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Worst-slugging cleanup hitters

Posted by Andy on September 14, 2009

Check out the worst slugging percentage by 4th-place hitters for each team (stats through last Thursday...sorry...wrote this one a little early.)

Rk HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2 KCR 8 51 43 130 .211 .278 .301 .579
3 BAL 16 76 50 89 .257 .320 .399 .718
4 OAK 17 72 78 115 .251 .355 .406 .760
5 PIT 19 68 51 112 .233 .297 .407 .704
6 SEA 19 72 53 105 .237 .302 .409 .711
7 FLA 15 82 48 77 .271 .333 .415 .748
8 LAD 15 93 77 106 .274 .361 .423 .784
9 TOR 16 69 47 88 .271 .325 .433 .758
10 CIN 23 98 39 88 .270 .326 .445 .771
11 SFG 21 82 23 81 .283 .311 .458 .769
12 TBR 29 83 92 167 .229 .355 .462 .817
13 CLE 17 89 62 136 .286 .368 .463 .831
14 COL 17 85 68 107 .288 .365 .468 .834
15 SDP 24 88 65 124 .273 .355 .474 .829
16 ATL 24 93 50 94 .275 .334 .475 .810
17 NYM 14 91 49 97 .303 .362 .478 .840
18 ARI 32 88 73 163 .251 .340 .479 .819
19 HOU 24 91 42 53 .300 .349 .487 .836
20 NYY 29 107 90 117 .286 .396 .497 .893
21 LAA 28 101 46 91 .295 .350 .497 .847
22 CHW 33 102 84 129 .273 .376 .511 .887
23 STL 30 113 56 101 .284 .353 .513 .866
24 MIN 33 100 66 105 .267 .346 .520 .866
25 BOS 31 111 72 138 .285 .382 .528 .909
26 CHC 32 101 70 99 .293 .380 .530 .910
27 TEX 36 89 62 118 .254 .341 .538 .879
28 DET 32 100 59 109 .313 .384 .539 .923
29 PHI 37 116 64 166 .270 .348 .549 .897
30 WSN 38 102 102 159 .281 .403 .561 .964
31 MIL 38 125 93 120 .298 .410 .592 1.001
TOT 747 2738 1874 3384 .272 .350 .474 .825
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/11/2009.

Man, check out just how awful the Royals' cleanup hitters have been. They are nearly 100 points below the second-worst team, and the entire range of everybody else is about 200 points. It's not like their producing in any other way, either. The Royals' #4 batters have a collective batting average of .211 and OBP of .278. Sheesh. The cumulative OBP for all of MLB is .333, meaning that the guys on the Royals who should be in the upper echelon of power hitters have an OBP that's more than 50 points below leave average. And they have struck out a ton. Umm...yeah.

Let's not miss the Mets. Although they have an average SLG out of their cleanup hitters, they have just 14 HR, the second-fewest in baseball.

Here are the performances by the guys who have hit 4th the most for the Mets.

Rk G HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Gary Sheffield 44 6 32 22 .308 .385 .484 .869
2 Carlos Delgado 25 4 23 20 .298 .387 .521 .909
3 Jeff Francoeur 20 2 11 15 .313 .313 .500 .813
4 David Wright 19 0 8 20 .319 .405 .431 .835
5 Daniel Murphy 18 2 10 11 .293 .303 .533 .836
Team Total 176 14 91 97 .303 .362 .478 .840
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/11/2009.

The loss of Delgado hurts for sure. All of the other guys have hit pretty well, truth be told, and 97 RBI over the course of the season is not too bad. For some reason, though, the dingers have been infrequent.

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5 Responses to “Worst-slugging cleanup hitters”

  1. Had to take a look at this since the Giants have Molina as our clean-up hitter. Only 2 NL teams worse in OPS, and 7 worse in the Majors. Amazingly, the Giants are not the worse in OBP, as Molina don't like to take walks but swings a good bat otherwise.

  2. The 3 biggest perpratators of this are Mike Jacobs (49 starts); Jose Guillen (49) and Mark Teahen (26). A;ll three of them 3 of them did markedly better in other positions in the order. Why would Jacobs slug a pathetic .290 in the 4 hole, but a powerful .628 while batting 6th? Guillen slugged over 100 points better in the 5 hole. And Teahen was 251 points better as a 5-hitter.

    Now individually the game totals were smaller samples, but over the course of a season this is incredible.
    I wish I had the time to look at this on a game by game basis, but my gut feeling points at least a share of the suspicion on Trey Hillman. Are these players being miscast given the opposing pitcher and other variables?

    ------------------Games---BA-----OBP-----SLG-----OPS
    Jacobs in 4 slot--(49)---.219 .289 .290 .578
    Jacobs in 6 spot -(31)---.289 .353 .628 .981
    Jacobs overall---(102)---.235 .301 .412 .714

    Guillen in 4 slot-(49)---.210 .281 .337 .618
    Guillen in 5 slot-(27)---.315 .390 .446 .836
    Guillen overall---(78)---.242 .314 .367 .681

    Teahen in 4 slot--(26)---.212 .259 .288 .547
    Teahen in 5 slot--(27)---.392 .438 .539 .977
    Teahen Overall---(129)---.274 .328 .411 .739

  3. Why does the table rank the teams from #2 to #31?

    Also, the link to "view original table" doesn't work. I assume all the information is already posted here, but I don't know if that's a kink in the Share program or what.

  4. Good points JT. Sean's going to have to look into that.

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