Prior to today’s opening playoff game, I have posted final regular season stats for both the hitters and pitchers. I debated setting some sort of innings and at bats limits to whittle the names down somewhat, but decided to leave as is to show all the names that have worn C’s black, red, and white this season. So yes, that is Matt Johnson leading the wOBA rankings with only 24 plate appearances. Speaking of the multi-talented Matt. Did I see he went in to pinch run the other night? He’s still got it.
Couple of notes on hitting side of things. My last stats update was the 10th of August, so hitters had approximately 90 at bats since last look. Nobody really made any big moves, which is mildly surprising given the reasonable sample size. Art Charles made the biggest strides, cutting his K rate and upping his walk rate. This helped his on base percentage but he’s still no where near what he was doing in Bluefield, where he was an on base machine. His slugging figures also improved over the month, meaning all his peripherals, ops, wOBA, wRC+ have all improved by quite a margin. If we had a player of the three odd weeks between stats updates, it would be Art.
I was expecting a large move by Matt Newman, but aside from a fifty point move in his slugging percentage his numbers remained fairly static. Only goes to show that Matt has been pretty good for awhile now. Twenty-seven of his fifty-eight base hits went for extra bases this season. A very good ratio for someone that I had written off as under-sized. Will be interesting to see where Matt lands next year. Lansing’s outfield situation has been in a bit of flux this year. The last few games have seen Chris Peters, who’s listed as a shortstop, see time in left.
The single digit assassin Jorge Flores saw his numbers fall a bit. This is just a regression to the mean as far as his balls put in play. He was living on an unsustainably high BABIP and some of those balls that were hitting the gap are now finding gloves, as shown by his 60 point drop in slugging. It’s possible teams have figured Jorge out a bit and are shifting accordingly but all in all, I think he has had an excellent first season in pro ball.
The pitchers are harder to break down over a three week timespan as they really didn’t get enough innings in to make any significant statistical movements. For instance, Javier Avendano threw thirty-one innings over six appearances. He only gave up seventeen hits and three earned over this timespan, which, normally would be considered spectacular. But when you look at his stats over that timeframe, his era did drop a quarter of a run, but his peripherals didn’t really move at all. So, basically, Avendano was as dominant as he has been all year.
This holds true for the bulk of the pitchers. I’ve given the bullpen short shrift on this blog but it is hard to keep up with as the player movement is quite fluid. At one point the C’s were carrying 16 arms in the pen! I’m not sure if that’s still the case, but if you look at the list of pitchers, the top five rated by FIP, are all relievers. Two of which have been promoted (Marcus Stroman and Ian Kadish), two have only been promoted to the Canadians (Wil Browning and Griffin Murphy) so the low innings pitched makes them statistically insignificant, and the final arm is a converted second basemen!
All in all the ‘pen has been excellent and I wish I had the time to break it down a bit further. Maybe I can reduce my sample size somewhat by only discussing the playoffs once they are finished.
Hopefully the websites I use keep track of the playoffs so I can do one more post in the statistics category, celebrating the players that repeated for Your Vancouver Canadians as Northwest League Champions