Archive for May 18th, 2012

Taking pain for profit

Friday, May 18th, 2012

So far this season, the Milwaukee Brewers are leading all teams in getting hit by pitches, with 23. A casual observer might wonder why they get hit with so many pitches, but a quick look at the results should explain it. The Brewers are 11-5 this year when they get hit by at least one pitch, and 5-17 when they don’t get hit by any pitches.  That’s the largest gap in the league between no plunk win percentage and win percentage in games with plunks.

On the other end of the chart are the Rays.  They’ve been hit 22 times, but they don’t seem to be able to capitalize on those plunks.  They’re 15-7 when they don’t get hit, and only 9-8 when they take at least one plunk.  There always seem to be a couple of teams who do worse when they get hit more, but league wide, the trend is plunks equal more wins.

Games with 0 HBP 1 or more HBP
Team W-L Win Pct W-L Win Pct Diff
Brewers 5-17 .227 11-5 .688 +.460
Diamondbacks 8-19 .296 9-3 .750 +.454
Angels 14-21 .400 3-1 .750 +.350
Phillies 14-17 .452 6-2 .750 +.298
Braves 18-14 .563 6-1 .857 +.295
Indians 12-12 .500 10-4 .714 +.214
Cubs 9-17 .346 6-6 .500 +.154
Royals 9-16 .360 6-6 .500 +.140
Blue Jays 14-14 .500 7-4 .636 +.136
Orioles 17-11 .607 8-3 .727 +.120
Dodgers 19-11 .633 6-2 .750 +.117
Tigers 12-15 .444 6-5 .545 +.101
Padres 11-21 .344 3-4 .429 +.085
Cardinals 15-12 .556 7-4 .636 +.081
Nationals 17-12 .586 6-3 .667 +.080
Rangers 16-11 .593 8-4 .667 +.074
Marlins 16-15 .516 4-3 .571 +.055
White Sox 13-16 .448 5-5 .500 +.052
Rockies 11-17 .393 4-5 .444 +.052
A’s 14-14 .500 6-5 .545 +.045
Yankees 14-13 .519 6-5 .545 +.027
Reds 15-14 .517 4-4 .500 -.017
Mets 17-13 .567 4-4 .500 -.067
Red Sox 13-13 .500 5-7 .417 -.083
Astros 14-16 .467 3-5 .375 -.092
Giants 17-16 .515 2-3 .400 -.115
Rays 15-7 .682 9-8 .529 -.152
Twins 10-17 .370 2-9 .182 -.189
Pirates 16-15 .516 2-5 .286 -.230
Mariners 16-22 .421 0-2 .000 -.421
Total 411-448 .478 164-127 .564 .085

Hafner breaks Indians franchise record!!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

He won’t get any style points for that one, since it forced him to leave the game with an injured hand, but Travis Hafner was plunked for the 80th time yesterday, which puts him one plunk ahead of Nap Lajoie for the Indians franchise record for HBPs. 26 players have had more plate appearances for the Indians than Hafner, but none of them spent as many of them getting hit by pitches. There are only 15 other players in Indians history who took half as many plunks for the team as Hafner has. 80 plunks is one more than the combined total of Jim Thome and Albert Belle in their Indians career.
With his status as franchise record holder, Hafner joins Rickie Weeks, Kevin Youkilis, Derek Jeter, Chase Utley and Carlos Pena in the club of active players who hold their team’s HBP record.

In other plunk news yesterday, the Red Sox became the first team to hit 20 batters this year. Vicente Padilla threw that one, and it was the 107th of his career. He hit Rich Thompson in his 4th career plate appearance (though his 1st career plate appearance was in 2004).

Ricky Nolasco hit Jason Hayward in the Marlins-Braves game yesterday, and that was the 700th plunk in Turner Field history. It was also the 1000th plunk ever thrown by a pitcher born in 1982.

Yadier Molina got hit by Matt Cain, bringing the Cardinals franchise plunk total to 4800. And, Alex Rios got hit by CJ Wilson and that was the 2200th plunk ever thrown by an Angels pitcher.

The Mariners extended their streak to 28 consecutive games without an HBP. They’re one short of tying their franchise record for plunk avoidance.

The most plunked batters born on May 18th

Friday, May 18th, 2012

96hbp – Reggie Jackson, born 05/18/1946, 81st all time, played from 1967 to 1987
89hbp – Eric Young, born 05/18/1967, 110th all time, played from 1992 to 2006
53hbp – Brooks Robinson, born 05/18/1937, 355th all time, played from 1955 to 1977
36hbp – Marcus Giles, born 05/18/1978, 731st all time, played from 2001 to 2007
28hbp – Gil Coan, born 05/18/1922, 1040th all time, played from 1946 to 1956