Bingo Batting Averages created by Bruce Nash, who co-authors the Baseball Hall of Shame series with Allan Zullo (a new one, The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown just came out). Their version is for batters hitting under .100, so that their averages are spoken like bingo numbers – “oh-twenty-six,” for instance.
I expanded it to Billy-Ball Baseball Bingo to include some positives as well.
- Nick Johnson went 0-for-3 and is now 0-for-26 to start his Orioles career breaking Ron Hansen‘s record for the longest hitless streak by a position player at the start of his Orioles career. Hansen went 0-for-25 from April 1958-April 1960. The other amazing thing about Johnson’s start? He’s played eight games without going on the disabled list.
- Albert Pujols is now 0-for-76 when it comes to homers to start his Angelic career. He’s homerless in 105 regular-season at-bats since Sept. 22, tying his worst streak when he did that April 23-May 23 of last year.
- Hanley Ramirez is now 0-for-his-last-20.
- San Francisco’s Nate Schierholtz is now 0-for-his-last-12.
- Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman has gone 1-for-his-last-25, and is 0-for-his-last-22 with 11 groundouts (two double plays), six strikeouts and five flyouts.
- Mark DeRosa is now 3-for-33 on the season hitting .091.
- Josh Donaldson is now 3-for-32 on the season hitting .094.
- Blake DeWitt is now 2-for-21 on the season hitting .095.
- Kyle Lohse has an ERA of 0.99 in 27.1 innings.
- Ted Lilly has an ERA of 0.90 in 20 innings.