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Biggest ownage in ML history? (batter vs. pitcher)


Moose Milligan

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In doing research for the OH History Project, I found that Randy Milligan absolutely DESTROYED Greg Swindell in his career. Check this out:

 Year  PA  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss+----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+1989  11  10   1  0  0  0   1   1   1  .100  .182  .100  .282   0   0   0   0   0      0         1990   9   7   4  1  0  1   1   2   1  .571  .667 1.143 1.810   0   0   0   0   0      0         1991  10  10   5  0  0  2   3   0   2  .500  .500 1.100 1.600   0   0   0   0   0      0         1993   5   5   3  0  0  3   5   0   0  .600  .600 2.400 3.000   0   0   0   0   0      0         1994   2   2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0      0         +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ TOT  37  34  14  1  0  6  10   3   4  .412  .459  .971 1.430   0   0   0   0   0      0       0 +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ All  37  34  14  1  0  6  10   3   4  .412  .459  .971 1.430   0   0   0   0   0                

So it got me thinking...what batter owned what pitcher to the highest OPS in ML history? Highest batting average? Of course we have to take sample size into account, but I'm not quite sure what an appropriate sample size should be.

I know it's a bit silly, but we always hear batter vs. pitcher stats in matchups from broadcasters during a baseball game...I just figured I'd try to find some of the gaudiest stats around...

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I recently read something on baseball reference that showed Blyleven's career #'s versus HOF'ers. In general, he dominated them. But Eddie Murray owned Blyleven, and Cal did pretty good too. Sorry, I can't seem to find the article right now.

It seems to me 35 PA's is a good random minimum number. If we were exclusively talking about guys with long careers, I'd think you'd want to go with 50 PA's.

Btw, Morneau has a 1.409 OPS against Bedard, but he only has 17 plate appearances. At that sample size, you can find all sorts of craziness.

Jim Thome owned Roger Clemens: 1.355 career OPS (70 PA's)

Here's the tool from baseball reference I'm using. Just plug in a name and highlight 'Batter vs. Pitcher' or 'Pitcher vs Batter'.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/

EDIT: AROD vs. Bartolo Colon: .468/.481/1.149/1.630 (52 PA's)

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Hank Aaron off of Don Gullett:

36 PA's; 26 AB's; 7 HR's; .462/.583/1.346/1.929

Here's something that I find mind-boggling. There are currently 21 pitchers against whom Ryan Howard is perfect: 1.000/1.000/4.000/5.000. Against those 21 pitchers, he has 28 PA's, 25 AB's, and of course 25 HR's. Against Mike Mussina, he has 2 HR's and 1 intentional walk in 3 PA's.

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I seem to remember Raffy destroying Sean Bergman.

Raffy destroyed Brad Radke.

  Year  PA  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss+----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+1995   5   5   4  1  0  1   2   0   0  .800  .800 1.600 2.400   0   0   0   0   0      0         1996   6   6   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .167  .167  .167  .334   0   0   0   0   0      0         1997   4   4   1  0  0  1   1   0   0  .250  .250 1.000 1.250   0   0   0   0   0      0         1998   9   8   3  1  0  2   5   1   0  .375  .444 1.250 1.694   0   0   0   0   0      0         1999  10   8   2  0  0  2   5   1   0  .250  .300 1.000 1.300   0   1   0   0   1      0         2000   7   6   1  0  1  0   0   1   0  .167  .286  .500  .786   0   0   0   0   0      0         2001   6   5   1  1  0  0   0   1   0  .200  .333  .400  .733   0   0   0   0   0      0         2003   5   4   2  0  0  1   1   1   0  .500  .600 1.250 1.850   0   0   0   0   0      0         2004   5   3   1  0  0  0   0   2   0  .333  .600  .333  .933   0   0   0   0   0      0         2005   6   6   2  0  0  2   3   0   1  .333  .333 1.333 1.666   0   0   0   0   0      0         +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ TOT  63  55  18  3  1  9  17   7   3  .327  .397  .909 1.306   0   1   0   0   1      0       0 +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ All  63  55  18  3  1  9  17   7   3  .327  .397  .909 1.306   0   1   0   0   1                

He did also destroy Bergman, but in far fewer at bats. His OPS actually passes Milligan vs. Swindell:

 Year  PA  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss+----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+1993   1   1   1  0  0  1   1   0   0 1.000 1.000 4.000 5.000   0   0   0   0   0      0         1995   7   7   3  0  0  2   4   0   1  .429  .429 1.286 1.715   0   0   0   0   0      0         2000   3   3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0      0         +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ TOT  11  11   4  0  0  3   5   0   2  .364  .364 1.182 1.546   0   0   0   0   0      0       0 +----+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+ All  11  11   4  0  0  3   5   0   2  .364  .364 1.182 1.546   0   0   0   0   0                
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I'll flip it around.

In 53 PA Greg Maddux held Luis Castillo to a .163/.192 /.184/.376. Darrin Fletcher also has a .376 OPS against Maddux, in 50 PA.

In 61 PA Randy Johnson held Mark Loretta to a .151/.233/.151/.384. Damion Easley hit .111/.200/.139/.339 against RJ in 40 PA.

In 40 plate appearances against Pedro Martinez, Raul Mondesi had 6 singles and 0 walks. That's a .300 OPS.

Ray Durham has 0 hits and 0 walks in 26 appearances against Mariano Rivera.

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I'll flip it around.

In 53 PA Greg Maddux held Luis Castillo to a .163/.192 /.184/.376. Darrin Fletcher also has a .376 OPS against Maddux, in 50 PA.

In 61 PA Randy Johnson held Mark Loretta to a .151/.233/.151/.384. Damion Easley hit .111/.200/.139/.339 against RJ in 40 PA.

In 40 plate appearances against Pedro Martinez, Raul Mondesi had 6 singles and 0 walks. That's a .300 OPS.

Ray Durham has 0 hits and 0 walks in 26 appearances against Mariano Rivera.

Umm, more like

Mariano Rivera>AL

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