SPAM update – with HAM

It’s been a while since I posted a huge mass of data here, so below is the full list of SPAM data for everyone over 400 plate appearances this year. And then below that, there’s the full list of HAM data for everyone over 400 PAs this year. HAM, which I just made up, is what happens if you use the same technique we use for SPAM, but measure consecutive plate appearance hitting streaks, instead of hitless streaks. So, it stands for Hitstreak Analysis Metric, or Hitstreak Average Metric – or just for Josh Hamilton who is leading the league in it. Basically you take every plate appearance, assign it a number for how long a hitting streak the player is on (0 for a non hit), add all those up and divide by the total plate appearances. Big numbers are good for HAM, but bad for SPAM. Also, from here on I’m excluding intentional walks any time I use the term “plate appearances”, just because I like it better that way for this calculation, and I don’t want to keep saying “PA minus IBB” or anything like that.

Anyway, Troy Tulowitzki is showing the most outstanding SPAM this season at 2.004. He’s never had a hitless streak longer than 11 plate appearances. He doesn’t really go on big consecutive PA hitting streaks, but he’s really good at not falling into a slump and going hitless for any significant length of time. He’s gone 10 consecutive plate appearances just twice all season, so if the Rockies make the playoffs, he’s a guy who’s probably not going to go 0 for a series.

On the other end of the scale is Carlos Pena, with a SPAM over 5. He seems very prone to falling into long slumps, though it might just be that he’s been a .203 batter this year, and those aren’t slumps so much as the regular hitless gaps of a .203 hitter.

Albert Pujols has been the most slumpy of the batters who are still batting over .300 with a 2.89 SPAM. Lastings Milledge is half a SPAM better than that with a 2.39 and a .280 batting average. He’s the least slump prone of the under-.300 batters. The major league total batting average in 2010 has been about .258, and Alfonso Soriano has been the least slump prone of the below average hitters with a 2.79 SPAM and a .256 average.

On the HAM side, Josh Hamilton has been hamtastic with a .498 HAM, with Carlos Gonzalez following him at .485. Gonzalez and Matt Holliday have both had 3 different streaks of hitting safely in 5 or more plate appearances. Casey McGehee needs to be mentioned here as well for getting a hit in 9 straight plate appearances – that’s the longest streak this year.

