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plunks by starting pitchers in postseason relief appearances

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Bill Simmons had a twitter post asking about a stats breakdown of starting pitchers who make relief appearances on one day’s rest, after Tim Lincecum had a slightly frightening third of an inning in NLCS game 6 last Saturday. So, I figured I’d see what pitchers have hit a batter in similar situations – where they had started a game 2 days before, and then were called on for a relief appearance in the playoffs. And while I’m at it, I guess I can look at the ones who didn’t hit anyone.

There have only been 3 HBPs in that situation. Cardinals pitcher Todd Stottlemyre started game 5 of the 1996 NLCS, against the Braves on October 14, 1996, and then came in to pitch the bottom of the 8th with the Cards trailing 2-1. He then hit Javy Lopez, and gave up singles to Jermaine Dye and Rafael Belliard to drive in Lopez, making the score 3-1 Braves. Stottlemyre finished the inning without further damage but lost the game.

Prior to that, the last time someone hit a batter in a relief appearance 2 days after a postseason start was the 1906 World Series. Jack Pfiester started Game 3 for the Cubs against the White Sox (Oct 11, 1906), and came in to pitch in the 3rd inning of game 5 to relieve Ed Reulbach with a runner on 2nd, no outs and a 1 run lead. He then hit Jiggs Donahue, and eventually let his inherited runner score in that inning, and gave up 2 more runs in the 4th to take the loss. (Donahue is still the only Jiggs to get hit by a pitch in the postseason, and is also the regular season HBP leader among players named Jiggs with 17. Jiggs Parrott had 5.)
Finally, Cy Young gets into the act. He started game 1 of the 1903 World Series on October 1, and came in to relieve Tom Hughes with no outs in the 3rd inning, runners on 1st and 3rd, and Honus Wagner at the plate. So he plunked Honus, but got out of the inning only allowing one run. He pitched 7 full innings, allowed 1 of his own runs, and only 3 hits.

Overall, there have been 86 relief pitching appearances in which the pitcher had started either 1 or 2 days prior. That includes Greg Booker’s appearance in game 1 of the 1984 NLCS on October 2nd, after starting the final regular season game for the Padres on September 30th, and also Lincecum’s appearance this year. Pitchers in those appearances total combined ERA is exactly 3.00 – 51 Earned Runs in 153 innings. They’ve give up 62 total runs, 7 homers, and 3 HBPs. Their combined WHIP is 1.33. They’ve struck out 105 and walked 66. They’ve gotten 13 wins, 5 losses, 16 saves, 4 holds, and 5 blown saves. And two of those wins/blown saves were the vulture wins where the pitcher first blows the save and then gets the win. Since 1980 though, there have only been 19 such appearances. ERA in that span is a less nice looking 5.64. Pitchers in that kind of relief appearance have given up 14 runs in 22 1/3 innings, and had a 1.52 WHIP. They’ve struck out 24, walked 7, hit 1 batter, allowed 1 homer, and 21 total hits. In general, there have been some nail biters, but not a lot of real disasters.

Here’s the run down of the most recent ones, prior to this season:
October 25, 2005 – WS Game 3, Mark Buehrle vs the Astros

This barely counts.  Buehrle pitched 7 innings in his start in Game 2 on the 23rd, and came into game 3 in the bottom of the 14th inning, with 2 outs.  He got Adam Everett to pop-up on the third pitch.  Which doesn’t sound that hard.  At least there were runners on 1st and 3rd, but the White Sox had a 2 run cushion.  He got a save for that third of an inning of work.

October 20, 2004 – ALCS Game 7, Pedro Martinez vs the Yankees

Pedro came in to this game to start the 7th inning, with the Red Sox up 8 to 1.  No one is quite sure why.  He gave up 3 hits, allowed 2 runs, and resisted the temptation to hit anyone.  But, he finished the inning with the Red Sox still ahead 8-3.  Pedro had thrown 111 pitches in 6 innings of work in game 5 on the 18th.  Speaking of that game…

October 18, 2004 – ALCS game 5, Bronson Arroyo vs the Yankees

Arroyo got shelled in his start in game 3 on the 16th, giving up 6 runs in 2+ innings of work, on only 60 pitches.  So, it seems like he was a logical choice to throw some relief in game 5 once they’d already played to a draw in the first 9 innings.  Arroyo pitched a perfect 1-2-3 10th inning, with 2 strikouts, preserving the tie.  You’d think they’d have let him pitch some more that night, but Terry Francona must have known they’d need him again the following night.  He pitched again on the 19th in relief of Curt Schilling, giving up 1 run in what could have been a much worse outing if the umpires hadn’t properly called Alex Rodriguez out on the Glove Slap.

October 16, 2003 – ALCS Game 7, David Wells vs the Red Sox

David Wells won game 5 for the Yankees, pitching 7 innings and allowing 1 run on the 14th, but in game 7, the Yankees were trailing 3-1 with one out in the top of the 8th when they brought the big lefty in to face another big lefty in David Ortiz.  Ortiz hit a solo homer.  Wells got the next two batters out, but the Red Sox had a comfortable 3 run lead going to the bottom of the 8th, giving them the perfect opportunity to go to the bullpen to relieve the tiring Pedro Martinez.  Except then they didn’t do that.   But Wells gave up 1 earned run in 2/3rds of an inning of work.

