Ex-Pirates In The LCS: Results

Congrats to the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants for winning their leagues and for making my (revised) predictions come true. As such, I’ll stick with my World Series prediction from last round: Tigers over Giants.

Pennant Winners

Giants
Ryan Vogelsong 2 G, 14.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 13 K.
Javier Lopez 3 G, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Xavier Nady DNP

Tigers
Octavio Dotel 2 G, 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Don Kelly 1 G, 0 for 0, 1 R.

Eliminated Teams

Cardinals
None

Yankees
None

Division Series Results

Well, I went 0-4 in my picks for the division series. Now there are no underdogs left. In fact, the last three World Series winners are still alive, which means the only team left that is worth cheering for is the Tigers, who haven’t won since 1984.

New picks, guaranteed to be no less accurate than before:
LCS: Tigers over Yankees, Giants over Cardinals
WS: Tigers over Giants

Division Series Winners

Giants
Ryan Vogelsong 1 G, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Javier Lopez 2 G, 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Xavier Nady 4 G, 0 for 5, 1 BB, 3 K.

Cardinals
None

Yankees
None

Tigers
Octavio Dotel 2 G, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Don Kelly 1 G, 0 for 0, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SF.

Eliminated Teams

Nationals
Adam LaRoche 5 G, 3 for 17, 2 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
Sean Burnett 2 G, 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Mike Gonzalez 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Tom Gorzelanny 1 G, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Reds
Ryan Ludwick 5 G, 6 for 18, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 5 K.
Bronson Arroyo 1 G, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Xavier Paul 3 G, 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K.

Orioles
Nate McLouth 5 G, 7 for 22, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.

Athletics
Brandon Moss 5 G, 2 for 15, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP.

Ex-Pirates in the Playoffs

Greetings. I’m back and will resume posting. The Pirates’ season went down in flames but there’s still a month of exciting baseball left to watch. For those of you who are interested, here’s a list of ex-Pirates who’s teams are playing in the postseason. I’ll update the stats after each round.

Braves (Lost the Wild Card game)
Eric Hinske DNP
Paul Maholm (not active for wild card game)
Lyle Overbay DNP
David Ross 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 HR

Cardinals
None

Orioles
Nate McLouth 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB, SF

Rangers (Lost the Wild Card game)
None

Division Winners

Nationals
Adam LaRoche
Sean Burnett
Mike Gonzalez
Tom Gorzelanny

Reds
Ryan Ludwick
Bronson Arroyo
Xavier Paul

Giants
Ryan Vogelsong
Javier Lopez
Xavier Nady

Yankees
None

Athletics
Brandon Moss

Tigers
Octavio Dotel
Don Kelly

My picks for this postseason:
Nats over Cards, Reds over Giants, Orioles over Yankees, A’s over Tigers
Reds over Nats, A’s over O’s
A’s over Reds

Ex-Pirates in the 2011 Playoffs (plus programming note)

Here are the ex-Pirates whose teams made the postseason:

Rangers: Mike Gonzalez
Tigers: Don Kelly
Rays: None
Yankees: None

Diamondbacks: Lyle Overbay
Brewers: Nyjer Morgan
Cardinals: Octavio Dotel, Arthur Rhodes*
Phillies:  None

*Rhodes was officially a Pirate for two weeks but never played for the team.

The above list is just from my perusal of the rosters. If I missed someone let me know.

Upcoming: I hope you all enjoy the postseason and off season. Due to a change in work schedule and getting final wedding preparations in order, the blog is going on a temporary and non-binding hiatus. I’ve got one more trade tree mostly in the can and I’ll post that when I can but it won’t be tomorrow. You can still find me on twitter sometimes and if something really big happens I may pop back in. Thanks to all of you who have read my work up to this point. I hope to return sooner rather than later.

Cheers,
David

LCS Predictions

Can’t do much worse than I did in the first round.

Texas over New York  in 7
San Francisco over Philadelphia in 6

Texas over San Francisco in 6

Postseason predictions

By popular demand; my postseason picks.

Tampa over Texas in 5
Minnesota over New York in 4
Philadelphia over Cincinnati in 3
Atlanta over San Francisco in 5

Tampa over Minnesota in 5
Philadelphia over Atlanta in 5

Tampa over Philadelphia in 6

Full disclosure: My preseason picks are listed over at Wezen-ball. I correctly predicted 4/8 teams that made the playoffs. My World Series pick (Atlanta over Tampa) is still a possibility.

Hinske and Postseason Appearances

A fair amount has been made of Eric Hinske being on three consecutive AL pennant winners. This seems to me more of a coincidence to me than an actual accomplishment. However, all the talk has reminded me of Candy Maldonado who – when I was young – always seemed to be playing in the postseason. It appears time is playing tricks on my memory. I thought I remembered him being on one of the A’s pennant winners from ’88-’90 but he was not. The Candyman was in the postseason 6 times for three different teams. (’83 & ’85 Dodgers, ’87 & ’89 Giants, ’91 and ’92 Blue Jays.)

Which leads me to this question:  Who has been in the postseason with the most different teams?

A quick Google search leads to no definitive answer, mainly thanks to the many Yankees that top all of the cumulative postseason lists. I did come across this tidbit: Lonnie Smith holds the record for most World Series appearances with different teams. (4, PHI, STL, KC, ATL)

My guess off the top of my head would have been Gary Sheffield, but Sheff only went to the postseason with the Marlins, Braves and Yankees. Sorry Brewers, Padres, Dodgers, Tigers and Mets fans.

Next guess is Rickey Henderson or Kenny Lofton, who both bounced around a LOT at the end of their careers. Rickey hit the postseason 8 times with 5 different franchises. Lofton 11 times with 6 different teams.

Honestly, that’s all I’ve got. I don’t know how to research this more quickly and accurately with the information I have access to. I used Baseball Reference.com to get the information you see here, and I haven’t even looked at pitchers. I’m sure there’s a LOOGY out there who went from team to team and racked up some stats. (OK, two quick pitchers: David Cone and Jack Morris both appeared in the postseason with three different franchises.)

If anyone can add any insight or tools to help me on this search I’d appreciate it.

Update: By request from Dan Rutz, 4 more pitchers:

Paul Byrd: 4 seasons, 4 teams. ATL, LAA, CLE, BOS
Al Leiter: 5 seasons, 4 teams. TOR, FLA, NYM, NYY
Mike Stanton: 11 seasons, 4 teams. ATL, BOS, TEX, NYY
Alan Embree: 7 seasons, 5 teams. CLE, ATL, SF, BOS, SD

Kenny Lofton is still the leader in the clubhouse with 6.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to Lar for the answers in the comment below. Lofton and David Wells are the leaders with 6 apiece.

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