Here’s a completely random collection of odd, interesting, and noteworthy stuff I stumbled across while rummaging through some of my favorite stats—player splits.
Here’s another interesting Cabrera split: Opponents have hit just .216/.308/.311 off of him with no one on base, but that rises to .256/.380/.442 with runners on and .268/.382/.447 with runners in scoring position. It was the same story last year too, as Cabrera held batters to .223/.324/.298 with the bases empty, but allowed them to hit .303/.394/.490 with runners on base and .344/.440/.511 with runners in scoring position. Apparently Cabrera doesn’t like pitching from the stretch very much, which is amusing from a guy who hands out a walk every other inning.
A right-handed hitter, Perez has hit .277/.382/.571 with nine homers, six doubles, 17 walks, and 23 RBIs in 131 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this season. A lot of managers would see Perez crushing lefties and stick him in the lineup every day against righties too, where he would then put up mediocre numbers. Not Piniella, who has given Perez a grand total of 25 plate appearances against righties all season (in which he’s hit .238/.360/.381). Now, if only we could somehow get Jones and Perez on the same team and let Piniella manage them…
AB H HR RBI R BB First Half 284 67 9 35 31 28 Second Half 154 61 9 30 27 20
Martinez’s second-half performance has been so good that he has recovered from his brutal start to rank second among major league catchers with an .832 OPS.
Since then, Blanton has been a completely different pitcher, going 8-4 with a 2.19 ERA in 16 starts, including 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in August. He has even been racking up a fair number of strikeouts, with 71 in 106 innings for a rate of 6.0 per nine innings that is more than double his strikeout rate through May. At 8-9 with a 3.61 ERA in 154.2 innings overall, Blanton has emerged as one of the leading AL Rookie of the Year candidates heading into September.
Pedro must really love being back in the National League, because once he gets to the bottom of the order it has been lights out this season. Take a look at his combined numbers against eighth- and ninth-place hitters:
AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO 133 14 0 0 0 1 45
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. He has yet to allow a single extra-base hit in 133 at-bats against #8 and #9 hitters, and they have drawn a total of one walk against him while striking out 45 times. Add it all up and you get a combined line of .105/.112/.105 with a strikeout 34% of the time. And that’s who he is facing about 20% of the time!