The Decade In Baseball – Pitching Leaders

baseballs3The 2010s have drawn to a close and its time to take a look back at the previous decade.  Today, we are finishing off our look back at 10 years worth of baseball with the pitching leaders for the 385 games I attended between 2010 and 2019.

In addition to the regular season, these totals include 2 wild card games, 3 trips to the NLDS, 3 NLCS appearances, and the 2016 World Series.  Not too many surprises on these charts.

Wins

Name Total
Chris Sale 21
Gavin Floyd 13
John Danks 11
Jon Lester  10
Jake Peavy 10

Losses

Name Total
Jose Quintana 17
Chris Sale 12
John Danks 10
James Shields 10
Gavin Floyd 9
Carlos Rodon 9

ERA (> 10 IP)

Name Total
Kyle Ryan 0.00
Colby Lewis 0.60
Brandon Kintzler 0.68
Matt Moore 0.79
Yovani Gallardo 0.82

ERA (> 20 IP)

Name Total
Kyle Gibson 1.59
Dallas Braden 1.71
Aaron Bummer 1.84
Zach Duke 2.00
Wade Davis 2.01

Strikeouts

Name Total
Chris Sale 313
Jose Quintana 208
Gavin Floyd 145
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The Decade In Baseball – Team Records

The 2010s have drawn to a close and its time to take a look back at the previous decade.  Today, we are starting with baseball, specifically the performance of all 30 MLB teams in games I attended between 2010 and 2019.  Locally, things were good on the north side of town, as the Cubs finished their rebuild with 3 straight NLCS appearances in the middle of the decade, including a World Series championship in 2016.  It was much bleaker on the south side, as the White Sox failed to compete after a late collapse in 2012, finishing the decade on a string of 7 consecutive losing seasons.

I managed to take in 385 games over the past 10 years at 12 different stadiums from coast (Dodger Stadium) to coast (Fenway Park).  2010 was my high water mark, with 52 games, while 2013 and 2018 tied for the lowest total of the decade with only 29 games.

Games Per Year
Year Total Games
2010 52
2011 43
2012 33
2013 29
2014 35
2015 39
2016 39
2017 49
2018 29
2019 37

Two franchises went through the decade undefeated in games I attended, while another 2 teams went winless.  Both local teams finished just a shade under .500.  The White Sox are far and away the team I saw most often, while the Diamondbacks bring up the rear with only 2 appearances over the past 10 years.

2019 Team Records
Team Name Won Loss Winning Pctg
Colorado Rockies 4 0 1.000
New York Mets 3 0 1.000
Boston Red Sox 9 3 0.750
New York Yankees 9 4 0.692
Washington Nationals 6 3 0.667
Houston Astros 6 3 0.667
Florida Marlins 2 1 0.667
Los Angeles Angels 9 5 0.643
Detroit Tigers 22 13 0.629
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 3 0.625
Kansas City Royals 21 17 0.553
Cleveland Indians 17 14 0.548
Toronto Blue Jays 8 7 0.533
Minnesota Twins 19 17 0.528
Oakland Athletics 7 7 0.500
St. Louis Cardinals 2 2 0.500
San Diego Padres 2 2 0.500
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 1 0.500
Chicago White Sox 159 164 0.492
Chicago Cubs 40 43 0.482
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The Joe Maddon Era Has Ended

After 5 seasons, the Cubs and Joe Maddon have agreed to part ways as his initial contract with the club expires with the end of the 2019 season.  Maddon, who was hired under dubious circumstances following the 2014 season, put together one of the best runs in franchise history, with 3 straight trips to the NLCS and a World Series victory that broke a 108 year curse on the north side.  The last 2 years, though, have ended in disappointment, with September swoons that led to a Wild Card loss in 2018 and missing the playoffs completely this year.

Maddon is likely to land on his feet, with attractive openings in San Diego and, potentially, Philadelphia.  The Angels, Maddon’s one time employer, have hinted they are willing to pull the same move the Cubs did 5 years ago, dumping their manager after one year for a shot at Maddon.  Wherever he ends up, he will try to rebound and re-find his winning touch.

Playoffs?!?!?!

For the fifth consecutive year, a Chicago team is in position to start selling playoff tickets to their season ticket holders.  While the Cubs have once again struggled to pull away from the pack, they currently are in the hunt in the National League Central, but, unlike the last few years, are not locks to make it back to the postseason.

Thanks to a randomly selected combination assignment, I would end up with tickets to a home Wild Card game, all Division Series home games, home games 1 and 3 of the League Championship series, and home games 2 and 3 of the World Series.  Unlike past playoff appearances, it seems I would have my normal tickets for the first two rounds, before moving a little closer to home plate but 2 rows up for the World Series.

Just like last year, only electronic tickets will be issued.  Unlike last year, no word on whether commemorative physical tickets will be made available.

Playoffs?!?!

