AL West: Statistician

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A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL West.

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL West.

Every year, Athlon Sports gives baseball fans some intriguing numbers to keep an eye on for all 30 major league clubs. Today, we look at the A.L. West division.

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Los Angeles Angels

202: Fewer runs scored by the Angels in 2010 after a club record in ’09 (883).

.222: Batting average against Jered Weaver in 2010, the lowest against an Angels starter (min. 30 starts) since Mark Langston in 1991 (.215).

35-22: Angels’ record against AL West teams in 2010, the best intra-division record in the West.

5: Seasons with at least 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 40 doubles for Bobby Abreu. No other player in major league history has had more than three seasons with that stat profile.

9: Consecutive Gold Gloves for Torii Hunter before that streak was snapped last year.

.281: Hunter’s team-leading batting average in 2010, the first time the
Angels didn’t have a single regular finish with a .300 average.

67%: Stolen base success rate for the Angels in ’10, tied for 26th in baseball.

Oakland Athletics

.198: The batting average for right-handed hitters last season against Trevor Cahill, who made the All-Star team.

3.47: ERA compiled by A’s starting pitchers, the best in the majors and the lowest since Boston’s 3.32 mark in 1990.

26: Players (non-pitchers) used by the A’s in 2010, the second straight season the injury-ravaged team has needed at least 25 position players.

109: Home runs hit by the A’s, ranking second-to-last in the AL, just eight more than Seattle. It marked the fewest hit by the A’s in a non-strike season since the woeful ’79 team had 108.

156: Steals by the A’s last year, third-most in the majors and the most by the team since 1989. So much for the “Moneyball” philosophy.

.500: The A’s winning percentage last season, a nice improvement after winning 75, 75 and

76: games the previous three seasons. They needed a four-game sweep of Seattle to reach the break-even mark.

Seattle Mariners

101: Home runs hit by the Mariners in 2010, the fewest by an AL team in a non-strike-shortened season since 1992.

.298: Mariners’ OBP in 2010, the lowest by an AL team since 1981 (Twins, .293; and Blue Jays, .286).

8: The number of managers the Mariners have had (including interims) since last appearing in the playoffs in 2001.

2,244: Career hits for Ichiro Suzuki in 10 MLB seasons; at present pace, he could reach 3,000 in June 2014.

15: Number of times the Mariners scored two or fewer runs in games started by Felix Hernandez.

1.000: Franklin Gutierrez’s fielding percentage in 2010, just the fourth errorless season by a center fielder (min. 145 games) since 2000.

13: Players who saw time as DH for the Mariners in 2010, led by Russell Branyan (52) and Milton Bradley (28).

.298: Mariners’ winning percentage in 2010 (17–40) against AL West foes.

Texas Rangers

.304: Average by Rangers designated hitters, primarily Vladimir Guerrero. That mark led the league, as did their 127 RBIs and 92 runs scored.

1: Ranger hitters who finished the World Series with an average above .250. That was Mitch Moreland, who batted .462 in 13 at-bats.

2: Number of years in the new contract given to manager Ron Washington.

3.93: Team ERA in 2010, the lowest since 1990 and the lowest since Rangers Ballpark in Arlington opened in 1994.

6: First basemen used in 2010 by the Rangers: Justin Smoak (66 games), Moreland (37), Chris Davis (30), Jorge Cantu (21), Joaquin Arias (5), Ryan Garko (3).

25: Losses in 44 day games, good for a .432 winning percentage. The Rangers went 71–47 under the lights, a .602 clip that led the AL.

76: Years that had passed since an AL player had a season with at least a .359 average, 30 homers, 40 doubles and 100 RBIs. Lou Gehrig did it in 1934. Josh Hamilton did it in 2010.

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