Stroll through the stats: RBI guys

May, 16, 2011
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Because we're nothing if not innovative here at the SweetSpot blog, we're going to combine our Monday stroll through the stats with some links of the day.
  • As I mentioned in today's weekly look ahead, Jose Bautista's OPS+ was entering Barry Bonds territory. Dave Cameron has a bunch of fun Bautista facts over at FanGraphs. Over the past calendar year, Bautista has homered 63 times; the second-most over that span is Albert Pujols, with 41.
  • Jon Lester won Sunday night, improving his career W-L record to 66-26, a .717 winning percentage. Elias reports that's the best winning percentage through 92 starts of any active starter. Tim Hudson was 65-27 through 92 starts. I went over to Baseball-Reference to find the best winning percentage through a pitcher's first six seasons since 1901 (minimum 100 decisions):1. Johnny Allen, Yankees/Indians, 1932-37, 86-30 (.739)
    2. Whitey Ford, Yankees, 1950-57, 91-33 (.734)
    3. Ron Guidry, Yankees, 1975-80, 76-29 (.724)
    4. Dwight Gooden, Mets, 1984-89, 100-39 (.719)
    5. Vic Raschi, Yankees, 1946-51, 91-38 (.705)

    Hudson is sixth on the list with a .702 percentage. The only other active pitcher in top 15 is Roy Oswalt, who ranks 15th with a 98-47 (.676) record from 2001-06. On a related Red Sox, our Fire Brand of the AL blog takes a look at Boston's anti-Lester: What's gone wrong with John Lackey?
  • In case you missed it, the Reds and Cardinals had a little war of words and finger pointing after Francisco Cordero hit Albert Pujols in the ninth inning on Sunday. I made the point that Cordero's pitch was barely off the plate and that like many modern hitters, Pujols crowds the plate and hangs his hands almost over the strike zone. Anyway, hit by pitchers have actually been declining slightly in recent years, averaging .29 per team per game in 2011, the lowest total since 1994. The peak was .39 in 2001. The totals were even lower in the '80s, usually less than .20 per game.
  • Ozzie Guillen still supports Juan Pierre. Among the 22 players with at least 100 plate appearances from the leadoff spot, Pierre ranks 17th in OBP, 22nd in slugging, 22nd in OPS and 1st in caught stealing.
  • Here are your major league RBI leaders:1. Ryan Howard, 35
    2. Lance Berkman, 34
    2. Adrian Gonzalez, 34
    4. Adrian Beltre, 33
    4. Ryan Braun, 33
    6. Prince Fielder, 31
    6. Hunter Pence, 31
    8. Paul Konerko, 30
    8. Michael Young, 30
    10. Matt Holliday, 28
    10. Curtis Granderson, 28

    Now the top 10 list of most runners on base while batting (from Baseball Prospectus):

    1. Ryan Howard, 139
    2. Torii Hunter, 133
    3. Matt Kemp, 130
    4. Albert Pujols, 128
    5. Adrian Gonzalez, 123
    6. Hunter Pence, 121
    7. Jeff Francoeur, 120
    7. Troy Tulowitzki, 120
    9. Jimmy Rollins, 119
    10. Paul Konerko, 119

    Now the top 10 for highest percentage of runners on base driven in (aka, OBI -- Others Batted In), mimimum 100 PAs:

    1. Chipper Jones, 26.4%
    2. Mike Aviles, 25.9%
    3. Michael Young, 25.7%
    4. Stephen Drew, 25.6%
    5. Martin Prado, 24.7%
    6. Victor Martinez, 24.4%
    7. Matt Wieters, 24.3%
    8. Matt Holliday, 23.0%
    8. Alex Gordon, 23.0%
    8. Corey Patterson, 23.0%

    Now, here's our list of top 10 RBI guys again and their percentage of OBI:

    1. Ryan Howard, 35 (18.7)
    2. Lance Berkman, 34 (22.1)
    2. Adrian Gonzalez, 34 (20.3)
    4. Adrian Beltre, 33 (20.7)
    4. Ryan Braun, 33 (19.1)
    6. Prince Fielder, 31 (18.8)
    6. Hunter Pence, 31 (21.5)
    8. Paul Konerko, 30 (16.8)
    8. Michael Young, 30 (25.7)
    10. Matt Holliday, 28 (23.0)
    10. Curtis Granderson, 28 (16.5)

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