Friday, April 21, 2006

Pitching, Defense and Power

The season is now 10 percent done and it’s time for my weekly look at Tiger team statistics. As I listen to the first game of the series against the Mariners on the radio, here is where the Tigers stood going into the game:


Table: How the Tigers Rank after 16 Games (Record: 9-7)


Statistic

2005 Rank

2006 Ranks

(7 games)

Winning Percentage

11

4




Runs scored/game

11

7

BA

4

4

BB/PA

14

11

ISO

7

1

BB/SO

14

12

HR

7

1

OBP

12

7

SLG

6

2

OPS

7

4

RC27

7

5




Runs allowed/game

8

2

FIP (pitching)

12

3

DER (fielding)

8

1

ERA

8

3

BB/9

7

6

SO/9

13

6

SO/BB

9

6

BAA

10

1

HR/9

13

4

FPCT

11

4


These are the highlights:

  • The Tigers have scored 85 runs (7th in the league) and allowed 68 runs (2nd in the league) which gives them a Pythagorean record of 10-6. This is one game better than their actual record of 9-7
  • They are 3rd in the league in pitching (using FIP or fielding independent pitching) and 1st in the league in defense (using DER or defensive efficiency record). They are 6th or better in every pitching and fielding category.
  • Offensively, they are 4th in batting average, 1st in isolated power but 11th in walks/plate appearance (their biggest team weakness once again this year).
  • In summary, they are are off to a good start and they are doing it with pitching, defense and power and the biggest thing slowing them down is lack of patience at the plate.
  • Tigers take the lead against the Mariners 1-0 in the sixth. Sac. Fly for Polanco. Inge scores.

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