October 6, 2003 – ALDS game 5, Ted Lilly vs the Red Sox and Derek Lowe vs the A’s
Lilly and Lowe had both started Game 3, on the 4th. Both pitched 7 innings, and both only allowed 1 unearned run. Lilly threw 107 pitches, Lowe 100. In Game 5, Lilly came in out to start the 7th inning, with the A’s behind by a 4-2 score. He pitched 2 perfect innings, with 2 strikeouts. Lowe came in for the bottom of the 9th, with the score still 4-3 Red Sox, but with runners on 1st and 2nd with no out, after Scott Williamson had walked 2. Lowe got the next two batters out, then walked a man just to make it interesting, before getting the strikeout for out number 3 and the save. 1 inning pitched for Lowe, no runs, no hits, 1 walk.

November 4, 2001 – World Series Game 7, Randy Johnson vs the Yankees on No Rest
Randy Johnson pitched 7 innings in his start in game 6, but came back the very next day with two outs in the 8th inning of game 7, with his team down 2 to 1. He closed out the inning, and pitched a 1-2-3 9th, keeping the Diamondbacks close enough to come back in the bottom of the 9th. Johnson got the win, with 1 strikeout, no hits allowed, and no walks, in 1 1/3 innings. He’s the only pitcher ever to get a win in a postseason start, and then get the win in a game the following day.

October 8, 2000 – ALDS Game 5, Orlando Hernandez vs the A’s
Orlando Hernandez had a great game 3 in the 2000 ALDS between the Yankees and A’s, pitching 7 innings and giving up just 2 earned runs on October 6th. In game 5, he came out to start the 8th, and struck out Ben Grieve. But then he gave up a double to Matt Stairs, causing the Yankees to go to Mariano Rivera. Hernandez is given a Hold for his third of an inning, with 1 hit, and 1 strikeout, but this outing probably goes in the “shaky” category. The Yankees were probably looking for him to get more than just 1 out, and probably weren’t excited to see him put a runner into scoring position.

October 8, 1999 – NLDS game 3, Kevin Millwood vs the Astros
Millwood pitched a complete game win in Game 2 on October 6th, giving up only 1 hit – a Ken Caminiti homer. In game 3, the game went to the 12th inning before Atlanta took the lead. The Braves had already used up closer John Rocker, so Millwood came on to close out the bottom of the 12th, with a 2 run lead. He pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning (with Caminiti leading off) earning a save.

October 12, 1998 – NLCS game 5, Greg Maddux vs the Padres
Maddux only pitched 5 innings, throwing 81 pitches in his start for NLCS game 3, on the 10th. In game 5, Kerry Lightenberg started the 9th inning with a 3 run lead for the Braves, but managed to give up a two run homer and get no one out. The Braves turned to Maddux, with none on, no outs, and a 1 run lead. Maddux struck out one and allowed one walk, but preserved the lead and got the save. No hits, no runs, 1 inning pitched.

October 16, 1996 – NLCS game 6, Todd Stottlemyre vs the Braves
Stottlemyre had a rough outting on the 14th, in his start of game 5 of the series. He lasted only 38 pitches, and managed on 3 outs against 7 earned runs. In game 6, the Cardinals went to Stottlemyre in the bottom of the 8th, trailing 2-1. As mentioned above, he hit Javy Lopez and gave up a run, but he did get three outs, so that’s as many as he got in his prior start, with 6 fewer runs allowed. 1 inning pitched, 1 hit batter, 2 hits, 1 run (earned). This one probably goes in the “shaky” category.

October 8, 2010 – ALDS game 5 – Randy Johnson vs the Yankees and Jack McDowell vs the Mariners.
In game 3 on the 6th, Johnson got the win and McDowell took the loss, as Johnson pitcher 7 full innings and gave up just 2 runs, while McDowell gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings. In game 5, Johnson game in with no outs in the top of the 9th, with runners on 1st and 2nd, and retired the next three batters. McDowell entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with 1 out and runners on 1st and 2nd. He retired the next 2. Both got through the 10th inning allowing no runs, but McDowell gave up 2 singles. In the 11th, Johnson gave up a run on 1 hit, 2 walks (1 was intentional) and a sacrifice bunt, but finished the inning. But, McDowell blew the lead, getting no outs in the bottom of the 11th, and allowing 2 runs on three hits. Final line for Johnson is 3 innings, 6 strikeouts, 1 hit, 1 earned run, 2 walks, and a win. For McDowell, it’s 1 2/3 innings, 2 strikeouts, no walks, 5 hits, two earned runs, and the walk-off loss. But, it’s hard to put this in the category of the shaky outings, since he did prevent any runs in the 9th and 10th innings. They just expected a little too much of him to finish the 11th.

