As part of my preparation for my Tiger season preview which I'll do in a week or so, I went back and reviewed many of the sabermetric analyses I presented this winter. Here is a brief summary:
- The Tigers finished 71-91 28 games behind the White Sox and 12 games behind the third place Twins.
- They were 11th in the league in offense with 723 runs scored and 8th in defense allowing 787 runs.
- They finished 4th in the league in batting average, 7th in isolated power and dead last in isolated walk percentage (or times on base without getting a hit). This should make it fairly obvious why they ranked so low in runs scored.
- They were 12th in the league in pitching (fielding independent pitching or FIP) and 8th in fielding (Defensive Efficiency Record or DER). So their fielding was a little better than their pitching.
The following individual hitters were most responsible for the team rankings:
- None of the Tigers who had full seasons finished in the top 20% of the league in any offensive categories.
- The players most responsible for their high team batting average were Chris Shelton, Rondell White, Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez. All finished in the top 20%.
- The players most responsible for the low isolated walk percentage were Ivan Rodriguez, Omar Infante, White, and Nook Logan all finishing in the bottom 20% of the league. Only Carlos Pena finished in the top 20% and he had only 295 at bats.
was the only regular finishing in the top 20% in slugging while Guillen was in the bottom 20%. Pena also finished in the top 20% in limited playing time. Shelton
Now for the pitchers:
- Jeremy Bonderman was 16th among American League starters in FIP ERA indicating that he pitched better than his actual ERA.
- No other starters were above average and the fifth starters (Wil Ledezma, Sean Douglass, etc.) raised their FIP significantly.
- The Tiger relievers pitched worse than their ERAs for the most part. Fernando Rodney, Chris Spurling, Franklin German and Craig Dingman all had FIP ERAs essentially a run or more above their actual ERAs. Only Kyle Farnsworth finished with a FIP ERA in the top 30% of the league.
And the fielders:
- The fielders contributing most to their DER were Brandon Inge and Nook Logan.
- The fielders hurting their DER the most were Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe.
I guess that was not so brief but I wanted to put this all in one place. I’ll likely be referring to some of these items again when I do the team preview.