Category Archives: Retrosheet

Pitching (and hitting) backwards in 2014

Before last season, we looked at which pitchers threw the most first-pitch breaking balls and offspeed pitches, and which hitters faced the most, in 2013. Who topped those lists change in 2014?

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Hitting for average and nothing else

One of the great things about baseball is that, every night, you have the chance to see something you’ve never seen before. Tuesday night, for example, Ben Revere hit his first career home run in 1,565 plate appearances. One of the other great things about baseball is that, every time you see something new, you can find a connection to the game’s history. Revere had logged the most PA without a homer to start a career since Greg Gross in the 1970s; before Gross, you have to go back to Emil Verban in the 1940s.

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Felix Hernandez, king of the quality start

To illustrate the consistent greatness of Felix Hernandez, the Mariners’ broadcasters unveiled the “ultra quality start” and the “mega quality start”. How do these statistics measure pitcher quality? Plus, we respond to a question left in the comments on last week’s article.

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