Some Royal anomalies
Useless Info heaven: Royals 26 (opener) and 0 (nightcap) doubleheader and the Yankees' 22-0 debacle.
Useless Blowout Info (Royals Division)
Well, Elias reports that only two teams in history ever scored that many runs in one game and then got shut out in their next -- the 1955 White Sox (29 on April 23, 0 on April 24) and 1922 Cubs (26 on Aug. 25, 0 on Aug. 26). But neither of those teams pulled that off in a doubleheader.
So thanks to the miracle of retrosheet.org, we've determined that the Royals are the only team in the last 30 seasons to score at least 20 fewer runs in the finale of a doubleheader than they'd scored in the opener. Not that that's a shock.
The previous record was held by their baseball ancestors, Fatty Briody's 1888 Kansas City Blues. The Blues were an attractive 40-81 before they exploded to wipe out the old Philadelphia Athletics, 26-14, on Sept. 30.
By the way, that team scored exactly one run in its next game.
We're guessing you won't be stunned to learn they're the only team in history to go from 26 runs to none, and from 17 runs to none, at any point in the same season -- let alone the same week.
The same day the Royals were ripping off an 11-run inning in that 26-5 game, their Wilmington farm team was allowing an 11-run inning in a blowout by Potomac (even though that one was "only" 14-6).
And naturally, since their friends in Kansas City were scoring no runs in their next game, the Blue Rocks stayed true to their mirror-image form by giving up no runs in their next game. You just couldn't make this stuff up.
Useless Blowout Info (Yankees Division)
What's really amazing, though, is that none of those Royals games even represent the most astonishing blowout of the year. That one took place Aug. 31 in Yankee Stadium. You'll remember this score:
Indians 22, Yankees 0.
Some items of note on that shocker:
Elias reports this was just the second time in franchise history they gave up two touchdowns or more three times in two weeks. The other: Sept. 17, 19 and 25, 2000 -- when they allowed 15, 16 and 15 to the Indians, Blue Jays and Tigers in a stretch of nine games.
Just two other teams since 1900 have scored that many runs in a row, according to Elias -- the 1903 Pirates (38 in a row) and 1947 Yankees (36).
Question: Curt Schilling has now won 20 games in a season for the third time but still owns no Cy Young awards. Can you name the only two pitchers in the last 25 years with at least three 20-win seasons but no Cy Youngs?
Answer: Dave Stewart (four) and Jack Morris (three).
Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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