angels

9: Atlanta, Milwaukee, Arizona, Boston

8: Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago White Sox

7: Houston

6: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, San Francisco, Detroit

5: N.Y. Mets, Cleveland

4: Washington, Cincinnati, Colorado, Tampa Bay

3: Miami, Baltimore, Texas

2: Pittsburgh, Kansas City

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MLB Standings: How important is the HR to a team’s win-loss record?

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How important is the home run to a team’s success?

If you ask the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros this morning, they will tell you that the long-ball is very important. The Yankees got a walk-off home run from Russell Martin on their way to a sweep of the cross-town rival Mets in yesterday’s 5-4 win. For the Astros, they slugged four home runs in Sunday’s 11-9 win over the Chicago White Sox.

But let’s get back to the question above. For the Yankees, Martin’s game-winner was his second four-bagger of the game. It was also the 31st game of the season where the Yankees have hit two or more home runs in a game. They have a record of 26 wins and only five losses in those games, an .839 winning percentage. What makes that stat even more remarkable is that when the Yankees do not hit a home run in a game, their record is 0-12!

Through games of May 10, teams that have multiple home run games have won 340 and lost 131, a .722 winning percentage. Teams that do not homer in a game have won 238 and lost 477, a winning percentage of .333… that’s a difference of .389!

Here’s a look at each of the 3o MLB teams and how well they have played in games where they hit multiple home runs and those games where they went homerless.

Multiple HR games/Homerless games (Pct. Difference)

N.Y. Yankees 26-5 .839/0-12 .000     (.839)

Boston 15-2 .882/4-17 .190     (.692)

Arizona 11-2 .846/6-18 .250     (.596)

Chicago White Sox 17-3 .850/4-11 .267     (.583)

St. Louis 18-6 .750/4-18 .182     (.568)

Cincinnati 16-5 .762/6-20 .231     (.531)

Texas 15-4 .789/4-11 .267     (.522)

Milwaukee 12-6 .667/3-16 .158     (.509)

Atlanta 15-3 .833/7-14 .333     (.500)

Minnesota 7-3 .700/6-22 .214     (.486)

Houston 10-3 .769/8-18 .308     (.461)

Baltimore 16-8 .667/3-11 .214     (.453)

Cleveland 10-3 .769/9-19 .321     (.448)

Pittsburgh 10-2 .833/12-17 .414     (.419)

Seattle 8-4 .667/6-17 .261     (.406)

Philadelphia 11-4 .733/9-18 .333     (.400)

Miami 11-4 .733/10-18 .357     (.376)

L.A. Angels 13-4 .765/9-12 .429     (.336)

Tampa Bay 13-4 .765/9-11 .450     (.315)

Toronto 17-7 .708/6-9 .400     (.308)

Kansas City 7-4 .636/9-18 .333     (.303)

Washington 11-2 .846/12-10 .545     (.301)

Oakland 8-5 .615/9-18 .333     (.282)

L.A. Dodgers 5-1 .833/16-12 .571     (.262)

Chicago Cubs 6-6 .500/8-21 .276     (.224)

Detroit 9-7 .563/9-14 .391     (.172)

Colorado 9-10 .474/7-14 .333     (.141)

N.Y. Mets 7-6 .538/13-17 .433     (.105)

San Francisco 5-3 .625/19-17 .528     (.097)

San Diego 2-5 .286/11-27 .289     (+.003)

Did you know?

* The Yankees have the most multi-HR games with 31. The Red Sox have the best winning percentage in multiple home run games with a .882 winning percentage (15-2)

* Colorado and San Diego are the only two teams that have a losing record in games where they hit two or more home runs. The Rockies are 9-10 and the Padres are 2-5 in multiple home run games.

* The Dodgers, Giants and Nationals are the only teams with winning records in games where they do not hit a home runs. The Padres have the most homerless games with 38.

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Philip Humber: Is a ‘perfect game’ curse haunting him?

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Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber gets his eighth start of the season and sixth since his perfect game tonight at home against the Minnesota Twins. Since his perfect game on April 21 in Seattle, Humber has an 0-2 record with three no decisions and an ERA of 7.86 (more on that ERA in a second). He may be thinking that the perfect game was more of a curse than a blessing considering his performance since that game.

There may be something to this “Perfect Game Curse,” at least for some of those pitchers. Of the 17 pitchers who threw a perfect game in the last 100 years (since 1912) their record in the next start was 5-8 with four no decisions. Also, we can make a case that there might be a “White Sox Perfect Game Curse” when you look at Humber and Mark Buehrle‘s post-perfect game starts (see numbers below).

While Humber became the 19th pitcher in modern baseball history to throw a perfect game, his ERA in the next five starts among those other perfect game brethren is at the bottom of the list. Humber’s 7.86 ERA in his next five starts after the perfect game is the highest of any perfect game pitcher.

Following are the perfect game pitchers who had the best ERA in the five starts after their perfect game. (Note: Game stats were not available for Cy Young (May 5, 1904) and Addie Joss (October 2, 1908) to evaluate their first five starts after their perfect games so they are not included in this research.)

ERA in five starts after Perfect Game, Player (Date of Perfect Game)

1.54 Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965)

2.63 Jim Bunning (June 21, 1964)

2.85 Len Barker (May 15, 1981)

3.00 Roy Halladay (May 29, 2010)

3.18 Mike Witt (September 30, 1984)

3.41 Tom Browning (September 16, 1988)

3.45 David Cone (July 18, 1999)

3.45 Randy Johnson (May 18, 2004)

4.00 David Wells (May 17, 1998)

4.09 Dennis Martinez (July 28, 1991)

4.15 Charlie Robertson (April 30, 1922)

4.45 Dallas Braden (May 9, 2010)

5.51 Catfish Hunter (May 8, 1968)

5.85 Mark Buehrle (July 23, 2009)

6.41 Kenny Rogers (July 28, 1994)

7.11 Don Larsen (October 8, 1956)

7.86 Philip Humber (April 21, 2012)

In taking a look at the last 17 pitchers to throw a perfect game (from Robertson to Humber) and their won-lost records in the first five starts after their “perfecto,” these pitchers won 30 games and lost 35 (with one tie) and 19 no decisions. Only two pitchers, Browning and Johnson, were undefeated in their next five starts after their perfect game. Here’s a look at the records of each perfect game pitcher after that historic performance.

