Stats & Info: Michael Phelps
October, 31, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information | ESPN.com
Sports can be scary. In honor of Halloween, let’s take a look at the scariest statistics in sports.
Don't let Aaron Rodgers get into the red zone in the fourth quarter. Since becoming a starter in 2008, Rodgers has 25 passing touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone in the fourth quarter, the most fourth-quarter passing touchdowns without an interception in the red zone in the NFL over that span.
Facing Aroldis Chapman can be chilling. Chapman threw 242 pitches of 100 MPH or faster in 2012, 33 percent more than the next-best 100 MPH master.
Expect to strike out when you face Craig Kimbrel. The Braves pitcher set the major league record for most strikeouts per nine innings with 16.7, accentuating a scary fastball that averaged 97 MPH.
Who throws the scariest heater? Royals pitcher Kelvin Herrera threw the fastest fastball of any MLB pitcher in 2012 at a scary 102.8 MPH.
Pitches that go bump in the night. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy and White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd each hit an MLB-leading 14 batters during the 2012 regular season.
High anxiety is when Cristiano Ronaldo is about to take a penalty against you. Ronaldo has successfully converted 27 of 28 penalties in the last three seasons with league and European play. His 96 percent rate is the highest among players with more than 10 penalties in the last three seasons.
Which haunted house makes visiting college football teams tremble? LSU’s 22-game home winning streak is the longest in college football. The last time LSU lost at home was in 2009, when the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators held the Tigers to a field goal, winning 13- 3.
Is Michael Phelps in the lane next to you? Is it the Olympics? Be scared. Phelps has medaled in 22 of 24 Olympic event. At age 27, Phelps won six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, raising his total to 22 Olympics medals.
Shaun White is scary good. White has won five consecutive gold medals in the Winter X Games SuperPipe event. The last time White did not place first in the Winter X Games SuperPipe event was in 2007, when he took the silver medal. White has 22 X Games medals.
Which men’s basketball team is scary good at home recently? Kentucky has won 52 straight home games, the longest current home win streak in men’s basketball, including nine victories over top-25 teams. No other team has an active streak of more than 27.
Which men’s basketball team strikes fear in the hearts of non-conference competition? Syracuse has beat the last 42 non-conference division I men’s basketball opponents during the regular season, the longest current such winning streak and double the next closest school.
Getty ImagesMichael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will go head-to-head twice in the pool at the 2012 London Olympics.
The 400m IM will be the first of two head-to-head races between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in London (the other is the 200m IM). Lochte is the reigning world champion in the event and beat Phelps at last month’s U.S. trials, but Phelps owns the world record, which he set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Phelps will swim seven events in London (200m and 400m IM, 100m and 200m butterfly, 3 relays), looking to add to his Olympic record of 14 gold medals and his total of 16 Olympic medals. He needs three medals to pass Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most-decorated Olympian ever.
Phelps also has a chance to become the first man to win an Olympic swimming event three times. He has already won two golds in the 400m and 200m individual medleys and the 200m and 100m butterflies, and will be competing in each of those events in London.
Lochte is Phelps’ biggest rival and has arguably surpassed him as the world’s best swimmer since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His ascent began in 2010 at the Pan-Pacific Championships, where he went a perfect 6-for-6, winning one more event there than Phelps.
He then won four individual golds and one relay gold at the 2011 World Championships, setting the world record in the 200m IM. It was the first long-course record set since high-tech suits were banned in 2010. Lochte has qualified for five events in London (200m backstroke, 200m and 400m IM, 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay).
The biggest name on the women’s swimming team is 17-year-old phenom Missy Franklin, who became the first American woman to qualify for seven swimming events (100m and 200m backstroke, 100m and 200m freestyle, three relays).
She is trying to become the first female swimmer to win seven medals at an Olympics. The only female athlete to win seven medals in a single Olympics was Soviet gymnast Mariya Horokhovska in 1952.
Franklin certainly has the pedigree to rewrite the record books. She won five medals, including one individual gold in the 200m backstroke and two relay golds, at the 2011 World Championships at the age of 16. Later in 2011 she set the 200m backstroke short-course world record at a FINA World Cup meet in Berlin.
Another American name to know in the pool is Rebecca Soni, who has qualified for the 100m and 200m breaststroke, along with the 4x100m medley relay. Soni won gold in the 200m breaststroke, and took silver in both the 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay at the Beijing Olympics.
If she gets gold again at 200 meters, she would be the first woman to win two Olympic golds in the 200m breaststroke. She also could become the second woman to sweep the three breaststroke events, joining South Africa’s Penny Heyns in 1996.