Friday, January 6, 2012

Odd Stats from the 2011 Season

Some people claim that statistics can tell you anything you want to know, and some people claim they can tell you very little. Whatever the verdict may be, statistics are still interesting for the mind to try and absorb. But as much as I tried to comprehend some of the following head-scratching stats from last year, I just couldn't fully bring myself to do it. Isn't baseball great?

Ladies and gentlemen, here is a collection of some of the weirdest and most interesting Reds-related stats from the 2011 season:
The speedy Stubbs' knack for striking out
in 2011 is a bit mind-blowing
Individual Oddities:
- Paul Janish appeared in 114 games and made 354 plate appearances, but did not tally a single homerun. The only player in the league to record more at-bats without a longball was the Dodgers' Jamey Carroll with 452.
- Drew Stubbs went down on strikes in over 33% of his at-bats. His MLB-leading tally of 205 Ks is more than the total of Joe Mauer, Ryan Hanigan, Jose Reyes, Yadier Molina and Chase Utley combined (202). Total number of ABs for Stubbs in '11? 605. Total number of ABs for the five aforementioned players? 1,956.
- Speaking of Hanigan, he is the only member of the Reds who can boast drawing more walks (35) than strikeouts (32). He led the league in BB/K ratio at 1.09.
- Joey Votto played in every game except one; a 6-1 road victory over Houston on May 9th.
- Votto led all National League batters in doubles with 40. However, there were ten hitters from the American League that finished with 41 or more.
- Votto also led all MLB first basemen in games started (159), innings played (1,428), total chances (1,520), putouts (1,321), and assists (173).
- Chris Heisey finished with the 4th-best AB/HR ratio (15.5) in the NL, trailing only Prince Fielder (15.0), Mike Stanton (15.2), and Matt Kemp (15.4).
- Bronson Arroyo allowed more homers than any pitcher in baseball (46). That number is greater than the cumulative total of Johnny Cueto, Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Sean Marshall, and Jair Jurrjens (42).
- Despite nearly pitching back-to-back complete games in his last two starts of the year, Arroyo fell just one inning shy of eclipsing the 200 IP mark for the seventh straight season.

The Reds appeared to share Garfield's
sentiment last year regarding Monday's
Team Oddities:
- Reds catchers gunned down 80% (4/5) of potential base stealers while Cueto was on the mound. That percentage led all MLB pitcher/catcher duos.
- Cincinnati batsmen were hit-by-a-pitch on 63 various occasions -- 2nd-highest in the league trailing only Washington's 65.
- Reds' pinch-hitters led the league in average with a .286 clip.
- No pitching staff in MLB balked more times than the Reds did (13). That's more than the staffs of Tampa Bay, St. Louis and the New York Yankees combined (12).
- Dusty Baker's bunch lost more games by one-run than any other team in MLB (33).
- The Reds are the ONLY team in MLB to finish with a positive run differential (+15) AND a losing record (79-83).
- They went a span of 12 weeks without winning a contest played on Monday (0-9). After a 5-0 win at Tampa Bay on June 27th, the Reds didn't win another game on the first day of the week until the last week of the year -- a 6-5 squeaker over the Mets in New York. As an extra side note, six of those nine defeats during the stretch came by two runs or fewer.
- The Redlegs had more losses in Interleague play than any other team in the league (12).
- They had the fewest number of wins against left-handed starting pitchers than any NL team (17).
- Cincy finished with a winning record against arch-rival St. Louis (9-6) for the first time in a season since 2003.

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