2010 in Review: Team Offense

Posts in this series:

Team Offense Team Pitching
Team Defense
Catcher First Base Second Base
Shortstop Third Base Designated Hitter
Left Field Center Field Right Field
Starting Pitching Relief Pitching

 

Now that the 2010 season is in the books, I thought I'd go through the team stats and hopefully pick out some glaring problems, or in some cases, good things, with this team.

I'll be utilizing Baseball-Reference.com for most of these stats. However many detailed stats I throw up here, there's ten times as much waiting for you there.

Team Hitting

The Indians finished the season ranked 12th in the AL in Runs/Game. Here's the other major categories:

 

Tm #Bat R/G ▾ R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
NYY 37 5.30 859 1485 275 32 201 823 662 1136 .267 .350 .436 .786 108 2427
BOS 43 5.05 818 1511 358 22 211 782 587 1140 .268 .339 .451 .790 110 2546
TBR 34 4.95 802 1343 295 37 160 769 672 1292 .247 .333 .403 .736 104 2192
TEX 39 4.86 787 1556 268 25 162 740 511 986 .276 .338 .419 .757 101 2360
MIN 36 4.82 781 1521 318 41 142 749 559 967 .273 .341 .422 .762 105 2347
TOR 35 4.66 755 1364 319 21 257 732 471 1164 .248 .312 .454 .766 107 2496
DET 37 4.64 751 1515 308 32 152 717 546 1147 .268 .335 .415 .750 104 2343
CHW 32 4.64 752 1467 263 21 177 710 467 922 .268 .332 .420 .752 100 2303
LgAvg 36 4.45 721 1438 287 26 158 686 526 1087 .260 .327 .407 .734 99 2251
LAA 38 4.20 681 1363 276 19 155 656 466 1070 .248 .311 .390 .702 92 2142
KCR 34 4.17 676 1534 279 31 121 640 471 905 .274 .331 .399 .730 100 2238
OAK 38 4.09 663 1396 276 30 109 619 527 1061 .256 .324 .378 .702 92 2059
CLE 38 3.99 646 1362 290 20 128 601 545 1184 .248 .322 .378 .700 97 2076
BAL 36 3.78 613 1440 264 21 133 577 424 1056 .259 .316 .386 .702 91 2145
SEA 40 3.17 513 1274 227 16 101 485 459 1184 .236 .298 .339 .637 79 1836
506 4.45 10097 20131 4016 368 2209 9600 7367 15214 .260 .327 .407 .734 99 31510
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2010.

 

For those, like me, who aren't good at eyeballing, here's how Cleveland ranked in the other categories:

Category
AL Rank
Runs
12th
Hits
12th
Doubles
6th
Triples
12th
Home Runs
11th
Walks
6th
Strikeouts
12th (3rd)
Batting Average
12th
On-Base Percentage
10th
Slugging Percentage
12th
OPS
13th
OPS+
10th
Total Bases
12th
Stolen Bases
9th

 

The Indians look a little better when you adjust for park factors, but still, this was an anemic offense. There isn't much the Indians did do well offensively, whether it be getting on base or hitting for power.

 

 

Perhaps the team got better as the season progressed?

 

Split H 2B 3B HR BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB BAbip sOPS+
April/March 175 39 3 13 86 163 .242 .327 .358 .685 259 .293 87
May 231 45 5 18 97 230 .249 .325 .366 .692 340 .310 89
June 237 56 4 30 87 166 .251 .318 .414 .732 391 .275 99
July 223 48 4 21 94 210 .247 .323 .379 .702 342 .297 92
August 239 52 1 23 83 205 .249 .315 .377 .692 362 .293 92
Sept/Oct 257 50 3 23 98 210 .250 .323 .372 .694 382 .293 97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2010.


There was an uptick in production in September, but that could be explained by the expanded rosters. June was the best month, with the Indians just about league-average with a low BABIP. I'd call May the worst month, with an 89 OPS+ and a high BABIP.

Here's the right/left splits:



Split PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
vs RHP 4465 491 987 211 17 102 456 392 858 .249 .322 .388 .710 .292 103 95
vs LHP 1700 155 375 79 3 26 145 153 326 .247 .321 .354 .674 .297 93 87
as RHB 3115 328 652 145 9 66 302 264 636 .233 .304 .363 .666 .278 90 86
as LHB 3050 318 710 145 11 62 299 281 548 .264 .340 .395 .735 .309 110 100
vs LH Starter 1772 183 404 87 5 30 173 170 328 .257 .332 .375 .707 .306 102 96
vs RH Starter 4393 463 958 203 15 98 428 375 856 .245 .317 .380 .697 .288 99 92
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2010.

(tOPS+ is the OPS for the split versus the total team OPS, and sOPS+ is OPS versus the league OPS for the split)

The glaring stat here is the production of RHB versus LHB. There were four players on the roster at year's end with an OPS+ of 100 or more; two of them (Choo, Hafner) were left-handed hitters, one (Santana) was a switch-hitter, and only one was a right-handed hitter (Duncan). And Duncan was used mainly as a part-time player. Jason Donald (94 OPS+) and Jayson Nix (96 OPS+) were the best-performing right-handed starters.

Finally, here's the offensive production by defensive position:


Split AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
as C 525 67 114 36 0 11 59 72 113 .217 .315 .349 .663 .254 90 90
as 1B 589 68 131 28 0 21 63 66 137 .222 .302 .377 .678 .253 94 70
as 2B 594 63 137 25 1 11 50 46 119 .231 .293 .332 .624 .270 79 74
as 3B 600 65 149 34 4 15 74 48 135 .248 .307 .393 .700 .293 99 89
as SS 620 65 165 31 3 6 52 47 114 .266 .323 .355 .678 .316 94 96
as LF 598 78 163 35 2 16 73 60 152 .273 .344 .418 .762 .339 117 99
as CF 686 81 164 27 7 4 52 49 103 .239 .292 .316 .609 .275 74 68
as RF 623 90 183 36 2 22 100 88 137 .294 .392 .464 .856 .345 144 120
as DH 575 66 145 36 1 21 69 61 148 .252 .333 .428 .761 .302 117 102
as Infield 2928 328 696 154 8 64 298 279 618 .238 .308 .361 .669 .279 91 83
as Outfield 1907 249 510 98 11 42 225 197 392 .267 .343 .396 .739 .316 111 95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/4/2010.

First base, third base, and center field were the biggest problems. Center field can be explained by Grady Sizemore's absence, but first and third were major disappointments. Matt LaPorta's bad season is evident in both this table and the one above (RHB); the Indians were counting on him to provide production both at first base and from the right-hand side of the plate.

Next Up: Team Pitching

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