October 9, 1988 – NLCS game 4 – Orel Hershiser vs the Mets
Hershiser pitched 7 innings in his game 3 start the day before, but came back on no rest to face Kevin McReynolds in the bottom of the 12th inning, with the bases loaded, 2 outs, and a 1 run lead. Hershiser got him to fly out on 3 pitches, earning a save. 1/3 innings, save, no hits, no runs, no strikeouts, no walks.

October 11, 1985, ALCS Game 3, Bud Black vs the Blue Jays
Bud Black pitched a 7 innings start in game 2 on the 9th, allowing 3 runs (1 unearned). In game 3, he entered the game after Brett Saberhagen gave up 5 runs in the fifth inning, with only 1 out. Black got the first batter he faced out, but then proceed to load the bases on two singles and a walk. Steve Farr relieved him and got the final out. So there was no damage, but it wasn’t pretty. 1/3 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 walk, no runs, no strikeouts.

October 2, 1984 – NLCS Game 1, Greg Booker vs the Cubs
This one might not quite fit in with this project, because Booker’s prior start was a regular season game on September 30th. He pitched 5 innings in that game, with probably not a lot of effort since they Padres had clinched their division title 10 days before that. In game 1, Booker pitched the 8th and 9th inning, giving up 2 hits, and allowing no runs – but the Cubs were probably tired at that point, having already scored 13 runs in the game. Booker struck out 2 and walked 1, but who really cared, because they were down by 13 runs. Still, a decent mop-up performance

October 11, 1981 – ALDS game 5, Pete Vukovich vs the Yankees
Peter Vukovich got the win in game 4, on October 10th, but he only pitched 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits and 1 run (unearned). In the 5th and deciding game of the series, the Yankees had just scored 2 insurance runs in the the bottom of the 8th, with two outs, and the Brewers went to Vukovich to stop the rally. He faced one batter, and got him out to end the inning. 1/3 innings pitched, no strikeouts, no hits, no runs, no walks.

October 12, 1980 – NLCS game 5, Larry Christenson vs the Astros
Christenson pitched 6 shutout innings in his game 3 start on the 10th, but did not keep up that success when called on for a relief appearance in game 5. Entering to start the 7th inning, with the score tied, he gave up 2 runs and only got 2 out, with 2 hits, a walk and a wild pitch that let in a run. Ron Reed replaced him, but let in another of Christenson’s runs before ending the inning. So his final line was 3 earned runs 2/3 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 walk. He did not get the loss though, since the Phillies came back in the top of the 8th.

At this point we get back into an era when pitcher’s were used differently – there are another 14 instances of this kind of relief appearance in the 70s, while there have only been 19 since 1980. Going back through the list there are two games in which three different pitchers has started in the prior two days. There are 20 games where a pitcher started a World Series game on 1 day rest, but that hasn’t been done since Whitey Ford in 1953 game 6.

But, from 1980 to today, there was only 1 really bad outing among these (Christenson). 6 more I’d classify as “shaky” – Lincecum, Pedro, Wells, Hernandez, Stottlemyre, and Black. 7 were perfect, although three of those were only 1 batter faced. Ted Lilly’s 2 perfect innings is a standout though. And 5 more were solid, and I’m counting both pitchers from 1995′s ALDS game 5 in that group, even though Johnson gave up a run, and McDowell gave up 2 and took the loss.

Below are the stats on all the postseason relief pitching appearance, in which the relief pitchers started a game one or two days prior:

