Monday, November 20, 2006

Runs Created by Position (Part 3)

Today, I will finish up my series of posts on runs created analysis with ranks of center fielders, right fielders and designated hitters. Here are the links to the earlier articles:

Detroit Tigers Runs Created Analysis
Runs Created by Position (Part1)
Runs Created by Position (Part2)

The center fielders are ranked in Table 7 below. Grady Sizemore (7.7 R/CG), Rocco Baldelli (6.9 R/G in 387 PA) and Vernon Wells (6.7 RC/G) were the league’s most productive center fielders. Curtis Grandeson was 7th in the league. Granderson was inconsistent this year but he should become more steady next year when he is hopefully better adjusted to Major League pitching. That should mean an increase in runs created per game.



Table 7: Runs Created by AL Center fielders


Rnk

Player

Team

PA

R/G

RC

1

Sizemore

CLE

751

7.7

137

2

Baldelli

TB

387

6.9

66

3

Wells

TOR

677

6.7

112

4

Damon

NYA

671

6.5

107

5

Matthews Jr.

TEX

690

6.3

104

6

Patterson

BAL

499

5.5

72

7

Granderson

DET

679

5.4

93

8

Hunter

MIN

611

5.4

86

9

Figgins

LAA

683

4.9

86

10

Crisp

BOS

452

4.4

52

11

Kotsay

OAK

558

4.3

63

12

Anderson

CHA

405

3.3

36




Table 8 below ranks the right fielders. The league leaders were Jermaine Dye (8.0 RC/G) and Vladimir Guerrero (7.6 RC/G). Magglio Ordonez finished only 8th among players at his position with 6.0 runs created per game. He did stay healthy this year though and that was a big boost for the Tigers. Ordonez averaged more than 7 runs per game for the White Sox from 2000-2003 but he’s not the same player he was before his knee injury. I would expect around the same production next year from Ordonez.



Table 8: Runs Created by AL Right fielders


Rnk

Player

Team

PA

R/G

RC

1

Dye

CHA

611

8.0

117

2

Guerrero

LAA

665

7.6

122

3

Norton

TB

335

6.9

56

4

Suzuki

SEA

752

6.8

121

5

Cuddyer

MIN

635

6.6

101

6

Blake

CLE

456

6.2

69

7

Rios

TOR

498

6.1

77

8

Ordonez

DET

646

6.0

97

9

Bradley

OAK

405

5.8

58

10

Pena

BOS

304

5.7

44

11

Markakis

BAL

542

5.5

75

12

Mench

TEX

349

5.3

46

13

DeRosa

TEX

572

5.3

75

14

Nixon

BOS

453

5.2

57

15

Williams

NYA

462

5.0

59

16

Sanders

KC

358

3.9

39

17

Hollins

TB

355

3.8

37


Table 9 shows that Travis Hafner was the most productive designated this year. He also led all players at all positions with 10.4 runs created per game. Jim Thome (8.9 RC/G) and David Ortiz (8.9 RC/G) finished well behind Hafner but still had outstanding years. No Tigers are listed here because they didn’t have a regular designated hitter. Next year, Sheffield will be their primary DH. He missed much of this year with a wrist injury and finished with just 5.5 runs created per game. However, he finished at 7.3 and 7.4 RC/G in 2004 and 2005 respectively. If he’s healthy, he should come close to that again in 2007.



Table 9: Runs Created by AL Designated Hitters


Rnk

Player

Team

PA

R/G

RC

1

Hafner

CLE

564

10.4

126

2

Thome

CHA

610

8.9

119

3

Ortiz

BOS

686

8.9

137

4

Giambi

NYA

579

8.2

107

5

Thomas

OAK

559

7.2

96

6

Gibbons

BAL

378

5.3

52

7

Hillenbrand

TOR

319

4.9

42

8

Gomes

TB

461

4.5

54

9

Everett

SEA

343

3.5

33

10

White

MIN

355

3.0

30

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