Monday October 7th, 2013, has taken the early lead as the most exciting day of this year’s postseason. We saw the benches clear in the A’s-Tigers series, we saw a walk-off home run to help the Rays stave off elimination, and we got to witness Juan Uribe launch a game-winning bomb into the night after failing to get a bunt down. As a baseball fan, you can’t ask for much more than that. What’s better is that we’re just getting started. Here’s Inside the Numbers: Postseason Week 2 Edition to help you prepare for the phenomenal action that lies ahead. Cheers to playoff baseball!
*If you’re confused by any of the stats make sure to check out the glossary below!
That is Oakland A’s rookie starting pitcher Sonny Gray’s strikeouts per inning for his entire professional career (minors and majors). Given that statistic, it’s no surprise Gray struck out 9 over 8 shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2. Gray’s dominant breaking ball is proving to be a quality big league out pitch and don’t be startled if Gray produces a similar outing if the A’s advance far enough to get him a second postseason start.
That is the Tampa Bay Rays’ starters combined ERA for the 2013 season. Unfortunately it hasn’t exactly carried over to the postseason, where the Rays’ starters have allowed 16 runs in three games against the Red Sox. Matt Moore and David Price each gave up 7 runs in their respective starts, before Alex Cobb finally put together an alright performance yesterday. For Tampa Bay to have a realistic possibility of coming back against the Red Sox, their starting pitching must improve.
That is David Ortiz’s career postseason slash line. Ortiz who’s already 4 for 9 with 2 home runs this postseason has wasted little time inflicting damage on Tampa Bay in his first postseason visit since 2009. The 37 year-old has and looks to be a key cog in a dynamic Red Sox lineup as they continue to pillage their way through the rest of the American League.
That is Hanley Ramirez’s oWAR for the 2013 season. What’s incredible about that statistic is oWAR is accumulated over the course of a season and Ramirez only had 336 plate appearances. Mike Trout had the highest oWAR in the league of 10.1 but had 716 plate appearances. If Ramirez had been as healthy as Trout, and hit at the same pace that he did, Ramirez’ oWAR would’ve been 11.08, making him the best hitter in the league. Ramirez has kept his hot bat going in the postseason with an unbelievable slash line of .500/.556/1.063 in the series against Atlanta.
That is A.J. Burnett’s career postseason WHIP. The righty, who’s resurrected his career in Pittsburgh, and was a reliable starter for them in 2013, struggled mightily in his first postseason outing. Control was Burnett’s biggest issue walking 4 in a mere 2 innings. If the Pirates make it past St. Louis, Burnett will likely still be in the rotation because of the year he had, but can the Bucs really expect much? And how short a leash will manager Clint Hurdle have on the enigmatic pitcher?
Inside the Numbers is a weekly piece published by Batting Leadoff in conjunction with Onside Sports. Each week Batting Leadoff will identify statistics that will play a factor in that week’s games to hopefully give readers a more informed outlook on the game and its prospective outcome.
Slash line – Batting Average/On-Base Percentage/Slugging Percentage
oWAR – Offensive Wins Above Replacement
WHIP – (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched
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