Relievers with at least 40 hitless appearances in 2015

There has been a lot action already this Hot Stove season amongst relievers. And it makes sense. Starters not only aren’t throwing complete games, they are not going deep in games in general. Starters out, relievers in. There are many skill sets we want from relievers in their relatively short visits into games: we don’t […]

Much ado about nothing

“A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.” Will Shakespeare (famous baseball writer (?) Much Ado About Nothing – First performed 1612) JERRY: So you’re saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing. GEORGE: We go into NBC. JERRY: “We”? Since […]

The 2015 Jesse Orosco Award

Relievers with the most appearances in which they did not allow a baserunner in 2015 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi We really never expect perfection from starting pitchers, but we demand it from relievers. And why shouldn’t we? After all, a reliever’s job is […]

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances

You don’t ask much from a reliever, all you want is to enter the game, and not allow any of the batters you face to score. It doesn’t matter whether you face one batter or pitch three innings – just don’t let batters score during your stay on the mound. Some relievers are better at […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: August 16, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files Zack Greinke leads the majors with nine scoreless starts; Kevin Siegrist and Javier Lopez lead all relievers with 51 scoreless appearances. In Jose Reyes’ career, he has played in 768 wins and 760 losses; he’s hit .324 in wins and .254 in losses. Free agent to-be Chris Davis […]

LOOGY of the Year

It is awards season and one award that never receives the attention that it deserves is the LOOGY of the Year. A LOOGY is a Left-handed One Out Guy. He is your reliever that you bring in from the ‘pen when you want to retire that tough left-handed batter and then remove him before he […]

Nine to Know: The Giants

Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Giants Files… From October 30, 2010 to October 16, 2014, Jeremy Affeldt has appeared in 18 postseason games, covering 18 innings and he has not allowed a run. He’s permitted eight hits, walked five, and whiffed 12. From October 7, 2012 to October 16, 2014, Santiago Casilla has […]

From the Bill Chuck Files…

Nine to Know The player with the most plate appearances with runners in scoring position is Adrian Gonzalez with 221; he’s hitting .330 with 89 RBI also the most in baseball. This is interesting; the four pitching staffs that have permitted the fewest triples at home this season are the Dodgers (2), Angels, Athletics, and […]

Limited Relief at the Deadline

Several contenders found it odd that some teams likely to end up with losing records wouldn’t move veteran middle relievers they’ll likely lose at the end of the season—Matt Lindstrom of the White Sox, LaTroy Hawkins of the Mets, Luke Hockevar of the Royals (probably a non-tender), Javier Lopez of the Giants, several relievers in […]