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MLB Teams Win More When They TOOTBLAN

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Do Carlos Gomez’s TOOTBLAN-y ways help the Brewers win? No, but …

It may be counterintuitive, but teams that TOOTBLAN during a game win more often than when they don’t have any such outs.

Through Tuesday’s games, teams have at 112-89 record in games in which they have TOOTBLAN’d – winning 55.7 percent of their games.

Why?

Most likely due to a highly complex series of interconnected baseball truisms:

  • More Baserunners=More TOOTBLANs
  • More Baserunners=More Runs
  • More Runs=More Wins

It doesn’t follow for all teams. As the chart below shows, 18 teams have better records in games in which they TOOTBLAN, while 11 teams have a worse record. (The Mets are .500 in both categories.)

The Brewers – owners of the best record in baseball – are 7-0 in games in which they TOOTBLAN at least once and a more pedestrian 8-6 in TOOTBLANless games.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Nationals are a lousy 2-5 in games with a TOOTBLAN and a stellar 9-5 in games without.

While we have run the team-by-team numbers for 2013, we can tell you there were 1,012 TOOTBLANs by teams in wins last year and 842 TOOTBLANs in losses - meaning 54.6 percent of TOOTBLANs were in wins. This year, 57.1 percent of the 252 TOOTBLANs have come in wins.

The chart below shows the number of TOOTBLANs for each team in 2014, their record in games with at least one TOOTBLAN and record for games with no TOOTBLANs. The TOOTBLAN column doesn’t equal the number of games column because teams often have multiple TOOTBLANs in a game.

(Small sample size caveats and all that.)

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Brewers TOOTBLAN Right On Cue

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When you’ve been tracking TOOTBLANs for as long as we have, sometimes it’s clear something is coming – even when we aren’t watching the game, other than on Twitter and the ESPN play by play.

That was the case Monday night, when the Brewers had men on first and third (HOF’er Jean Segura) with one out in the bottom of the eighth – causing me to Tweet this:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer Tom Haudricourt looked at it a bit differently:

Not wanting Haudricourt to look foolish, I tried to help out:

Moments later, this happened:

That’s right. Double TOOTBLAN, Brewers.

That’s why they are the champs.

Happy Easter!
(AP Photo)

Happy Easter!

(AP Photo)


So far, nobody has been helped more by opponents’ TOOTBLANs than Charlie Morton (CBS Photo)

Team TOOTBLAN Leaders
12 - Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics
10 - Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies
9 - Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates
8 - Washington Nationals
Individual TOOTBLAN Leaders
5 - Emilio Bonifacio
4 - Eric Hosmer, Carlos Gomez, Starling Marte
3 - Yasiel Puig, Ben Revere, Howie Kendrick, Nick Castellanos, James Loney, Christian Yelich, Matt Adams, Jose Bautista, Adam LaRoche, Giancarlo Stanton, Trevor Plouffe
Most Forced TOOTBLANs
12 - Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants
10 - Baltimore Orioles
9 - Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers With Most Forced TOOTBLANs
5 - Charlie Morton
4 - Garrett Richards, Marco Estrada, Miguel Gonzalez, Sonny Gray
3 - A.J. Burnett, Alex Wood, David Hale, Erasmo Ramirez, Henderson Alvarez, Jason Vargas, Julio Teheran, Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla, Scott Feldman, Zack Wheeler

So far, nobody has been helped more by opponents’ TOOTBLANs than Charlie Morton (CBS Photo)

Team TOOTBLAN Leaders

12 - Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics

10 - Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies

9 - Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates

8 - Washington Nationals

Individual TOOTBLAN Leaders

5 - Emilio Bonifacio

4 - Eric Hosmer, Carlos Gomez, Starling Marte

3 - Yasiel Puig, Ben Revere, Howie Kendrick, Nick Castellanos, James Loney, Christian Yelich, Matt Adams, Jose Bautista, Adam LaRoche, Giancarlo Stanton, Trevor Plouffe

Most Forced TOOTBLANs

12 - Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants

10 - Baltimore Orioles

9 - Philadelphia Phillies

Pitchers With Most Forced TOOTBLANs

5 - Charlie Morton

4 - Garrett Richards, Marco Estrada, Miguel Gonzalez, Sonny Gray

3 - A.J. Burnett, Alex Wood, David Hale, Erasmo Ramirez, Henderson Alvarez, Jason Vargas, Julio Teheran, Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla, Scott Feldman, Zack Wheeler

VIDEO: Ben Revere Doubled Off

VIDEO: Matt Holliday TOOTBLAN!

This play has it all: Logan Schafer letting the ball get to the wall in left field, Matt Holliday running only as Matt Holliday can, a great relay throw and an even better tag.

Enjoy!