The Detroit Tigers June Splits

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The Detroit Tigers June Splits
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Every season is a different season, however there are trends in baseball.

So today we’ll take a look at the career split stats for the current group of Detroit Tigers for the month of June and see at least on some level, what we might expect.

Let’s start with the hitters. As you would expect Magglio Ordonez and Placido Polanco lead the pack in most categories, as they have the most at-bats in the month of June historically.

There are some surprises though, such as Marcus Thames having the highest slugging percentage of any current Tiger for the month of June.

I’ve excluded Wilkin Ramirez and Matt Treanor as Ramirez has zero career June AB’s and Treanor will definitely not be playing this month. I included Guillen and Thames as both could return this month. 

Leaders are in bold text.

 

Player At-Bats Hits HR RBI Runs SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Placido Polanco 893 286 15 101 153 17 0.320 0.357 0.422 0.779
Magglio Ordonez 886 303 42 186 151 20 0.342 0.416 0.560 0.976
Carlos Guillen 597 166 21 111 98 11 0.278 0.349 0.461 0.810
Miguel Cabrera 546 165 26 93 84 2 0.302 0.368 0.520 0.888
Brandon Inge 485 128 20 70 70 4 0.264 0.340 0.466 0.806
Adam Everett 357 96 4 34 43 7 0.269 0.306 0.359 0.665
Curtis Granderson 316 102 9 40 68 9 0.323 0.379 0.532 0.910
Marcus Thames 248 64 22 47 42 1 0.258 0.299 0.581 0.880
Ramon Santiago 202 42 4 9 28 5 0.208 0.289 0.317 0.606
Gerald Laird 158 49 4 21 27 3 0.310 0.331 0.494 0.825
Ryan Raburn 33 8 2 5 6 1 0.242 0.306 0.485 0.790
Jeff Larish 32 7 1 6 3 0 0.219 0.306 0.344 0.650
Clete Thomas 23 10 0 2 3 0 0.435 0.536 0.609 1.144
Josh Anderson 19 6 0 2 3 1 0.316 0.381 0.421 0.802
Dane Sardinha 11 1 0 2 0 0 0.091 0.091 0.273 0.364
TOTALS 4806 1433 170 729 779 81 0.298      

 

 

Several Tigers have seen their highest single month batting average numbers in June—including Adam Everett (.269), Maggs (.342), Curtis Granderson (.323) and Gerald Laird (.310)—the only month Laird has ever hit .300 or better.

Placido Polanco hits in June better than any month save August and has more RBI’s and runs scored in June than any other month of the season.

Marcus Thames has hit more home runs in June (22) than any other month. The news isn’t all good though, as Carlos Guillen’s June batting average (.278) and OBP (.349) are the lowest and second lowest of any month of his career historically.

It’s hard to discern any reliable data from Ryan Raburn, Jeff Larish, Clete Thomas, Josh Anderson and Dane Sardinha from this exercise as none of them have more than 33 career at-bats in June. Thomas is 10 for 23 in June and Anderson is 6 for 19, good starts I suppose.

Based on his play so far this season I would expect Ramon Santiago to considerably outpace his .208 career June average. Miguel Cabrera is a .302 hitter in June with an .888 OPS—I expect he’ll be even better this time around. Placido Polanco will need another strong June effort to get his 2009 average back in the neighborhood we are accustomed to.

Now let’s take a look at the pitchers.

I have excluded Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry for the obvious reason, no career June MLB experience. I included Jeremy Bonderman as I expect he’ll be back, in some capacity, soon.

Leaders and worst offenders (depending on category) are in bold.

 

Player IP Wins Losses Saves Blown Saves Hits Walks K’s Earned Runs ERA WHIP
Edwin Jackson 66.1 3 4 0 0 75 33 39 43 5.83 1.63
Joel Zumaya 20.2 1 1 2 1 16 13 21 4 1.74 1.40
Fernando Rodney 35.1 2 4 1 4 40 18 35 28 7.13 1.64
Justin Verlander 103.2 9 3 0 0 80 44 100 37 3.21 1.20
Nate Robertson 150.1 10 5 0 0 145 48 114 62 3.71 1.28
Zach Miner 47.2 6 1 0 1 44 17 24 11 2.08 1.28
Armando Galarraga 32.1 3 0 0 0 32 8 22 12 3.34 1.24
Bobby Seay 23 1 1 0 0 24 8 19 12 4.70 1.39
Dontrelle Willis 194.1 14 9 0 0 206 57 133 71 3.29 1.35
Brandon Lyon 69.1 5 6 8 5 78 20 53 39 5.06 1.41
Jeremy Bonderman 170.2 11 10 0 0 181 49 152 87 4.59 1.35
TOTALS 913.2 65 44 11 11 921 315 712 406 4.00 1.35

 

 

Dontrelle paces the team in wins, hits allowed and walks allowed, largely on the strength of the 194.1 innings he’s thrown—the most of any Tiger in the month of June. 

Joel Zumaya owns the best June ERA (1.74), although over a much smaller sample of 20.2 innings pitched.

Brandon Lyon has mediocre June numbers to put it gently, something that will need to change if the Tig’s hope to stay in contention. Note that the struggling Armando Galarraga boasts a 3.34 June ERA, something that will need to fall in line if he hopes to stay in the rotation going forward.

Who would have guessed that Nate Robertson had a 10-5 June record with a 3.71 ERA and a K:BB ratio of better than 2:1?

Not me, but alas it’s true, historically speaking. In the case of Edwin Jackson we can only hop his dazzling ‘09 start leaves his previous June disasters behind.

 

So there you have it, the associated split statistics for the Detroit Tigers in the month of June.

Some of these numbers are encouraging, some worrisome, others likely irrelevant considering the development players have seen and the current roles on the ball club.

Big Thanks to Ian from Bless You Boys for linking to this story as it appeared on my blog. If you don't know his work, you should, he covers the Tigers voraciously, make sure to check out his blog.

Until next time kiddies...Hazaa!

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