Useless Tigers info:
You may remember earlier in the year that exceptionally loyal reader Cab Treadway wondered whether the Tigers were going to have a team batting average higher than their winning percentage.
Well, we now have that answer: Just about no chance.
Their team batting average, through Sunday: .237. Their team winning percentage: .261.
So the Tigers would have to go 1-19 the rest of the way for their winning percentage to submerge below .237. And that's unlikely, even for them.
But Treadway didn't stop there. He wondered about the last time any team's batting average was higher than any other team's winning percentage. And the answer, not surprisingly, was 1962, when 13 teams had higher batting averages than the '62 Mets' legendary winning percentage, of .250.
Last time it happened in the AL: 1939, when the Browns (43-111, .279) had a lower winning percentage than four teams' batting average.
Useless Mets info:
Loyal reader Mike Franzago keeps looking at the Mets' stats and noticing that only two players -- the unlikely duo of Ty Wigginton and Roger Cedeno -- have assembled enough plate appearances even to qualify for the batting title. (That takes 3.1 PA per game.) He wondered how unusual that was.
Turned out, it's not that strange. Elias reports that the Mets are one of three teams that have just two qualifiers on their roster at the moment. The others are the Tigers (Dmitri Young, Bobby Higginson) and the Diamondbacks (Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley). By the way, this makes two years in a row in which the Tigers have had two (although Carlos Pena has a shot to make it three this year).
Useless Bob Gibson info:
You never know what you'll learn by listening to ESPN Radio. Loyal reader Charles Azzolina was listening to the Dan Patrick Show one day and found out that Bob Gibson finished his career with more complete games (255) than wins (251). He wondered how unusual that was.
Well, we used Lee Sinins' Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia to look at all the pitchers who won at least 150 games in the last half-century, and we found just one other -- Juan Marichal (244 CG, 243 W). If we go back another 10 years or so, Warren Spahn (382 CG, 363 W), Robin Roberts (305 CG, 286 W), Hal Newhouser (212 CG, 207 W) and Bob Feller (279 CG, 266 W) all join the list.
One thing you can be sure of: We'll never see this done again. The only active pitcher with at least 50 career wins who is even within 100 is Curt Schilling (79 CG, 162 W).