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    It Could Have Been Wuertz

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    by Nate Silver

    The Cubs‘ Michael Wuertz accomplished something unusual today, entering the Cubs’ game against the Reds in the 5th inning with the bases loaded and nobody out and promptly striking out the side. Although Wuertz’ performance will be rewarded in our Adjusted Runs Prevented statistics, it wasn’t enough to save Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs, who had already given up six runs in the inning to blow a 5-0 lead. It was Cub baseball at its very Cubbiest, a frustrating result in a game in which Zambrano had been cruising and had helped his cause with a home run, and in which the Reds’ defense had more lapses in judgment than Don Imus.

    Still, Wuertz’s performance deserves a toast. Thanks to Bil Burke, our intrepid data jock, we were able to track down other instances in which this sequence was accomplished: reliever enters game with no outs and bases loaded, strikes out side. This trifecta has happened only 27 times since 1960, making it about four times rarer than a no-hitter (there have been 117 no-nos since 1960), or hitting for the cycle (124). Here are the other honorees:
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    GAMEID           INNING NP                                SUM(SO)
    SFN196006190         10 Jack Sanford                            3
    NYA196307230          8 Steve Hamilton                          3
    SLN196504180          9 Billy McCool                            3
    HOU196708010          5 Don Shaw                                3
    PHI196807071          9 Dick Hall                               3
    BAL196807260          6 Daryl Patterson                         3
    BOS196809180          7 Moe Drabowsky                           3
    WS2196904300          8 Sparky Lyle                             3
    CHA197106220          4 Jim York                                3
    DET197309220          8 Lerrin Lagrow                           3
    TEX197707070          6 Doug Bair                               3
    DET198008130          8 Aurelio Lopez                           3
    PIT198307250          6 Cecilio Guante                          3
    LAN198406300          2 Ken Howell                              3
    MIL198706300          9 Dan Plesac                              3
    SDN199106180          7 Stan Belinda                            3
    SEA199506120          6 Ron Villone                             3
    SEA199509200          9 Jeff Nelson                             3
    MON199709280          5 Rick DeHart                             3
    TOR199908140          6 Paul Spoljaric                          3
    COL200006290          8 Stan Belinda                            3
    MIN200208170          7 Alan Embree                             3
    DET200506170          9 Tyler Walker                            3
    MIN200509170          9 Joe Nathan                              3
    SLN200509300          6 Al Reyes                                3
    CHA200704040          8 David Aardsma                           3
    I think this could catch on if we can come up with a memorable name for the accomplishment. I would suggest calling it a Belinda, in honor of the only pitcher on our list to have accomplished the feat twice. Note that ex-Cub David Aardsma already has a Belinda to his credit this season. There are also rumors that John Rocker had a Belinda during the post-season, but we were unable to confirm that at press time.

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    As impressive and rare as this feat is, Wuertz only threw what would have been two strikes if Castro, Moeller, and Phillips had had any patience at all. Very poor at bats in that situation.
    Thank goodness for baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PickOff View Post
    As impressive and rare as this feat is, Wuertz only threw what would have been two strikes if Castro, Moeller, and Phillips had had any patience at all. Very poor at bats in that situation.
    Note, a good portion of the folks who achieved the feat are slider pitchers, feasting off aggressive behavior with the slider in that situation is Manna from heaven for those types of hurlers.

    As for "Knocking" those who failed I guess 1 hit an inning was enough to satisfy me, obviously it wasn't enough for everyone (take a gander at the game thread)

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    I think "Belinda" is a great name for it! "He threw a Belinda!" Kinda sounds like a Pinella fit doesn't it?
    Let's play two!!!

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Billy Mc Cool did it how intrepid

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    Yep. It truly went from bad to Wuertz yesterday for the Cubs.
    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Yep. It truly went from bad to Wuertz yesterday for the Cubs.
    Oh-man that's bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natty Redlocks View Post
    Oh-man that's bad
    Now that's funny.
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    You guys are really reaching into the Dempster for these jokes.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Go Gators!

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Ohman, my head is getting soriano from all of these bad puns. Howry supposed to take things seriously with these bad jokes?

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    You're right; we Cotts to stop this

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Prior to this thread, I didn't know what I Wood do for a laugh.

    Sorry if these puns raise your Eyre, but since I'm old and over the Hill, I've learned to grin and Barrett.
    "All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH

    Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    :notworthy


    Quote Originally Posted by mth123 View Post
    Prior to this thread, I didn't know what I Wood do for a laugh.

    Sorry if these puns raise your Eyre, but since I'm old and over the Hill, I've learned to grin and Barrett.
    I'm a sucker for puns, and those are some Marquis puns, I'll tell you what.
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

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    Re: It Could Have Been Wuertz

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    As for "Knocking" those who failed I guess 1 hit an inning was enough to satisfy me, obviously it wasn't enough for everyone (take a gander at the game thread)
    I was not asking or expecting another hit from Castro or Moeller...just a decent at bat in that situation. Both of them swung at the first two pitches. With the last two batters being walked, and a load of pressure on Wuertz with no outs, the first order of business would be to make him prove that he can throw a strike - at least once! Then be agressive until your heart is content - but first know if this guy can get it over the plate.
    Thank goodness for baseball.


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