Record, Pitchers

5-0: Johnson

4-0: Browning

4-1: Wells

3-1: Koufax

2-2-1: Hunter

2-2: Robertson, Bunning, Barker

2-3: Halladay

1-3: Witt, Martinez, Cone

1-4: Rogers

0-1: Larsen

0-2: Humber

0-3 Buehrle, Braden

Did you know? In the five starts following his perfect game, Koufax threw three shutouts. In the five starts after his perfect game, Barker had four complete games.

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2011 division champs Brewers, D’Backs and Tigers struggling in 2012

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Take a look at the standings today and you’ll see a few surprises: Baltimore, not expected to make much noise in the A.L. East, has a two-game lead in that division. The Cleveland Indians are three games up in the A.L. Central. Not surprising is the Texas Rangers’ five-game lead in the A.L. West.

Over in the National League, the Braves and Nationals are 1-2 in the East. The Cardinals, even after losing Albert Pujols, sit atop the Central, and the Dodgers have the biggest division lead, six games over the Giants.

The other surprise is last year’s division champs. As previously mentioned, the Rangers continue their solid play. But take a look at the other five defending division champs: The Yankees are 21-18, but are currently in fourth place in the A.L. East; Detroit has a losing record at 19-20, although they are in second in the A.L. Central; Arizona is 18-22 and third in the N.L. West; Philadelphia has a winning record at 21-19, but they are last in their division; and the Milwaukee Brewers, winners of the N.L. Central last season, are off to a horrible start. They Brewers are 16-23 and in fifth place in the division.

Since 1994 when Major League Baseball went to three divisions in each league, 46 teams repeated as division champs the following year, just under 50 percent of the time. Of the teams that won their division since ’94, 21 of them were under .500 the following season, and 35 dropped from first place to third place or lower the following season.

Here’s a look at the teams since 1994 that won the division title and then saw their winning percentage drop the most the following season.

Win pct drop, Team, Year of Division title, win pct that year/win pct next year

.191     Montreal, 1994, .649/.458

.191     Minnesota, 2010, .580/.389

.155     Houston, 1999, .599/.444

.149     San Diego, 1998, .605/.457

.148     Texas, 1999, .586/.438

.142     Seattle, 2001, .716/.574

.136     Los Angeles Dodgers, 2004, .574/.438

.121     Chicago White Sox, 1994, .593/.472

.117     Baltimore, 1997, .605/.488

Six franchises have not won a division title since 1994. They are:

* Colorado: Has won the Wild Card three times

* Kansas City: Came in second in 1995

* Florida/Miami: Won the Wild Card twice; won the World Series both of those years.

* Toronto: Finished second in 2006

* Montreal/Washington: Finished second in 2002.

Did you know? Since 1994, the New York Yankees have won 13 A.L. East titles. They have never dropped lower than second place the year after winning a division championship.

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American League teams ready to continue interleague play dominance

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The first round of interleague play for 2012 in major league baseball begins today with 14 contests. Teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox are chomping at the bit for this part of their schedule because of past success in games against the National League foes. Each of these five teams are playing .600 or better baseball over the past five seasons in games against N.L. rivals.

The Angels, who are laboring at seven games behind Texas in the A.L. West, have won 62 and lost only 28 in their 90 interleague games since 2007, a winning percentage of .689. They open interleague play against San Diego, which happens to have the worst record in the N.L. at 14-24. The Padres also have the second-worst interleague record in the last five seasons at 29-49.

Following is a look at the interleague records of each team in the past five years (2007-11).

Team, Interleague W-L, Pct.

American League

Los Angeles Angels 62-28 .689

Boston 57-33 .633

Detroit 55-35 .611

Chicago White Sox 54-36 .600

New York Yankees 54-36 .600

Minnesota 53-37 .589

Texas 53-37 .589

Tampa Bay 51-39 .567

Seattle 47-43 .522

Kansas City 44-46 .489

Baltimore 42-48 .467

Oakland 41-49 .456

Toronto 40-50 .444

Cleveland 36-54 .400

National League

Colorado 45-33 .577

New York Mets 44-37 .543

St. Louis 39-36 .520

Atlanta 38-37 .507

San Francisco 37-41 .474

Milwaukee 35-40 .467

Miami 39-45 .464

Philadelphia 37-44 .457

Arizona 35-43 .449

Cincinnati 36-45 .444

Chicago Cubs 33-42 .440

Washington 37-50 .425

Pittsburgh 29-46 .387 .387

Los Angeles Dodgers 29-49 .372

San Diego 29-49 .372

Houston 29-52 .358

The 40 playoff teams in the past five seasons compiled a 376-296 record (.560 winning percentage) in interleague play in those seasons that they played in the post-season. The 10 World Series teams were 92-78 (.538) in interleague play in the years they went to the World Series. The last five World Champs were 41-40 in interleague play in the seasons they won the title.

Did you know? The Yankees have had a winning record in interleague play in 12 straight seasons, the longest current streak in the majors. The Red Sox have played better than .500 in interleague play in six straight seasons, second in that category. The Cubs, Astros and Blue Jays have each played under .500 in interleague play in four straight seasons, longest current streaks in that category.

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