Thursday, March 5, 2015

Single Digits (May 19)

Single Digits

Single Digits (May 19)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ...

♦ Some time ago on this blog we pointed out that the Flyers have the best cumulative regular season record in the NHL dating back to the 1975-76 season, but nary a Stanley Cup to show for it. The never-idle Rich Hofmann in his Monday column takes that another monstrous step and lists the teams in each of the four major sports with the best record over that time and their number of titles. Here it is (but first, you might want to remove all sharp objects from the room): Lakers 10, Yankees 7, Steelers 6, Flyers 0.
   You can reach Rich’s fabulous column HERE.

♦ When Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves opened Sunday’s game with home runs, it marked just the fifth time (since at least 1938) that the Phils have opened homer/homer. Rollins was involved in the last one (2004) and Phillies current first-base coach Juan Samuel was involved in two of the previous three. In none of the five instances did any of the No. 3 batters even get a hit.
   You can see details on all five instances HERE.

♦ In the 21 hours from 8 p.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday, the Phillies scored 20 runs ... In their previous 90 hours, they had scored none.

♦ The last time the Phillies put 12 runs up on the board following back-to-back shutouts was 1989, when they followed consecutive blankings at the hands of the Mets at Veterans Stadium with a 16-13 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field (insert asterisk here). The time before that was 1915, when they followed a Saturday, Aug. 7, doubleheader blanking in Pittsburgh with a 14-6 win Sunday in Cincinnati.

♦ The Phillies are 11-3 in Saturday and Sunday games this season ... but 8-19 on the other five days.

♦ Cole Hamels has started 12 games (regular season and postseason) against the Reds in his career. The Phillies are 12-0 in those games.


Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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