Oddities and Statistical Notes, Week 1

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If you’ve been following me on Twitter for some time, you may know one thing about me: I’m obsessed with weird statistical trivia and (not-so) fun facts. Here at SDI, I’m planning to write weekly notes about them during the season. Without further ado, here are some of those odd facts from week 1.

Game 1

The Rangers became the ninth team to have one or fewer hits on opening day since 1914. Thanks to Ryan Rua’s single in the 8th, they avoided the dubious distinction set by the White Sox on opening day 1940, who were no-hit by Cleveland’s Bob Feller.

It was the second time being shutout on opening day in team history, the first time since the team’s inaugural year, 1972. Sixth if you count the Washington Senators days.

Game 2

As you may already know, the A’s Brett Lawrie struck out four times on 12 pitches. I’m not sure how many times this has happened, but a pretty incredible accomplishment, to say the least.

Game 3

Ross Detwiler didn’t impress Rangers fans in a good way. His eight runs allowed is tied for the third most in a Rangers debut.

The team was shutout again. Three runs scored in the first three games is the fewest mark in franchise history, including the Senators era.

They hit no home runs through the first three games, the third time in team history (1972, 1981).

Game 4
Rougned Odor got plunked for the third time in this young season, becoming the thirteenth player since 1914 to accomplish the feat. The last one before Odor, for your information, was his current colleague Shin-Soo Choo, who did it for the Reds in 2013.

Game 5

In the home opener, a sore left shoulder unfortunately cut Derek Holland‘s first start of the season short after just one inning. In doing so, he became the first Rangers starter to exit after one inning or shorter in two years (Martin Perez, September 26, 2012).

In his lone inning, Holland picked off a base runner. It was his 23rd PO in his career, putting him 6th most in the big leagues since his rookie season.

Rk Player PO From To G
1 Clayton Kershaw 47 2009 2015 191
2 Mark Buehrle 39 2009 2015 194
3 Bruce Chen 26 2009 2014 156
4 James Shields 25 2009 2015 203
5 Clayton Richard 24 2009 2013 134
6 Derek Holland 23 2009 2015 148

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In the 3rd inning, Elvis Andrus was caught attempting to steal second base, the 67th such time he has been nabbed for larceny, two behind franchise leader Toby Harrah, who holds the team record at 69 (insert the 4-letter adjective here).

Game 6

This game wasn’t interesting from a weird stats standpoint. Plus, we all hate the phrase “game 6” to death, don’t we? Alright, let’s move on.

Game 7

Roogie got hit by a pitch again, the fourth time in the first seven games. He’s tied with ten other guys for the most in the season’s first seven games. Coincidentally, four of the eleven, including Odor, have occurred in 2015 (Anthony Rizzo, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon).

Speaking of HBP, Mitch Moreland, who pinch hit in the 8th, got plunked. In the 14th, he got plunked again and became the 17th player (19th occasion) in team history to get hit by a pitch twice in a game.

What’s unique about Moreland’s multi-HBP campaign is that he accomplished it in a game in which he didn’t start. This has happened only 18 other times since 1914.
Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA HBP
1 Mitch Moreland 2015-04-12 TEX HOU L 4-6 4 2
2 Roger Bernadina 2014-09-13 LAD SFG W 17-0 2 2
3 Brent Lillibridge 2011-05-04 CHW MIN L 2-3 2 2
4 Carlos Gomez 2010-08-02 MIL CHC W 18-1 2 2
5 Eric Bruntlett 2009-06-12 PHI BOS L 2-5 3 2
6 Freddie Bynum 2007-06-19 BAL SDP L 6-12 3 2
7 Bruce Aven 2001-07-21 LAD COL W 22-7 2 2
8 Augie Ojeda 2001-05-28 CHC CIN W 9-6 4 2
9 John Marzano 1998-09-21 SEA OAK W 5-2 3 2
10 Willard Schmidt 1959-04-26 CIN MLN W 11-10 2 2
11 George Watkins 1934-06-25 NYG STL W 10-7 4 2
12 Hub Walker 1931-07-21 DET WSH W 4-3 4 2
13 Mike Gonzalez 1915-06-09 STL NYG W 11-10 3 2
14 Dee Walsh 1915-05-20 SLB NYY L 2-4 5 2
15 Ben Egan 1914-09-24 (1) CLE WSH L 2-5 4 2
16 Red Corriden 1914-04-21 CHC STL T 2-2 2 2

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Generated 4/16/2015.

Not enough with HBP madness? In this very game, Shin-Soo Choo, the maestro of getting hit by a pitch himself, pinch hit two batsmen after Moreland and, guess what, got plunked. This marks the second time in franchise history where two reserve players reached base via a HBP in the same game. The other one was also an excruciating 18-inning contest on June 8th, 2013 where A.J. Pierzynski and Leonys Martin (in addition to starters Jeff Baker and Nelson Cruz) got plunked en route to a bizarre 4-3 loss to Toronto.

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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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