With no game on the schedule today, I figured we could open things up a little bit. Discuss whatever you’d like in this space. But…to seed the conversation a little bit here are some early season statistics to ponder:
- Justin Verlander has only stranded 42.3% of runners
- Fernando Rodney and Bobby Seay have combined to record 21 outs on only 63 pitches
- 42.9% of the flyballs Eddie Bonine have allowed have flown over the fence for homers
- Ryan Perry has thrown more balls than strikes
- Armando Galarraga, Bobby Seay, and Nate Robertson have gotten hitters to chase balls out of the zone over 40% of the time
- Over half the pitches to Carlos Guillen, Miguel Cabrera, and Magglio Ordonez have been out of the strike zone
- Only 5 different Tigers have homered this year, but their team total has them tied for 5th in MLB
- Only 4 different Tigers have grounded into a double play this year
- Ordonez hasn’t had an extra base hit yet, but he does lead the team in walks. And he’s hitting in front of a very hot Cabrera
- The top two offensive teams in MLB this year have been the Blue Jays and the Rangers. Are they the top teams because they’ve each played the Tigers or would the Tigers ERA (4.58 overall, 5.39 when Galarraga isn’t pitching) be better if they hadn’t played such juggernauts?
- If Placido Polanco were a tree, what kind of tree would he be?
All of these stats and many more can be found at Fangraphs