Pitcher Game Prior start Score Innings IP H R ER BB K HBP HR Decision
Tim Lincecum 10/23/2010 NLCS gm 6 10/21/2010 gm 5 (7.0 IP 27 BF) up 3-2 8 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 H
Mark Buehrle 10/25/2005 WS gm 3 10/23/2005 gm 2 (7.0 IP 28 BF) up 7-5 14 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S
Pedro Martinez 10/20/2004 ALCS gm 7 10/18/2004 gm 5 (6.0 IP 31 BF) up 8-1 7 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0 0
Bronson Arroyo 10/18/2004 ALCS gm 5 10/16/2004 gm 3 (2.0 IP 13 BF) tied 4-4 10 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
David Wells 10/16/2003 ALCS gm 7 10/14/2003 gm 5 (7.0 IP 28 BF) down 2-4 8 0.2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
Ted Lilly 10/06/2003 ALDS gm 5 10/04/2003 gm 3 (7.0 IP 28 BF) down 2-4 7-8 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Derek Lowe 10/06/2003 ALDS gm 5 10/04/2003 gm 3 (7.0 IP 29 BF) up 4-3 9 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 S
Randy Johnson 11/04/2001 WS gm 7 11/03/2001 gm 6 (7.0 IP 29 BF) down 1-2 8-9 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 W
Orlando Hernandez 10/08/2000 ALDS gm 5 10/06/2000 gm 3 (7.0 IP 28 BF) up 7-5 8 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 H
Kevin Millwood 10/08/1999 NLDS gm 3 10/06/1999 gm 2 (9.0 IP 29 BF) up 5-3 12 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 S
Greg Maddux 10/12/1998 NLCS gm 5 10/10/1998 gm 3 (5.0 IP 23 BF) up 7-6 9 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 S
Todd Stottlemyre 10/16/1996 NLCS gm 6 10/14/1996 gm 5 (1.0 IP 12 BF) down 1-2 8 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0
Randy Johnson 10/08/1995 ALDS gm 5 10/06/1995 gm 3 (7.0 IP 28 BF) tied 4-4 9-11 3.0 1 1 1 2 6 0 0 W
Jack McDowell 10/08/1995 ALDS gm 5 10/06/1995 gm 3 (5.1 IP 22 BF) tied 4-4 9-11 1.2 5 2 2 0 2 0 0 L
Orel Hershiser 10/09/1988 NLCS gm 4 10/08/1988 gm 3 (7.0 IP 31 BF) up 5-4 12 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S
Bud Black 10/11/1985 ALCS gm 3 10/09/1985 gm 2 (7.0 IP 27 BF) down 2-5 5 0.1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
Greg Booker 10/02/1984 NLCS gm 1 09/30/1984 gm r (5.0 IP 24 BF) down 0-13 7-8 2.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0
Pete Vuckovich 10/11/1981 ALDS gm 5 10/10/1981 gm 4 (5.0 IP 21 BF) down 3-7 8 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Larry Christenson 10/12/1980 NLCS gm 5 10/10/1980 gm 3 (6.0 IP 23 BF) tied 2-2 7 0.2 2 3 3 1 0 0 0
Pitcher Game Prior start Score Innings IP H R ER BB K HBP HR Decision
Dave Frost 10/06/1979 ALCS gm 4 10/04/1979 gm 2 (1.1 IP 11 BF) down 0-3 4-7 3.0 3 4 4 2 1 0 0
Larry Gura 10/09/1977 ALCS gm 5 10/08/1977 gm 4 (2.0 IP 13 BF) up 3-2 9 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 BS
Dennis Leonard 10/09/1977 ALCS gm 5 10/07/1977 gm 3 (9.0 IP 32 BF) up 3-2 9 0.0 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 L
Mike Torrez 10/09/1977 ALCS gm 5 10/07/1977 gm 3 (5.2 IP 27 BF) down 1-3 3-8 5.0 3 0 0 3 4 0 0
Andy Hassler 10/14/1976 ALCS gm 5 10/12/1976 gm 3 (5.0 IP 21 BF) down 3-4 5-7 2.0 4 2 1 3 1 0 0
Jim Palmer 10/11/1973 ALCS gm 5 10/10/1973 gm 4 (1.1 IP 10 BF) down 0-3 4-8 4.1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Ross Grimsley 10/10/1973 NLCS gm 5 10/08/1973 gm 3 (1.2 IP 11 BF) down 2-7 7-8 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Don Gullett 10/09/1973 NLCS gm 4 10/07/1973 gm 2 (5.0 IP 18 BF) down 0-1 6-9 4.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0
Catfish Hunter 10/22/1972 WS gm 7 10/20/1972 gm 5 (4.2 IP 21 BF) up 1-0 5-8 2.2 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 W
Jack Billingham 10/20/1972 WS gm 5 10/18/1972 gm 3 (8.0 IP 30 BF) up 5-4 9 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 S
Dave McNally 10/16/1971 WS gm 6 10/14/1971 gm 5 (4.0 IP 21 BF) tied 2-2 10 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 W
Tony Cloninger 10/15/1970 WS gm 5 10/13/1970 gm 3 (5.1 IP 23 BF) down 3-6 5-6 2.0 4 1 1 2 1 0 1
Tom Hall 10/05/1970 ALCS gm 3 10/04/1970 gm 2 (3.1 IP 19 BF) down 1-5 5-6 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Jim Perry 10/05/1970 ALCS gm 3 10/03/1970 gm 1 (3.1 IP 19 BF) down 1-5 7-8 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 1
Pitcher Game Prior start Score Innings IP H R ER BB K HBP HR Decision
Gary Bell 10/08/1967 WS gm 4 10/07/1967 gm 3 (2.0 IP 9 BF) down 0-4 1-2 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bob Purkey 10/09/1961 WS gm 5 10/07/1961 gm 3 (9.0 IP 33 BF) down 3-11 5-6 2.0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0
Bob Friend 10/13/1960 WS gm 7 10/12/1960 gm 6 (2.0 IP 14 BF) up 9-7 9 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Dick Donovan 10/06/1959 WS gm 5 10/04/1959 gm 3 (6.2 IP 23 BF) up 1-0 8-9 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S
Bob Turley 10/08/1958 WS gm 6 10/06/1958 gm 5 (9.0 IP 34 BF) up 4-3 10 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 S
Bob Turley 10/07/1957 WS gm 5 10/05/1957 gm 3 (1.2 IP 12 BF) down 0-1 8 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Bob Grim 10/04/1955 WS gm 7 10/02/1955 gm 5 (6.0 IP 26 BF) down 0-1 6-7 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Bob Turley 10/02/1955 WS gm 5 09/30/1955 gm 3 (1.1 IP 10 BF) down 2-4 7-8 2.0 3 1 1 1 5 0 0
Johnny Antonelli 10/02/1954 WS gm 4 09/30/1954 gm 2 (9.0 IP 41 BF) up 7-4 8-9 1.2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 S
