Errors hurt a team. By definition, they are mistakes that have hurt the team. If the center fielder makes a bad throw to home, it doesn’t count as an error unless something bad happened that shouldn’t have happened. That being said, some errors are more harmful than others.
Category Archives: Single Game Records
The job of a pitcher is to prevent runs from being scored by his opponent. Preventing baserunners is so closely tied to this job that they are often considered dual responsibilities. However, every once in awhile there is a pitcher who manages to do one of the two jobs well while doing the other poorly.
J.R. Richard pitched 10 seasons for the Houston Astros from 1971-1980. He was a fairly good pitcher, even considering the era of depressed offense and his park. The Astrodome was notoriously killer on hitters, being as pitcher-friendly as Petco Park in San Diego is now, per Baseball-Reference’s park factors. Still, he eclipsed 200 innings in 5 straight seasons, passed 300 strikeouts in 2 seasons (leading the league both times), and had a career ERA of 3.15 (8% better than league average over that time, adjusted for the park). He had 3 top ten Cy Young finishes, including a 3rd-place in 1979. Continue reading
Don Larsen’s during the 1956 World Series, Dave Stewart’s and Fernando Valenzuela’s on the same day in 1990, and Dock Ellis’on acid in 1970 are among the most famous no-hitters in MLB history. However, Johnny Vander Meer’s 2nd consecutive no-hitter in June 1938 also has a claim on that title. His feat is remembered and admired by casual baseball fans and diehard ones alike. Whenever I see a countdown of the “most unbreakable records” in either baseball or sports in general, I can count on Johnny making the list. And with good reason, because this combination of skill, luck, and opportunity doesn’t come along very often. Continue reading
With American League teams playing games in National League parks, many full-time DHs are left like children wandering aimlessly through a forest. These fearsome hitters are forced to pace the dugout, waiting for an opportunity to pinch hit. But even then, what chance does a pinch hitter have to actually affect a game? Can a guy who doesn’t start the game really have a big impact? Continue reading
No-hitters are exactly what their name says they are. They’re games in which a pitcher doesn’t allow a hit. However, that leaves so much unsaid. It doesn’t mention anything about a pitcher’s ability to miss bats, throw with control, keep runners off-base, keep runners from scoring, or even win the game! This is different from a perfect game, which definitively answers all of those questions except the ability to miss bats. Continue reading