Tuesday, August 23, 2016

World Series: Did You Know?

Although he lost game five of 1919, 2-0, Eddie Cicotte faced just three batters in all but one inning. He was still one of eight players banned for life after the 1920 season. And this game was lost by Cicotte himself despite those five hits.

The Chicago White Sox, his team, had lost the first two games in Cincinnati against the Reds. Cicotte was routed 9-1 in the first contest. After also losing game two, there was a change of scenery. Chicago then won game three, 3-0. The home team was 3-3 in games on their own turf. That was, sadly, about to change.

Morrie Rath was the game's first batter and singled. But a double play and a groundout ended that. Jimmy Ring, the Reds starter, didn't need a double play in the bottom of the first. He retired the side in order. Cicotte went out in the top of the second and did the same.

The White Sox then looked to score first. Joe Jackson led off the bottom of the second with a double. Happy Felsch got the bunt down, and now there was a runner on third with less than two outs. Chick Gandil popped out, however. Swede Risberg walked. As did Ray Schalk. Ray was the only base runner who was not a suspected or proven fixer. But it did not matter at this point to Ring. The bases were loaded.

But Cicotte himself could only ground out. And the pitcher had some problems of his own in the top of the third. Ivy Wingo, who'd end up the leading hitter in the 1919 World Series (Not Joe Jackson), singled. Foolishly, he tried to steal second. He ended up out as the inning ended. The cather nailed the other catcher to end that!

Again Chicago looked to have it. Eddie Collins was hit by a pitch. Two down and Jackson's grounder is muffed. That put runners on the corners for Felsch. But Happy Days were not about to arrive as Felsch grounded out.

Six batters batted in the fourth inning. All six were sent back to the dugout. Retired. Quite a performance from both pitchers so far, you must say. Cicotte the better. But how about his fielding. Ah!

Cicotte fielded Pat Duncan's grounder in the fifth with one out. But instead of two outs, Eddie Cicotte threw wide of Chick Gandil at first for a two-base error. A single to left was fielded by Jackson, who cut lose a throw home. That's where the White Sox pitcher made his second error. Mishandling the throw, Cicotte made another big mistake. Duncan scored as a result. A double then scored a second Red tally. Both runs were unearned, but Cicotte had written his own obituary with those two bad plays. The pitchr did, however, get the next two batters out, stranding a runner at third in the process.

To tell you the truth, Cincy wasn't about to get another man home. But what about the Chicago firepower? There was something really wrong here. One run in the first game. Just two (Both unearned, coincidentally) in the second game despite ten hits (To Cincinnati's four). Just three runs and numerous missed opportunities via three times caught stealing in game three. Even there, the great White Sox team managed just seven hits. How many here?

Well, just Jackson's double in the bottom of the second. Gandil singled with one down in the last of the sixth for the second Chicago hit of the afternoon. Cicotte, by this point, was back to amazing on the hill. 1-2-3 sixth. 1-2-3 seventh. But down 2-0, somehow. Well, whose fault were those two runs?

So it was sort of deserved.

So one on in the bottom of the sixth. Time for Chicago to make a move. But there were two down, and Risberg at the dish. He was retired on a fly to right.

The seventh inning, the top of it, was an easy inning for Cicotte as mentioned earlier. Buck Weaver, who was supposedly at some of the meetings between the gamblers and the players, made a fine play on a grounder for the second out. So the inning could have been a tad longer. Ray Schalk, catching Cicotte, took one for the team to start the bottom of the inning. However, whatever pain he felt from getting hit by a pitch must have felt even worse when the next three batters went down.

Schalk watched as Cicotte fielded Greasy Neal's grounder to start the eighth. Would he make the play? Yes. Wingo, a tough out, singled. That brought Cicotte's mound opponent, Ring, to the dish. Ring hit into an inning-ending double play.

Weaver got under one to start the bottom of the eighth. Would it make it? Rath, the second basemen, raced for it and made the catch, right about where the foul line was along first. Jackson fanned. Felsch kept the inning going with the third Chicago hit, however. Gandil fanned.

Rath fouled to Schalk in foul territory. Jake Daubert flied to Jackson. Heinie Groth, as Rath had, fouled to Schalk. Another 1-2-3 inning for Cicotte, who was the third scheduled batter as Chicago batted for the last time.

