1954 Cleveland Indians: The Hitters; Splits

The 1954 squad

Last week we perused how the hitters by position fared against the league, this week we examine their splits.

After reviewing how the 1954 Indians position players matched up against the league averages that season, we now turn to various splits for that team. [Note: league average is all of the stats at that position divided by the other seven AL teams]

Left/Right Splits

PA

RBI

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

BAbip

Indians vs RHP as RHB

2416

259

13

262

339

393

274

League Avg vs RHP as RHB

2658

255

21

244

310

346

263

Indians vs RHP as LHB

1682

231

6

246

318

407

245

League Avg vs RHP as LHB

1650

174

16

271

355

403

281

Indians vs LHP as RHB

1566

180

8

275

364

412

283

League Avg vs LHP as RHB

1207

124

5

267

340

389

286

Indians vs LHP as LHB

491

57

3

268

346

371

313

League Avg vs LHP as LHB

399

36

4

242

318

326

276

The first set of vs. RHP as RHB is significantly higher than league average. That is due to Bobby Avila, Al Smith and Al Rosen all having an 850+ OPS and they accumulated 49% of all the plate appearances. They combined for 54 doubles and 35 home runs and drove in 141 guys.

The second set of vs. RHP as LHB has a lower BA and OBP, but equivalent SLG while having a terrible BAbip. Also, the RBI total is significantly better. Larry Doby, Dave Philley and Vic Wertz combined for 66% of these appearances with Doby and Wertz at 886 and 792 respectively.

The reverse split of vs. LHP as RHB also fared well against the opposition. Seven guys had over 100 plate appearances here, with Avila, Rosen, Wally Westlake and Smith having 941, 929, 860 and 796 OPS respectively.

The final matchup, the dreaded vs. LHP as LHB also smoked the competition. This was mainly due to Doby getting 47% of the plate appearances. His 762 OPS is very good for this split. Bill Glynn had a 761 OPS in 52 plate appearances while Hal Naragon and Dave Pope had 1050 and 1171 OPS in 20 and 10 plate appearances respectively.

Home/Road Splits

PA

R

RBI

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

BAbip

Indians on the Road

3184

372

360

16

256

330

398

268

League Avg on the Road

3032

327

304

21

257

328

372

275

Indians at Home

2971

379

367

14

266

351

401

274

League Avg at Home

2915

309

288

26

256

332

367

273

League at Cleveland Stadium

2848

249

225

15

230

294

341

244

The road numbers are fairly equivalent except for the higher run and RBI totals. The slugging total is a bit better as well. Of the regulars, Doby, Avila, Smith and Rosen all bested 800 OPS on the road.

At home, the Tribe was significantly better except in the steals department. Avila and Rosen really loved Cleveland Stadium as they hit 962 and 982 OPS respectively. And when you compare to how the Indians did specifically against their competition at home, it is fantastically better. A plus 130 runs, plus 142 RBI and a plus 116 in OPS is crazy good. Of course, a lot of that is the suppression caused by that amazing pitching staff too.

Batting Order

PA

R

RBI

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

BAbip

Indians Batting 1st

735

124

69

2

300

400

442

317

League Avg Batting 1st

727

96

45

7

266

353

358

285

Indians Batting 2nd

722

123

76

9

312

384

452

312

League Avg Batting 2nd

712

92

59

7

273

347

386

284

Indians Batting 3rd

702

99

136

4

289

371

498

291

League Avg Batting 3rd

697

95

89

6

283

363

443

290

Indians Batting 4th

740

84

121

6

277

374

455

267

League Avg Batting 4th

672

79

103

5

272

342

420

273

Indians Batting 5th

727

77

102

2

245

323

413

244

League Avg Batting 5th

657

69

76

6

265

337

393

278

Indians Batting 6th

658

64

73

4

244

313

368

251

League Avg Batting 6th

646

60

67

6

261

329

376

279

Indians Batting 7th

643

60

61

2

238

315

330

259

League Avg Batting 7th

631

53

59

5

256

319

355

274

Indians Batting 8th

624

70

57

0

238

296

372

248

League Avg Batting 8th

613

54

57

4

248

327

346

268

Indians Batting 9th

604

50

32

1

188

257

230

238

League Avg Batting 9th

593

39

38

1

169

231

225

219

Al Smith got 70% of the totals leading off. As a whole, they were a plus 132 in OPS, which is insanely good. Avila got 74% of totals in the 2-hole, and again his great season led to this spot being another strength in the lineup. The plus 48 in runs and RBI is nuts while the OPS was plus 103.

As good as the top of the order was, the heart of lineup (3-4) was just a superb. Doby had 73% in the 3-hole while Rosen had 70% of the clean-up spot. #3 hitters were a plus 65 OPS better, while #4 was a plus 67.

The #5 spot was split between Wertz, Doby and Philley. They in total got 80% of the plate appearances. This is the first spot which wasn't a win, although they did drive in 26 more runs. Philley, Westlake and Rudy Regalado got 79% of the 6-hole. And this spot would be considered a slight loss with a -24 in OPS.

I expected the #7 and #8 spots to be bad losses, as George Strickland/Sam Dente and Jim Hegan/Hal Naragon got 87% and 92% in those spots in the order. Both Hegan and Strickland had poor offensive years, but -29 and -5 from those spots aren't horrific, all things considered.

The ninth spot was a clear win for the Tribe as Bob Lemon and Art Houtteman both had 600 OPS or better there and Dale Mitchell had a 885 OPS in 16 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

Leverage

PA

RBI

SB

BA

OBP

SLG

BAbip

Indians in High Leverage

1207

308

3

283

357

439

287

League Avg in High Leverage

1269

252

15

255

325

356

273

Indians in Medium Leverage

2220

221

12

260

342

408

269

League Avg in Medium Leverage

2178

172

19

254

328

367

272

Indians in Low Leverage

2711

191

15

251

332

376

267

League Avg in Low Leverage

2457

159

12

259

333

377

276

The Indians were ridiculously good in high leverage situations (please see BRef for their definitions on high, medium and low leverage). Fewer chances, but 115 OPS better with Rosen at 917, Doby at 1003, and Avila at a ludicrous 1055 OPS. The team also belted 36 homers compared to the league average of 16.

In medium leverage, they were not quite as dominant, but still a plus 54 in OPS. The core of Smith, Avila, Rosen and Doby all OPS'ed better than 800 in these situations with Rosen at a 1030. And again, the longball was crazy better too, 64 to just 35 for the rest of the league average.

In low leverage situations, the team was just at league average. Smith led the team with a 842 OPS here.

Summary

Last week, I commented that I thought the hitting was better than the league but not necessarily a significant advantage like the pitching staff. After looking at these splits, I have to recant and say the hitting was significantly better, especially in high leverage situations and the top 4 spots in the lineup. The pitching staff was still the better part of that year's team, but the margin is not as wide as I previously thought.

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