Thursday, July 8, 2010
1st Pitch: Decisions, decisions, decisions
By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info
Quick Hits: With LeBron James’ “Decision” set for tonight at 9 ET… what better time to dive into the wonderful world of decisions? In this case, wins and losses.
Today’s Trivia: Who has the most home runs in Indians history among players born in Ohio?
- Jamie Moyer (9-8) has a decision in all 17 starts this season. The pitcher with the next most starts in which he recorded a decision each time out is Jhoulys Chacin with 12 (though he also has appeared twice in relief).
- It’s been 20 years since a pitcher had 33 decisions in a season. In 1990, Jack Morris, Dave Stewart and Bob Welch all had 33.
- Will Ohman has made 42 appearances without registering a decision in 2010. He’s currently tied with Mike Flanagan (1992) for the most appearances without a decision in Orioles history.
- In 14 starts, Craig Stammen (2-3) only has five decisions, which is the lowest rate among all those who have started 10 games.
- With 13 decisions, Tyler Clippard (8-5) is on pace for about 24 decisions, all in relief. The last pitcher with 20 or more decisions without making a start was Scot Shields (10-11) in 2005. The last with at least 24? Rollie Fingers (13-11) had 24 in 1976.
- The Orioles rotation has only 14 wins this season, and no one on the team has more than three. But with 44 losses, their rotation has fewer than only the Pirates (45).
- The Angels’ starting pitchers have recorded the decision in 72 of 87 games, or 82.8 percent of the time. That’s the most in the majors.
- By contrast, the Nationals’ rotation has just 49 decisions this season, representing a mere 57.6 percent of their contests. In fact, Yankees starters have almost as many wins (44) as the Nationals starters have decisions.
Today’s Leaderboard: The Braves and Tigers both have bullpens with an 18-7 record, tied for the best in the majors. But on the other end of the spectrum is Florida. The Marlins bullpen is just 6-16, giving it the worst win percentage of any relief corps.
Key Matchups: If you had to guess Vladimir Guerrero’s nemesis, how long would it take until Jeremy Guthrie’s name came up? In 17 career at-bats, Guerrero has managed just one hit against the Orioles starter, a .059 batting average. That includes a current 0-for-11 stretch dating back to 2007, during which Guerrero is averaging just 2.4 pitches per plate appearance. His next-worst batting average against a pitcher he’s faced 15 times is .105 against Robert Person.
Lance Berkman has a home run in three straight games after managing just seven over his first 67 games. Could he make it four games in a row? Berkman is a .462 career hitter against Ross Ohlendorf with a home run. On three occasions, Berkman has homered in four consecutive games, most recently in 2007. Morgan Ensberg has the Astros record with six consecutive games with a home run back in 2006.
Trivia Answer: David Justice’s 96 home runs are the most in Indians’ history for a player born in Ohio. Justice was born in Cincinnati, though he went to high school in Kentucky. Mike Schmidt is the all-time home run leader from Ohio, while Justice ranks third.