By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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Baseball is a game full of stats and numbers. Sabermetrics aside, one thing that I fully believe takes to win baseball games is superior pitching, and still having some plate discipline.
Of course it you can compensate for a lack of patience at the plate, with some big Home Runs, than you still may make out just fine.
While doing some research on the Oakland A’s, I looked at AL offensive and defensive Walk to Strikeout totals on both sides of the field.
I believe this is a relevant look at how good a team is faring.
Right away, the Rays and Orioles stick out in this blog, because the Rays were number 1 for this category, and the O’s are 14th, yet have the 3rd best record in the AL, and lead the AL East by 5 games currently.
Team (League REC) Offensive BB/SO (Dif+-) P – Pitching Defensive SO/BB (Dif+-) + total amount of BB/SO compiled from both
Totals prior to plat August 8th, 2014
1. Tampa Bay (9) 401/787 (-386) P – 1005/350 (+655) Total (+269)
2. New York (T6) 334/794 (-460) P – 959/294 (+665) Total (+205)
T3 Oakland (1) 421/777 (-366) P – 859/306 (+553) Total (+187)
T3. Cleveland (9) 378/841 (-463) P – 998/348 (+650) Total (+187)
5. Kansas City (5) 262/677 (-405) P – 823/323 (+500) Total (+95)
6. Detroit (4) 304/785 (-481) P – 855/306 (+549) Total (+68)
7. Los Angeles (2) 352/901 (-549) P – 965/357 (+608) Total (+59)
8. Toronto (T6) 371/810 (-439) P – 842/375 (+467) Total (+28)
9. Boston (13) 389/909 (-520) P – 882/337 (+545) Total (+25)
10. Seattle (T6) 275/891 (-616) P – 921/320 (+601) Total (-15)
11. Texas (15) 308/826 (-518) P – 802/363 (+439) Total (-79)
12. Minnesota (12) 402/934 (-532) P – 698/277 (+421) Total (-112)
13. Houston (14) 345/1002 (-657) P – 814/368 (+446) (-211)
14. Baltimore (3) 284/887 (-603) P – 796/425 (+371) Total (-232)
15. Chicago (11) 320/971 (-651) P – 825/421 (+404) Total (-247)
Other things I surmised from this study…..
The Yankees offense is killing their chances to win the Division, despite having the highest positional players salary in the Majors.
So what can we glean from these totals. 1st off, the numbers show you that Buck Showalter should be Manager Of the Year in the AL. I mean his Pitching Staff is above average across the board, but they are not fanning guys enough.
On the offensive side, it also shows the club is hammering its way via the HR to wins, and relying on a dominant Bullpen to shake wins down.
The Rays haven’t had many players produce to the back of their bubblegum cards, yet they were in contention until they traded away David Price, and who knows, maybe they will fight to remain relevant into September.
Seattle and Kansas City simply aren’t patient enough in drawing walks, but at least the Royals have K’d less than anyone in the league – whereas Seattle is whiffing right up there.
The White Sox would really be struggling without Chris Sale operating (138 SO and just 22 BB).
The Orioles should be preaching some more patience out of their youngsters in the lineup. Adam Jones doesn’t walk at a great rate, but that doesn’t mean others can’t do this for them.
The Birds can bash with the best of them, but that won’t work out every year.
The A’s lead the Junior Circuit in Walks, are 2nd in fewest SO, while their pitching staff has surrendered the 3rd fewest free passes. Oakland is in the top 5 in most statistical categories on offense and pitching.
There is no surprise how they continue to be the best team in the American League. I will keep forth in studying this, for now, I must return to my other post….
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