Teams are at or approaching the 16-game mark, or about 10 percent of the season. You can read plenty online about early takeaways and such — 16 games is early but NOT meaningless — but I’m just listing stats I find interesting at the 10% pole.
Three stats you will NOT see on this or any other post on Baseball Delights: pitcher wins, batting average, RBIs. All three have been replaced by much better stats. They’re not completely meaningless, but, folks, we’ve moved on. More on this in a future post!
- It is quite likely that we will see a record number of home runs this year. Teams are averaging 1.10 homers per game. The record is 1.17 (2000), followed by 1.16 (2016). It’s only April, see, and homers go up when the weather gets warmer.
- It is also quite likely that we will see a record number of strikeouts this year. Remember the days when averaging a strikeout per inning was amazing? Now it’s just average. Teams are averaging 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
- Jose Bautista, owner of a career .490 slugging percentage, is slugging .157 through 62 PAs.
- Your small-sample-size leader in OPS is, of course, Brewers 1B Eric Thames, at 1.441 with 7 homers. No surprise, since he hit 124 homers in his previous 388 games. In Korea.
- No surprise that the Dodgers and Yankees have the best bullpens so far, measured by opponent on-base percentage. Third, however, is the White Sox pen at .247!
- Freddie Freeman leads the league in wRC+ (weighted runs created-plus), my current favorite stat to measure offensive production. He’s at 282 (100 is average).
- Byron Buxton, on the other hand, lags the league with a minus-32 wRC+. That means he’s, like, less than 0% of league average, or something. Something bad.
- The A’s are somehow 7-8 despite having a .253 OBP from the 7th inning on. And despite injuries. And despite their starting lineup.
- Of the 16 hardest-hit balls this season (judged by exit velocity), Yankees OF Aaron Judge has six of them. Have you seen this Judge homer yet? Oh my Guersch.
- Three posts so far on Baseball Delights. But hey, it’s early.