BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (AND INCREDIBLY LATE BECAUSE I MEANT TO DO THIS IN OCTOBER AND THEN GOT BUSY WITH STUFF AND, UM, ALSO COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT IT)
Friends, you may have been happy that the Twins were good this year. I know I was! And it was, for the most part, a very fun season. It also was the type of season that makes these Statistical Overview posts far, far more difficult. When Bartolo Colon is outhomering players, and the Twins are keeping pace with the 1962 Mets in some random statistical category, these posts practically write themselves. In a year like this, it's more of a challenge - there is simply no built-in funniness to being third in the league in a bunch of stuff.
But all is not lost! Because I am determined to bring you the very best in BLOG CONTENT, I have combed the depths of FanGraphs, and content I have found. I know you have questions:
Q: Is there any Bartolo stuff?
Q: What about the 1899 Cleveland Spiders?
A: I am insulted that you even had to ask.
Q: The Q&A section looks dumb with just two questions, doesn't it?
A: Yeah - good call on asking this one, for layout reasons.
For those of you who are
insatiable masochists looking for additional reading, here is 2016's final edition, and 2016's first edition (which contains links to previous editions as well). I did not do any earlier editions this year because the team was good and I was lazy.
And now, without further ado, THE STATS:
Twins' Leader in OPS: Dietrich Enns
Twins' Leader in ERA: Chris Heston
Did I remember either of those two people existed: No
Pitchers Used, 2017 Twins: 36
Total Players Used, 1987 Twins: 36
Stolen Base Success Rate
Eddie Rosario: 53%
Zack Granite: 50%
Kent Hrbek (career): 59%
Danny Santana (Twins): 56
Danny Santana (Braves): 56
Adalberto Mejia: .667 (12 total chances, 4 errors)
Alan Busenitz: .667 (3 total chances, 1 error)
Dietrich Enns: .000 (1 total chance, 1 error)
Joe Mauer (2017): .305
Joe Mauer (career): .308
Twins' leader in Win Probability Added (offense): Joe Mauer
What Win Probably Added measures: Clutch performance
Over/Under on number of comments that will pedantically attempt to correct that statement: 1.5
Aaron Hicks (American League): .847
John Ryan Murphy (International League): .628
Did the Twins win that trade: Probably not
Twins pitchers who threw fewer innings than Chris Gimenez
Twins pitchers with a worse Earned Run Average than Chris Gimenez
Guys on both of those lists
Randy Rosario: 30.86
Does that require a funny comparison stat: No
Strikout Percentage (batting)
Niko Goodrum: 55.6%
Bartolo Colon (with Twins): 40%
Miguel Sano: 35.8%
Times Hit by Pitch
Carlos Gomez: 19
Top three Twins, combined: 19 (Dozier 8, Kepler 6, Escobar 5)
Stolen Base Success Rate
Byron Buxton: 96.67%
Byron Buxton (career): 89.13%
MLB Career Record (min. 80 attempts): 87.91%
Owner of that record: Alexi Casilla
You made that up: I am not nearly that clever
Byron Buxton: 6
Toronto Blue Jays (combined): 5
Did anyone hit worse than Drew Butera this year: No
Twins in postseason, 2003-present: .111
1899 Cleveland Spiders: .130
Twins vs. Yankees, postseason (all-time): 2
Washington Generals vs. Harlem Globetrotters (all-time): 6