Baseball Esoterica

October 27, 2005

2,500 Games Later...It's Another Sox!

Some game and series esoterica:
  • Chicago surpassed Houston in every major offensive stat in the series...except walks! That's pretty weird, because...
  • As mentioned in my last post, the Chicago pitching staff has been extremely frugal with free passes, yielding a mere 13 in their first 10 playoff games, up to WS Game 2. So how unbelievable is it that in their 11th they set the record for most walks in a World Series game, giving up 12?? I don't have data for 2005 yet, but they'd only walked 12 or more three times in their previous 1,400 games dating back to 1996!
  • Houston struck out 36 times in 143 at-bats...that's a K every four at-bats! For a player, that would be a 150-whiff pace, meaning Chicago pitching made all Houston hitters into Preston Wilson. During the season, they averaged one every 5.3 AB, sixth in the NL.
  • Check out the White Sox relievers' crazy line for Games 3 and 4. It's reminiscent of an AJ Burnett masterpiece.
    HR ERA
    9.0 2 1
    Nine of the 11 pitchers did not allow a hit. For the series, Chicago's relievers gave up a hit in only four of their 16 appearances. Only five did not allow a baserunner, though.
  • The Sox only scored six more runs than the 'Stros. I haven't checked it out, but I that's got to be the record--or just off it--for the smallest margin in a four-game sweep. It's reminiscent of the 2000 Series, when all five games were one- or two-run games.
  • After a season of no home runs and one triple in 129 games, Scott Podsednik had three three-baggers and two homers in 12 post-season games. In fact, he had three total in just the four-game World Series! After getting to actually watch him drive the ball into the right-centerfield gap and sprint around the bases, how the heck did he not hit a triple until September??
  • The White Sox had two batters, Geoff Blum and Willie Harris, finish with a 1.000 average. Blum also had a 5.000 OPS!


  • Great stuff, as always, Eric.

    Go to hell, spammers.

    By Blogger Ned, at 12:01 PM  

  • Rob Neyer has beaten you too this. From a column from last week:

    Aside from the salient fact that one team has won all three games played thus far, it's actually been a close Series. If the White Sox win Game 4 by one or two runs, this will rank, in terms of runs scored, as one of the very closest sweeps ever. Here are the four closest:

    1950 Yankees + 6 Phillies
    1963 Dodgers + 8 Yankees
    1914 Braves +10 Athletics
    1966 Orioles +11 Dodgers

    By Anonymous Anders, at 5:28 PM  

  • Just read Neyer's column, thanks, anders. I need to find Retrosheet post-season data to figure this stuff out on my own!

    Thanks, ned, and yeah, spammers suck...especially hopelessly inane ones like these.

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