Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 27, 2009 8:00 am
I haven’t written anything about the Giants in a few days, and at the moment I can’t think of anything insightful (it’s January 26 and they haven’t made a roster move in weeks!), so I’ve decided to surf around on a few baseball stat web sites and see what cool little nuggets I can find. Some of these will amaze you, and some will seem perfectly logical.
Fred Lewis has a .394 on-base percentage at AT&T Park.
The Giant with the second-most homers in the 21st century (since 2001) is Pedro Feliz, with 109.
Since the start of the 2006 season, after J.T. Snow left, the Giants have had 13 players start at first base (not counting Snow’s cameo at the end of last season). Two of the top four on that list, Ryan Klesko and Shea Hillenbrand, are now out of baseball.
The Giants tied with the Astros for worst in the league last season, swinging at 28 percent of the pitches that were out of the strike zone.
Giants pitchers induced the highest percentage of ground balls in the majors in 2008, 48.4 percent.
Emmanuel Burriss had the highest Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) of any second baseman to play at least 200 innings at the position last season.
AT&T Park gave up more homers than an average MLB park last year, even though the Giants hit the fewest homers of any team in a decade.
According to a complicated calculation by Baseball Prospects, there were three players in the majors less productive on the bases last year than Bengie Molina: Dioner Navarro, Magglio Ordonez and Prince Fielder.
Barry Zito had 12 hitters reach on errors against him. Next closest on the Giants was seven, against Matt Cain and Kevin Correia. (That thing about the defense being sharp when a pitcher is throwing strikes is no myth.)
The Giants’ starter who threw the highest percentage of first-pitch strikes last year was Kevin Correia, at 61.7
OK, that’s enough. I promise I’ll write something real next time.