Thursday, January 3, 2013

Royals Killers

The Baseball Reference Play Index, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, has a new batting splits function (currently in beta) that I've of course fallen into a wormhole playing with. Below are a bunch of lists of the hitters who have faced the Royals the most or done the most damage against them. First up are the top 20 players by plate appearances against the Royals and their stats in those PAs:

Rk Player From To G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Paul Konerko 1999 2012 225 949 117 222 40 0 42 142 107 137 .271 .360 .473 .834
2 Paul Molitor 1978 1998 205 920 125 242 46 5 17 81 76 89 .293 .352 .423 .775
3 Cal Ripken 1981 2001 206 885 125 237 50 6 37 130 86 83 .303 .371 .524 .895
4 Reggie Jackson 1969 1987 223 873 105 196 32 1 37 126 97 172 .256 .340 .445 .785
5 Rod Carew 1969 1985 205 862 107 263 38 14 10 90 83 61 .345 .408 .471 .880
6 Rickey Henderson 1979 2002 189 853 143 199 35 2 17 62 133 98 .283 .401 .411 .812
7 Robin Yount 1974 1993 198 836 113 232 50 7 18 94 50 91 .303 .347 .458 .805
8 Harold Baines 1980 2000 203 824 91 220 42 2 27 101 71 114 .294 .353 .464 .817
9 Magglio Ordonez 1997 2011 190 823 112 234 45 0 31 131 52 85 .310 .355 .492 .847
10 Wade Boggs 1982 1999 183 808 100 230 34 5 7 62 106 43 .332 .418 .426 .844
11 Frank Thomas 1990 2007 182 802 120 199 45 0 37 121 122 86 .303 .411 .540 .952
12 Lou Whitaker 1978 1995 184 801 98 197 45 5 18 79 84 87 .283 .360 .440 .800
13 Omar Vizquel 1989 2012 199 790 101 190 23 3 7 57 76 61 .278 .347 .351 .698
14 Jim Thome 1992 2011 193 787 133 194 34 1 49 139 127 182 .299 .414 .582 .996
15 Brian Downing 1973 1992 201 777 88 176 27 4 25 95 94 92 .265 .361 .431 .792
16 Toby Harrah 1971 1986 195 771 85 167 33 5 15 68 84 77 .251 .342 .383 .726
17 Bert Campaneris 1969 1983 182 754 89 161 17 6 0 49 55 87 .238 .294 .281 .575
18 Rafael Palmeiro 1989 2005 172 747 110 191 53 2 41 126 92 83 .296 .383 .574 .958
19 Ivan Rodriguez 1991 2010 179 735 94 231 52 4 21 103 44 88 .337 .376 .516 .892
20 Carlton Fisk 1972 1993 182 734 98 178 40 7 26 100 59 100 .272 .338 .473 .811
Generated 1/3/2013.

I compared the career OPS of those 20 players to their OPS against KC. Here are the five who improved the most against the Royals:

Player OPS v KC OPS diff
Cal Ripken 0.895 0.788 0.107
Ivan Rodriguez 0.892 0.798 0.094
Rafael Palmeiro 0.958 0.885 0.073
Rod Carew 0.880 0.822 0.058
Jim Thome 0.996 0.956 0.040

And the five who performed the worst against the Royals compared to their career norm:

Player OPS v KC OPS diff
Bert Campaneris 0.575 0.653 -0.078
Reggie Jackson 0.785 0.846 -0.061
Paul Molitor 0.775 0.817 -0.042
Toby Harrah 0.726 0.760 -0.034
Paul Konerko 0.834 0.858 -0.024

After the jump are many more lists of the top Royals nemeses.

Batting average (min. 500 PA):

1. Joe Mauer .355
2. Rod Carew .345
3. Ivan Rodriguez .337
4. Roberto Alomar .333
5. Wade Boggs .332

On-base percentage (min. 500 PA):

1. Joe Mauer .440
2. Alex Rodriguez .431
3. Chuck Knoblauch .427
4. Wade Boggs .418
5. Roberto Alomar .414
5. Jim Thome .414

Slugging percentage (min. 500 PA):

1. Alex Rodriguez .640
2. Manny Ramirez .636
3. Juan Gonzalez .585
4. Jim Thome .582
5. Rafael Palmeiro .574

On-base percentage plus slugging percentage (min. 500 PA):

1. Alex Rodriguez 1.071
2. Manny Ramirez 1.048
3. Jim Thome .996
4. Rafael Palmeiro .958
5. Frank Thomas .952

Runs:

1. Rickey Henderson 143
2. Jim Thome 133
3. Alex Rodriguez 129
4. Cal Ripken 125
4. Paul Molitor 125

Hits:

1. Rod Carew 263
2. Paul Molitor 242
3. Cal Ripken 237
4. Magglio Ordonez 234
5. Robin Yount 232

Doubles:

1. Rafael Palmeiro 53
2. Ivan Rodriguez 52
3. Robin Yount 50
3. Cal Ripken 50
5. Paul Molitor 46

Triples:

1. Rod Carew 14
2. Chuck Knoblauch 13
3. Cristian Guzman 9
3. Luis Polonia 9
5. seven tied with 8

Home runs:

1. Jim Thome 49
2. Alex Rodriguez 48
3. Paul Konerko 42
4. Rafael Palmeiro 41
5. Frank Thomas 37
5. Cal Ripken 37
5. Reggie Jackson 37
5. Manny Ramirez 37

Runs batted in:

1. Paul Konerko 142
2. Jim Thome 139
3. Magglio Ordonez 131
4. Cal Ripken 130
5. Alex Rodriguez 127

Bases on balls:

1. Rickey Henderson 133
2. Jim Thome 127
3. Frank Thomas 122
4. Paul Konerko 107
5. Wade Boggs 106

Strikeouts:

1. Jim Thome 182
2. Reggie Jackson 172
3. Paul Konerko 137
4. Jose Canseco 134
5. Brandon Inge 131

Stolen bases:

1. Rickey Henderson 98
2. Bert Campaneris 41
3. Paul Molitor 39
4. Kenny Lofton 36
4. Bill North 36

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