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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dodgers - Astros: fans of other teams don't care.

Dodgers - Yankees might have had some resonance with other fans, connecting to a golden age in the 1950s. Well it was golden in New York where the Dodgers still played in Brooklyn through 1957.

Do Cubs fans care? Doubtful? And Cubs won just last year for the first time in a century.

Baseball is different. We need a rooting interest, especially with the games dragging on interminably. Even for game seven yesterday, I recorded and then started watching about 90 minutes after the start of the game, fast forwarding between each pitch to simulate an actual baseball game. You'd be surprised how quickly you catch up to real time.

NFL games the rest of today. Thank goodness.

Fallacy of the dominant bullpen: Astros defeat Yankees in game seven semi-final.

Supposedly the 2017 Yankees had it but they just lost game seven of the semi-finals to the Houston Astros 4-0 as Houston used two starting pitchers, Charlie Morton (5) and Lance McCullers (4) , to shutout the Yankees. No actual relief pitchers for Houston. Good for them.

Meanwhile, Yankee relief ace Aroldis Chapman never got into the game. In the regular season: 50.33 innings. In the 2017 tournament another 7.66 innings. That's 58 innings total. Obviously, neither Chapman nor any other relief pitchers can pitch in more than about 60-70 regular season games, certainly not every game. And for the games when a team can use four of its one inning wonders, the more pitchers used, the more the chance that at least one of them is ineffective that day.

Chapman's contract:

201729New York Yankees$17,200,0006.009contracts
201830New York Yankees$17,200,000
201931New York Yankees$17,200,000May opt out of contract following 2019 season.
202032New York Yankees$17,200,000
202133New York Yankees$17,200,000
Earliest Free Agent: 202

Yankee general manager Brian Cashman could have spent that money much better elsewhere. Meanwhile, Cashman hasn't even tried to sign a big free agent starting pitcher since Masahiro Tanaka, who signed for the 2014 season. That's three vacant years: 2015, 2016, 2017. And who was the most recent big free agent slugger the Yankees signed? Mark Teixeira for 2009; he retired after 2016.

Pinching pennies and squandering dollars as the Yankees try again, however inconsistently, to get under the team salary cap in 2018. Cashman was poised to do that for the 2014 season but before signing Tanaka, Cashman foolishly signed three free agent players for big bucks whom the Yankees didn't even need: Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Both McCann and Beltran are on Houston in 2017.

It's ironic that Houston defeated the Yankees in the game seven showdown with an old fashion approach: benching the bullpen.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DiMaggio SIX times: HR >= SO and HR>= 30.

Sorted by Home Runs (HR), followed by my comments:

1Johnny Mize51160.99842194734NYGNL154664586137177262138744062.302.384.614*3
2Ted Kluszewski491671.04935195429CINNL149658573104187283141783051202.326.407.642*3
3Lou Gehrig491901.17446193633NYYAL1557195791672053771521307334.354.478.696*3
4Lou Gehrig492061.17231193431NYYAL1546905791282104061661092095.363.465.706*3/6
5Ted Kluszewski47147.96740195530CINNL15368661211619225011366254041011.314.382.585*3
6Joe DiMaggio461661.08537193722NYYAL1516926211512153515167645230.346.412.673*8/H
7Barry Bonds452631.42241200439SFGNL147617373129135273101232120903561.362.609.812*7/HD
8Mel Ott421651.08438192920NYGNL1506755451381793721511136106.328.449.635*9/84
9Ted Kluszewski40143.95034195328CINNL1496295709718025010855401320.316.380.570*3/H
10Johnny Mize40156.95937194835NYGNL152658560110162264125944074.289.395.564*3
11Joe DiMaggio39163.99430194833NYYAL153669594110190261115567802011.320.396.598*8/H
12Stan Musial392001.15234194827STLNL15569861113523046181317931187.376.450.702*987/3
13Rogers Hornsby392101.24539192529STLNL13860650413320341101438321653.403.489.756*4/H
14Ken Williams391641.04031192232SLBAL1536785851281943411155747123720.332.413.627*78
15Ted Williams372351.28727194122BOSAL143606456135185333120147301024.406.553.735*7H/9
16Andy Pafko36157.98932195029CHCNL14659551495156248926911194.304.397.591*89/H
17Willard Marshall36134.89430194726NYGNL1556555871021711961076720143.291.366.528*9
18Al Simmons361751.13034193028PHAAL13861155415221141161653911792.381.423.708*7/8H
19Ted Kluszewski35133.89831195631CINNL1385745179115614110249223051110.302.362.536*3/H
20Joe DiMaggio32139.96721193823NYYAL1456605991291943213140592061.324.386.581*8
21Lefty O'Doul321601.08719192932PHINL154732638152254356122764132.398.465.622*79
22Joe DiMaggio311731.05130194025NYYAL1325725089317928913361301612.352.425.626*8/H
23Yogi Berra30142.91129195631NYYAL14059652193155292105657515832.298.378.534*2/H7
24Yogi Berra30137.83524195227NYYAL14260353497146171986641823.273.358.478*2/H
25Joe DiMaggio301841.08313194126NYYAL13962254112219343111257640642.357.440.643*8
26Joe DiMaggio301841.11920193924NYYAL12052446210817632612652461130.381.448.671*8/H

The top four led their league in HR; 10 of the 26 lead the league in HR.

Rogers Hornsby has the only 30 HR season in which HR = SO: 39 in 1925.

Barry Bonds 46/41 in 2004: only season after 1956.

Multiple seasons:
Joe DiMaggio 6
Ted Kluszewski 4
Lou Gehrig 2
Johnny Mize 2
Yogi Berra 2

Most HR: Mize 51 in 1947
Fewest SO: DiMaggio 13 in 1941

Only four had at least 40 SO: Gehrig, Mize, Bonds, Kluszewski.

Only four had fewer than 30 SO: DiMaggio (3), Berra (2), O'Doul, Ted Williams.

Ten had at least 40 HR: Kluszewski (3), Mize (2), Gehrig (2), DiMaggio, Bonds, Ott.

7 led in OPS+. 6 led in OPS.

5 OPS+ >= 200:
Bonds 263
Williams 235
Hornsby 210
Gehrig 206
Musial 200

AB >= 600:
O'Doul 1929 638
DiMaggio 1937 621
Kluszewski 1955 612
Musial 1948 611

AB < 500:
Bonds 2004 373
Williams 1941 456
DiMaggio 1939 462

BB >= 100:
Bonds 232
Williams 147
Gehrig 1936 130
Ott 113

13 had fewer than 70 BB, 5 fewer than 60, 2 fewer than 50:
Simmons 39
Kluszewski 1956 49

DiMaggio had fewer than 65 BB in four of six seasons.

Top 8 BA led league, plus number 11. Tops:
Williams .406
Hornsby .403
O'Doul .398

Only four BA lower than .300: Berra (2), Marshall, Mize in 1948.

DiMaggio had the best HR to SO ratio: in 1941 30/13 = 2.3 HR per SO.

Aaron Judge: 200 SO, joins five others. No Joe DiMaggio he. Sunday, September 24, 2017