There is no other sport in which statistics are parsed, scrutinized, debated and revered like baseball. So with an abundant harvest of numbers from 162 games lying tantalizingly before us, let's take a closer look at some of the figures from the 2010 regular season.
Two of the more interesting statistical anomalies happened right here in Milwaukee, featuring Brewers who spent most of the season on the bench.
Backup catcher George Kottaras had 43 hits, more than half of which (22) went for extra bases. Utility man Joe Inglett had five triples in 142 at bats. That's a lot of three-baggers in not a lot of time at the plate. Consider that the Yankees Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner who finished tied for fifth in the American League in that category had seven triples apiece in 466 and 477 at-bats, respectively. The major league leader was Colorado's Dexter Fowler with 14.
Two observations there. First, where have all the triples gone? Philly's Shane Victorino led MLB with only 13 in 2009. The Mets' Jose Reyes topped the circuit with 19 in 2008. Granderson had 23 and the Phils' Jimmy Rollins had 20 in '07.
Is it becoming unfashionable to leg a double into an extra base? Are managers becoming more concerned about making outs on the base paths?
Second, Fowler is proof positive that in hitting sometimes, it's all about location, location, location. Fowler hit .313 in his home park, the batter's paradise that is Coors Field. On the road, Dex could only manage a .211 average. Also, Fowler apparently isn't much of a night owl, hitting .218 under the lights, but a robust .338 while swinging in the sunshine. But as a switch-hitter he is the model of consistency batting exactly .260 against both lefties and righties.
There were fewer big triples hitters and fewer big hitters overall. In 2009, four players had over 200 hits, led by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki at 225. This year, Ichiro was the only player to clock in over 200, at 214. But hitters were making more contact, at l…Read more...