Fun with early season small sample stats

baseball and stats2 Fun with early season small sample statsI love baseball stats. I don’t care of it’s RBI or WAR, pitcher wins or xFIP. They all tell a story, because they’re all part of the game. Some are better for evaluation purposes, but all of them are good for a little deep dive fun.

The Seattle Mariners are off to a tremendous start, winners of their first two games of the 2014 season. In blowout fashion, even. We, of course, must temper our expectations based it only being two games, but this gives us a neat opportunity to have some super small sample fun with what the boys have done to kick off the campaign.

I present to you that fun!

Seattle Mariners

  • This was the first time in club history the team opened the season scoring eight or more runs in each of their first two games.
  • The club has scored eight or more runs in either of their first two season games only 14 times, including these past two.
  • This marked the seventh time the team’s starters earned the win in the first two games. Felix has been involved in four of those streaks. The record was set in 1985, when Mike Moore, Mark Langston, Mike Morgan, Matt Young, Jim Beattie and then Moore again ripped off six straight.
  • This marked only the third time starters have won the club’s first two games without a save being recorded.
  • Dustin Ackley and Justin Smoak became the 17th and 18th players in club history to open the season with two consecutive two-hit games. Bruce Bochte and Ichiro Suzuki did it twice. All three of Jim Essian, Jim Maler and Richie Zisk did it in 1982.
  • Smoak, Kyle Seager, Abraham Almonte and Robinson Cano all had doubles on opening night. It was only the second opening day in club history where the team had four players hit doubles.
  • Almonte, Smoak and Ackley hit doubles in the second game. This marked the second time in club history the team has had three or more doubles in each of their first two games.

Joe Beimel

  • Beimel became the 18th pitcher in MLB history to appear in a game without throwing a single pitch.
  • Completely unrelated but too awesome not to share: Nine times in MLB history, a pitcher has entered a game, picked a runner off and caught a runner stealing without throwing a single pitch.

Brad Miller

  • That was Miller’s fourth two-homer game in his short 78-game career. If he does it two more times in the next 22 games, he would tie Mark McGwire for most two-homer games in a player’s first 100 career games.
  • Miller joins Bob Horner and Jason Bay as the only players two compile four two-homer games in their first 80 career games.
  • Miller is only the eighth Mariners player with a two-homer game in one of the club’s first two season games. Todd Cruz (1983) was the only other short stop to do it.

Mike Zunino

  • Zunino was the 35th player in baseball history to hit a triple on opening day. He’s the only Mariners backstop to do it.

Justin Smoak

  • The Mariners have had 31 players drive in three runs in the player’s first game of a season. Only Justin Smoak has opened a season with a streak of two or more games doing this.
  • Of those 31, Felix Hernandez is included since he hit that grand slam off Johan Santana in his first game of the season a hitter in 2008. This has nothing to do with Justin Smoak, but Felix! He hit a grand slam! Off Johan Santana when he was still the good Johan Santana!

All stats courtesy Baseball-Reference Play Index. MLB history stats date to 1914.

Written by Alex Carson

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MLB Author, Prospect Insider
Alex began writing about the Mariners at SoDo MoJo. He then joined the staff of Prospect Insider where he currently serves as an author, editor and website admin. Fun fact: Alex created the Rally Cap page on Wikipedia. Not fun fact: He’s had to wear them often supporting the M’s.

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