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Today’s Sports Stat: June 9, 2018

With their third championship in four years, basketball fans are looking at the Golden State Warriors as one of the game’s dynasties. But Cleveland Cavs, with their third loss in the title series in the last four years, had a performance that puts them among the most dubious in all of sports.

The Cavs became the first pro sports team this century (of the four major sports, NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA) to lose the championship three times over the course of four years. The last pro team to lose a title three times in four years was the Buffalo Bills who lost in the Super Bowl in four straight years, 1991-94. The Cavs also became the first NBA team to lose the Finals series three times in the span of four years since the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the NBA Finals three consecutive years, 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Here are the teams in the four major pro sports leagues that lost in the championship series/game three times over the course of four years.

MLB
Detroit Tigers, 1907, 1908, 1909
New York Giants, 1911, 1912, 1913

NFL
Cleveland Browns, 1951, 1952, 1953
New York Giants, 1958, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963
Minnesota Vikings, 1974, 1975, 1977
Denver Broncos, 1987, 1988, 1990
Buffalo Bills, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

NBA
New York Knicks, 1951, 1952, 1953
Los Angeles Lakers, 1962, 1963, 195, 1966
Los Angeles Lakers, 1968, 1969, 1970
Cleveland Cavs, 2015, 2017, 2018

NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs, 1933, 1935, 1936
Toronto Maple Leafs, 1938, 1939, 1940
Montreal Canadians, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955
Detroit Red Wings, 1961, 1963, 1964
St. Louis Blues, 1968, 1969, 1970

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 30, 2018

After being swept by the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series this past weekend, we have to ask:

Are the Cubs the Brewers “kryptonite”?

In fact, if we add the St. Louis Cardinals to the discussion, you can make a good case that if the Brew Crew wants to make a serious charge at a playoff spot this season, they better figure out a way to beat these two division opponents.

Let’s go back to 2016. Since then, the Brewers are 38-52 against the Cubs and Cardinals, a winning percentage of .422. From the 2016 season through games of April 29, 2018, the Brewers are 18-28 versus the Cubs (.391 winning percentage) and 20-24 (.455) versus the Cards.

Compare that to all other teams since 2016… the Brewers are 137-126 (.521) since 2016 in games against all other MLB teams other than the Cubs and Cards. That’s a difference of about 100 percentage points (99 to be exact)… .422 versus the Cubs and Cards and .521 against all other teams.

This season is no different. MLB standings show the Brewers at 16-13 this season. Ten of their 13 losses this year have come to the Cubs or Cards (1-7 versus the Cubs, 3-3 versus the Cards). That’s 4-10 versus the Cubs and Cards (.286 winning percentage) and 12-3 (.800) versus the rest of the league.

Any way you look at it, it’s a disturbing trend that the Brewers will need to figure out if they hope to challenge for a post-season spot in 2018.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 21, 2018

With a three-run pinch-hit home run on April 19, Ryan Braun collected his 1,000th career RBI. He became the first Milwaukee Brewers player to collect 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs with the team, and the 138th player in baseball history to reach those numbers in his career.

Of the 138 players with 300 home runs and 1,000 RBIs in their careers, Braun is also currently one of only 21 players who amassed those numbers with only one team for their entire career. Whether or not that remains the case for Braun as he winds down his career in the next few years, for the time being, he is among this select group.

The 21 players who had/have 300 home runs and 1,000 RBI in their careers, all with only one team in their entire career are:

Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Ryan Howard (Philadelphia), Edgar Martinez (Seattle), Johnny Bench (Cincinnati), Todd Helton (Colorado), Jim Rice (Boston), Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees), Jeff Bagwell (Houston), Joe DiMaggio (New York Yankees), Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh), Al Kaline (Detroit), Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia), George Brett (Kansas City), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Cal Ripken (Baltimore), Ted Williams (Boston), Carl Yastrzemski (Boston), Mel Ott (New York Giants), Stan Musial (St. Louis), Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees).

