Baseball Esoterica

October 19, 2005

Is One Bigger Than Five?

OK, here's a little quiz. Look at the following table. Which team is the Angels in the entire five-game 2005 ALCS and which is the Yankees in Game 3 of last year's ALCS? No cheating!

Team A Team B
Runs 19 11
Hits 22 27
Players with 3+ hits 4 4
Players with 5+ hits 1 0
Players with 2+ RBIs 5 2
Players scoring 2+ runs 4 2
Walks 5 4
Doubles+Triples 9 6
Home Runs 4 3
Total Bases 44 41
Stolen Bases 0 2
AB 47 154
Well, that last line kinda gave it away, but I'm sure you'd already figured it out. Unbelievable.

Extra Esoterica

  • During the season, the Angels averaged a paltry 2.8 walks a game, good for 24th in the majors. But over both of their playoff series, the entire team averaged…I still don’t believe this…0.9 walks per game (nine walks in 10 games).
  • Hideki Matsui’s five Game 3 hits in 2004 is more than any Angel over the entirety of this year's series!

  • Late Breaking News: The Yankees achieved a rare (I think) esoteric feat in that game: six consecutive batters in their order drove in a different number of runs.
    Slot Player RBIs
    3 Sheffield 4
    4 Matsui 5
    5 Williams 3
    6 Posada 1
    7 Sierra 2
    8 Olerud 0
    If you're a fan, you'll remember that this also happened this year, just three weeks ago, as described in the post Craps, Anyone?. And if you remember, it was done...against the Yankees!


  • Not to be picky but you mean game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. Had the Yanks won game 4 (or 5 or 6 or 7) they would have won the ALCS.

    By Blogger JohnP, at 10:52 PM  

  • Oops! Thanks for the note.

    By Anonymous esoteric eric, at 11:40 PM  

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