We're Going Streaking
Here are the instances when the Royals have had an 11 or more game losing streak:
2nd place is certainly within this team's grasp. Now for the times the Royals had an 11 or more game winning streak:
Here is a quick look at how the Royals
stupid aggressive base running compares to the rest of the league:
Royals: 56% - 10 for 18 (2nd lowest value)
AL Average: 68%
Royals: 6 times (T2nd highest value)
AL Average: 2.3
Times Out on Bases
Royals: 7 times (3rd highest value)
AL Average: 5.1
Extra: 6 times a player has been caught stealing 3B in the AL in 2012, the Royals have 2 of them.
No wonder this team has lost a bunch of close games with players making so many extra outs on the base paths.
From my untrained scouting eye, it seems that pitchers have been pounding Eric Hosmer on the outer half of the plate. I decided to look at the results of pitches in the rule book strike zone. I divided the zone up into 4 areas. Here are the BABIP, Swing and Miss % and % of total pitches for each zone in 2011 and 2012:
|Year||Swing and Miss %||BABIP||% of Pitches|
|Low and Outside||2012||25%||0.211||38%|
|Low and Inside||2012||23%||0.111||18%|
|High and Inside||2012||0%||0.200||18%|
|High and Outside||2012||16%||0.273||27%|
I can see why pitchers like to keep the ball on the outer half the plate with Hosmer. He is most likely to swing and miss on those outside pitches (high and low). Pitches are staying a little more away from the high outside pitch compared to the low one because if Hosmer does hit the ball, it is more likely to go for a hit.