I know – I’m the one who is always reminding people it’s early to use stats for anything meaningful, for crying out loud. Trust me, Anthony Rizzo didn’t just forget how to hit and Didi isn’t Lou Gehrig reincarnated as a shortstop. It’s still likely that all players will regress or progress in the direction of their career averages. I recall quite clearly, that it was around this time last season I was being told that Starlin Castro was one of the best 2nd basemen in baseball. Then he quickly went back to being…well…Starlin Castro.
That being said, on the first day of May I like to look at stats. I can justify that one month is at least enough information to show interesting things, if not prophetic.
So here are some statistics that I find interesting so far in the 2018 season, in no particular order:
From the department of many Yankee fans just don’t get it: Yoenis Cespedes has a higher strike out percentage than Giancarlo Stanton.
Someone named Daniel Robertson leads MLB in OBP. I got nothing.
The Yankees don’t have anyone in the top 60 in swing outside the zone percentage. The Yankees lead the league in runs. That is not a coincidence.
The Yankees lead MLB in base on balls %. The Yankees lead the league in runs. That is not a coincidence.
Asdrubal Cabrera is 8th in MLB in WAR. I got nothing, redux.
According to xFIP, the Astros have 3 of the best 8 pitchers in baseball. None of the three are named Verlander or Keuchel. Not going to lie, that scares me.
There are 30 teams in MLB. 23 (twenty three) are on pace for either > 92 wins or < 69. Maybe, just maybe – I’m spitballin’ here – the salary ca…whoops, sorry – the “luxury (cough) tax” was about something other than competitive balance…? Maybe…?
*Thanks to Joe Sheehan for the Cespedes find and Fangraphs for the rest.