Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tigers Pitching Leaders

One of the interesting features of the Bill James Handbook is the unique leader board section. Today, I was looking at the pitch type leaders. The table below lists the Tigers pitchers who were among the leaders in the American League.

The are no real surprises and I will do no in depth analysis here but it's nice to see our impressions backed by numbers. Joel Zumaya is the hardest thrower in the league. Justin Verlander is one of the hardest throwers. Kenny Rogers is one of the slowest. Jeremy Bonderman has a great slider and Fernando Rodney and Justin Verlander have a great changeups.


Table 1 - Detroit Tigers Pitching Leaders in 2006

Category

Rank

Player

#

Fastest avg. fastball - relief

1

Joel Zumaya

98.6

Fastest avg. fastball - starters

2

Justin Verlander

95.1


5

Jeremy Bonderman

93.3

Slowest avg. fastball

2

Kenny Rogers

85.2

Pitches 100+ velocity

1

Joel Zumaya

233


3

Justin Verlander

19

Pitches less than 80 MPH

3

Kenny Rogers

901

Lowest % fastballs

3

Kenny Rogers

49.5

Highest % changeups

1

Kenny Rogers

29.0

Highest % sliders

2

Jeremy Bonderman

33.0


5

Nate Robertson

22.5

Opponents BPS* vs. fastballs

1

Joel Zumaya

.514

Opp. BPS* vs. changeups

2

Fernando Rodney

.378


9

Justin Verlander

.568

Opponents BPS* vs. sliders

9

Jeremy Bonderman

.397

*BPS = Batting Average plus Slugging Average

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