Stats & Info: Esmil Rogers

Kernels: Good week to get some Zs

June, 23, 2013
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USA TODAY Sports/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler and Zoilo Almonte have had nice starts to their careers.
Theme of the Week: Good week for the Zs
This was a good statistical week for players with a name starting with the letter Z.

Zoilo Almonte made his first career start for the Yankees on Friday and had three hits, including a homer. He’s the first Yankees player to have three hits in a game within his first three games since D’Angelo Jimenez in 1999 and the second in Yankees history to have a game with three hits, including a homer, that quickly (joining Oscar Azocar, 1990).

Saturday, Almonte had a two-run single and a bases-loaded walk for three more RBI. Sixteen previous Yankees had a three-RBI day within their first four games, but only two other than Almonte did it without an extra-base hit (Cliff Mapes being the last in 1948).

Almonte wound up the third Yankees player with four RBI and four hits within his first two starts. Elias tells us the other two are an odd pair- Lou Gehrig and Brian Dayett.

On the pitching side, Zack Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings in his major-league debut to beat the Braves. Only three Mets have thrown six scoreless innings in a major-league debut— Dick Rusteck in 1966 and Masato Yoshii in 1998 are the other two.

Lastly, we feel we should give props to one other Z, Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler, who notched the highest score on Jayson Stark’s MLB Rules Quiz earlier this week.

Feat of the Week: The Unbeatens
Max Scherzer of the Tigers ran his season record to 10-0 on Monday, the first Detroit pitcher to start a season 10-0 since Aurelio Lopez got 10 relief victories during the 1984 championship season. He got to 11-0 on Saturday, the first Tigers pitcher to do so since George Mullin in 1909.

And the Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin didn't lose Saturday, so in his next start Thursday, he'll try to become the first Arizona pitcher ever to win 10 straight within a single season, and the first left-handed starter to win his first 10 decisions of a season since Ron Guidry of the 1978 Yankees.

What’s in a (ballpark) name?
Esmil Rogers recorded his third win of the season when he pitched into the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. It was Rogers' first victory in his new home stadium... Rogers Centre in Toronto.

In this age of corporate naming rights, very few stadiums still bear an actual family name as their moniker. A handful of position players have shared their name with their home ballpark. Most recently catcher Damian Miller spent three years with the Brewers and played all his home games at Miller Park. But going all the way back, there have been very few common names attached to stadiums. Even Wrigley, Comiskey, Fenway, Crosley, Ebbets, Connie Mack Stadium, etc., were named for owners and/or managers.

Based on what we can tell, going back to 1900 Rogers appears to be the first pitcher to earn a HOME win in a stadium that shares his surname.

Lots of strikeouts doesn’t necessarily mean a win
Mat Latos struck out nine Pirates in his start Tuesday, but was lifted after five innings, three runs, and 88 pitches. The bullpen pitched the remaining four innings and racked up eight more strikeouts for a total of 17.

That was one shy of the season high for any team in a nine-inning game, and it was the first time the Reds struck out 17 opponents since May 6 of last season... also against Pittsburgh. Despite all the whiffs, the Reds themselves managed only four hits and no runs, and lost the game 4-0.

The Reds have lost two games this season where their pitching staff struck out 17 or more opposing batters. The other game was Opening Day, a 13-inning loss to the Angels. Only six teams in the live-ball era have lost multiple 17-strikeout games of any length, in a season (the 2011 Athletics also did it).

Meanwhile, the Pirates hadn't won a nine-inning game where they struck out 17 or more times on offense since July 21, 1997. That was a 3-2 victory at Philadelphia behind a pair of homers. Prior to that they hadn't done it since 1964.
The Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals play the rubber match of their three-game series in St. Louis at 8 ET on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.

The Rockies probably would prefer the game take place on a different day of the week -- Colorado is 2-16 (.125) on Sundays and 53-48 (1.10) the rest of the week, and has been outscored 99-43 in the 16 losses.

The Rockies have lost 16 straight games on Sunday, tied with the 1960 Phillies for the longest single-season losing streak on Sundays since 1900.

On the mound

The Rockies send Esmil Rogers to the mound on his 26th birthday. Rogers is 5-1 with a 4.91 ERA as a starter this season (six starts).

Esmil Rogers
Rogers
Rogers has pitched well on the road as a starter in his career. This year he is 4-0 with a 3.33 ERA and .276 opp BA in four road starts (1-1, 9.35 ERA and .351 opp BA in two home starts).

None of the past 11 pitchers to start a game on their birthday have won. These 11 pitchers are a combined 0-8. The last starting pitcher to win on his birthday was Randy Wells -- Aug. 28, 2010, for the Cubs against the Reds.

The Cardinals counter with Edwin Jackson. Since being traded to St. Louis, Jackson is 1-2 and has allowed 11 earned runs and 27 hits.

