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Entries in Prince Fielder (25)

Sunday
Oct282012

Prince Loses Patience During Postseason Slump

Prince Fielder is a big dude, but it's still shocking that Miguel Cabrera's tag team partner has failed to slug his weight during the 2012 playoffs. Fielder enters tonight's elimination game batting just .188/.250/.250 in 52 plate appearances, with his homer off Oakland's A.J. Griffin in Game 4 of the ALDS being his only extra-base hit. Why? His plate discipline has all but disappeared.

Prince has swung at pitches thrown from his eyes to his ankles during the playoffs. Check out his swing rate by pitch location during the regular season, and then during the postseason:

Regular season

 

Postseason

Fielder has chased 40% of pitches thrown outside of the strike zone this October, compared to 25.9% during the regular season. He's 1-for-21 when he connects on a pitch thrown outside of the zone. Giants pitchers have taken note, throwing him an in-zone offering just 33% of the time during the World Series (Fielder got an in-zone pitch about 40% of the time during both the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs). The Tigers are likely cooked no matter what Fielder does from here on out. But it would be a big help if he stopped making it so easy to get him out.  

Friday
Oct262012

Nine to Know: The Giants win 2-0, Up 2-0

1. Just a thought for Tigers fans - The Giants won Game 2 of the World Series and held the Tigers to two hits and won 2-0. On October 5, 1962, in Game 2 of the World Series, the Giants held the Yankees in San Francisco to three hits and won 2-0.

  • The winning pitcher for the Giants was Jack Sanford and the losing pitcher for the Yankees in Game 2 1962 was Ralph Terry.
  • In Game 7, 1962, in San Francisco, the Yankees won, 1-0, and the winning pitcher was Terry, the loser was Sanford.

2. Last night was the 50th postseason game in which the losing team was held to two hits or less and the 24th in World Series play.

3. Madison Bumgarner was brilliant last night mixing his pitches and changing location while striking out eight.

  1. In the 1st, Bumgarner struck out Austin Jackson looking at an 86 MPH slider.
  2. In the 1st, Bumgarner struck out Omar Infante swinging at an 88 MPH slider.
  3. In the 2nd, Bumgarner struck out Avisail Garcia swinging at an 88 MPH slider.
  4. In the 3rd, Bumgarner struck out Doug Fister swinging at an 87 MPH slider.
  5. In the 3rd, Bumgarner struck out Austin Jackson swinging at an 91 MPH four seamer.
  6. In the 5th, Bumgarner struck out Delmon Young swinging at an 75 MPH curveball.
  7. In the 6th, Bumgarner struck out Gerald Laird swinging at an 89 MPH four seamer.
  8. In the 6th, Bumgarner struck out Omar Infante swinging at an 89 MPH four seamer.

4. Of the 52 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series, 41 have gone on to win the title including 14 of the last 15.

5. The critical moment in this game came in the 2nd inning when Prince Fielder was thrown out at the plate with no one out. Had Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont made the correct call and held Fielder at third, Jhonny Peralta would have been the batter with runners on second and third and no out.

Peralta with runners on second and third and no out this season

  • During the regular season, with a runner on third and less than two outs, Peralta was successful in getting the runner home 11 times (39%).
  • During the season with runners on second and third and no out, Peralta was 7-for-24 (and two walks) with two doubles, one homer, four strikeouts, and seven RBI.

6. Now they know how the Yankees felt - In the ALCS, the Tigers pitchers had a 1.38 ERA and a 0.872 WHIP. In Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, the Giants pitchers had a 1.50 ERA and a 0.778 WHIP.

7. The Tigers always held lead sweeping the Yankees and have never held the lead in losing Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.

8. Striking out much?

  • The Giants have struck out 16 times in the first two games of the Series with Hunter PenceGregor Blanco and Brandon Belt whiffing three times each. In 14 postseason games, the Giants have whiffed 106 times (7.57 strikeouts per game) with Brandon Belt whiffing 15 times and Hunter Pence whiffing 14 times.

  • The Tigers have struck out 17 times in the first two games of the Series with Austin Jackson striking out four times and Omar Infante whiffing three times. In 11 postseason games, the Tigers have whiffed 86 times (7.81 strikeouts per game) with Austin Jackson whiffing 14 times and Omar Infante whiffing 12 times.

