Thursday, August 22, 2013
Fun stats with awesome Miguel Cabrera
By David Schoenfield
So much for Miguel Cabrera resting. He played Wednesday and went 1-for-4, including a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-1 win over the Twins.
From ESPN Stats & Information, highest career batting average with the bases loaded, last 50 seasons:
Tony Gwynn -- .444
Miguel Cabrera -- .418
Felix Millan -- .410
Mark Grace -- .402
Carlos Guillen -- .402
Felix Millan? The guy who held the bat like this? Yes, he really did.
Cabrera is 4-for-9 with the sacks juiced this year, with one grand slam. For his career he's 56-for-134 with four grand slams. I'm not sure what cutoff the Stats & Info folks used, since their list doesn't include Pat Tabler, who hit .489 in 109 career plate appearances (88 at-bats) with the bases loaded.
Here are the leaders over the past 50 years in slugging percentage with the bases loaded, minimum 100 PAs (via Baseball-Reference.com Play Index):
Albert Belle -- .833 (13 grand slams)
Richie Sexson -- .781 (15 grand slams)
Eddie Murray -- .739 (19 grand slams)
Jason Kubel -- .734 (8 grand slams)
Willie McCovey -- .713 (18 grand slams)
Cabrera appears to go more for base hits than home runs in these situations; despite the high batting average he's only 48th in slugging percentage at .627 (although just ahead of Barry Bonds' .624 mark). Alex Rodriguez has hit the most grand slams with 23 (tied with Lou Gehrig for most ever), followed by Manny Ramirez with 21 and Murray with 19. Don Mattingly and Travis Hafner hit six in one season for the all-time single-season record.
From ESPN Stats & Information, most 3-RBI games in a season, Detroit Tigers:
Hank Greenberg, 1935 -- 23
Hank Greenberg, 1938 -- 20
Hank Greenberg, 1937 -- 20
Rudy York, 1938 -- 19
Miguel Cabrera, 2013 -- 18
Rudy York, 1937 -- 17
What's the record most 3-RBI games in a season? Not surprisingly, Hack Wilson shares the mark:
Hack Wilson, 1930 -- 27
Babe Ruth, 1927 -- 27
Babe Ruth, 1921 -- 25
Lou Gehrig, 1934 -- 25
Alex Rodriguez, 2007 -- 24
Al Simmons, 1930 -- 24
Jimmie Foxx, 1938 -- 24
As you would expect, most of the leaders are from the high-scoring 1920s and '30s.
OK, two more notes about hitting with the bases loaded. Here are the lowest batting averages over the past 50 years (100 PAs minimum):
Rick Dempsey -- .136
Gorman Thomas -- .170
Jose Cruz Jr. -- .170
Rick Monday -- .174
Pete Incaviglia -- .177
Getting into very small sample size data, the highest single-season batting average since 1963 with the bases loaded, at least 15 PAs, was Mike Stanley in 1995, who went 9-for-11 (.818) with four walks and three sac flies (driving in 27 runs in those 18 PAs). Justin Morneau in 2013 has the second-highest average -- he's 10-for-13 (.769) with a walk and two sac flies this season.