Source: Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference. Fangraphs stats accurate as of 4:54 AM ET, May 7, 2014. Baseball-Reference stats accurate as of 7:17 PM ET, May 7, 2014.
Met RHP Matt Harvey and Red Sox Clay Buchholz are tied for the MLB lead with 4 wins each. Astros RHP Philip Humber leads the MLB in losses with 4. Giants RHP Sergio Romo has the MLB lead with 8 saves.
Buchholz has pitched 30 innings to lead the MLB. He pitched 7 innings in each of his first two starts. Then he pitched 8 innings in each of his third and fourth starts.
Tigers RHP Max Scherzer leads all innings qualified pitchers with at a 14.21 strikeouts per nine innings rate. Twins RHP Kevin Correia, 3.38 K/9, is the lowest. Correia’s has a 2.95 earned run average. Scherzer has a 2.84 ERA.
Giants RHP Tim Lincecum so far has walked 5.56 batters per nine innings, the highest rate in the MLB. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (29ip) and Athletics RHP Bartolo Colon (19ip) each have not walked a batter in 2013.
Twins RHP Vance Worley has allowed the worst batting average on balls in play, .403, among innings qualified pitchers. He has a career .316 BABIP allowed. Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma has allowed a MLB low .119 BABIP, so far in 2013.
Athletics LHP Brett Anderson has generated the highest ground ball rate, 65.5 percent, among innings qualified pitchers. Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen, 29.7 percent, has the lowest rate.
Clay Buchholz and Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler each have a 0.90 ERA, tied for the lowest among innings qualified pitchers. Padres RHP Edinson Volquez’s 8.84 ERA is the highest.
Adam Wainwright has the highest wins above replacement, 1.5, for a pitcher so far in 2013.
In 18.2 innings in 2013 Rays RHP Roberto Hernandez (Formerly Fausto Carmona) has intentionally walked 3 hitters to lead the MLB. He only intentionally walked 3 hitters in 659.1 innings pitched, 114 games, between 2008 and 2012.
Edinson Volquez has leads the MLB with 5 wild pitches.
Tigers RHP Justin Verlander has thrown 439 pitches, the most so far in 2013.
Ross Detwiler has thrown a fastball 92.5 percent of the time so far in 2013, to lead innings qualified pitchers. Outside of Blue Jays knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey, Rangers RHP Yu Darvish has thrown the fewest percentage of fastballs, 30.6 percent.
Among innings qualified pitchers Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg has averaged the fastest fastball, 95.7 miles per hour. When you include relievers, basically anyone who’s pitched in 2013, Cardinals RHP Trevor Rosenthal has the highest average fastball velocity at 97.7mph.
Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman’s average fastball has dipped year of his career so far and the trend has continued into 2013.
- 2010: 99.6 mph. 15 games.
- 2011: 98.1 mph. 54 games.
- 2012: 98.0 mph. 68 games.
- 2013: 97.1 mph. 10 games.
The two lowest average fastball velocities in the MLB among innings qualified pitchers, are both on the Blue Jays. R.A. Dickey’s fastball has averaged 82.2 mph and LHP Mark Buehrle’s has averaged 84.7 mph.
Batters have swung at 39.3 percent of Adam Wainwright’s pitches outside the zone so far in 2013, to lead all innings qualified pitchers. Also among innings qualified pitchers, hitters have been most patient hitting off of Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill, swinging at only 37.1 percent of his total pitches.
Hitters have only made contact on 61.7 percent of Red Sox RHP Ryan Dempster’s pitches so far in 2013, the lowest rate among innings qualified pitchers.
Cardinals rookie RHP Shelby Miller has thrown a first pitch strike 73.2 percent of the time, to lead the MLB. Batters have a .768 On-base plus slugging after Miller starts a plate appearance with a ball so far in 2013. When he starts the count with a first pitch strike batters only have a .404 OPS. Padres RHP Jason Marquis has started with a first pitch strike only 46.3 percent of the time, the lowest percentage in the MLB.
Source: Fangraphs & Baseball-Reference. Stats as of Sun. April 21, 2013 4:18 AM ET
Pitchers As Hitters (Minimum 20 PA)
Reds RHP Mike Leake leads all Major League pitchers with 2 home runs. Pirates RHP James McDonald leads all MLB pitchers scoring 8 runs.
Diamondbacks RHP Ian Kennedy has a 16.7% walk percentage. He has a .053 batting average, but a .229 on-base percentage. Kennedy only swings the bat 27.6% of the time as well.
Cubs RHP Matt Garza has struck out in 67.6% of his 2012 plate appearances.
Reds RHP Mike Leake and Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg lead MLB pitchers with a 0.8 Fangraphs WAR at the plate. Strasburg also leads MLB pitchers with his .782 OPS. Leake has also seen the fewest percentage of fastballs, 55.3%, as a batting pitcher.
Catchers (Minimum 350 Plate Appearances)
White Sox A.J. Pierzynski has the most home runs among catchers. Yadier Molina has 11 stolen bases to lead catchers. He has never had more than 9 stolen bases in a season before.
Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion currently has a 3.8 Fangraphs WAR. Encarnacion had a 3.1 WAR from 2009-2011. His .951 OPS in 2012 is also a great leap forward from his career .812 OPS.