Mike Garcia 10/02/1954 WS gm 4 10/01/1954 gm 3 (3.0 IP 18 BF) down 4-7 8-9 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Carl Erskine 10/07/1952 WS gm 7 10/05/1952 gm 5 (11.0 IP 41 BF) down 2-4 8-9 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Vic Raschi 10/07/1952 WS gm 7 10/06/1952 gm 6 (7.2 IP 32 BF) up 4-2 7 0.1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 H
Allie Reynolds 10/06/1952 WS gm 6 10/04/1952 gm 4 (9.0 IP 32 BF) up 3-2 8-9 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 S
Larry Jansen 10/10/1951 WS gm 6 10/09/1951 gm 5 (3.0 IP 17 BF) down 1-4 8 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allie Reynolds 10/07/1950 WS gm 4 10/05/1950 gm 2 (10.0 IP 39 BF) up 5-2 9 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 S
Robin Roberts 10/07/1950 WS gm 4 10/05/1950 gm 2 (10.0 IP 43 BF) down 0-5 8 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Konstanty 10/06/1950 WS gm 3 10/04/1950 gm 1 (8.0 IP 33 BF) up 2-1 8 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BS
Pitcher Game Prior start Score Innings IP H R ER BB K HBP HR Decision
Rex Barney 10/06/1947 WS gm 7 10/04/1947 gm 5 (4.2 IP 24 BF) down 2-4 6 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Hatten 10/04/1947 WS gm 5 10/02/1947 gm 3 (4.1 IP 23 BF) down 0-2 5-6 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ralph Branca 10/02/1947 WS gm 3 09/30/1947 gm 1 (4.0 IP 18 BF) up 9-6 5-7 2.0 4 2 2 2 1 0 1
Harry Brecheen 10/15/1946 WS gm 7 10/13/1946 gm 6 (9.0 IP 32 BF) up 3-1 8-9 2.0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 BS, W
Claude Passeau 10/10/1945 WS gm 7 10/08/1945 gm 6 (6.2 IP 32 BF) down 2-7 8 1.0 1 2 2 1 0 0 0
Hank Borowy 10/08/1945 WS gm 6 10/07/1945 gm 5 (5.0 IP 24 BF) tied 7-7 9-12 3.2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 W
Ray Prim 10/08/1945 WS gm 6 10/06/1945 gm 4 (3.1 IP 14 BF) up 7-5 8 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 BS
Dizzy Trout 10/08/1945 WS gm 6 10/06/1945 gm 4 (9.0 IP 33 BF) tied 7-7 8-12 4.2 4 1 1 2 3 0 0 L
Max Lanier 10/11/1943 WS gm 5 10/10/1943 gm 4 (7.0 IP 26 BF) down 0-2 8-9 1.1 2 0 0 2 1 0 0
Cliff Melton 10/08/1937 WS gm 3 10/07/1937 gm 2 (4.0 IP 18 BF) down 0-5 7-8 2.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Bill Lee 10/06/1935 WS gm 5 10/04/1935 gm 3 (7.1 IP 31 BF) up 2-0 7-9 3.0 4 1 1 2 2 0 0 S
Charley Root 10/05/1935 WS gm 4 10/03/1935 gm 2 (0.0 IP 4 BF) down 1-2 8-9 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0
Schoolboy Rowe 10/04/1935 WS gm 3 10/02/1935 gm 1 (9.0 IP 35 BF) up 5-3 8-11 4.0 4 2 2 0 3 0 0 BS, W
Lon Warneke 10/04/1935 WS gm 3 10/02/1935 gm 1 (9.0 IP 35 BF) tied 3-3 8-9 1.1 2 1 1 0 2 0 0
Tommy Bridges 10/09/1934 WS gm 7 10/07/1934 gm 5 (9.0 IP 34 BF) down 0-7 3-7 4.1 6 4 2 0 2 0 0
Schoolboy Rowe 10/09/1934 WS gm 7 10/08/1934 gm 6 (9.0 IP 37 BF) down 0-3 3 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Tex Carleton 10/07/1934 WS gm 5 10/06/1934 gm 4 (2.2 IP 14 BF) down 1-3 9 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lefty Grove 10/06/1930 WS gm 5 10/05/1930 gm 4 (8.0 IP 31 BF) tied 0-0 8-9 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 W
Pitcher Game Prior start Score Innings IP H R ER BB K HBP HR Decision
Pete Alexander 10/10/1926 WS gm 7 10/09/1926 gm 6 (9.0 IP 38 BF) up 3-2 7-9 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 S
Ray Kremer 10/15/1925 WS gm 7 10/13/1925 gm 6 (9.0 IP 33 BF) down 3-6 5-8 4.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 W
Jack Bentley 10/10/1924 WS gm 7 10/08/1924 gm 5 (7.1 IP 32 BF) tied 3-3 11-12 1.1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 L
Walter Johnson 10/10/1924 WS gm 7 10/08/1924 gm 5 (8.0 IP 38 BF) tied 3-3 9-12 4.0 3 0 0 3 5 0 0 W
Art Nehf 10/10/1924 WS gm 7 10/09/1924 gm 6 (7.0 IP 29 BF) tied 3-3 8-9 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hugh McQuillan 10/08/1924 WS gm 5 10/06/1924 gm 3 (3.2 IP 17 BF) up 3-2 8-9 1.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 S
Firpo Marberry 10/07/1924 WS gm 4 10/06/1924 gm 3 (3.0 IP 16 BF) up 7-2 8-9 1.2 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 S
Jack Scott 10/14/1923 WS gm 5 10/13/1923 gm 4 (1.0 IP 8 BF) down 1-6 2-4 2.0 5 1 1 1 1 0 0
Hugh McQuillan 10/13/1923 WS gm 4 10/11/1923 gm 2 (3.2 IP 17 BF) down 0-6 2-7 5.1 6 2 2 2 2 0 0
Herb Pennock 10/13/1923 WS gm 4 10/11/1923 gm 2 (9.0 IP 36 BF) up 8-3 8-9 1.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 S
Red Faber 10/13/1917 WS gm 5 10/11/1917 gm 4 (7.0 IP 27 BF) tied 5-5 8-9 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 W
Bill James 10/12/1914 WS gm 3 10/10/1914 gm 2 (9.0 IP 28 BF) tied 4-4 11-12 2.0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 W
Joe Wood 10/16/1912 WS gm 8 10/15/1912 gm 7 (1.0 IP 9 BF) tied 1-1 8-10 3.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 W
Rube Marquard 10/26/1911 WS gm 6 10/25/1911 gm 5 (3.0 IP 13 BF) down 1-13 7-8 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
George Mullin 10/16/1909 WS gm 7 10/14/1909 gm 6 (9.0 IP 36 BF) down 0-2 4-9 6.0 5 6 4 4 1 0 0
Ed Reulbach 10/12/1908 WS gm 3 10/10/1908 gm 1 (6.2 IP 27 BF) down 3-8 9 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Jack Pfiester 10/13/1906 WS gm 5 10/11/1906 gm 3 (9.0 IP 34 BF) up 3-2 3-4 1.1 3 4 4 1 2 1 0 L
Cy Young 10/03/1903 WS gm 3 10/01/1903 gm 1 (9.0 IP 43 BF) down 0-2 3-9 7.0 3 1 1 0 2 1 0

