Taking pain for profit

May 18th, 2012 by pbr

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

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