As you might expect, the New York Yankees are the franchise with the most players who reached 300 home runs and 1,000 with their team. The Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox franchises have had five players each who reached 300 HRs and 1,000 ribbies in their tenure with those teams.

Following are the number of players each of the 30 franchises have had reach 300 HRs and 1,000 RBIs.

6: Yankees

5: Braves, Red Sox

4: Cubs, Giants, Tigers

3: Orioles

2: Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers, Mariners, Phillies, Rangers, Reds, White Sox

1: A’s, Blue Jays, Brewers, Pirates, Rockies, Royals, Twins

0: Angels, Diamondbacks, Indians, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Padres, Rays

One final note on Braun: As of games through April 20, 2018, Braun has career numbers of 307 home runs, 1,002 runs batted in, and a .301 batting average. He is currently one of only 28 players in baseball history to have 300 career HRs, 1,000 career RBIs and a career batting average of .300 or higher.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: April 17, 2018

Is playing well on the road an important element for success in major league baseball? If you look at the numbers, the answer is “Yes.”

A team that plays well on the road takes a big step towards the playoffs each year. Following are some stats that help make this point:

  • Of the 92 MLB teams that made the playoffs in the last 10 years (2008-17), 69 of them played above .500 in road games that season. Six actually played above .600 in away games that year they made the playoffs. Two of last year’s playoffs teams, Cleveland and Houston, each had a .654 winning percentage on the road, the highest of any of the 92 playoffs teams in the last 10 seasons. The worst road winning percentage of a playoff team in the last 10 years? The 2015 Astros who had a .407 road winning percentage that year when they made the playoffs.
  • Of the 10 teams that won the World Series from 2008-17, all had a road winning percentage of .531 or better in the year they won the title.
  • Of the 109 teams that won the World Series in baseball history, a staggering 103 of them played above .500 on the road in the year they won the championship. In fact, 39 of those 109 champs had a winning percentage above .600 that championship season. Of the 109 champs, the 1939 New York Yankees had the best road winning percentage at .730; the worst road winning percentage of a team winning the World Series was .358 by the 1987 Minnesota Twins.
  • Of all non-playoff teams in baseball history, the 1909 Chicago Cubs had the best road winning percentage at .740. Since 1970, there have been 12 teams that had a road winning percentage above .600 that did not make the playoffs that year. Four of those teams were from 1994 when the playoffs were cancelled due to a players’ strike.

 

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Today’s Sports Stat: March 24, 2018

In less than a week the 2018 MLB regular season begins. Getting off to a good start can be very important for teams looking for success; in fact, just playing .500 or above in April is an important key to possibly making a post-season run and even a World Series title. Consider these three stats:

  • Of the eight teams that won the World Series since 2010, seven had a winning percentage above .570 in April the year they won the championship.
  • Of the 16 teams that won the A.L. or N.L. pennant since 2010, 14 had an April winning percentage above .500 that season.
  • Of the 76 teams that made the playoffs since 2010, 56 of them (just under 74%) had an April winning percentage above .500.

Two teams in particular seem to have this April thing figured out, especially this decade. The New York Yankees are the only team of the 30 MLB teams to have a winning percentage above .500 in seven of the eight Aprils since 2010. Their only sub .500 April this decade was an 8-14 record (.364) in 2016.

(Note: For the sake of this article, regular season games played in March are considered April games.)

Over in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have been above .500 in six of the eight Aprils since 2010. Even more impressive is that in the two seasons they were not above .500 this decade, 2016 and 2017, they were 12-12, exactly .500 in those two Aprils.

Here’s a look at how many Aprils each of the 30 MLB teams have been above .500 since 2010.

7: Yankees

6: Cardinals

5: Mets, Nationals, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Tigers

4: Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Rays, Red Sox

3: Angels, A’s, Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Indians, Phillies, Pirates, Reds

2: Astros, Brewers, Marlins, Twins, White Sox

1: Blue Jays, Mariners, Padres

For the record, the Yankees have the best April record over the past eight seasons. They were 110-77 (.588) from 2010-17. They are followed by the Cardinals at 114-82 (.582) and the Nationals at 111-86 (.563).

 

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