For the fourth consecutive year, a Chicago team is in position to start selling playoff tickets to their season ticket holders.  While the Cubs have once again struggled to pull away from the pack, they currently hold a 3 game lead in the National League Central and are nearly locks to make it back to the postseason.

Thanks to a randomly selected combination assignment, I would end up with tickets to a home Wild Card game, should the Cubs drop out of first place, all Division Series home games, home games 1 and 2 of the Championship series, and home games 1 and 2 of the World Series.  Unlike past playoff appearances, it seems I would have my normal tickets for the first two rounds, before moving a little closer to home plate but 6 rows up for the World Series.

A new wrinkle for 2018 is that only electronic tickets will be issued.  Following the conclusion of the postseason, commemorative physical tickets will be made available.

2018 Tickets – Northside Edition

After making their third consecutive NLCS appearance last season, the Cubs have once again kept their season ticket package toned down for 2018, letting the product on the field speak for itself.  We start, as usual, with the box, which highlights the expected stars of the 2018 season, including Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, and Javy Baez.

Inside the box, aside from the tickets themselves, were a few “goodies”, as has been the custom the last few years.  The highlight is a print of the artwork found on the tickets themselves, highlighting the expected stars of the 2018 season.  In addition to that, there was a commemorative season holder pin, a season ticket holder patch, a cell phone wallet, and some new ticket lanyards.

Finally, the tickets themselves.  The Cubs have moved away from the action shots of players for this years tickets, going instead with artists interpretations, but have switched the ticket orientation back to portrait from landscape, which is somewhat disappointing.

All Time Team Records

The 2018 baseball season gets underway today, with an early start brought about due to the last collective bargaining agreement, which added additional off days for each team throughout the year.  To celebrate, it is time once again to look at the all-time team records for games that I have identified as having attended dating back to 1984. The Cubs look to avenge last year’s NLCS loss and make it back to the World Series, while the rebuilding White Sox hope to finally start seeing their young talent blossom.  The 2018 season should be an exciting one on both sides of town.

All-Time Team Records
Team Name Won Loss Winning Pctg
California Angels 1 0 1.000
Arizona Diamondbacks 13 2 0.867
Florida Marlins 15 8 0.652
Philadelphia Phillies 10 6 0.625
Toronto Blue Jays 13 9 0.591
New York Yankees 14 10 0.583
Colorado Rockies 8 6 0.571
Los Angeles Angels 16 13 0.552
Boston Red Sox 16 13 0.552
Kansas City Royals 27 24 0.529
Chicago White Sox 284 256 0.526
Chicago Cubs 209 189 0.525
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Fitbit III: Week 38

A good week, thanks in part to the last dregs of the baseball season.  Things got off to an odd start on Sunday, where I finished the day at exactly 6500 steps, the first time I can recall ending right on my daily goal.  Monday improved things, pushing up towards 8700 steps.  Tuesday was another strong day, coming in over 7700 steps.  Wednesday was the big day of the week, finishing just over 10,000 steps thanks to Game 4 of the NLCS.  Thursday was just shy of 9500 steps, despite a return trip to Wrigley Field to see the Dodgers win the NL pennant.  Friday was a disappointment, with only 5700 steps.  Saturday managed to finish over 6600 steps, thanks to a few trips to the grocery store.

Total steps: 54,822

Daily average: 7831.7

2017 Final Batting Leaders

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles DodgersAnother baseball season has come to an end, with the Cubs title defense falling a bit short thanks to the Dodgers in the NLCS and year one of the rebuild on the South Side looking fruitful.  Let’s take a look back at the offensive leaders for the 49 games, including the post-season, that I attended this season:

Home Runs

Name Total
Jose Abreu 10
Melky Cabrera 7
Avisail Garcia 7
Tim Anderson 5
Enrique Hernandez 5
Javier Baez 5

Hits

Name Total
Jose Abreu 44
Tim Anderson 35
Avisail Garcia 33
Melky Cabrera 33
Yolmer Sanchez 30

Runs

Name Total
Jose Abreu 22
Tim Anderson 18
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2017 Final Standings

For the third consecutive year, the NL pennant was captured at Wrigley Field.  Unfortunately, this year it was the Dodgers that will be moving on, winning the NLCS 4 games to 1 against the Cubs and bringing the game-attending portion of the 2017 season came to an end.  I made it to 49 games this season, my largest total since 2010.  I did manage to add one new stadium this year, along with trips to 3 others that I had been to before.  Here are the final standings for those games and the 20 different teams I saw in person, through both the regular season and the playoffs.

2017 Team Records
Team Name Won Loss Winning Pctg
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 1.000
Seattle Mariners 2 0 1.000
Oakland Athletics 2 0 1.000
Colorado Rockies 1 0 1.000
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 0 1.000
Boston Red Sox 2 1 0.667
New York Yankees 2 1 0.667
Kansas City Royals 3 2 0.600
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 2 0.600
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