2010 SPAM
(400 PA minimum – excluding IBBs)

Batter SPAM 15+ PA
hitless
streaks
Longest hitless
streak (PAs)
Batting Average
Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 2.004 0 11 .325
Adrian Beltre (BOS) 2.143 0 12 .328
Josh Hamilton (TEX) 2.152 1 16 .361
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 2.164 1 17 .333
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) 2.203 0 13 .310
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 2.227 1 17 .341
Omar Infante (ATL) 2.233 1 15 .340
Joe Mauer (MIN) 2.260 0 12 .330
Vladimir Guerrero (TEX) 2.280 0 13 .305
Billy Butler (KC) 2.285 0 11 .312
Scott Podsednik (KC) 2.376 0 13 .310
Lastings Milledge (PIT) 2.391 1 15 .280
Paul Konerko (CWS) 2.428 0 14 .323
Starlin Castro (CHC) 2.430 1 17 .312
Robinson Cano (NYY) 2.435 0 14 .322
Hunter Pence (HOU) 2.467 0 13 .285
Austin Jackson (DET) 2.477 0 14 .301
Matt Holliday (STL) 2.481 2 18 .307
Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) 2.483 0 12 .302
Alexei Ramirez (CWS) 2.484 0 12 .283
Skip Schumaker (STL) 2.501 0 11 .271
Ryan Braun (MIL) 2.504 1 19 .306
Michael Young (TEX) 2.520 1 15 .290
Marlon Byrd (CHC) 2.527 0 13 .300
Placido Polanco (PHI) 2.533 0 14 .300
Hanley Ramirez (FLA) 2.539 0 12 .301
Nick Markakis (BAL) 2.559 3 17 .292
Corey Hart (MIL) 2.565 0 13 .279
Martin Prado (ATL) 2.575 2 16 .314
Michael Cuddyer (MIN) 2.586 1 15 .272
Angel Pagan (NYM) 2.605 1 15 .292
Alex Rios (CWS) 2.607 0 14 .288
Julio Borbon (TEX) 2.622 1 17 .274
Casey McGehee (MIL) 2.626 1 16 .283
Adrian Gonzalez (SD) 2.635 2 18 .308
Torii Hunter (LAA) 2.654 1 15 .291
Joey Votto (CIN) 2.660 1 18 .320
Victor Martinez (BOS) 2.674 1 20 .290
Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 2.678 0 13 .307
Jose Reyes (NYM) 2.680 1 21 .287
Delmon Young (MIN) 2.685 2 16 .297
Carl Crawford (TB) 2.686 2 16 .302
Howie Kendrick (LAA) 2.697 1 16 .273
Ryan Theriot (CHC) 2.736 1 15 .284
Andres Torres (SF) 2.762 1 15 .269
David Murphy (TEX) 2.763 1 17 .287
Gaby Sanchez (FLA) 2.773 1 17 .279
Cody Ross (FLA) 2.781 2 19 .265
Alfonso Soriano (CHC) 2.787 1 17 .256
Jerry HairstonJr. (SD) 2.791 1 17 .246
Jeff Keppinger (HOU) 2.792 2 15 .291
Ryan Howard (PHI) 2.804 1 16 .279
David Eckstein (SD) 2.812 1 17 .270
Roger Bernadina (WSH) 2.818 0 11 .259
James Loney (LAD) 2.830 1 15 .278
Ian Desmond (WSH) 2.831 1 21 .279
Miguel Tejada (BAL) 2.845 1 17 .269
Trevor Crowe (CLE) 2.863 0 13 .247
Marco Scutaro (BOS) 2.864 1 24 .274
Albert Pujols (STL) 2.889 2 20 .307
Evan Longoria (TB) 2.892 2 24 .294
Ian Stewart (COL) 2.894 1 15 .264
Jose Lopez (SEA) 2.896 0 12 .237
Nick Swisher (NYY) 2.902 2 18 .289
Orlando Cabrera (CIN) 2.902 2 19 .271
Pablo Sandoval (SF) 2.905 2 16 .263
Brandon Phillips (CIN) 2.933 2 18 .275
Nyjer Morgan (WSH) 2.943 0 14 .258
Adam LaRoche (ARI) 2.946 2 19 .263
Carlos Lee (HOU) 2.949 1 20 .245
A.J. Pierzynski (CWS) 2.959 2 16 .270
Shane Victorino (PHI) 2.967 2 18 .265
Jason Heyward (ATL) 2.987 2 16 .287
Rajai Davis (OAK) 2.990 1 20 .267
Shin-Soo Choo (CLE) 2.996 3 19 .286
Orlando Hudson (MIN) 3.008 2 17 .275
Yuniesky Betancourt (KC) 3.010 1 22 .258
Adam Jones (BAL) 3.016 4 22 .283
Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 3.019 3 21 .270
Luke Scott (BAL) 3.021 1 17 .281