Risberg grounded back to the mound. Jimmy Ring was showing Eddie Cicotte how you pitch and field. But the pitching battle, at least, was fairly close. It was just the fielding of the two men that had made the difference.

Schalk, who caught the who game, didn't get hit this time. But he did his job. His walk brought the tying run to the plate. Not Cicotte, of course. Eddie Murphy hit for him. Not the actor, of course.

Mruphy flied to Edd Roush in centre. Roush, along with Daubert, Duncan, Groth and Ring had failed to get a hit off Cicotte in this game. But with the putout, Roush had recorded the second out of the frame. And when Nemo Leibold lined to Morrie Rath at third, the game was over. Cincinnati had game four, 2-0.

Cicotte surprisingly won game seven, 4-1. Now, normally, that's a good thing. Here, though, not as much as you would think. It was best-of-nine, and Chicago had found themselves down 4-1 after five games. Wins in games six and seven did not win the 1919 World Series for Chicago. It was still 4-3, Cincinnati. A 10-5 win by the Reds in game eight ended it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Too Soon To Include Osuna? Part 2

Okay, now that we are on to other stats, we can see Osuna is building up to having a great year. Toronto, of course, seems primed for another playoff appearance (Although, their bats have gotten a tad quiet recently). But Roberto just keeps on going. Can he keep this up? We will have to wait and see.


Stat Set 2



Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Walsh 1904 1 ? ? ? 2.60 57 4.6 1.102 0.1
                     
Griffith 1905 1 ? ? ? 1.68 46 4.1 0.954 3.3
                     
Keefe 1907 3 ? ? ? 2.50 20 3.1 1.387 2.0
                     
Chappelle 1908 0 ? ? ? 1.79 23 2.9 1.095 0.3
                     
Leever 1909 2 ? ? ? 2.83 23 3.0 1.257 -0.1
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Phillipe 1910 4 ? ? ? 2.29 30 2.2 0.986 2.0
                     
Baskette 1912 1 ? ? ? 3.18 51 4.0 1.336 2.2
                     
Crandall 1913 6 ? ? ? 2.86 42 3.9 1.290 0.5
                     
Wolfgang 1914 0 ? ? ? 1.89 50 3.8 1.073 1.8
                     
Mays 1915 7 ? ? ? 2.60 65 4.4 1.063 1.0
                     
Danforth 1917 9 ? ? ? 2.65 79 4.1 1.324 3.2
                     
Dubuc 1919 3 ? ? ? 2.66 32 2.2 1.182 0.6
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Morton 1921 1 ? ? ? 2.76 45 3.8 1.207 2.3
                     
Baumgartner 1925 3 ? ? ? 3.57 18 1.4 1.368 2.5
                     
Marberry 1926 22 ? ? ? 3.00 43 2.8 1.348 3.1
                     
Haid 1928 5 ? ? ? 2.30 21 4.0 1.064 0.4
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Lindsey 1931 7 1 0.875 ? 2.77 32 3.9 1.634 1.1
                     
Quinn 1932 13 ? ? ? 2.66 24 3.5 1.383 1.1
                     
Russell 1933 13 ? ? ? 2.69 28 2.0 1.218 3.1
                     
Brown 1938 5 ? ? ? 3.80 55 3.7 1.500 0.4
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Beggs 1940 7 4 0.636 0 2.00 25 2.9 1.161 2.2
                     
Murphy 1941 15 7 0.682 0 1.98 29 3.4 1.397 2.2
                     
Adams 1943 9 2 0.818 0 2.82 46 3.0 1.254 3.0
                     
Heving 1944 10 ? ? 0 1.96 46 3.5 1.228 1.9
                     
Maltzberger 1944 12 ? ? 0 2.96 49 4.8 1.095 1.8
                     
Christopher 1947 12 2 0.857 0 2.90 33 3.7 1.277 1.4
                     
Page 1949 27 11 0.711 0 2.59 99 6.6 1.315 4.2
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Konstanty 1950 22 4 0.846 0 2.66 56 3.3 1.039 4.7
                     
