Monday, May 17, 2010
1st Pitch: Good/bad leadoff hitters
By Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info
Quick Hits: Here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly statistics from leadoff hitters this season.
* Elvis Andrus leads all leadoff hitters with a .417 OBP. That’s nearly a 100-point increase from his .329 OBP in 2009.
* Adam Jones and Everth Cabrera are tied for the lowest OBP by a leadoff hitter at .224.
* Nate McLouth has been the most patient leadoff hitter, seeing 4.6 pitches per plate appearance.
* Carlos Gonzalez has been the least patient, seeing only 3.1 pitchers per plate appearance.
* Juan Pierre has been the toughest leadoff hitter to strikeout, just once every 15.2 at-bats.
* Drew Stubbs has been the easiest, striking out once every 2.9 at-bats.
Today’s Trivia: Today is the 12-year anniversary of David Wells’ perfect game. It was the first perfect game since Kenny Rogers’ in 1994. Which member of the Yankees starting lineup that day was also in the Angels’ lineup when Rogers threw his perfect game against them?
Today’s Leaderboard: A few Orioles pitchers seem to have developed an unlikely skill: working their way out of a 2-0 hole. Brad Bergesen, Jeremy Guthrie and Kevin Millwood each rank among the league leaders in lowest opponent batting average allowed after a 2-0 count. Perhaps it’s because they’ve had so much practice. Millwood and Guthrie are tied with Tim Lincecum for the most 2-0 counts this season with 32.
Key Matchups: The Rays current roster is collectively batting .138 (8-58) in their careers against Fausto Carmona. The worst of the group are Jason Bartlett (0-15) and Hank Blalock (0-11). Carl Crawford (2-6) is the only member of the Rays with more than one hit against Carmona.
David Wright, who is batting just .176 over his last five games, could break out of his mini-slump tonight. Wright is a career .438 hitter (7-16) against Derek Lowe.
Trivia Answer: Chad Curtis was on the wrong end of Rogers’ perfect game in ’94, and then started for the Yankees in Wells’ perfect game in ’98. If you guessed Chili Davis, you weren’t far off. Davis was in the lineup for the Angels and for David Cone’s perfect game in 1999.