Monthly Review: April


So I went ahead and made some custom spread sheets and listed key stats that I thought were important. Not just for the month but to put into context who they will continue to produce. Whether they are bound to improve or if they are playing over their head and going to get worse.

Then again there is the possibility of them just becoming better players… Don’t laugh too hard.

 

Stats/Analysis after the jump.

 

Hitters


Name PA BB% K% LD% BABIP ISO wOBA Fld WAR
Justin Smoak 89 15.70% 24.30% 12.30% 0.321 0.243 0.397 -0.4 0.7
Ichiro 129 7.80% 5% 15.30% 0.345 0.05 0.355 -3.5 0.4
Adam Kennedy 66 6.10% 14.80% 24.50% 0.294 0.164 0.331 1.1 0.4
Michael Saunders 79 7.60% 25.40% 22% 0.283 0.113 0.277 2.4 0.3
Luis Rodriguez 42 14.30% 20.60% 21.40% 0.222 0.173 0.306 -0.7 0.1
Chris Gimenez 23 17.40% 26.30% 28.60% 0.357 0 0.316 -0.7 0
Adam Moore 6 0 33.30% 25.00% 0.25 0.167 0.213 0 0
Chone Figgins 112 6.30% 11.70% 21.60% 0.231 0.097 0.249 1.1 0
Carlos Peguero 11 0 45.50% 16.70% 0.333 0 0.117 0.3 -0.1
Miguel Olivo 90 5.60% 30.10% 15% 0.276 0.096 0.242 -1 -0.1
Jack Wilson 67 6.00% 13.30% 15.40% 0.283 0.033 0.269 -1.7 -0.1
Jack Cust 103 19.40% 36.10% 17% 0.302 0.036 0.281 -0.2
Milton Bradley 99 13.10% 28.20% 15% 0.254 0.153 0.307 -4.6 -0.3
Ryan Langerhans 52 21.20% 37.50% 4% 0.182 0.225 0.334 -5.3 -0.3
Brendan Ryan 90 8.90% 18.40% 15.90% 0.222 0.039 0.235 -2.7 -0.4

 

  • Just five position players finished with positive WAR.
  • Six different individuals posted an above average walk percentage.
  • From Michael Saunders stat line I can’t tell if he’s going to improve or get worse.
  • Not in the list is Ground Ball percentage (GB%) Jack Cust is fourth with 54.5% The difference between this season and last is that he’s hitting the ball into the ground at a ridiculous rate. Can you say Casey Kotchman?
  • Despite being 5th in pitchers seen per plate appereance, Chone Figgins has the third lowest walk percentage and the second lowest strikeout percentage. Just odd how that worked out.
  • What we’ve seen out of Miguel Olivo is pretty much Miguel Olivo.
  • We all need to hope one of Milton Bradley, Jack Wilson or Jack Cust gets better. Because at this rate we have no good trade chip going forward.
  • Justin Smoak has been good.
  • Adam Kennedy has been surprisingly good.
  • Brendan Ryan… not so much. I still like you Brendan Ryan. Just stop sucking.

 

 

 

 

Pitchers

Name BF BB/9 SwStr% HR/FB LOB% GB% BABIP FIP xFIP WAR
David Pauley 60 2.76 7.50% 0 83.30% 44.40% 0.133 2.97 4.13 0.2
Jamey Wright 53 2.57 5.40% 0 76.90% 51.40% 0.237 2.26 3.18 0.4
Aaron Laffey 60 2.4 4.70% 0 82.40% 58.70% 0.265 2.84 3.7 0.2
Michael Pineda 126 3.45 12.10% 0 76.50% 30.90% 0.262 2.21 3.75 1.1
Brandon League 43 1.64 5.40% 0 60% 42.90% 0.229 2.43 3.93 0.3
Doug Fister 158 2.95 5.70% 2.30% 76.60% 47% 0.302 3.13 4.16 0.8
Felix Hernandez 194 2.45 8.30% 5.40% 62% 50.70% 0.306 2.45 2.82 1.5
Jason Vargas 149 2.34 6.60% 8.50% 63.70% 43.50% 0.315 3.81 3.91 0.5
Tom Wilhelmsen 38 8.22 13.10% 11.10% 68.50% 39.10% 0.364 5.32 5.01 -0.1
Erik Bedard 120 8.53 6.90% 19.40% 69.30% 37.20% 0.296 6.36 4.47 -0.4
Chris Ray 32 2.84 8.10% 14.30% 36.80% 53.80% 0.444 5.34 4.59 -0.1
Josh Lueke 36 3.86 11.80% 16.70% 36.10% 26.30% 0.524 5.34 4.4 -0.1

 

  • Felix Hernandez is still Felix even if it seems like he hasn’t been “as good” he really is and he is staying in Seattle.  Suck it New York.
  • Eric Wedge needs to immediately stop using David Pauley and Aaron Laffey in high leverage situations. They aren’t bad, but their luck is sufficiently stretched beyond a comfortable limit.
  • This past month Jason Vargas has posted the highest Ground Ball rates that he’s ever posted. What does this mean? I’m not sure. But he continues to miss bats at an average rate and getting more swings at pitches outside the zone. He could be getting better.
  • As much as we all have disliked Chris Ray there are some positives in there that could lead to him being a halfway decent pitcher. A) Great Swinging Strike rate, B) low walk percentage, C) great ground ball percentage. He’s been hit hard so far this year. But with his swinging strike rate I don’t believe that will continue. He’s getting a ton of ground balls so I don’t think his HR/FB ratio will stick. He may still be useful. Let’s give him a little bit more of a leash. That said, I’m not using him in the 8th … or maybe even the 7th.
  • The scary thing about Jamey Wright is that his FIP/xFIP is 2.26/3.18. I don’t believe he can stay this good… but could he? Maybe.
  • Michael Pineda has been really good.
  • Doug Fister has been surprisingly good.
  • Josh Lueke and Tom Wilhelmsen surprisingly haven’t been good at all. I kind figured one of the two would surprise.
  • Despite Eric Bedard throwing an unbelieveable 25.2 IP he hasn’t been good. His last outing in Detroit was in encouraging but we’ll see if it’s legitimate improvement. I’d rather see that specific Erik Bedard than the one we saw the first three starts of the season.

 

 

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Tags: Aaron Laffey Adam Kennedy Brendan Ryan Chone Figgins Chris Ray David Pauley Doug Fister Eric Bedard Felix Hernandez Jack Cust Jack Wilson Jamey Wright Jason Vargas Josh Lueke Justin Smoak Michael Pineda Michael Saunders Miguel Olivo Milton Bradley Tom Wilhelmsen

  • http://Retired maqman

    Pauley and Laffey make up for the disappointing Lueke and Wilhelmsen I guess. I hope Bedard remembers how to pitch effectively sooner rather than later. But whatever, Darth Pineda and Smoaking Gun make all the little failures go away, and we hope they don’t come back some other day. Saunders I fear may be perpetually not quite good enough, although I do hope I am wrong on that.

    • Harrison Crow

      I think we are all starting to gasp for air from holding our collective breath on Saunders. It’s been a disappointment and I hate to say that he’s running out of time with just over 500 career plate appearances. But, it’s getting rather close.