Wilhelm 1952 11 1 0.917 1 2.43 108 6.1 1.155 2.7
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Paige 1952 10 5 0.667 1 3.07 91 5.9 1.254 3.4
                     
Kinder 1953 27 8 0.771 4 1.85 39 3.3 1.140 4.5
                     
Mossi 1954 7 0 1.000 0 1.94 55 5.3 1.022 3.3
                     
Narleski 1955 19 2 0.905 6 3.71 94 7.6 1.281 2.5
                     
Freeman 1956 18 3 0.857 2 3.40 50 4.1 1.344 2.6
                     
Farrell 1957 10 3 0.769 0 2.38 54 5.8 1.320 2.4
                     
Zuverink 1957 9 8 0.529 0 2.48 36 2.9 1.278 2.7
                     
Hyde 1958 18 5 0.783 0 1.75 49 4.3 1.136 4.9
                     
Duren 1959 14 7 0.667 1 1.88 96 11.3 1.200 3.8
                     
Staley 1959 15 4 0.789 2 2.24 54 4.2 1.169 2.5
                     
Face 1959 10 9 0.526 1 2.70 69 6.7 1.243 3.2
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
McDaniel 1960 26 6 0.813 1 1.29 95 8.2 0.863 6.0
                     
Arroyo 1961 29 10 0.744 1 2.19 87 6.6 1.109 3.3
                     
Fox 1961 12 2 0.857 3 1.41 32 5.0 1.012 2.6
                     
Radatz 1963 25 3 0.893 0 1.97 162 11.0 1.096 5.7
                     
Perranoski 1963 21 8 0.724 0 1.67 75 5.2 1.202 4.5
                     
Lee 1964 19 8 0.704 1 1.51 111 7.3 1.058 4.3
                     
Ellis 1964 14 2 0.875 1 2.57 125 9.2 1.054 3.1
                     
Miller 1965 24 1 0.960 1 1.89 104 7.8 0.997 4.3
                     
Regan 1966 21 7 0.750 1 1.62 88 6.8 0.934 5.0
                     
Drabowsky 1967 12 5 0.706 3 1.60 96 9.1 0.955 3.2
                     
Abernathy 1967 28 6 0.824 1 1.27 88 7.4 0.978 6.2
                     
Wood 1968 16 5 0.762 7 1.87 74 4.2 1.006 5.4
                     
Tatum 1969 22 1 0.957 2 1.36 65 6.8 1.042 4.3
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Williams 1970 15 4 0.789 7 1.99 76 6.0 1.032 2.8
                     
McMahon 1970 19 5 0.792 0 2.96 74 7.1 1.219 3.0
                     
Sanders 1971 31 4 0.886 0 1.91 80 5.3 1.064 4.1
                     
Giusti 1972 22 5 0.815 0 1.93 54 6.5 1.058 2.3
                     
Hiller 1973 38 4 0.905 0 1.44 124 8.9 1.021 8.1
                     
Borbon 1973 14 5 0.737 6 2.16 60 4.5 1.421 2.5
                     
Marshall 1974 21 12 0.636 9 2.42 143 6.2 1.186 3.1
                     
Gossage 1975 26 5 0.839 1 1.84 130 8.3 1.193 8.2
                     
Eastwick 1976 26 9 0.743 1 2.09 70 5.9 1.115 2.8
                     
Lyle 1977 26 8 0.765 1 2.17 68 4.5 1.197 3.7
                     
Sutter 1977 31 9 0.775 0 1.34 129 10.8 0.857 6.5
                     
Stanley 1978 10 5 0.667 1 2.60 38 2.2 1.242 4.1
                     
Blair 1978 28 5 0.848 2 1.97 91 8.2 1.246 4.1
                     
Tekulve 1979 31 6 0.838 8 2.79 75 5.0 1.176 3.2
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
McGraw 1980 20 5 0.800 0 1.46 75 7.3 0.921 4.7
                     
