Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pitches Per Plate Appearance

2007 Highest P/PA, min 150 PA:
PLAYER          TEAM    TPA    P/PA
Jason Giambi NYY 179 4.43
Reggie Willits LAA 251 4.38
Troy Glaus TOR 224 4.37
Nick Swisher OAK 310 4.36
Jack Cust OAK 166 4.33
Todd Helton COL 326 4.31
Ryan Shealy KAN 189 4.31
Brandon Inge DET 278 4.31
Johnny Damon NYY 263 4.30
Casey Blake CLE 324 4.30


2007 Lowest P/PA, min 150 PA:
PLAYER          TEAM    TPA    P/PA
PLAYER TEAM TPA P/PA
Johnny Estrada MIL 255 3.00
Kevin Mench MIL 161 3.08
Miguel Olivo FLA 261 3.13
Howie Kendrick LAA 177 3.14
Corey Patterson BAL 244 3.20
Kenji Johjima SEA 241 3.20
Vladimir GuerrerLAA 326 3.21
Jay Payton BAL 215 3.21
Mike Sweeney KAN 225 3.27
Aaron Boone FLA 228 3.32

Here's a little bit about pitches per plate appearance:

Hardball Times: And Here’s the Pitch...

"That said, the players in the bottom 20% of P/PA have an average on-base plus slugging (OPS) of 719 while those in the top 20% have an OPS of 797. Since OPS correlates very well with run production, it is therefore a good proxy, and because going deep into counts forces opposing pitchers to throw more pitches and tire sooner, it's safe to say that on average, players who see more pitches end up contributing more to their teams."

Someone, let Estrada and Mench know, please.

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