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Entries in Miguel Cabrera (27)

Saturday
Jun012013

31 Stats for the 31 Days of May

  1. Marco Scutaro led the majors hitting .420 in May, Miguel Cabrera led the AL at .379.
  2. Pirates pitchers allowed only three homers with runners on base in May, the Blue Jays allowed 18.
  3. Pirate pitchers allowed the fewest extra base hits in May with 55. The Blue Jays the most with 111.
  4. Nationals pitchers issued only 53 walks in May, the fewest in the majors; Astros pitchers walked 113, Red Sox 108, and Giants 107.
  5. Everth Cabrera led the majors with 12 steals in May, Jacoby Ellsbury led the AL with 10.
  6. Tampa Bay Rays pitchers allowed 28 hits on 0-2 counts; Yankee and Cubs pitchers allowed just five.
  7. Baseball's successful steal rate in May was 73.2%, but the Rockies were 96% (24-of-25) successful while the Braves stole at rate of just 33% (2-of-6). The Astros stole 15 bases but were caught 13 times.
  8. The Astros' Robbie Grossman was 2-for-6 in steals in May, his four times CS were the most in the majors.
  9. Mike Napoli led the majors striking out 38 times in May, followed by Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn, 37 times each.
  10. Rangers outfielders slammed 17 homers in May, the most in the majors, while the Braves outfield hit only four.
  11. Miggy Cabrera led the majors with 33 RBI in May, Domonic Brown led the NL with 25.
  12. On the other hand, the Braves outfield struck out 99 times in May, the most in baseball, while the Baltimore outfield only whiffed 45 times.
  13. Patrick Corbin and Jason Vargas led all pitchers in May each going 5-0.
  14. Cole Hamels was 0-6 in May with a 4.95 ERA.
  15. Texas Rangers batters came through with 11 bases loaded hits in May, Arizona and Houston batters had only one each. Reds batters worked seven bases loaded walks in the month.
  16. Jose Bautista led the majors taking 119 called strikes in May. Matt Carpenter led the NL with 117, the same as Jason Kipnis of the Tribe.
  17. R.A. Dickey had three-ball counts on 83 batters in May, the most in the majors.
  18. Mark Reynolds of the Indians swung and missed 83 times in May, the most in the bigs, Ryan Howard was next with 72, the most in the NL.
  19. While Reynolds led the AL striking out swinging 31 times in May, the major league leaders were Howard and Matt Kemp with 32 each.
  20. Pirates lefty batters hit .071 against southpaws in May, Brewers lefties hit .377.
  21. Anibal Sanchez recorded the most strikeouts of any pitcher in May with 48, just edging Yu Darvish's 47, and teammate Max Scherzer's 45.
  22. The three best records in baseball in May belonged to NL Central teams: St. Louis 20-7 (.741), Cincinnati 19-8 (.704), and Pittsburgh 19-9 (.679).
  23. The Giants strike out rate was just 14.7% in May, the best in baseball. Reds batters didn't fair as well whiffing 24.6% of the time, the worst in baseball.
  24. Jon Lester led the majors throwing 689 pitches in May, Clayton Kershaw led the NL with 651.
  25. Twins batters took 28 called third strikes in May, the most of any team. The Giants were caught looking just seven times.
  26. Reds batters swung and missed on strike three 68 times in May to lead the majors, Red Sox batters went down swinging 66 times to lead the AL.
  27. Dept. of I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good: The MLB BAbip rate was .297 in May - The Cards had a .379 BAbip to lead the majors, the Red Sox had a rate of .356 to lead the AL.
  28. The Orioles and the Diamondbacks each had 11 hits on 0-2 counts in May, the Yankees had only one. The O's, Tigers, and Rangers each hit two 0-2 count homers.
  29. Matt Harvey went full on a batter only nine times in May.
  30. There were 15 pitchers who had a WHIP under 1.000 in May, but none was lower than Chris Sale's 0.677.
  31. In May, Jordan Zimmermann faced 171 batters, Bartolo Colon faced 149 batters, Adam Wainwright faced 141,  and Hiroki Kuroda faced 122 batters and they each only walked three.
Tuesday
May072013

AL Best & Worst Hitters Home & Away

Miguel Cabrera is so great a hitter that it simply doesn't matter where he is playing. Miggy is hitting .434 in Detroit and just .348 away from home.