Scott Rolen (CIN) 3.026 1 21 .292
Chase Utley (PHI) 3.027 1 16 .274
Freddy Sanchez (SF) 3.033 1 15 .288
Jorge Posada (NYY) 3.049 1 18 .256
Matt Kemp (LAD) 3.050 2 19 .250
Aubrey Huff (SF) 3.055 3 19 .292
David Ortiz (BOS) 3.056 2 23 .262
Derek Jeter (NYY) 3.057 3 18 .262
Fred Lewis (TOR) 3.058 1 18 .260
Ike Davis (NYM) 3.060 1 20 .261
Mark Ellis (OAK) 3.070 2 19 .276
Prince Fielder (MIL) 3.073 2 19 .271
Andre Ethier (LAD) 3.079 4 19 .288
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 3.079 2 15 .277
Melky Cabrera (ATL) 3.089 2 17 .258
Josh Willingham (WSH) 3.094 0 14 .268
Juan Pierre (CWS) 3.095 4 18 .275
Ty Wigginton (BAL) 3.096 2 19 .252
Jason Kubel (MIN) 3.104 3 19 .254
Gordon Beckham (CWS) 3.124 2 17 .252
Jayson Werth (PHI) 3.139 2 23 .288
Ryan Doumit (PIT) 3.142 1 15 .257
Jay Bruce (CIN) 3.150 2 18 .275
Mike Napoli (LAA) 3.158 1 16 .244
Chase Headley (SD) 3.158 2 27 .263
Johnny Damon (DET) 3.166 2 16 .272
Alcides Escobar (MIL) 3.204 1 22 .242
Dan Uggla (FLA) 3.211 3 20 .283
Raul Ibanez (PHI) 3.214 3 18 .266
Denard Span (MIN) 3.243 2 23 .267
Vernon Wells (TOR) 3.247 3 23 .272
J.D. Drew (BOS) 3.255 2 16 .257
David Wright (NYM) 3.261 4 17 .288
Rickie Weeks (MIL) 3.265 2 20 .262
Jason Kendall (KC) 3.270 2 23 .256
Brian McCann (ATL) 3.274 2 19 .275
Stephen Drew (ARI) 3.282 2 25 .275
Matt Wieters (BAL) 3.286 3 20 .260
Jonny Gomes (CIN) 3.294 1 21 .260
Yadier Molina (STL) 3.312 2 20 .258
Michael Bourn (HOU) 3.326 6 18 .261
Derrek Lee (CHC) 3.327 1 15 .251
Chris Young (ARI) 3.359 2 24 .260
Adam Dunn (WSH) 3.379 2 20 .266
Hideki Matsui (LAA) 3.384 3 21 .271
Brett Gardner (NYY) 3.398 3 18 .280
Kelly Johnson (ARI) 3.410 3 25 .272
Erick Aybar (LAA) 3.417 5 16 .254
Daric Barton (OAK) 3.430 3 24 .277
Curtis Granderson (NYY) 3.433 2 21 .247
Bobby Abreu (LAA) 3.441 3 18 .249
Juan Uribe (SF) 3.444 2 26 .254
Casey Blake (LAD) 3.461 4 18 .253
Clint Barmes (COL) 3.465 2 20 .233
Juan Rivera (LAA) 3.468 2 24 .250
B.J. Upton (TB) 3.472 3 18 .237
Kurt Suzuki (OAK) 3.482 2 25 .242
Todd Helton (COL) 3.489 3 16 .253
Franklin Gutierrez (SEA) 3.510 4 24 .247
Elvis Andrus (TEX) 3.550 5 30 .276
Kevin Kouzmanoff (OAK) 3.574 3 32 .256
Aramis Ramirez (CHC) 3.576 3 21 .245
Jose Bautista (TOR) 3.585 2 28 .262
Garrett Jones (PIT) 3.589 4 22 .249
Lyle Overbay (TOR) 3.594 4 18 .245
Troy Glaus (ATL) 3.597 3 18 .240
Jorge Cantu (FLA) 3.614 3 26 .262
Cesar Izturis (BAL) 3.618 3 21 .237
Brennan Boesch (DET) 3.621 3 18 .260
Felipe Lopez (STL) 3.624 2 19 .232
Travis Hafner (CLE) 3.635 2 26 .270
Brandon Inge (DET) 3.650 4 22 .250
Chone Figgins (SEA) 3.668 2 30 .258
Ronny Cedeno (PIT) 3.685 5 22 .244
Adam Lind (TOR) 3.702 4 22 .228
Cliff Pennington (OAK) 3.725 2 30 .244
Casey Kotchman (SEA) 3.734 4 20 .221
Justin Upton (ARI) 3.784 5 24 .273
Jason Bartlett (TB) 3.803 2 30 .246
Mark Teixeira (NYY) 3.825 4 23 .261
Carlos Quentin (CWS) 3.868 2 27 .239
Colby Rasmus (STL) 3.886 4 22 .274
Ben Zobrist (TB) 3.889 4 23 .245
Jose Guillen (KC) 3.918 4 25 .255
Aaron Hill (TOR) 4.011 4 24 .211
Drew Stubbs (CIN) 4.069 4 27 .249
Brendan Ryan (STL) 4.405 5 23 .226
Jeff Francoeur (NYM) 4.560 5 26 .237
Dexter Fowler (COL) 4.755 5 36 .252
Mark Reynolds (ARI) 4.851 8 27 .207
Carlos Pena (TB) 5.015 3 29 .203

