Tuesday Trivia: Rules, Statcast and More

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Toronto Blue Jays First base Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) celebrates after hitting his 45th home run during the MLB baseball regular season game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays on September 13, 2021, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Straight from the Rule Book

  1. Every measurement on a baseball field has meaning. What is the length of one side of first base?
  2. After the starting pitcher completes his warm up pitches, what does the umpire say to officially start the game?
  3. How many different ways can a batter officially be ruled out?
  4. How many innings does a starting pitcher have to pitch in order to qualify for a win? Which qualified pitcher is averaging the lowest innings pitched per start this season with 5.2 innings per starter?
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 6: Home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez #79 walks onto the field before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays on September 6, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

MLB History

  1. Vlad Guerrero Jr. is battling for the first triple crown since Miguel Cabrera in 2012. Who was the last player before Miguel Cabrera to complete the Triple Crown in 1969?
  2. The Yankees are king when it comes to World Series rings, but which team has won the second most world series?
  3. Who is the only pitcher in MLB history with a perfect game, immaculate inning, and a four strikeout inning?
MIAMI – OCTOBER 22: Right fielder Miguel Cabrera #20 of the Florida Marlins hits the ball during game four of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Yankees on October 22, 2003 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Marlins won 4-3 in 12 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2021 Team Stats

  1. Today on “batting average” isn’t everything. Which team is hitting .224 and owns the lowest batting average in baseball?
  2. Double plays are the bane of any team’s existence. Which team has grounded into a double play the most in 2021?
  3. Which team leads baseball in errors?
  4. On the opposite end of the spectrum, which team leads baseball in Defensive Runs Saved?
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 13: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners slides safely into third base against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at T-Mobile Park on September 13, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Baseball Savant

  1. Hitting a ball 122.2 MPH could practically kill someone. Who has hit the only ball over 120 MPH this season?
  2. Which player leads baseball with a 57.6% hard hit rate?
  3. As Peter would say, this player hits “moon tanks”. Which player is averaging the most distance per home run this season at 423 feet per home run?
  4. Only one player in 2021 has an average launch angle below zero. Name this player.
  5. Speed is only the name of the game for some players. Which player has the fastest home to first time? Which player is slowest?
  6. This player is a wizard in the field. With the bat, not so much. Which player leads baseball with 18 outs above average?
  7. Which player had the largest drop off from 2020 xwOBA to 2021 xwOBA? Which player had the biggest increase from 2020 to 2021?
HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 11: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels stands in front of the American flag as it unveiled from the left field bleachers as part of a ceremony remembering the victims of 9/11 before playing the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 11, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

ANSWERS

Straight from the Rule Book

  1. 15 inches
  2. “Play”
  3. 23
  4. Five innings and Dylan Cease

MLB History

  1. Carl Yastrzemski
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Felix Hernandez

2021 Team Stats

  1. Seattle Mariners
  2. Washington Nationals
  3. Miami Marlins
  4. St. Louis Cardinals

Baseball Savant

  1. Giancarlo Stanton
  2. Aaron Judge
  3. Jorge Soler
  4. Raimel Tapia
  5. Byron Buxton and Albert Pujols
  6. Nick Ahmed
  7. Wil Myers and Cedric Mullins