Renteria gets 4th postseason plunk

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Andres Torres and Edgar Renteria got hit by pitches yesterday, by Cliff Lee and Darren O’Day. Neither Lee nor O’Day had hit a batter before in the postseason, and it was the first postseason HBP for Torres. For Renteria, it was his 4th postseason plunk, and he now has a postseason plunk for 3 different teams. Ron Gant and John Olerud are the only other players to get hit by a pitch in the postseason for three different teams, but neither of them had one in the World Series.
Those were the 53rd and 54th plunks in the history of world series game 1.

Giants win penant – despite deficit of HBPs

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

The Phillies took more HBPs from the Giants by a 7 to 3 margin during the NLCS, but it was the Giants who are moving on to the World Series, after beating the Phillies 3-2 last night, and winning the series 4 games to 2. The Phillies finish 2010 with 10 postseason plunks, the 2nd most of any team in a single postseason. Only the 2005 White Sox got hit by more pitches, and they were rewarded with a World Series championship. So the Phillies are the team that has been plunked the most in a single postseason without winning the championship.

Roy Oswalt hit Juan Uribe with a pitch in the 6th inning yesterday, giving him 5 career plunks in the postseason. That ties him for 10th on the all time postseason hit batters list, with Jeff Nelson and CC Sabathia.

Jonathan Sanchez hit Chase Utley in the 3rd inning and touched off a minor bench clearing incident when Utley and Sanchez argued about what to do with the ball. Sanchez was heard to shout “That’s your historic 3rd career postseason HBP! You should keep that ball and put it in your trophy case!” but Utley said “No, I only keep world series HBP balls, because I don’t have space for it along with the baseballs that gave me my Phillies record breaking 89th plunk, and the ball that gave me my milestone 100th plunk, and the one that hit me for my National League East record 117th plunk!” and Sanchez said “Quit bragging about your 125 regular season plunks and take your base. You’re still 160 plunks short of Craig Biggio you know!”. That’s when the benches cleared, with everyone else wanting to offer there opinions about whether or not that baseball was important enough to be saved, and general arguments broke out about where Utley fits in among the best batters at getting hit by pitches. Aaron Rowand was particularly vocal, pointing out that Utley hardly ever got hit by pitches before Rowand spent two years with the Phillies and taught him how it was done. But, eventually order was restored and eventually the Phillies lost, taking away Utley’s opportunity to get any more world series HBPs this year. At least I think that’s what happened.

