Yesterday, before the Indians improved now to 18-4 in their last 22 games, I looked at a six-pack of intriguing statistics behind this very impressive run.
Today, I’m looking at several split offensive statistics where the Tribe has shined thus far in 2013. They show a lot of the biggest strengths of the Terry Francona’s squad:
Batting 1st – .316 batting average, #1 in AL (avg: .265)
Batting 8th – .491 slugging percentage, #1 in AL (avg: .386)
Vs. LHP – .480 slugging percentage, #1 in AL (avg: .409)
When ahead – .534 slugging percentage, #1 in AL (avg: .433)
With 2 outs – .856 OPS, #1 in AL (avg: .732)
RISP, 2 outs – .304 batting average, #1 in AL (avg: .248)
RISP, 2 outs – .549 slugging percentage, #1 in AL (avg: .404)
Runners on – .476 slugging percentage, #1 in AL (avg: .420)
Innings 1-3 – .847 OPS, #2 in AL behind TBR (avg: .756)
Now, for full disclosure, here are a handful of notable caveats to the statistics above:
- Obviously, the Indians already rank 1st in slugging and 1st in OPS in the American League. So these splits shouldn’t be all that shocking. But these are some of the most significant ones I could find.
- The Indians rank 5th in the American League with a .309 BABIP. While this isn’t absurdly high, it’s probably especially higher over the past four weeks. So possibly, this will fall back down to earth, affecting all of the team’s offensive statistics.
- As noted yesterday, the Indians started the season with a .207 batting average with RISP in the first 17 games. That just shows how ridiculously good they’ve been in this split ever since.
- Going back to the topic I covered in The Diff recently: The Indians have won lots of blowouts, but also have had some stinkers too. Their slugging percentage is more than 100 points better than the AL average when ahead in games. Thus, when the team is behind, their OPS (.699) is actually below the AL average (.715).
- Finally, you didn’t see me mention on-base percentage very much at all above. Mostly, that’s because the Indians have not been that elite in that category; their OBP of .335 ranks T-3rd in the AL this season, and doesn’t shine through in any split.