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Recapping the 2011 Season’s First Half

July 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The first three months of the 2011 baseball season are history and most teams have reached the halfway point with at least 81 games in a 162 game schedule.  Indications are that the decline in offensive production that started last year is continuing with most measures of offensive performance at the lowest level since the early 1990s.

2011 2010 Lowest Since Peak  1990-2010
Batting Average .252 .257 1972 (.244) 1999 (.271)
On Base Pct. .319 .325 1988 (.318) 2000 (.345)
Slugging Avg .390 .403 1992 (.377) 2000 (.437)
Runs/Game 8.34 8.76 1992 (8.24) 2000 (10.28)
HR/Game 1.75 1.90 1992 (1.44) 2000 (2.34)
Pitchers ERA 3.83 4.08 1992 (3.75) 2000 (4.77)

 

While some previously productive hitters are having exceptionally poor seasons (Adam Dunn .171 BAVG, Dan Uggla, .178 and Chone Figgins, .186), an unusually high number of players are hitting for both power and average.

Players on Target for .300 BAvg, 30 HR and 100 RBI
Player Team BAvg HR RBI
A Gonzalez BOS .352 16 71
M Cabrera DET .332 17 56
M Kemp LAD .331 22 63
J Bautista TOR .326 24 52
P Konerko CHA .321 21 61
R Braun MIL .321 16 60
P Fielder MIL .302 21 69

 

Players Close to Being on Target (.290/13/45)
B McCann ATL .314 14 47
J Peralta DET .312 16 49
D Ortiz Bos .305 17 48
M Morse WAS .300 15 46
A Rodriguez NYY .299 13 51
L Berkman STL .296 20 58
A Cabrera CLE .296 13 47
A Sanchez FLA .294 13 45
A Lind TOR .312 16 49

 

Missing from this list for the first time in eleven years is Albert Pujols who was hitting .279-17-45 when he broke his wrist and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Pitching

As would be expected in a strong pitching year, six pitchers are on target for 20 wins and two of them are on target for the triple milestones of 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00.

Pitcher Team Wins Strikeouts ERA
J Verlander DET 11 130 2.32
C Sabathia NYY 11 106 3.05
R Halladay PHI 10 123 2.40
J Jurgens ATL 10 55 2.07
J Lester BOS 10 105 3.43
K Correia PIT 10 51 3.79

 

There are also three 9-game winners with over 100 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00 and another one that is close.

J Weaver LAA 9 106 1.97
C Hamels PHI 9 110 2.41
C Lee PHI 9 119 2.66
T Hanson ATL 9 97 2.62

 

–Bill Gilbert 7/1/11

 

Comments

2 Responses to “Recapping the 2011 Season’s First Half”
  1. Tom says:

    Great recap and analysis. I’m looking forward to the second half.

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