Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Contact and Power in the Postseason

There are four playoff games today, which should be great fun to follow. In anticipation of the excitement, we thought it would be fun to check in on the players in the postseason to see which batters have the lowest strikeout to extra base hit ratio.

Dissecting the raw data from Fangraphs, we find that only four players in this year's postseason average fewer than one strikeout per extra base hit: Adrian Beltre, Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, and Victor Martinez.

See if you can win a beer on that bit of knowledge.

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images

Below are the top 100 from this year's postseason teams:

2011 Regular Season K/xBH Leaders in Postseason
1 Adrian Beltre, Rangers: 0.82
2 Albert Pujols, Cardinals: 0.88
3 Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 0.94
4 Victor Martinez, Tigers: 0.98
5 Ian Kinsler, Rangers: 1.01
6 Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1.05
7 Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 1.14
8 Robinson Cano, Yankees: 1.19
9 Ryan Braun, Brewers: 1.21
10 Chase Utley, Phillies: 1.24
11 Michael Young, Rangers: 1.34
12 Prince Fielder, Brewers: 1.41
13 Ryan Theriot, Cardinals: 1.46
14 Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers: 1.47
15 Jimmy Rollins. Phillies: 1.48
16 Eduardo Nunez, Yankees: 1.48
17 Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 1.52
18 Allen Craig, Cardinals: 1.54
19 Mike Napoli, Rangers: 1.55
20 Endy Chavez, Rangers: 1.58
21 Mark Kotsay, Brewers: 1.59
22 Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1.60
23 Evan Longoria, Rays: 1.60
24 Nick Punto, Cardinals: 1.62
25 Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1.66
26 Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1.66
27 John Mayberry, Phillies: 1.67
28 Mark Teixeira, Yankees: 1.67
29 Justin Upton, Diamondbacks: 1.68
30 Rafael Furcal, Cardinals: 1.70
31 Jerry Hairston, Brewers: 1.70
32 John Jaso, Rays: 1.71
33 Henry Blanco, Diamondbacks: 1.75
34 Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks: 1.76
35 Johnny Damon, Rays: 1.77
36 Don Kelly, Tigers: 1.78
37 Ben Zobrist, Rays: 1.78
38 Geoff Blum, Diamondbacks: 1.80
39 Andy Dirks, Tigers: 1.80
40 Casey Kotchman, Rays: 1.83
41 Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers: 1.86
42 Sam Fuld, Rays: 1.88
43 Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks 1.89
44 Hunter Pence, Phillies 1.91
45 Jhonny Peralta, Tigers: 1.94
46 Brennan Boesch, Tigers: 1.98
47 Ramon Santiago, Tigers: 2.00
48 Matt Joyce, Rays: 2.00
49 Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 2.00
50 Raul Ibanez, Phillies: 2.04
51 Corey Hart, Brewers: 2.07
52 Gerald Laird, Cardinals: 2.11
53 Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 2.11
54 Jesus Montero, Yankees: 2.13
55 Ryan Roberts, Diamondbacks: 2.13
56 Wilson Valdez, Phillies: 2.16
57 Alex Rodriguez, Yankees: 2.16
58 George Kottaras, Brewers: 2.17
59 Domonic Brown, Phillies: 2.19
60 Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 2.19
61 Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 2.23
62 Julio Borbon, Rangers: 2.25
63 Jon Jay, Cardinals: 2.25
64 David Murphy, Rangers: 2.26
65 Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks: 2.28
66 Chris Young, Diamondbacks: 2.28
67 Russell Martin, Yankees: 2.31
68 Placido Polanco, Phillies: 2.32
69 Nyjer Morgan, Brewers: 2.33
70 Alex Avila, Tigers: 2.34
71 Nick Swisher, Yankees: 2.36
72 Mitch Moreland, Rangers: 2.36
73 Skip Schumaker, Cardinals: 2.38
74 Derek Jeter, Yankees: 2.38
75 Ben Francisco, Phillies: 2.47
76 Delmon Young, Tigers: 2.50
77 Desmond Jennings, Rays: 2.57
78 Tony Cruz, Cardinals: 2.60
79 Corey Patterson, Cardinals: 2.66
80 Carlos Guillen, Tigers: 2.67
81 Casey McGehee, Brewers: 2.67
82 Ryan Howard, Phillies: 2.69
83 Daniel Descalso, Cardinals: 2.71
84 Jorge Posada, Yankees: 2.71
85 Magglio Ordonez, Tigers: 2.73
86 Brett Gardner, Yankees: 2.74
87 David Freese, Cardinals: 2.78
88 Andres Blanco, Rangers: 2.80
89 Sean Rodriguez, Rays: 2.81
90 Juan Miranda, Diamondbacks: 2.82
91 Lyle Overbay, Diamondbacks: 2.84
92 Ross Gload, Phillies: 2.88
93 Carlos Gomez, Brewers: 2.91
94 Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks: 2.94
95 Andruw Jones, Yankees: 2.95
96 B.J. Upton, Rays: 2.98
97 Cody Ransom, Diamondbacks: 3.00
98 Brandon Guyer, Rays: 3.00
99 Sean Burroughs, Diamondbacks: 3.00
100 Ryan Raburn, Tigers: 3.00

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