Home Run Day by Pirate Pitching

What day do you think Pirate pitching gave up the most home runs per day? Monday after a long weekend of partying? That was my guess too.

You are right.

HR per G # G
Monday 1.42 17
Saturday 1.37 26
Tuesday 1.20 24
Thursday 1.13 18
Sunday 0.93 26
Wednesday 0.81 25
Friday 0.72 26

Other HR tidbits from 2005:

— 14 players combined to hit 52 HR’s at an average of 3.7 HR’s each. Talk about missing advance scouting!

— Opposing batters had a 37:63 strike-to-ball ratio while batting during HR AB. That indicates a lot of plate discipline waiting for their pitch to hit.

— 34 HR’s hit were hit on the 1st pitch and Lance Berkman did it twice.

— 43 HR’s were hit on the 2cd pitch.

— Some players like Aramis Ramirez never saw more than 2 pitches each HR AB.

— 72 (44%) of all HR’s were hit after a ball was last pitched:

Swing-n-Miss 5
Foul Ball 29
Called Strike 17
Ball 72
1st P 34
Throw to 1B 5

— Batters put a HR in play after seeing an average of just 3.1 pitches per AB compared to 3.7 for all other AB. Don’t wait around do they?

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One comment

  1. Haken

    Interesting stats…How do you suppose a pitching staff rectify this problem? My guess would be to make everyday Friday. Wouldn’t that be nice…..Just joined the club at:
    -talkinbaseball.mlbogs.com

    take it easy

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