Smyly’s outing by the numbers

Drew Smyly entered Friday allowing a .307 average and .895 OPS to right-handed hitters, compared with .155 and .430 in the same categories against left-handed batters.

Smyly’s strikeout-to-hit ratio against lefties until Friday night was 32-17, with just four walks. Against righties, it was 44-to-79, with 26 passes.

The Angels lineup he faced on Friday featured six right-handed batters, a switch-hitter and two lefties. The seven batters from the right side went 0-for-7 with seven strikeouts the first time through the order. The two left-handed hitters were hitless, but put the ball in play.

He matched his season high in strikeouts for a game (seven) the first time through the order on Friday. He matched his career high (10) with his final out of the fifth, 16 batters into his outing.

His career high in swings and misses was 15 from his May 13 win in Baltimore. He garnered 18 swings and misses out of 45 curveballs and cutters Friday. Add in a couple whiffs off of his fastball, and he had 20 swinging strikes out of 92 pitches.

His 11-strikeout performance was the highest total for a Tigers lefty in 21 years:

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
David Wells 1993-06-04 DET CAL L 3-6 GS-8 8.0 4 3 3 2 11
Frank Tanana 1985-08-22 DET OAK W 5-3 GS-8 8.0 7 3 1 1 11
Frank Tanana 1985-07-23 DET CHW L 3-5 CG 8 ,L 8.0 8 5 2 1 11
Pat Underwood 1979-07-02 DET CLE L 4-8 GS-7 6.2 9 4 3 1 11
John Hiller 1977-06-14 DET TOR W 7-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 2 2 3 12
Mickey Lolich 1974-06-16 DET KCR W 3-2 CG 11 ,W 11.0 11 2 2 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1974-06-04 (1) DET OAK L 0-4 CG 9 ,L 9.0 4 4 3 5 12
Mickey Lolich 1974-05-26 DET CLE W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 1 11
Woodie Fryman 1973-09-11 DET MIL W 4-2 GS-9 ,W 9.0 6 2 2 1 11
Mickey Lolich 1973-06-17 DET MIN W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 7 0 0 3 11
Mickey Lolich 1972-10-02 DET BOS W 4-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 6 1 1 5 15
Mickey Lolich 1972-07-17 DET CHW W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 0 0 11
Les Cain 1971-08-23 DET MIN W 4-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 2 2 5 13
Mickey Lolich 1971-08-04 DET WSA W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 7 1 1 1 14
Mickey Lolich 1971-07-31 DET CAL L 2-3 CG 12 ,L 12.0 9 3 3 0 14
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-28 DET BAL W 9-4 GS-13 13.0 7 4 4 2 12
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-24 DET CLE W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 8 0 0 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1971-06-20 (1) DET CLE L 6-7 GS-8 8.0 7 6 5 3 11
Mickey Lolich 1971-05-07 DET KCR W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 1 1 6 13
John Hiller 1970-10-01 DET CLE W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 2 0 0 2 11
Mickey Lolich 1970-08-23 DET MIL W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 2 0 0 2 14
Mike Kilkenny 1970-06-16 DET OAK W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 3 11
Mike Kilkenny 1969-09-17 DET CLE W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 5 13
Mickey Lolich 1969-08-29 DET SEP W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 3 12
Mickey Lolich 1969-08-20 DET SEP W 4-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 8 3 3 4 14
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
Mickey Lolich 1969-07-24 DET KCR W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 3 13
Mickey Lolich 1969-06-09 DET SEP L 2-3 GS-9 9.0 4 1 1 1 16
Mickey Lolich 1969-05-23 DET CAL W 6-3 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 3 3 2 16
Mickey Lolich 1968-09-15 DET OAK W 13-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 2 12
Mickey Lolich 1968-08-29 DET CAL W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 12
Mickey Lolich 1968-07-01 DET CAL W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 5 1 1 0 14
Mickey Lolich 1967-09-30 (1) DET CAL W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 4 11
Mickey Lolich 1967-09-19 DET BOS L 2-4 GS-8 ,L 8.0 6 4 4 1 13
Mickey Lolich 1967-08-22 (2) DET MIN W 2-1 GS-8 8.0 6 1 1 3 13
Mickey Lolich 1966-09-05 (1) DET WSA L 4-6 GS-7 ,L 7.0 9 6 6 4 11
Mickey Lolich 1965-09-22 DET CHW L 1-2 CG 9 ,L 9.0 5 2 1 1 11
Mickey Lolich 1965-08-19 (2) DET MIN L 1-2 GS-7 7.0 3 1 1 2 13
Hank Aguirre 1965-08-12 DET KCA W 11-1 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 1 1 0 11
Mickey Lolich 1964-09-09 DET NYY W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 5 0 0 1 12
Hank Aguirre 1962-06-29 DET BAL W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 3 0 0 1 11
Billy Hoeft 1956-07-29 (1) DET WSH W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9.0 6 0 0 4 12
Billy Hoeft 1954-05-31 (2) DET BAL L 2-4 CG 8 ,L 8.0 9 4 4 1 11
Ted Gray 1952-09-28 DET CLE L 2-8 CG 9 ,L 9.0 9 8 8 4 11
Ted Gray 1951-08-12 DET SLB W 2-1 8.0 3 1 1 3 12
Hal Newhouser 1947-05-25 (1) DET CHW W 10-1 9.0 7 1 1 3 11
Hal Newhouser 1946-09-18 DET PHA W 2-1 10.0 3 1 1 1 11
Hal Newhouser 1946-06-02 DET WSH W 10-2 9.0 8 2 1 3 13
Hal Newhouser 1945-05-23 DET PHA W 7-1 9.0 7 1 1 1 11
Hal Newhouser 1943-08-14 DET WSH L 4-7 9.0 9 7 3 6 11
Hal Newhouser 1943-05-27 DET NYY W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9.0 4 2 2 2 14
Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO
Earl Whitehill 1930-08-14 DET NYY W 5-1 9.0 7 1 1 2 11
Earl Whitehill 1926-08-08 DET NYY W 8-3 9.0 7 3 2 2 12
Harry Coveleski 1914-07-30 DET WSH W 3-2 10.0 3 2 1 5 11
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/26/2014.