2010 HAM
(400 PA minimum – excluding IBBs)

Batter HAM 5+ PA hit
streaks
Longest hit
streak (PAs)
Batting Average
Josh Hamilton (TEX) 0.498 1 5 .361
Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 0.485 3 5 .341
Omar Infante (ATL) 0.476 0 4 .340
Joe Mauer (MIN) 0.447 2 6 .330
Adrian Beltre (BOS) 0.430 1 5 .328
Robinson Cano (NYY) 0.414 1 5 .322
Adrian Gonzalez (SD) 0.414 2 6 .308
Carl Crawford (TB) 0.402 1 5 .302
Vladimir Guerrero (TEX) 0.401 0 4 .305
Delmon Young (MIN) 0.400 1 5 .297
Austin Jackson (DET) 0.397 2 6 .301
Scott Podsednik (KC) 0.396 0 4 .310
Albert Pujols (STL) 0.390 1 5 .307
Matt Holliday (STL) 0.388 3 6 .307
Paul Konerko (CWS) 0.388 1 5 .323
Billy Butler (KC) 0.382 1 5 .312
Casey McGehee (MIL) 0.382 1 9 .283
Ryan Theriot (CHC) 0.381 0 4 .284
Martin Prado (ATL) 0.381 0 3 .314
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 0.380 0 4 .333
Evan Longoria (TB) 0.376 0 4 .294
Ryan Braun (MIL) 0.375 1 5 .306
Victor Martinez (BOS) 0.374 1 6 .290
Starlin Castro (CHC) 0.373 0 4 .312
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) 0.372 0 3 .310
Angel Pagan (NYM) 0.368 0 4 .292
Placido Polanco (PHI) 0.367 0 4 .300
Troy Tulowitzki (COL) 0.366 0 3 .325
Joey Votto (CIN) 0.365 1 5 .320
Freddy Sanchez (SF) 0.362 0 4 .288
Marlon Byrd (CHC) 0.361 0 3 .300
Alex Rios (CWS) 0.360 1 5 .288
Alexei Ramirez (CWS) 0.357 0 4 .283
Hunter Pence (HOU) 0.357 0 4 .285
Hanley Ramirez (FLA) 0.355 0 3 .301
David Wright (NYM) 0.355 0 4 .288
Adam Jones (BAL) 0.354 1 5 .283
Jose Reyes (NYM) 0.352 0 4 .287
Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) 0.350 0 4 .302
Scott Rolen (CIN) 0.348 0 4 .292
A.J. Pierzynski (CWS) 0.348 1 5 .270
Andre Ethier (LAD) 0.347 0 4 .288
Ian Desmond (WSH) 0.345 0 4 .279
Michael Young (TEX) 0.345 0 4 .290
James Loney (LAD) 0.344 0 4 .278
Jeff Keppinger (HOU) 0.344 0 4 .291
David Murphy (TEX) 0.344 0 4 .287
Rajai Davis (OAK) 0.343 0 4 .267
Howie Kendrick (LAA) 0.342 1 5 .273
Dan Uggla (FLA) 0.342 1 5 .283
Torii Hunter (LAA) 0.340 1 5 .291
Julio Borbon (TEX) 0.339 0 3 .274
Orlando Cabrera (CIN) 0.338 0 4 .271
Colby Rasmus (STL) 0.338 0 4 .274
Brandon Phillips (CIN) 0.337 0 4 .275
Vernon Wells (TOR) 0.336 0 4 .272
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 0.336 0 4 .277
Jay Bruce (CIN) 0.335 0 4 .275
Miguel Tejada (BAL) 0.334 0 4 .269
Kelly Johnson (ARI) 0.334 2 5 .272
Travis Hafner (CLE) 0.333 1 5 .270
Lastings Milledge (PIT) 0.330 0 4 .280
Gaby Sanchez (FLA) 0.330 0 4 .279
Nick Markakis (BAL) 0.330 0 3 .292
Nick Swisher (NYY) 0.329 0 4 .289
Ryan Howard (PHI) 0.328 1 5 .279
Corey Hart (MIL) 0.326 0 3 .279
Marco Scutaro (BOS) 0.326 1 5 .274
Cody Ross (FLA) 0.325 0 4 .265
Aubrey Huff (SF) 0.325 0 4 .292
Pablo Sandoval (SF) 0.325 0 4 .263
Luke Scott (BAL) 0.324 0 4 .281
Johnny Damon (DET) 0.324 1 5 .272
Stephen Drew (ARI) 0.323 0 4 .275
Garrett Jones (PIT) 0.321 1 5 .249
Jason Heyward (ATL) 0.321 1 6 .287
Shin-Soo Choo (CLE) 0.319 0 3 .286
Hideki Matsui (LAA) 0.319 1 5 .271
Brian McCann (ATL) 0.318 0 4 .275
Kevin Youkilis (BOS) 0.317 0 3 .307
Alfonso Soriano (CHC) 0.317 0 4 .256
Yuniesky Betancourt (KC) 0.317 0 4 .258
