Oddities and Statistical Facts, ALDS
Two weeks have past since the Rangers’s heart-breaking, but somewhat characteristic collapse that cost them the 2015 season. Since it’s a well-known fact that I’m obsessed with weird baseball statistics, I nitpicked some from the ALDS.
Without further ado let’s take a look back at the five-game series.
In the third inning, his first ever playoff plate appearance, Rougie was drilled by a 77.1 MPH David Price curveball. In the second plate appearance leading off the fifth inning, he got plunked again, this time by a 91.6 MPH Price sinker. As a result, Odor became the eighteenth player to get hit by a pitch twice in a postseason game and third to do so in playoff debut, joining former Ranger Matt Treanor and Hall of Famer Max Carey.
|1||Rougned Odor||2015-10-08||ALDS||1||TEX||TOR||W 5-3||4||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||2||0.205||1.603||.710||8||2B|
|1||Matt Treanor||2010-10-07||ALDS||2||TEX||TBR||W 6-0||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||2||0.109||1.247||.778||8||C|
|1||Max Carey||1925-10-07||WS||1||PIT||WSH||L 1-4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||-0.023||-0.270||1.016||2||CF|
Odor had himself a day in game one. His seventh inning home run made him the youngest Ranger to go yard in the postseason, at the age of 22 years and 247 days old. He was the ninth-youngest overall at that moment until Astros phenomenon Carlos Correa, at a mere 21 years and 20 days, pushed him back to the tenth spot four days later.
For the second consecutive day, Jake Diekman mowed down all six batters he faced. In doing so, the southpaw joined a list of elite relievers, such as Mariano Rivera, Willie Hernandez, and Rafael Perez, to accomplish the rare feat in the postseason.
With his fifth-inning single, Josh Hamilton snapped his 0-for-previous 31 skid which spanned eight games. Additionally, from the 2012 AL Wild Card Game to Game 2 of this series, the outfielder never reached on base safely despite amassing at least four plate appearances in each of six games over the stretch. Only one other player has such abysmal streak for as many amount of games: Hall of Famer Eddie Murray did it from 1979 to 1983.
It wasn’t the best day in Derek Holland‘s life, unless he secretly won millions of dollars in a DraftKings match up. By giving up six runs in just two-plus frames, the Dutch Oven set some new postseason records, not in a gracious fashion, in team history:
Third pitcher to give up three home runs in two or fewer innings. Although his two precedents’ teams ended up winning their respective games, Holland failed to join the trend.
|1||Derek Holland||2015-10-12||ALDS||4||TEX||TOR||L 4-8||GS-2, L||2.0||5||6||6||1||0||3||0||37||21||21||12||-0.333||-4.468||.541|
|2||Edwin Jackson||2011-10-16||NLCS||6||STL||MIL||W 12-6||GS-2||2.0||4||4||4||0||2||3||0||48||32||34||10||-0.244||-3.058||.779|
|3||Kevin Appier||2002-10-20||WS||2||ANA||SFG||W 11-10||GS-2||2.0||5||5||5||2||2||3||0||48||28||26||13||-0.303||-4.307||.748|
The lefty’s game score was a sub-optimal twenty-one, the worst by a Rangers starter in the postseason.
While it was disastrous, the outing may not have been Holland’s worst appearance in the playoffs. Remember game 2 of the 2010 World Series, when he couldn’t throw a single strike and walked all three Giants he faced? Yeah, it was bad.
Meanwhile, on the Jays side:
Price, 2012, the American League Cy Young Award winner, relieved R.A. Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young winner. This made me wonder how many other times a CY winner relieved another in a playoff game. There are two recent cases: Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, where Tim Lincecum replaced Barry Zito and Game 2 of the 2001 NLDS, in which John Smoltz took over the hill after Tom Glavine, though Smoltz was a closer at the time (h/t @dalton_mack and @justarobert on Twitter).
The Jays hit a total of seven extra-base hits, their new single-game postseason record.
Thanks to the series of miscues in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rangers yielded four unearned runs, tied for second-most in a winner-take-all postseason game, along with two other teams. They trail only the Angels, who coughed up a stunning seven unearned runs in Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS.