With approximately 25% of the 2013 season in the books, I was looking over the team stats for both the AL and the NL. The AL team stats can be found here (offense) and here (pitching). In the Junior Circuit, a few things jump out:
(1) The Yankees and Mariners both have a team OBP of .310. How the hell did this happen? I realize the Yankees are injured, but they’re also getting resurgent seasons from Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner and play in a bandbox. Tied with the Mariners? The team that recently demoted Jesus Montero because he was less effective than Kelly Shoppach and occasionally spells Brendan Ryan with Robert Andino? This does not bode well for you if you are hoping the Yanks will continue playing .600 baseball.
(2) The worst rated fielding team? The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The team led by old school manager Mike Scioscia and human highlight reel (apologies to ‘Nique) Mike Trout in CF (or LF when fellow-gold glove quality outfielder Peter Bourjos is healthy). They’re 7 games under .500 and 10 games behind the Rangers, and the Dodgers may be looking for a new manager soon – the mother ship is calling Scioscia home.
(3) The Tigers are averaging 9.63 K/9. We all know Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in the AL, but behind him Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and a strong bullpen have elite swing and miss stuff. The current record for K/9 over a season is 8.68 by last year’s Milwaukee Brewers (who of course had the luxury of pitching against the opposing pitcher in most cases). Strikeouts are up across baseball, but the Tigers pace is otherworldly.
(4) The Royals have hit 27 HRs. Or, put another way, 12 more than Chris Davis. Dayton Moore, if you can’t get Hosmer and Moustakas turned around quickly, you might want to dust off the resume.