Kevin Kouzmanoff (OAK) 0.317 0 4 .256
Fred Lewis (TOR) 0.316 1 5 .260
Elvis Andrus (TEX) 0.313 1 5 .276
Brennan Boesch (DET) 0.313 0 4 .260
Shane Victorino (PHI) 0.312 0 3 .265
Mark Teixeira (NYY) 0.311 0 4 .261
Skip Schumaker (STL) 0.311 0 4 .271
Juan Pierre (CWS) 0.311 0 4 .275
David Eckstein (SD) 0.311 0 3 .270
Jayson Werth (PHI) 0.310 0 3 .288
Mark Ellis (OAK) 0.310 0 4 .276
Erick Aybar (LAA) 0.310 1 6 .254
Ike Davis (NYM) 0.308 1 5 .261
Adam LaRoche (ARI) 0.308 0 3 .263
Chase Headley (SD) 0.308 0 4 .263
Brendan Ryan (STL) 0.307 1 5 .226
Melky Cabrera (ATL) 0.306 0 3 .258
Jonny Gomes (CIN) 0.306 0 3 .260
Brett Gardner (NYY) 0.306 0 4 .280
Derrek Lee (CHC) 0.306 1 5 .251
Michael Cuddyer (MIN) 0.305 0 3 .272
Matt Wieters (BAL) 0.304 0 4 .260
J.D. Drew (BOS) 0.303 1 5 .257
Andres Torres (SF) 0.303 0 4 .269
Ryan Doumit (PIT) 0.303 0 4 .257
Juan Uribe (SF) 0.303 0 4 .254
Derek Jeter (NYY) 0.302 1 5 .262
Orlando Hudson (MIN) 0.301 0 3 .275
Justin Upton (ARI) 0.300 0 4 .273
Adam Dunn (WSH) 0.300 0 4 .266
Ronny Cedeno (PIT) 0.299 0 4 .244
Jorge Cantu (FLA) 0.298 0 3 .262
Denard Span (MIN) 0.298 0 4 .267
Yadier Molina (STL) 0.298 1 5 .258
Kurt Suzuki (OAK) 0.297 0 4 .242
Raul Ibanez (PHI) 0.297 0 4 .266
Nyjer Morgan (WSH) 0.295 0 4 .258
Chris Young (ARI) 0.294 0 4 .260
Jeff Francoeur (NYM) 0.294 1 5 .237
Michael Bourn (HOU) 0.294 0 4 .261
Rickie Weeks (MIL) 0.294 0 4 .262
Gordon Beckham (CWS) 0.293 1 5 .252
Trevor Crowe (CLE) 0.293 0 4 .247
Daric Barton (OAK) 0.289 1 5 .277
Drew Stubbs (CIN) 0.289 0 4 .249
Jose Guillen (KC) 0.288 0 3 .255
Roger Bernadina (WSH) 0.288 0 3 .259
Matt Kemp (LAD) 0.287 1 5 .250
Ty Wigginton (BAL) 0.287 0 4 .252
Mike Napoli (LAA) 0.287 0 4 .244
Alcides Escobar (MIL) 0.287 0 4 .242
Chase Utley (PHI) 0.286 0 3 .274
Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 0.285 0 3 .270
Lyle Overbay (TOR) 0.284 0 4 .245
Jason Bartlett (TB) 0.284 1 5 .246
Josh Willingham (WSH) 0.283 0 3 .268
Jason Kendall (KC) 0.283 0 3 .256
Ian Stewart (COL) 0.282 0 3 .264
Casey Blake (LAD) 0.282 0 3 .253
Chone Figgins (SEA) 0.282 0 4 .258
Juan Rivera (LAA) 0.282 0 3 .250
Prince Fielder (MIL) 0.281 1 5 .271
Aramis Ramirez (CHC) 0.280 0 3 .245
Cesar Izturis (BAL) 0.279 0 4 .237
Todd Helton (COL) 0.278 0 4 .253
Bobby Abreu (LAA) 0.278 0 4 .249
Franklin Gutierrez (SEA) 0.278 0 3 .247
Brandon Inge (DET) 0.277 0 3 .250
Carlos Lee (HOU) 0.276 0 3 .245
Jose Lopez (SEA) 0.275 0 3 .237
Felipe Lopez (STL) 0.274 1 5 .232
Jose Bautista (TOR) 0.274 0 3 .262
Cliff Pennington (OAK) 0.273 0 3 .244
David Ortiz (BOS) 0.272 0 3 .262
Dexter Fowler (COL) 0.270 0 3 .252
Jerry HairstonJr. (SD) 0.270 0 4 .246
Jorge Posada (NYY) 0.268 0 4 .256
Adam Lind (TOR) 0.268 0 4 .228
Jason Kubel (MIN) 0.268 0 3 .254
Clint Barmes (COL) 0.266 0 3 .233
Curtis Granderson (NYY) 0.264 0 3 .247
Ben Zobrist (TB) 0.257 0 3 .245
Troy Glaus (ATL) 0.256 1 5 .240
Carlos Quentin (CWS) 0.253 0 3 .239
B.J. Upton (TB) 0.250 0 3 .237
Casey Kotchman (SEA) 0.243 0 3 .221
Aaron Hill (TOR) 0.228 0 3 .211
Mark Reynolds (ARI) 0.219 0 4 .207
Carlos Pena (TB) 0.213 0 4 .203

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