Curiosity killed the cat.
For me, curiosity kills about three hours a day on the Play Index at Baseball Reference.
To that end, here are two charts that I found while investigating stuff that may only interest me.
TOP ADJUSTED ERA+
For a season with a minimum of 25 innings pitched.
|Louis Coleman, Royals||2013||1300|
|Buck O’Brien, Red Sox||1911||875|
|Kevin Siegrist, Cardinals||2013||784|
|Joey Devine, A’s||2008||698|
|Fernando Rodney, Rays||2012||641|
|Paul Kilgus, Cardinals||1993||634|
|Dennis Eckersley, A’s||1990||603|
|Kenley Jansen, Dodgers||2010||588|
|Jesse Crain, White Sox||2013||586|
|Ray Searage, Brewers||1984||556|
Adjusted ERA+ adjusts a pitcher’s ERA according to the pitcher’s home ballpark and the ERA of the pitcher’s league. Average ERA+ is set to be 100. A score above 100 means a pitcher has had an above-average year. Safe to say Coleman has had a fantastic season.
WORST OBP FOR A SEASON
Here are the five worst on-base percentages in the history of baseball for players who have appeared in 155 or more games in one season.
|Hobe Ferris, Red Sox||1904||156||.245|
|Zoilo Versalles, Twins||1967||160||.249|
|Aurelio Rodriguez, Tigers||1974||159||.255|
|Hal Lanier, Giants||1965||159||.256|
|Alcides Escobar, Royals||2013||156||.259|
Escobar’s bases-loaded walk last week against the Rangers may end up being the most unlikely play this season for the Royals. Escobar actually has the best average (.234) among these five players, followed by Lanier (.226), Rodriguez (.222), Ferris (.213) and Versalles (.200). But Escobar has walked just 19 times in 634 plate appearances.