Open Thread: Fun with small sample sizesBy
April stats are always fun because the sample sizes are so small. It’s the only month of the season when the Pirates could rank first in team ERA (3.07) while ranking dead last in Kper9 (5.25), or when a guy with a .318 career OBP could lead the league in pitches seen per plate appearance (4.87), or when the Nationals could be only 7.5 games back of first. So, for your Thursday night entertainment, here’s some Yankee related statistical shenanigans:
- CC Sabathia is on pace to throw more than 262 innings and 4,730 pitches this year. Sabathia three just over 3,900 pitches last season, including playoffs.
- Robbie Cano is on pace for 237 hits, 25 behind Ichiro‘s single season record.
- For Chien-Ming Wang to finish the year at his career 4.08 ERA in 200 IP, he’d need to pitch to a 1.21 3.11 ERA the rest of the year.
- Brian Bruney is on pace for 129 strikeouts. Brad Lidge struck out 157 batters in 2004. That’s insane.
- Derek Jeter has swung at a career high 25.8% of the pitches he’s seen out of the zone, and a career low 68.8% of pitching in the zone.
- Brett Gardner is on pace to reach base just 118 times, but steal 43 bases.
- Hideki Matsui is on pace for 97 walks and 75 strikeouts.
- Mariano Rivera is on track for an 86-0 K/BB ratio.
- The Yankees have already used 15 pitchers this season, including Nick Swisher but not including Steven Jackson who is with the big league team but has yet to appear in a game. By April 23rd of last season, the Yanks had used … 15 pitchers. Now that’s useless info.
- The Yanks projected pythag record right now is 70-92. Take out Wang, and it’s 91-69.
Anyway, use this as your open thread tonight. The Devils and Hurricanes play Game 5 tonight in Newark. The series is tied at two. Anything goes here, just be cool.