9. Time to shut up out

Postseason shutouts by the Giants

DateSeriesGm#Tm ▴OppRsltIPHBBSO
1905-10-09 WS 1 NYG PHA W  3-0 9.0 4 0 6
1905-10-12 WS 3 NYG PHA W  9-0 9.0 4 1 8
1905-10-13 WS 4 NYG PHA W  1-0 9.0 5 3 4
1905-10-14 WS 5 NYG PHA W  2-0 9.0 5 0 4
1913-10-08 WS 2 NYG PHA W  3-0 10.0 8 1 5
1917-10-10 WS 3 NYG CHW W  2-0 9.0 5 0 5
1917-10-11 WS 4 NYG CHW W  5-0 9.0 7 1 7
1921-10-13 WS 8 NYG NYY W  1-0 9.0 4 5 3
1922-10-06 WS 3 NYG NYY W  3-0 9.0 4 1 2
1923-10-12 WS 3 NYG NYY W  1-0 9.0 6 3 4
1962-10-05 WS 2 SFG NYY W  2-0 9.0 3 3 6
1987-10-07 NLCS 2 SFG STL W  5-0 9.0 2 4 6
2003-09-30 NLDS 1 SFG FLA W  2-0 9.0 3 0 5
2010-10-07 NLDS 1 SFG ATL W  1-0 9.0 2 1 14
2010-10-19 NLCS 3 SFG PHI W  3-0 9.0 3 3 7
2010-10-28 WS 2 SFG TEX W  9-0 9.0 4 3 2
2010-10-31 WS 4 SFG TEX W  4-0 9.0 3 2 8
2012-10-19 NLCS 5 SFG STL W  5-0 9.0 7 1 8
2012-10-22 NLCS 7 SFG STL W  9-0 9.0 7 4 8
2012-10-25 WS 2 SFG DET W  2-0 9.0 2 2 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/26/2012.

Detroit's postseason games in which they have been shut out:

DateSeriesGm#TmOpp RsltIPHBBSO
1907-10-12 WS 5 CHC DET W 2-0 9.0 7 1 4
1908-10-13 WS 4 CHC DET W 3-0 9.0 4 0 4
1908-10-14 WS 5 CHC DET W 2-0 9.0 3 4 10
1909-10-16 WS 7 PIT DET W 8-0 9.0 6 1 1
1934-10-09 WS 7 STL DET W 11-0 9.0 6 0 5
1935-10-02 WS 1 CHC DET W 3-0 9.0 4 4 1
1940-10-07 WS 6 CIN DET W 4-0 9.0 5 2 2
1945-10-03 WS 1 CHC DET W 9-0 9.0 6 5 4
1945-10-05 WS 3 CHC DET W 3-0 9.0 1 1 1
1968-10-02 WS 1 STL DET W 4-0 9.0 5 1 17
1972-10-08 ALCS 2 OAK DET W 5-0 9.0 3 0 2
2006-10-24 WS 3 STL DET W 5-0 9.0 3 0 6
2012-10-09 ALDS 3 OAK DET W 2-0 9.0 4 2 11
2012-10-25 WS 2 SFG DET W 2-0 9.0 2 2 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used
Generated 10/26/2012.
Monday
Jul092012

HR Derby Tidbits: AL Edition

Team Cano (Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Mark Trumbo) takes on Team Kemp (Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen) tonight at Kauffman Stadium in the 2012 Home Run Derby (8 PM EST, ESPN). While the Royals' home digs aren't particularly friendly to power hitters during regular games, decreasing homers hits by 27 percent for lefties and 15 percent for righties according to StatCorner, these guys should have little trouble reaching the waterfalls beyond the outfield fences. Here's a closer look at the shots hit by Team Cano in 2012.

Jose Bautista

Home Runs: 27

Bautista is all about the pull power: 22 of his 27 bombs have screamed down the left field line, with just one shot going to the opposite field. That Bautista is the game's pre-eminent pull hitter is remarkable considering how loathe pitchers are to give him something inside. Just 23 percent of the pitches Bautista has seen have been thrown inside, compared to the 28-29 percent MLB average. That means he's hitting pull-side homers on pitches thrown on the outer half:

Pitch location of Bautista's HRs

Bautista has his 16 of his bombs on outer-half pitches this season.  

Robinson Cano

Home Runs: 20

While not quite Bautista-like, Cano has also pulled the vast majority of his homers this season (14 of 20). Ten of those 13 pulled home runs have come at home -- Yankee Stadium's short right field porch is a pull hitter's best friend. Cano has popped an equal number of homers this season against "hard" pitches (fastballs, cutters and sinkers) and "soft" stuff (changeups, curveballs and sliders). He likes the ball below the letters, hitting three-quarters of his homers on pitches thrown low or to the middle of the zone:

Pitch location of Cano's HR

Prince Fielder 

Home Runs: 15

Continuing the pull-happy theme, Fielder has ripped 12 of his 15 home runs into the right field stands. Prince has actually hit the majority of his homers on "soft" pitches, going yard nine times combined against breaking and off-speed stuff. Just over half of his home runs have come on pitches thrown around his considerable belt:

Pitch location of Fielder's HRs

Mark Trumbo

Home Runs: 22

Trumbo has distributed his homers a little differently than the rest of Team Cano, hitting 14 to the pull side, seven to center field and one to the opposite side. If the regular season is any indication, don't look for Trumbo to take many pitches tonight. He's tied with Cano and a few others for the second-most home runs hit on the first pitch this season, with five. Trumbo likes it when pitchers challenge him inside, as 15 of his homers have come on inner-half offerings:

Pitch location of Trumbo's HRs 

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