Indians RHP Vinnie Pestano leads MLB relievers in holds with 32.
Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman leads the MLB averaging 16.26 K/9. Cubs RHP Carlos Marmol is averaging 8.01 BB/9, the highest rate among all relievers.
Braves RHP Craig Kimbrel is striking out almost half of all the batters he has faced at 49.1%.
*Statistics via Fangraphs and are through August 24, 2012.
Yankees SS, Derek Jeter leads the MLB with 167 hits.
White Sox DH, Adam Dunn leads the MLB with 36 home runs. Dunn is also the MLB leader at both: 33.8 K% and 16.9 BB%.
Angels OF, Mike Trout leads the MLB with 96 runs scored and 39 stolen bases. He has done this in only 99 games. His 7.4 Fangraphs WAR is also the MLB’s best.
Tigers 1B, Miguel Cabrera leads the MLB with 104 RBI.
White Sox SS, Alexi Ramirez has the lowest BB% in the MLB at 2.3%.
Pirates OF, Andrew McCuthen leads the MLB with each of his .403 BABIP, .355 BA, and .418 OBP.
Cubs OF, Alfonso Soriano has seen the lowest percentage of fastballs in the MLB at 44.8%. Twins INF, Jamey Carroll has seen the highest percentage of fastballs at 68.3%.
Angels 3B, Alberto Callaspo swings at the fewest percentage of pitches outside the zone at 20%. Rangers OF, Josh Hamilton has swings at the highest percentage of pitches outside the zone at 46.0%
Rangers OF, Josh Hamilton has the highest swing percentage of all pitches at 59.3%. Twins C, Joe Mauer however swings at the lowest percentage of pitches at 36%.
Rangers OF, Josh Hamilton has the highest swinging strike percentage in the MLB at 18.9%. Rockies/Giants INF has the lowest swinging strike percentage at 2%.
Royals RF, Jeff Francoeur has the worst Fangraphs WAR, -1.7, in the MLB.
Tigers RHP, Justin Verlander leads the MLB with 181.2 innings pitched.
Tigers RHP, Max Scherzer leads the MLB with an 11.39 K/9 (Innings Qualified). Indians/Yankees RHP Derek Lowe’s 3.33 K/9 is the lowest in the majors (Innings Qualified).
Athletics RHP, Bartolo Colon has thrown the highest percentage of fastballs in the MLB at 89.2%. Mets RHP, R.A. Dickey has thrown the lowest percentage of fastballs at 14.0%.
Nationals RHP, Stephen Strasburg has the highest average fastball velocity in the majors at 95.7 mph (Innings Qualified).
Pirates RHP, A.J. Burnett has thrown the highest percentage of curveballs in the majors at 33.3%.
Yankees LHP, CC Sabethia has batters swing at the highest percentage of pitches outside the zone at 34.9%. Indians RHP, Ubaldo Jimenez has the lowest percentage of this at 20%.
The lead for first pitch strike percentage goes to Phillies LHP, Cliff Lee at 71.2%. Padres RHP, Edinson Volquez throws the worst percentage of first pitch strikes at 50.8%.
Tigers RHP, Justin Verlander’s 5.2 FanGraphs WAR leads the MLB among pitchers. Angels RHP, Ervin Santana’s -0.5 Fangraphs WAR is the lowest.
Mike Trout made his 2012 debut on April, 28. Here are Albert Pujols splits based around Trout’s 2012 debut:
Before April 28: 20g, .225 avg, .279 obp, .313 slug, .592 ops, 0 hr, 4 rbi.
Since April 28: 99g, .289 avg, .353 obp, .571 slug, .924 ops, 28 hr, 81 rbi.
The Yankees have hit the most home runs in the MLB, 190. The Giants have hit the least, 77.
The Rangers have scored the most runs in the MLB, 612. The Cubs have scored the least, 453.
The Marlins lead the majors with 121 stolen bases. The Orioles have the fewest stolen bases, 39.
The Angels lineup sees the highest percentage of fastballs at 61.2%. The Padres see the lowest percentage of fastballs at 54.7%.
The Cubs lineup swings at the highest percentage of pitches outside the zone at 33.9%. The Indians lineup swings at lowest percentage of pitches outside the zone at 26.8%.
The Brewers pitching staff has the best strike out rate in the MLB at 8.53 K/9. The Twins have the lowest strike out rate at 5.92 K/9.
The Brewers pitching staff has thrown the most pitches in the MLB with 18,478. The Cardinals have thrown the least with 17,021.
As a pitching staff the Diamondbacks have thrown the highest percentage of fastballs in the MLB at 65.2%. The Mets pitching staff has thrown the lowest percentage of fastballs in the MLB at 50.7%.
The Nationals pitching staff has thrown the highest average fastball velocity in the MLB so far in 2012 at 93.2 mph. The Giants pitching staff has thrown the slowest average fastball velocity in 2012 at 89.9 mph.
The Cardinals pitching staff has thrown the highest percentage of first pitch strikes at 62.5%. The Rockies pitching staff has thrown the lowest amount of first pitch strikes, throwing one 56.6% of the time.
*Statistics from Baseball-Reference/Fangraphs and are through August 21. Season stats leaders are based on being qualified.