Way too intentional
Barry Bonds is accumulating astonishing stats this year, such as having nearly as many intentional walks as hits.
Among hitters who have drawn 30 intentional walks in a season, no one else has even come within (ready?) 100 of accumulating as many intentional walks as hits. Willie McCovey once got within 103 (143 H, 40 INT BB), in 1970.
Here are the closest, if we even lower the bar to 25 intentional walks:
77 Willie McCovey, 1972 -- 102 H, 25 INT BB
77 Spike Owen, 1989 -- 102 H, 25 INT BB
89 Howard Johnson, 1988 -- 114 H, 25 INT BB
91 Adolfo Phillips, 1967 -- 120 H, 29 INT BB
100 Willie Stargell, 1967 -- 125 H, 25 INT BB
Even Barry has never come closer than 72 (133 H- 61 INT BB last year). Amazing.
So who's the last reliever to kick off a season with that many whiffs before his first walk? Who else? The inimitable Dennis Eckersley, who -- according to Elias -- also struck out 30 before finally doling out his first walk in 1990.
Strange, But True Useless Info
Useless Box Score Line Info
|The Sultan's Corner|
Ramirez may lead the American League in homers (with 20). But Colon, the AL gopherball leader, is actually ahead of him, with 21.
Well, it isn't often you find the guy throwing the most home runs with a lead on the guy hitting the most home runs this deep into a season. In fact, we've only had three years in the live-ball era where that lead even lasted as long as the All-Star break, according to the Sultan of Swat Stats, SABR's David Vincent:
6/29/1996-6/30/1996 -- Dodgers at Rockies 19
6/9/1999 -- Seattle at Colorado 10
And if you were wondering about the most in a World Series Game:
10/27/1989 -- Oakland at San Francisco 7
Here are the last 10 game-ending extra-inning inside-the-parkers, according to the Sultan:
Paul Schaal, Angels -- 8/2/1966 (11th)
Bill Almon, Pirates -- 5/11/1986 (12th)
Max Carey 1912-27 (15 years)
3 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 91 pitches to get 9 outs.
Fact of the day: The Elias Sports Bureau reports that Munoz was only the second pitcher in the 36-season division-play era to give up 11 runs or more in his big-league debut. The other was Mike Busby, who gave up 13 for the Cardinals in Atlanta on April 7, 1996 (4-9-13-8-4-4, and 4 HR).
2/3 IP, 0 H, OR, O ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 29 pitches, 10 strikes, only six swings and one very fortuitous double-play ball which made this whole goofy line possible.
So we present two lines. First, Juggernaut starter Kacy Clark:
22 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K.
And now the classic line score:
New England... 010 000 000 000 100 000 000 000 000 - 2 14 5 NY/NJ........ 100 000 000 000 100 000 000 000 001 - 3 23 8
5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 15 K
Fact of the day: According to Jim Keller and Joe Barbieri of SportsTicker, only one other pitcher in the last 10 years has even struck out 10 hitters in a row. And it just happened, this year, in the same league. Only five even got to nine in a row. Here they are:
Derek Roper, New Jersey (NY-Penn) -- 6/19/04 vs. Hudson Valley (10).
Ryan Rupe, Pawtucket (Intl.) -- 7/14/03 vs. Rochester (9).
Rick Ankiel, Johnson City (Appalachian) -- 7/6/01 vs. Kingsport (9).
Shawn Estes, San Jose (Calif.) -- 4/12/00 vs. Bakersfield (9 -- in a rehab start).
Carlos Hernandez, Martinsville (Appalachian) -- 8/28/99 vs. Elizabethton (9).
Carlos Medina, Delmarva (South Atlantic) -- 7/27/98 vs. Columbia (9).
Really, Really Useless Information
Jim Bunning vs. Sandy Koufax (July 27, 1966 and October 2, 1966)
Tom Browning vs. Dennis Martinez (August 28, 1991)
Dennis Martinez vs. Kenny Rogers (June 22, 1996)
Kenny Rogers vs. David Wells (April 8, 2000; May 6, 2001; May 11, 2001)
May 21-23, 1980: Yankees: Bobby Brown, Joe Lefebvre, Dennis Werth.
Sept. 2-4, 1963: Senators: Don Rudolph, Ed Hobaugh, Claude Osteen.
June 14-16, 1935: Senators: Ed Linke, Sammy Holbrook, Belve Bean.
April 14-16, 1933: Athletics: Pinky Higgins, Lou Finney, Bob Johnson.
So our friends at SportsTicker re-ran the data and determined they'd somehow missed some names. Here are all the pitchers they found who were called up from A-ball at any point in the last 25 years:
-- Dave Stieb went from Dunedin to Toronto in June, 1979.
-- Eric Bell went from Hagerstown to the Orioles in September, 1985.
-- Chuck Finley went from Quad City to California in mid-April, 1986.
-- Greg Swindell went from Waterloo to Cleveland in mid-August, 1986.
-- John Smiley went from Prince William to Pittsburgh in September, 1986.
-- Sergio Valdez was a September call-up by the Expos from West Palm Beach in 1986.
-- Jeff Granger went from Eugene to the Royals in September, 1993.
-- Chad Cordero went from Broward County to the Expos last June.
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