Off day statistical nuggetry

Some things to chew on while the Tigers lick their wounds after dropping a series to the Yankees…

  • Curtis Granderson hit his 7th homer of the year Wednesday night. It was also his 8th extra base hit of the year.
  • Tigers pitchers throw the fastest average fastball in the league at a robust 92.8. That’s .9mph more than the Dodgers who are next closest – and Joel Zumaya just got here. Verlander’s 95.3 mph heater is the fastest among starters. Ryan Perry’s 95.5 is 6th best for qualified relievers (Joel Zumaya checks in at 98.4)
  • Tigers hitters have also faced the fastest average fastball at 91.5 (next closest is 91.4). Maybe it has something to do with where they’ve played.
  • Tigers pitchers rank 5th in terms of first pitch strikes.
  • Brandon Inge leads the team by a large margin in terms of win probability added at 1.42 (.5 is essentially worth 1 win). And when I say large margin, the other 8 players who have non-negative WPA are a combined 1.29.
  • Miguel Cabrera is tied with Josh Anderson, Inge, and Placido Polanco for the team lead in infield hits with 4.
  • Cabrera has 2 RBI in the last 12 games. One of which came on an infield hit.
  • Ramon Santiago has the highest strike out rate on the team at 34.3%


  1. Ronnie J. DeLaura

    April 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Gotta love baseball. I suck at math but love statistics.

  2. Steve

    April 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Well we better get out stats and poop together and pound Cleveland for 3 wins

  3. rings

    April 30, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Not only Cleveland, Steve, but the next two weeks are all ALC opponents…it’d be a good time to get hot.

  4. Jen

    April 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Cabrera tied for the team lead in infield hits!?!? And he’s got a stolen base. That’s hilarious. Nice data mining, Billfer.

  5. Mr. X

    April 30, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    when the Tigers lose, they lose ugly.

  6. Coleman

    May 1, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Jen: and who’s tied for the team lead in HR? There’s an obvious move to be made here…Granderson batting 4th, Cabrera leading off…

  7. Chris in Dallas

    May 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Cabrera should be used strictly as a pinch runner.

  8. Coleman

    May 1, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Well, he does have a high Power-Speed rating (1.6), so he may have some power also…he looks like maybe a Torii Hunter type (1.8)…