As promised, here is what the Chief Scientist put together prior to the last podcast.
# Advantage: Left-handed batters Proven by science.
- Left-handed batters have an advantage at the plate that is strictly due to the easy path to Home Runs.
- All lefties outperform all righties in: AB/HR, Slugging Percentage, and Isolated Power. These are all stats that are very dependent on Home Runs.
- So, you might say, “maybe we just have four really good left-handed hitters”.
Let’s look at some stats that are somewhat-to-mostly independent of Home Runs.
- BA: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th
- OBP: 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th
- BABIP: 2nd, 3rd, 14th, 16th
- CR: 1st, 5th, 8th, 14th
## Average left-handed batter vs. average right-handed batter
More HR Dependent <—————————————> Less HR Dependent
ISO AB/HR SLG BA OBP BABIP CR
Left 0.750 4.0 1.250 0.462 0.478 0.298 0.955
Right 0.323 9.3 0.685 0.350 0.363 0.291 0.937
# Random –
- No triples in 2011. Is a triple even possible?
- For the first time in the stat era, we had a team both score and give up the most runs per game: Golden Corral scored and gave up around 7 runs per game.
- Overall, Geoff had the second best tournament at the plate, but it was almost entirely due to a single phenominal game. (see Best Performances)
- Endsley struck out 6 of 27 batters (6 IP) in Game 1 of the championship series; he also struck out at least one batter in 8 of 9 games.
- Spence struck out 4 of 17 (3 IP) against Carbon Sock Print, but gave up 7 runs including 4 HRs.
- Fielding: By far the worst, Cinderella Men (BABIP: 0.396); Kill Yourself probably the best.
- I would have guessed that Contact Rate would be a good indicator of general performance at the plate. It isn’t.
- Only one relief appearance (James) – You really got your money’s worth if you were on a good team last year: Matt Warnes went to the plate 63 times. In contrast, James got 21 plate appearances.
# Best Single Game Performances –
- Geoff vs. Golden Corral: 6-6, 2B, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R
- Jed vs. The House: 7-7, 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R
- Chris Shoemaker vs. Golden Corral: 6-8, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R
- Spence vs. The House: 8-11, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R
- Jaime vs. Tiger Blood: 4-7, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R
- Endsley vs. The House: 4 IP, 2 H (1B), 2 BB, 0 ER, 1 R
- Endsley vs. Carbon Sock Print: 4 IP, 4 H, 1K, 1 ER, 1 R
- Dude vs. Tiger Blood: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 R
- Endsley vs. The House: 6 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 6 R, 6 ER
- James vs. Tiger Blood: 1.2 perfect innings
# 18th Annual (2011) BJA Classic Awards
- MVP: Chris Shoemaker
- Cy Young: Matt Endsley
- Hank Aaron: Spence
- Silver Slugger: Spence (P), Jed (OF), Jaime (OF)
- Rolaids Relief Man: James
- Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Shoemaker
- Roberto Clemente: Greg Presson (for being a good son and skipping the tournament to help out his Mom)
- Championship MVP: Jed
- Kirk Gibson (playing while injured): Jed
- John Einhorn (most innings pitched): Dude
- Joe Sewell (no strikeouts): Derek Mayfield, Spence, Jeff Cain
- Willie Keeler (highest BABIP): Seph
- Eddie Murray (sacrifice flies): Shane Gentry, Spence