Monday, May 07, 2007

Meaningless Trivia From The Game Notes

Feel free to print these out and cross them off when one of the broadcasters mentions them tonight.

  • Shawn Hill is tied for 2nd in the league in Quality Starts.
  • He's the first Expos/Nats pitcher to have 6 QS in his first 7 games since Pedro Martinez in '94
  • Sunday's game featured six Ryans, a major league record.
  • Nationals starting pitchers have the lowest run support (defined as runs while they're in the game) of any staff in the league with 2.75 runs/game; they're one of only two teams with a run support below 4.
  • Randy St. Claire's father, Ebba, played a handful of games for Milwaukee -- I knew of Ebba, but stupidly never made the connection.
  • The franchise is 16-18 in Milwaukee.
  • Matt Chico is only the second left-handed starter to make the franchise's rotation in their first MLB season; the immortal Trey Moore was the other.
  • The team is 3-3 in his six starts, which is the highest winning percentage of any Nats starter.
  • Nats relievers have allowed 29% of their inherited runners to score.
  • Levale Speigner leads all Nats relievers in batting average allowed: .209
  • Ryan Church is batting .293 with RISP
  • Davey Johnson recommended Jesus Flores in the Rule 5 draft.
  • From '04-06, Nook Logan was 9th in MLB with 24 bunt hits.
  • Josh Wilson's father coaches baseball at Duquesne
  • Ryan Zimmerman is batting .172 with RISP.
  • The Nats are 8-2 when leading after 8.
  • The Nats are 1-20 when trailing after 8.
  • The Nats are 2-17 when the other team scores first.
  • The Nats have just 4 outfield assists; one of those was by Snelling
  • Nats pitchers haven't picked off any batters.
  • Brian Schneider has thrown out only one more base stealer than Jesus Flores.
  • 4 runs is the high-water mark for an inning.
  • The Nats have not stolen 2 or more bases in a game.
  • Ryan Zimmerman had a 4-RBI game, which is the single-game high.
  • Nationals pitchers have walked fewer than 2 batters only twice.
  • The longest scoreless streak by a pitcher is 7.2 innings by Bergmann; for relievers, it's 9 by Colome.
  • Their longest winning streak as a team is two games, and they've only done that twice.
  • John Schuerholz has a secretary named Lincoln and Jim Bowden has a secretary named Kennedy.


    • I love Don Sutton! He's intelligent and makes these games somewhat watchable.

      Watch out Charlie Slowes, this may be the "Voice of the Nationals!"

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/07/2007 9:41 PM  

    • Sutton? Not a viable commercial product IMHO.

      Terrible voice, painful to listen to. Waaaay too much technical gobbledegook; his commentary detracts from the game (which granted is not much to look at). I've begun listening to the radio guys, who at least are aware a game is in progress, are not as painfully pro ownership as Sutton is, and have much better voices.

      Never forget that Carptenter/Sutton missed the fact that on opening day Guzman had pulled up lame running to first base. (Where were those two?) They were surpised and confused when Guzman did not take the field in the next inning.

      By the way, Chris: your blogging is great. A real treat. Thanks.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/08/2007 8:57 AM  

    • I am starting to like Sutton as well. The "technical gobbledegook" is what I find interesting, I think he has tremendous insight on the pitchers and have learned a few things from him (my litmus test for a good color guy). I don't need the TV color guy to tell me obvious things like there is somebody standing on first base and that the nats somehow have a negative OBP with RISP.

      By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 5/08/2007 9:55 AM  

    • oh yeah, re four ryans, i see that as a sign of tangible progress. remember, we're not that far removed from having two marlons.

      By Blogger DCPowerGator, at 5/08/2007 10:48 AM  

    • What ever happened to the term "NAAAts?"

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/08/2007 1:02 PM  

    • We were demoted to A-Ball.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 5/08/2007 1:04 PM  

    • The Nats are 0-23 when trailing after 9.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/08/2007 2:18 PM  

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