Jackson has struggled against the Rockies in his career. He has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his five starts against them and has never pitched more than five innings in any of those starts.

His 17.28 ERA against the Rockies is the WORST by any active pitcher against a team (minimum five starts). The next-worst is Jose Contreras, with a 9.79 ERA facing Texas.

Matchups

Matt Holliday was a key part of the Rockies' run to the World Series in 2007, winning the National League Championship Series MVP that year. Since leaving the team, he’s had a lot of success against them.

He’s hitting .378 (17-for-45) and slugging .644 with a 1.106 OPS, including three doubles and three home runs against the Rockies in his career. His .378 BA and 1.106 OPS are both his second best against any team he’s had at least 50 PA against.

Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .388 with 17 HR in wins (54 games), and just .220 with six HRs in losses (60 games). That’s the highest batting average in wins on the team and the second-lowest batting average in losses among the regulars (min. 300 PA).

Stat of the game

In the 63 games without at least one of their core players (Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, Albert Pujols), the Cardinals average 4.3 runs per game and hit .257, and are 34-29. In the 55 games where the three players are all in the starting lineup, they average 5.2 runs per game and are hitting .284, and are 29-26.

Comeback Wednesday in MLB

August, 25, 2010
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What a wild Wednesday afternoon in baseball. Two teams (the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds) established 10-1 leads. Both of them coughed up every last run of those leads! The Braves fell to the Colorado Rockies, but the Reds hung on to defeat the San Francisco Giants in 12 innings. Had the Giants come back to win, it would have been the first time in MLB history (according to the Elias Sports Bureau) that two teams came back from at least nine runs down to win on the same day. Let's dig through some of the numbers.

Rockies 12, Braves 10
The Braves raced out to a 10-1 lead in the third inning. How thorough was the Braves offensive dominance? By the 4th inning, every single Braves starter (including pitcher Jair Jurrjens) had recorded an extra-base hit. The Braves are just the fourth NL team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to accomplish this. In fact, no NL team had done this since 1978 and the Braves did it by the fourth inning!


However, Colorado came back with 11 unanswered runs to win it, 12-10. It's their 18th comeback win of the season.

• The nine-run comeback is tied for the largest in Rockies history. The other instance was when they erased a 13-4 deficit to pull off an 18-17 win against the Marlins on July 4, 2008.

• It is also tied for largest blown lead in Braves history. According to Elias, they have previously blown nine-run leads to the Cardinals in 1992 and to the Phillies in 1933.

• This was the 48th time this season that Braves have scored at least four runs. This was just the third of those 48 games that the Braves lost.

• Remember the chart above, with the four NL teams since 1920 to have all nine starters record an extra-base hit? Each of the previous teams before the Braves went on to win their game by at least 16 runs!

• The Rockies have come back from at least five runs down three times this season. That is the most in the NL according to our friends at Elias. They also did this against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 6th and 7th.

• Rockies starter Esmil Rogers recorded just five outs. It's the 11th time this season a team has won a game despite receiving fewer than two innings pitched from its starting pitcher.

Reds 12, Giants 11 (12 innings)
Like the Braves, the Reds also took a 10-1 lead. The Giants scored 10 unanswered runs to take an 11-10 lead heading into the ninth inning. The Reds then picked up a run in top of the ninth to force extra innings. Joey Votto, who hit his 30th and 31st HR earlier in the game, won it with an RBI single in the top of the 12th.

• It was the 36th comeback win of the season for the Reds (3rd-most in MLB).

• The Giants' 11 runs scored are their most in a home loss in 27 years. They last scored that many in a home loss in a 13-11 defeat vs the San Diego Padres on April 5, 1983. The Giants are 147-3 in home games in which they score 11+ since moving to San Francisco in 1958.

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second time since the team moved to San Francisco that the Giants scored scored 10+ runs in every game of a series of at least three games (other was in 2006 at Houston). It is just the 3rd time since 1920 that the Giants have scored 10+ runs in three straight home games (also in 1962 and 1953).

• The Giants' largest comeback remains eight runs (last in 1989 vs the Reds). The Reds' largest blown lead is nine (last in 2004 vs the Milwaukee Brewers).

• Joey Votto homered twice, bringing his season total to 31. He is the first Reds 1B with a 30-HR season since Lee May in 1971. No MLB team had gone longer without a 30-HR season by a 1B. Votto

• In addition to the home runs, Votto hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning. Over the last two seasons, he has four go-ahead hits in extra-innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Andre Ethier and Nelson Cruz (five each) have more such hits over this span.


• The Reds have allowed 11+ runs in three straight road games. It is just the third time in the live-ball era (since 1920) that they have done this. The other instances came in 1997 and 1922.

• The Giants committed a season-high five errors. They last committed five errors on August 7, 2009.

Barry Zito made his second career relief appearance for the Giants and took the loss. He has lost each of his last three appearances.

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