No AL batter with at least 100 PA has as high a batting at home as Cabrera.

Home bodies

The top three hitters at home in the AL are all from the Detroit Tigers: 

Road Warriors

Cabrera's road numbers are good for the sixth in the AL (just ahead of teammate Torii Hunter's .344).

The guys who prefer the road to hit are: 

  • Cleveland's Carlos Santana hitting .421 on the road, and .273 at home.
  • Oakland's Brandon Moss hitting .417 on the road, but just .184 at home.
  • So much for the Yankee Stadium advantage as New York's Robinson Cano is hitting .396 on the road, and .280 at home, while Vernon Wells is hitting .378 on the road and just .229 in the Bronx. 

Equal opportunity batters 

Some numbers of note 

  • Chris Carter is hitting .113 at home the worst number in the AL and .293 on the road
  • Adam Dunn is hitting .091 on the road the worst number in the AL - he's hitting .216 at home
  • Aaron Hicks is hitting .100 on the road the second worst number in the AL
  • Angels fans complaining about Josh Hamilton should understand that he's saving his best for at home hitting .267, compared to his .154 on the road.
  • Howie Kendrick is hitting .355 at home/.230 on the road
  • Dustin Pedroia is hitting .350 at home/.266 on the road
  • Ian Kinsler is hitting .361 at home/.288 on the road
  • Carlos Pena is hitting .167 at home/.309 on the road
  • Eric Hosmer is hitting .216 at home/.316 on the road
  • Brandon Moss is hitting .184 at home/.417 on the road 
Friday
Jan252013

The Fantasy Baseball Diary: Ryan Braun

"Who should be the first pick in fantasy baseball drafts?"

There are three primary candidates for you to consider: Mike Trout, Ryan Braun and Miguel Cabrera. We've already looked at the player profile on Mike Trout.  

 

Now, let's look at Ryan Braun's numbers

Year

LVL

AGE

AB

HR

R

RBI

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

BABIP

FB%

GB%

LD%

2007

MLB

23

451

34

91

97

15

5

.324

.370

.634

.361

34.3%

40.7%

17.2%

2008

MLB

24

611

37

92

106

14

4

.285

.335

.553

.305

36.3%

39.0%

15.1%

2009

MLB

25

635

32

113

114

20

6

.320

.386

.551

.353

22.6%

47.6%

20.7%

2010

MLB

26

619

25

101

103

14

3

.304

.365

.501

.331

24.0%

48.7%

19.0%

2011

MLB

27

563

33

109

111

33

6

.332

.397

.597

.350

28.8%

42.9%

21.8%

2012

MLB

28

598

41

108

112

30

7

.319

.391

.595

.346

31.0%

44.4%

18.2%

 

Pros:

Miller Park, NL Central; power to all fields; durable; consistent

 

Cons:

Limited 30+ steal track record; Rickie Weeks; limited ceiling; Astros move to AL; inflated HR/FB rate

 

Analysis:

Last year I stayed away from Braun in all my drafts because of an irrational fear he would regress due to his potential PED 50-game suspension and the loss of Prince Fielder to the Tigers. I believed he would be walked more and see fewer pitches to hit because he wouldn’t have protection in the lineup. It turned out he put up better numbers than he did during his MVP season in 2011.

 

Then there is his strikeout rate, which was the highest it’s been since 2008 (18.9%). If this trend continues his batting average ceiling could be in the low .300s instead of the .320s.

 

Braun has just turned 29, which may impact on his stolen base potential. Instead of grabbing 30 bags, he may only steal bases in the low 20s.

 

Braun had a career high in home runs with 41, but the home run spike coincided with a career high in his HR/FB rate (22.8%). His average HR/FB rate for his career is 18.8%, so if he regresses back to his average he’ll be a 30-34 home player instead of a 41 homer player. But to be a contrarian, he plays in in Miller Park, the third best home run park for right-handed hitters, so it’s possible he can sustain the home run power he displayed last year.

 

Finally, also consider the move of the Houston Astros to the AL West. The Astros roster looks like a bad Triple-A team and he won't have the opportunity this season to play 16 games against a team that he hit .355 with four homers and 13 RBI last season.