Fingers 1981 28 6 0.824 0 1.04 61 7.0 0.872 4.2
                     
Caudill 1982 26 6 0.813 0 2.35 111 10.4 1.045 4.4
                     
Hernandez 1984 32 1 0.970 0 1.92 112 7.2 0.941 4.8
                     
Lamp 1985 2 5 0.286 8 3.32 68 5.8 1.164 1.3
                     
Eichhorn 1986 10 4 0.714 7 1.72 166 9.5 0.955 7.4
                     
Henke 1987 34 8 0.810 1 2.49 128 12.3 0.926 3.3
                     
Burke 1987 18 4 0.818 5 1.19 58 5.7 0.890 4.3
                     
Henneman 1988 22 7 0.759 2 1.87 58 5.7 1.051 3.3
                     
Lancaster 1989 8 3 0.727 7 1.36 56 6.9 1.032 3.9
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Eckersley 1990 48 2 0.960 0 0.61 73 9.0 0.614 3.3
                     
Thigpen 1990 57 8 0.877 0 1.83 70 7.1 1.038 3.4
                     
Henry 1991 15 1 0.938 3 1.00 28 7.0 0.833 2.2
                     
Aguilera 1991 42 9 0.824 0 2.35 61 8.0 1.072 2.4
                     
Ward 1992 12 4 0.750 24 1.95 103 9.1 1.135 3.1
                     
Rojas 1992 10 1 0.909 13 1.43 70 6.3 1.043 3.9
                     
Wetteland 1993 43 1 0.977 0 1.37 113 12.0 1.008 4.2
                     
Harvey 1993 45 4 0.918 0 1.70 73 9.5 0.841 4.0
                     
Beck 1993 48 4 0.923 0 2.16 86 9.8 0.882 2.4
                     
Hoffman 1998 53 1 0.981 0 1.48 86 10.6 0.849 4.1
                     
Urbina 1998 34 4 0.895 0 1.30 94 12.2 1.010 3.2
                     
Williamson 1999 19 7 0.731 5 2.41 107 10.3 1.039 2.8
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Rhodes 2001 3 4 0.429 31 1.72 83 11.0 0.853 2.5
                     
Smoltz 2003 45 4 0.918 0 1.12 73 10.2 0.870 3.3
                     
Timlin 2005 13 7 0.650 24 2.24 59 6.6 1.320 2.9
                     
Nathan 2006 36 2 0.947 0 1.58 95 12.5 0.790 3.3
                     
Putz 2007 40 2 0.952 0 1.38 82 10.3 0.698 4.0
                     
Rivera 2008 39 1 0.975 0 1.40 77 9.8 0.665 4.3
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR
                     
Bell 2010 47 3 0.940 0 1.93 86 11.1 1.200 1.9
                     
Cook 2012 14 7 0.667 21 2.09 80 9.8 0.941 2.6
                     
Chapman 2012 38 5 0.884 6 1.51 122 15.3 0.809 3.6
                     
Johnson 2012 51 3 0.944 0 2.49 41 5.4 1.019 2.4
                     
Davis 2014 3 3 0.500 33 1.00 109 13.6 0.847 3.7
                     
Rondon 2015 30 4 0.882 8 1.67 69 8.6 1.000 2.2
                     
Britton 2016 34 0 1.000 0 0.58 55 10.6 0.750 2.8
                     
Osuna 2016 28 3 0.903 0 2.13 67 11.0 0.855 1.8
                     
Pitcher Year S BS S% H ERA K K/9 WHIP WAR


Notes

Baumgartner appeared as a starter twelve times

Wolfgang and Baskette appeared as a starter eleven times.

Danforth appeared as a starter nine times.

Phillipe and Walsh appeared as a starter eight times.

Morton and Griffith appeared as a starter seven times.

Paige, Mays and Chappelle appeared as a starter six times.

Marberry, Mossi, Lee, Ellis and Dubuc appeared as a starter five times.

Leever appeared as a starter four times.

Russell, Stanley, Adams and Keefe appeared as a starter three times.

Brown, McDaniel, Wood, Crandall and Lindsey appeared as a starter two times.

Beggs, Quinn, Narleski and McGraw appeared once as a starter.

Maltzberger, Hyde, Konstanty, Duren, Tekulve and Henke all wore glasses.

Britton's and Osuna's stats are not final.


References


Sports Reference LLC. "Roberto Osunas Pitching Statistics And History." Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. http://www.baseball-reference.com/ players/o/ osunaro01.shtml. Web. 22 Aug. 2016.