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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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.

Fitbit III: Week 37

An up and down week that just managed to sneak past my goal for the week.  Things got off to a slow start on Sunday, as my streak of days above goal came to an end, with just over 4000 steps.  Monday bounced back thanks to a trip down to Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the NLDS.  Tuesday was even better, with work in the morning and the first attempt at Game 4 getting rained out in the afternoon.  Wednesday was the big day of the week, as the Cubs and Nationals managed to get the game in and I was forced to park well beyond where I normally would, resulting in over 11,700 steps.  Thursday was back down under goal again, as a planned night out fizzled.  Friday was right at goal for the day.  Thunderstorms on Saturday resulted in another down day, coming in just shy of 2700 steps.

Total steps: 46,320

Daily average: 6617.1

Playoff Pitching Leaders

With the NLDS between the Cubs and the Nationals tied at a game a piece, it’s time to take our updated look at the pitching leaders from the now 26 post-season games I’ve attended since the White Sox won the AL Central in 2000.

Wins

Name Total
Mark Buehrle 2
Jon Lester 2
22 tied with 1

Losses

Name Total
Matt Clement 2
23 tied with 1

ERA (> 6 IP)

Name Total
Aroldis Chapman 0.00
Johnny Cueto 1.13
Chad Billingsley 1.35
Jon Lester 1.35
Clayton Richard 1.42

Strikeouts

Name Total
Mark Prior 13
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Playoff Batting Leaders

The Cubs continue their title defense tonight in Washington against the Nationals with a 1-0 lead in the NLDS.  With that in mind, it’s time to take an updated look at the offensive leaders from the now 26 post-season games I have attended since 2000.  So, without further ado, we start off with:

Home Runs

Name Total
Paul Konerko 3
B.J. Upton 3
Dexter Fowler 3
Kris Bryant 3
Moises Alou 2
Miguel Cabrera 2
Chipper Jones 2
Eric Karros 2
Daniel Murphy 2
A.J. Pierzynski 2
Scott Podsednik 2
Manny Ramirez 2
Kyle Schwarber 2
Jorge Soler 2
Anthony Rizzo 2

Hits

Name Total
Dexter Fowler 10
Kris Bryant 9
Moises Alou 9
Anthony Rizzo 8
Javier Baez 8
Juan Uribe 8
Derrek Lee 8

Runs

Name Total
Dexter Fowler 7
Paul Konerko 6
A.J. Pierzynski 5
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All Time Playoff Team Records

As the Cubs prepare for their third consecutive post-season appearance and an NLDS tilt against the Nationals, it’s time to take an updated look at the team records for the now 26 playoff contests I have attended. These contests come from the ALDS in 2000, 2005, and 2008, the NLDS in 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, and 2016, the NLCS in 2003, 2015, and 2016, the ALCS in 2005, and, of course, the 2005 and 2016 World Series.

Post-Season Team Records
Team Name Won Loss Winning Pctg
Florida Marlins 3 0 1.000
Seattle Mariners 2 0 1.000
New York Mets 2 0 1.000
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1.000
Chicago White Sox 5 4 0.556
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 2 0.500
Tampa Bay Rays 1 1 0.500
Los Angeles Angels 1 1 0.500
Cleveland Indians 1 1 0.500
Atlanta Braves 1 1 0.500
Chicago Cubs 7 10 0.412
St. Louis Cardinals 0 1 0.000
San Francisco Giants 0 2 0.000
Houston Astros 0 1 0.000
Boston Red Sox 0 2 0.000

Playoffs?!?

For the third consecutive year, a Chicago team is in position to start selling playoff tickets to their season ticket holders.  While the Cubs have struggled to put together a big run to pull away from the pack, they currently hold a 1 game lead in the National League Central and are looking to defend their World Series championship.

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 2 and 3 of the Championship series, and home games 1 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 much closer to home plate but 7 rows up for the World Series.

Prior to last year, the last time the Cubs won the World Series, in 1908, was their second consecutive title.  Do they have what it takes to become the first repeat champions since the Yankees to close out the 20th century?  Will they even make it to the postseason, holding off the Brewers, Cardinals, and Pirates?  Given that they just won the whole thing last year, does it really matter?

Heading Back To The LCS

FlyTheWAfter an exciting 9th inning comeback in Game 4 of the NLDS to defeat the Giants, the Chicago Cubs are headed to the NLCS for the second consecutive year.  They await the winner of the Dodgers/Nationals series and will host Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.  The Cubs, who last appeared in the World Series in 1945, have never won an NLCS, losing in 1984, 1989, 2003, and 2015.

The Cubs last faced the Dodgers in the post-season in the 2008 NLDS, losing in a three game sweep.  They’ve never faced the Nationals in post-season play, though Nationals manager Dusty Baker led the Cubs to the 2003 NLCS.

FB2: Week 36

fb2_week36A good week, my 4th straight over 50,000 steps.  The week got off to a strong start thanks to the regular season finale at US Cellular Field between the White Sox and the Twins.  The rest of the work week hovered right near the 6000 step mark except for Tuesday, which managed to surpass 8000 steps, and Friday, which climbed near 11,000 thanks to a post-work trip to Wrigley Field for the first game of the NLDS between the Cubs and the Giants.  Saturday surpassed 8000 steps thanks to another trip down to the Friendly Confines for game 2 of said series.

Total steps: 52,095

Daily average: 7442.1