 

19 Comments

A LH PH for was due before a PR.
Time to sit Avila vs LH. Holaday could learn to hit LHB , Avila wont

Career vs LH, Avila:.211 .299 .317 .616 139 K
This year 31 in 74. Last night, I posted 31 in 72. It was a little late for maths

Nice outing Drew – had great command most of the night, a shame he could not get a win. More of a shame since I am so tired this morning from watching.

While I don’t like the late games, I’m not required to be up until 9 AM anyway so it’s at least not physically difficult. That was the last 10 PM game of this season.

Since so many people all over the nation want to talk about Avila, here’s what I think. He’s a .240 hitter at best and the shift is killing him even further. He REALLY needs to learn how to bunt since he’s a DP or K waiting to happen. Holaday, Pena, and Laird are all excellent bunters. It’s called expanding your skill set.
Whether he has some other worldly ability to call pitches, I have no idea. All catchers call pitches in cooperation with pitchers.
That’s my opinion on that subject.

Never realized Lolich SO 16 twice. Been a loooong time since the team had a really good lefthander.

one year!

Alex seems like a great guy. Probably good in the clubhouse too. But the sombre trip back to the dugout he makes 33% of his plate appearances is a huge rally kill and demoralizing to those around him. In terms of AT BATS, he is whiffing at a rate of one ever 2.5 ABs. This is much higher that guys like Willie Stargell, Richie Allen, Andres Galarraga, McGwire, Bobby Bonds. Canseco Reggie, Thome Dunn. These guys all were also prolific power hitters and game changers. Alex is not changing any games. His current rate this year is even worse than the worst (Mark Reynolds) The team cannot afford this.
He needs to accept some offensive responsibility and learn how to hit. If that means off-field (after watching endless video of Ichiro, Mauer and for crying out loud, even Jim Thome, then so be it.

Staff´s ERA with Avila:4.10. With Holady: 3.69 SO/W: 2.59/2.83
Holaday calls a better game. Just ask Max

The shift has always existed, but not always employed. The job of the infield is to defend against the ball going through, just like a 3rd baseman will sometimes play close in when he suspects a bunt will be put in play. I love great defense and that includes the pitcher. I suppose they will do what they want but I think changing the rules would be a big mistake. JMO, though.

When Avila was going good in his first few years didn’t he go the other way frequently? When did he become so pull happy. If he’s as smart as we hear he needs to bunt and go the other way.

Avila was a key before this season. Unfortunately this is the era of keyless entry. He is not as needed as everyone has been made to believe.
But he is not the scapegoat for Tiger hitting. The problem is the lineup is not so consistently effective to compensate for him.
We need more timely hits from our veterans with RISP.

I thought we were doing quite well with that?

I don’t think so. Victor has not been driving in any. Miggy a bit more. Kinsler no. Hunter, not when it really, really counts but he has, obviously.
It’s the big hit at the critical time that seems to be missing.

Crasnik
“Cuban OF Rusney Castillo drew a big crowd at his showcase today. 28 teams and about 100 baseball officials represented.”
Are the Tigers among them?

Lineup at LAA: Jackson 8, Kinsler 4, Cabrera 3, V. Martinez DH, J. Martinez 7, Hunter 9, Castellanos 5, Avila 2, Suarez 6. Verlander starts.

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