The Eclectic Quill

April 27, 2009

Great Fantasy Performances and Other Cool Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 2:50 pm

A couple of times a year I buy a month membership at Baseball-Reference.com. Playing with their Player Index is a great way to pass the time. Essentially this is how it goes. I wonder, “Gee what about this” and I look it up and find out. It’s a great way to pass the time. Today’s entry is a record of my statistical wanderings from today.

First up I asked myself the question, what are the great fantasy performances of all time, which led to, what would be the all time great fantasy team. I managed to put together a team that could compile a total of 2546 SNP in Ultimate Fantasy Baseball.

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Hitters


In the course of doing that I came across some intriguing things. For instance two of the greatest pitching performances of all time came in the same game, but neither starter got the win. In fact no one did; the game ended in a 0-0 tie. Chris Short and Rob Gardner dueled through 15 innings of shutout ball. They surrendered a total of 14 hits and 5 walks, while combining for 25 strikeouts. Both the Mets and the Phillies called in relievers to finish the game but it ended after 18 without a winner.

From great pitching performances my mind wandered to worst and Wang’s less than amazing start. I wondered, what’s the longest streak of surrendering 7 or more earned runs in consecutive starts. Here’s the list. Wang’s generosity is equaled 17 times since 1954, but never surpassed. He also has far and away the highest ERA over the stretch at a whopping 34.5! In this light it’s reasonable to argue that Wang’s three game stretch is the worst in the history of the game.

Once I got turned on to the streak finder I thought I’d check and see the most consecutive games a team went without being shutout. That distinction goes to the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers who went 212 games without being shutout. However another intriguing detail here is 2000 Cincinnati Reds, who were the only team since at least 1954 to go a natural season without being shut out. Of course from there though the mind turns to who has gone the longest without scoring a run. Since 1954. Probably the worst of the streaks was the bats, or lack thereof, of the Washington Senators whose scoreless streak actually extended to 38 innings. The game prior to their streak they only scored one run to boot. Not surprisingly the team was pretty horrible, losing 100 games. They had a team OPS that year of .645 and only scored 578 runs on the season. Things have changed though, that team is now the Texas Rangers, a team known for its offensive prowess.

But that did lead me down yet another winding road. I wondered who had the most pathetic offense in the history of baseball. This got me thinking down the road of teams and history and the like. There are two teams in the history of baseball who have more than 10,000 wins, the Giants, with 10,264 and the Cubs, with 10,091. However both the Dodgers, who need 27 more wins, and the Cardinals, who need 58 wins, should pass the milestone this year. The World Champion Phillies are the only team to have lost 10,000 games. The Yankees though, are the winningest team, with a .567 franchise winning percentage. The Tampa Bay Rays are the worst at .417. Arizona and Tampa are the only two teams without 1000 wins. There are 8 teams who have never won a World Series, the team with the most games without a World Series win, in fact without even a Pennant is the Texas Rangers, formerly known as the Washington Senators.

And then I decided it was time to wrap it up, but I do have a month still, so if you want me to look something up, ask and you shall receive.

 

 

 

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6 Comments »

  1. One thing I’ve wondered is this… what is the biggest comeback a team has made after having two outs in the ninth inning with nobody on base?

    Comment by Kurtis — April 27, 2009 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  2. Kurtis,

    I can’t get that specific with it, though it would be interesting.

    Google tells me it’s of a Cleveland comeback in 1901 in which they scored 9 runs with two out but have no credible source to verify it.

    Comment by kelly — April 27, 2009 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  3. This one might not be all that tough. How many starting pitcher (on the same team) have thrown complete games (not necessarily shutouts) in back-to-back games in the same day –> a double-header?

    Chris Jakubauskas (loss) and Felix Hernandez (win) both threw 8 innings today in Chicago. Felix’s wasnt a complete game but Chris’ was….so close.

    Comment by Jake — April 28, 2009 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  4. Kelly,
    Great stuff here. Looking at those pitching stats, I wonder how many starters have gone +10 innings let’s say in the past 20 years.

    Thanks for the Mark Whiten reminder as I attended that game … and all where shots!

    Comment by Frank — May 1, 2009 @ 7:48 am | Reply

  5. Kelly,
    WOW! … and thanks for the great stuff!

    Comment by Frank — May 3, 2009 @ 5:52 am | Reply


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