## Sunday, November 14, 2021

### What team combined high relative strikeouts with high relative runs scored more than any other?

Maybe the 1927 Yankees. They score 35% more runs than average while having 45% more strikeouts than average. So they had 1.35 runs for every run the average team scored and the strikeout ratio was 1.45.

Their harmonic mean would be 2*1.35*1.45/(1.35 + 1.45) = 1.40

That is the highest I found for all teams from 1920-2020 (the 27 Yanks were 3rd in relative strikeouts and 9th in relative runs over this time period). Data came from the Lee Sinins Complete Baseball Encyclopedia.

Here is the top 10:

 Team YEAR Rel R Rel SO Harmonic Yankees 1927 1.35 1.45 1.40 Yankees 1928 1.38 1.24 1.31 Cubs 1931 1.26 1.33 1.29 Yankees 1920 1.16 1.42 1.28 Yankees 1926 1.20 1.36 1.27 A's 1933 1.26 1.28 1.27 Yankees 1921 1.22 1.30 1.26 Yankees 1930 1.43 1.13 1.26 Yankees 1936 1.35 1.17 1.25 Cubs 1929 1.21 1.29 1.25

## Monday, November 8, 2021

### How does Ohtani's all-round batting-pitching season compare to some other great seasons?

A SABR friend, Tom Thayer, raised this issue. So I calculated the harmonic mean of batting WAR (BWAR) and pitching WAR (PWAR) for a few different players (some of whom were suggested by Jessica Brand, Emory Brinkman and Adam Darowski).

Harmonic = (2*BWAR*PWAR)/(BWAR  + PWAR)

It is like the Bill James Speed Score that uses HRs ans SBs.

The table below has the "Batting-Pitching Score" for each guy as Harmonic. For the guys whose teams played fewer than 162 games, I gave  them a pro-rated score (see Per 162). Ohtani compares very well. Anyone ahead of him was more than 90 years ago.

This is not a top 10 or leader list. I can't think of anyone else since 1945 who might do well. But if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

 Player Year BWAR PWAR Harmonic Team G Per 162 Whitney 1883 2.1 11.4 3.55 98 5.86 Caruthers 1886 3.9 7.6 5.15 139 6.01 Foutz 1886 1.3 9.7 2.29 139 2.67 Terry 1890 1.4 4.9 2.18 129 2.73 Stivetts 1891 1.4 7.7 2.37 139 2.76 Ruth 1918 4.7 2.3 3.09 126 3.97 Ruth 1919 9.1 0.8 1.47 138 1.73 Rogan 1925 1.9 7.4 3.02 84 5.83 Dihigo 1929 3.2 1.6 2.13 62 5.57 Ferrell 1935 2.4 8.2 3.71 154 3.91 Ohtani 2021 4.9 4.1 4.46 162 4.46