Active career BACON leaders

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Here’s a look at the top 50 active players in career BACON.
(minimum 500 career at-bats)
1) Ichiro Suzuki – .832
2) Derek Jeter – .801
3) Albert Pujols – .785
4) Joe Mauer – .784
5) Austin Jackson – .782
6) Matt Holliday – .779
7) Vladimir Guerrero – .777
8) Hanley Ramirez – .776
9) Magglio Ordonez – .772
10) Michael Young – .771
11) Jacoby Ellsbury – .770
12) Victor Martinez – .768
13) Placido Polanco – .767
14) Juan Pierre – .765
15) Jose Reyes – .765
16) Carl Crawford – .760
17) Chris Coghlan – .758
18) Miguel Cabrera – .757
19) Ryan Zimmerman – .756
20) Rafael Furcal – .756
21) Todd Helton – .755
22) Martin Prado – .755
23) Robinson Cano – .755
24) Garret Anderson – .754
25) Nick Markakis – .751
26) Dustin Pedroia – .751
27) Brian Roberts – .751
28) Manny Ramirez – .750
29) Alex Rodriguez – .750
30) Johnny Damon – .750
31) Ryan Braun – .749
32) David DeJesus – .748
33) Carlos Gonzalez – .748
34) Josh Hamilton – .748
35) Mike Aviles – .748
36) David Wright – .747
37) Ivan Rodriguez – .747
38) Joey Votto – .747
39) Miguel Tejada – .745
40) Hunter Pence – .745
41) Alfonso Soriano – .743
42) Mike Sweeney – .743
43) Billy Butler – .742
44) Pablo Sandoval – .742
45) Chase Utley – .742
46) Mark Grudzielanek – .740
47) Chipper Jones – .739
48) Ryan Sweeney – .739
49) Freddy Sanchez – .739
50) Carlos Beltran – .738

and just for fun, here are the bottom 50, with a minimum of 2000 plate appearances (to weed out the pitchers):
1) Juan Castro – .569
2) Henry Blanco – .575
3) Jason LaRue – .590
4) Willie Harris – .592
5) Wes Helms – .601
6) John Buck – .607
7) Russell Branyan – .611
8) Alex Cora – .617
9) Gregg Zaun – .619
10) Rod Barajas – .620
11) Jonny Gomes – .621
12) Geoff Blum – .626
13) Miguel Olivo – .628
14) Jose Bautista – .628
15) Eric Hinske – .630
16) Brandon Inge – .632
17) Adam Everett – .637
18) Carlos Pena – .639
19) Casey Kotchman – .640
20) Bill Hall – .641
21) Bobby Crosby – .641
22) Jamey Carroll – .642
23) Jason Michaels – .642
24) Nick Punto – .643
25) Brian Schneider – .643
26) Brad Ausmus – .644
27) Adam Dunn – .645
28) Pedro Feliz – .648
29) Pat Burrell – .648
30) Matt Stairs – .648
31) Juan Uribe – .649
32) Troy Glaus – .649
33) Jason Varitek – .650
34) Gary MatthewsJr. – .652
35) Craig Counsell – .652
36) Mike Lamb – .653
37) Josh Willingham – .655
38) Clint Barmes – .657
39) Yorvit Torrealba – .657
40) Miguel Cairo – .658
41) Austin Kearns – .658
42) Luke Scott – .658
43) Gabe Kapler – .659
44) Mike Cameron – .664
45) Dan Uggla – .666
46) Ramon Hernandez – .668
47) Nate McLouth – .668
48) Chris Young – .669
49) Alex Gonzalez – .669
50) Jerry Hairston Jr. – .670

Ruiz gets 4th plunk of 2010 postseason – ties record

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

HBPs of note: October 21, 2010

Carlos Ruiz got hit by a Tim Lincecum pitch last night, which means that Ruiz now has 4 HBPs in the 2010 postseason. Only one other player has gotten hit 4 times in a single postseason campaign, and that was Miguel Cairo, who got all 4 of his plunks for the ill-fated 2004 Yankees in that year’s historic ALCS. If Ruiz gets one more plunk this year, he’ll have the most plunkful postseason of any player in baseball history. Ruiz also has 3 HBPs in this year’s NLCS, and that’s a record. No other player has gotten 3 HBPs in a single National League Championship Series. (Cairo has the ALCS record with 4 in 2004). And Ruiz had one NLCS plunk last year, so he now has a career total of 4 HBPs in the NLCS round of the playoffs. That ties him with David Eckstein and Richie Hebner for the most career NLCS plunks in history. Ruiz is also now the Phillies career leader in postseason HBPs with 5, passing Shane Victorino has 4, including one on Tuesday.

The Phillies now have a team total of 9 postseason HBPs this year, which is tied for the 2nd most ever. The 2005 White Sox got hit by 12 pitches for the record, but the 2009 Yankees, 2006 Cardinals, 2005 Astros and 2000 Mets all got hit by 9 pitches in their postseason campaign. The Phillies have at least one more game to push for the record.

