Nation STATion: In case you were wondering. . .

Nation STATion: In case you were wondering. . .
May 19, 2011, 4:37 pm
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By Bill Chuck
Special to CSNNE.com

I am frequently asked how I come up with the stats that I write about everyday, and its an inspirational story. Not a made-for-TV-movie inspirational, more like as events occur I get inspired to see how they relate to other players or events and then I do some research if there is something worthwhile to share. My goal is to find something interesting enough for you to share with your friends, spouse, colleagues, boss, bar mates, or cellmates.

So here are some other items I was wondering about and I thought you might too.

In case you wondering

Harmon Killebrew hit .285 against the Red Sox, his highest average against any team. He also slammed 61 homers and drove home 199 in 913 at bats.

This past week, the Royals Vin Mazzaro gave up 14 runs in 2.1 innings in a game against Cleveland. The closest Red Sox equivalent I could find was Howard Ehmke, on Sept. 28, 1923, faced the Yankees and gave up 17 runs (16 earned) in six innings. He allowed 21 hits and walked four as New York won, 24-4.

Wins Above Replacement (WAR) represents the number of wins a player adds above his replacement, usually from the minors. John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka were both put on the Disabled List this week. Lackeys WAR this season is -1, which means his replacement theoretically is worth one more win than Lackey. Dice-Ks is -0.1, which basically means his replacement will do about the same or ever so slightly better. To give you a frame of reference, Josh Beckett has a WAR of 2.4 (hes worth 2.4 more wins than his replacement), Clay Buchholz, including last nights effort, has a WAR of 1.5, and Jon Lester has a WAR of 1.8 this season.

Speaking of Lackey, since the start of the 2010 season, four pitchers are 16-16:

Player ERA Tm John Lackey 4.95 BOS Mark Buehrle 4.23 CHW Randy Wolf 4.15 MIL Hiroki Kuroda 3.25 LAD
Player Date Opp Dustin Pedroia 2010-06-24 COL Kevin Millar 2004-07-23 NYY Bill Mueller 2003-07-29 TEX Nomar Garciaparra 2002-07-23(1) TBD Jason Varitek 2001-05-20 KCR
Double figure strikeouts are not in fashion for Sox pitchers this season; Jon Lester struck out 11 Angels on May 3, and Josh Beckett struck out 10 Yankees on April 10, and that is it.

On Tuesday, Brian McCann of the Braves hit a pinch-hit homer with two down in the 9th to send their game into extra innings (he won it with a walkoff homer in the 11th). The Sox have no pinch-hit homers this season although they had two last season from Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald. In McDonalds game, last April 20, he came close to McCanns feat. He hit a game-tying two run pinch-homer in the 8th and then a walkoff single in the 9th.

Kevin Youkilis hit a stunning .404 last season against lefties with a career high eight homers. After last night, hes up to .286 against lefties this season and tied with Jed Lowrie with three homers against lefties.

Speaking of Lowrie, Jed has an amazing .444 average against lefties with three homers and 14 RBI. However, the switch-hitter against righties is only hitting .250 with no homers and four RBI.

So, in case you were wondering thats how it works.

If there is something you are wondering about, send me an email at walkoffs.gmail.com and Ill see if I can find the answer for you.

Data provided by www.baseball-reference.com.