Oddities and Statistical Notes, Weeks 2-3

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) is hit by a pitch during the tenth inning against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Arlington. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Hi there again, and sorry for the delay. Here are some weird statistical facts from the second and third weeks of the season. I’d like to warn you that majority of these facts will bring you down, like how the Rangers played over the same span.

Without further ado, here you go.

Game 8

Ross Detwiler had one of those days again. In his second start as a Ranger, the southpaw gave up five runs in 5.2 innings, which was a little longer than his Ranger debut, though not by much, became the 12th pitcher to surrender five or more runs in each of first two outings with the team.

Game 9

With his double and walk, newly acquired Carlos Peguero became the eighth Ranger to get on base twice or more in each of first four games with the team. The streak came to an end the next day, as he got only one plate appearance as a defensive substitute.

Nick Martinez became the 13th pitcher in franchise history, including Washington Senators days, to throw seven or more innings and give up no more than one run in each of the first two games of a season. If not for an unearned run in the seventh inning, he’s the fourth ever Ranger/Senator with a 7+ IP, 0 ER outing in each of first two games.

Rk Name Strk Start End Games W L IP H R BB SO HR ERA
1 Tom Cheney 1963-04-11 1963-05-01 4 4 0 36.0 15 2 5 38 0 0.25
2 Derek Holland 2014-09-02 2014-09-12 3 1 0 21.0 20 2 0 17 0 0.86
3 Rick Honeycutt 1983-04-06 1983-04-17 3 2 0 23.0 20 2 2 10 0 0.78
4 Nick Martinez 2015-04-09 2015-04-14 2 2 0 14.0 9 1 5 6 0 0.00
5 Yu Darvish 2014-04-06 2014-04-11 2 1 0 15.0 8 0 2 15 0 0.00
6 Matt Harrison 2011-04-03 2011-04-09 2 2 0 14.0 7 2 3 11 1 1.29
7 Kevin Millwood 2009-04-06 2009-04-12 2 1 0 14.0 9 1 1 11 0 0.64
8 Kevin Brown 1993-04-11 1993-04-17 2 2 0 16.2 11 1 3 7 1 0.54
9 Paul Kilgus 1988-04-10 1988-04-16 2 2 0 15.2 7 1 5 2 0 0.57
10 Jon Matlack 1980-04-10 1980-04-15 2 1 0 18.0 8 0 1 9 0 0.00
11 Pete Broberg 1972-04-16 1972-04-22 2 2 0 17.0 9 1 9 5 0 0.53
12 Dick Bosman 1971-04-05 1971-04-11 2 1 1 17.0 9 1 4 4 1 0.53
13 Barry Moore 1967-04-23 1967-04-30 2 2 0 18.0 8 1 4 3 0 0.50

Game 10

Anthony Ranaudo‘s Rangers debut didn’t go well, as he lasted only 1.2 innings while giving up six runs on six hits. Only four other pitchers did worse in their first outings with the Rangers, in terms of innings pitched and runs allowed.

Rk Name Games W L GS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
1 Anthony Ranaudo 1 0 1 1 1.2 6 6 6 2 2 0 32.40
2 Warner Madrigal 1 0 1 0 0.1 5 6 6 1 0 0 162.00
3 Dustin Nippert 1 0 0 0 0.2 5 6 6 1 0 0 81.00
4 Ryan Drese 1 0 1 1 0.1 4 6 5 3 1 0 135.00
5 Jim Panther 1 0 0 0 0.2 6 6 5 1 1 0 67.50

Game 13

Once again, Detwiler imploded. This time, despite seven runs on his back, he only made it to one out in the third inning, leaving the mound with, guess what, five runs charged to him. In doing so, he became one of the only four pitchers in franchise history to give up five runs in each of the first three games with the team.

Rk Name Strk Start End Games W L GS IP H R BB SO HR ERA
1 Gaylord Perry 1975-06-15 1975-07-02 5 0 4 5 31.0 49 30 11 14 3 8.71
2 Ross Detwiler 2015-04-08 2015-04-19 3 0 2 3 12.1 25 18 7 5 5 10.95
3 Tommy Hunter 2008-08-01 2008-08-14 3 0 2 3 11.0 23 20 3 9 4 16.36
4 Alan Benes 2003-05-10 2003-05-21 3 0 2 3 11.2 23 16 4 6 0 11.57
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Detwiler accomplished another un-welcomed feat in this game – 16th starter in team history to give up three (or more) home runs in 2.1 innings (or fewer).

Game 18

Rougned Odor got drilled again, became one of only six players to get hit by a pitch six or more times in first 18 games. You can see a certain South Korean’s name on the top of the list, along with other noted baseball magnets.

Rk Player Year HBP
1 Shin-Soo Choo 2013 7
2 Fernando Vina 2001 6
3 Chase Utley 2007 6
4 Rougned Odor 2015 6
5 David Eckstein 2008 6
6 Craig Biggio 1995 6

Martinez continued to shine, now he’s one of the only three pitchers in team history to log six or more innings, give up one or fewer runs in each of first four starts of a season. Tom Cheney did it as a Senator.

Rk Name Strk Start End Games W L GS CG IP H R BB SO HR ERA
1 Nick Martinez 2015-04-09 2015-04-26 4 2 0 4 0 26.0 21 2 8 11 0 0.35
2 Derek Holland 2014-09-02 2014-09-17 4 1 0 4 0 27.1 24 3 3 22 0 0.99
3 Tom Cheney 1963-04-11 1963-05-01 4 4 0 4 4 36.0 15 2 5 38 0 0.25
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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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