Polanco gets 95th 1st inning plunk in postseason history

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

HBPS of note: October 20, 2010

Placido Polanco got hit by a pitch in the 1st inning of last night’s NLCS game between the Phillies and the Giants, and that was the 95th plunk ever to be thrown in the 1st inning of postseason game.

Cody Ross took the 10th 2nd inning HBP in NLCS history, and Jayson Werth’s 5th inning plunk was the 10th NLCS plunk to be thrown in the 5th.

Rodriguez extends record with 9th postseason HBP

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

HBPs of note: October 19, 2010

Alex Rodriguez was already the all time leader in postseason HBPs with 8 playoff plunks in his career, but he got hit again yesterday, by a Tommy Hunter pitch in the 4th inning. That was his first postseason plunk this year, but Rodriguez now has 3 HBPs career in each round of the playoffs. He’s one plunk behind Miguel Cairo for the ALCS record, but Cairo got all 4 of his ALCS plunks in one year.

AJ Burnett hit Bengie Molina yesterday, giving Molina 4 postseason HBPs. Burnett now has thrown a Yankees record 6 postseason plunks, and he’s tied for 6th on the all time postseason hit batters list with Roger Clemens, Orel Hershiser, and Matt Morris.
Molina now has 4 postseason HBPs, which is interesting because Shane Victorino got his 4th postseason plunk yesterday, and Carlos Ruiz got his 4th postseason plunk yesterday. They’re all tied for 11th place on the postseason HBP list. Matt Cain threw the pitches that hit Victorino and Ruiz, for his first 2 postseason plunks.

Molina’s HBP was the 3rd in postseason history for the Rangers, and all of them have occurred this year. Rodriguez’s plunk was the 107th in postseason history for the Yankees.

100th plunk in NLCS history

Monday, October 18th, 2010

HBPs of note

During Saturday’s NLCS game 1, Travis Ishikawa got hit by a Brad Lidge pitch in the top of the 9th inning, giving Ishikawa the honor of taking the 100th HBP in National League Championship Series history. Interestingly, he has the same initials as the recipient of the 100th HBP in American League Championship Series history. On October 12, 2005, Tadahito Iguchi took the 100th ALCS HBPs.

finding the true meaning of columbus day

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Only through analysis of the only two Milwaukee Brewers to get hit by 25 pitches can one find the true meaning of Columbus Day.  (Or, because of Columbus Day I have time to finish this).

Here’s a breakdown of selected key splits comparing Rickie Weeks’ 25 HBPs for the 2010 Brewers with Fernando Vina’s 25 HBPs for the 1998 Brewers.

Split Rickie Weeks 2010 Fernando Vina 1998
Total 25 25
resulting in runs 5 8
In home wins 7 9
In road wins 8 4
vs Cubs 3 6
vs Expos 0 4
vs Pirates 5 0
vs Lefthanders 5 11
vs Righthanders 20 14
on 1st pitch 7 10
on 2nd pitch 4 3
on 3rd pitch 7 4
on 4th pitch 4 4
on 5th pitch 2 2
on 6th pitch 1 2
division rank:
          1st 0 2
          2nd 2 5
          3rd 17 14
          4th 4 3
          5th 2 1
vs Californians 3 3
vs Dominicans 3 2
vs Texans 4 6
vs Venezuelans 4 1
vs Australians 1 0
vs Pigs 7 5
vs Snakes 0 4
vs Tigers
(the chines zodiac sign, not the team)
5 1
vs Dogs 5 2
vs Gemini 2 2
vs Tauruses 3 4
vs Aries 3 4
vs Aquariuses 5 3
vs Leos 3 3
on Thursdays 4 4
On Fernand Vina’s birthday 0 1
On Rickie Weeks birthday 0 0
On Prince Fielder’s birthday 0 1
on full moon 0 2
runners on:
          bases empty 15 18
          1– 5 1
          12- 2 1
          1-3 0 0
          -2- 2 3
          -23 0 1
          bases loaded 1 1
Bases empty, no outs 11 11
Bases empty, 2 outs 2 2
9th inning, 2 outs 2 0
2 strikes and 2 outs 2 2
When the day of
the month equals
the batter’s uniform number
1 2
vs pitchers with 6
letter in their last names
6 6
vs pitchers with 2
vowels in his last name
11 13
when the day of the
month is a Fabonacci number
6 3
on odd days of the
month vs left handed pitchers
5 5
vs pitchers who
plunked Craig Biggio
4 10

Wiggum gets walkoff HBP

Monday, October 11th, 2010

HBPs of note: October 10, 2010

Nobody got hit by a pitch in the major league playoffs yesterday, but on the Simpson’s (season 22 episode 3 “moneyBART”) Ralph Wiggum took a pinch hit walk-off RBI HBP during the montage showing how well Lisa managed the team using statistical analysis.  That’s the 2nd pinch hit walk-off HBP in Simpson’s history, joining the historic ending of “Homer At the Bat” in which Homer pinch hit for Darryl Strawberry and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.