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Friday, April 26, 2013

Mickey Mantle: AB/HR home/road v lefty/righty.

Mickey Mantle splits you may never have seen.  Click link to view detailed data and graphs.  The data is organized by how the pitcher threw.  AB/HR.  Lower is better.



Year        Tot vLhome vLroad vRhome vRroad
1951 26.2 81.0 64.0 16.3 19.4
1952 23.9 28.8 12.5 21.3 46.3
1953 22.0 27.0 10.4 33.3 31.5
1954 20.1 27.0 28.7 15.9 19.0
1955 14.0 39.0 12.2 10.4 15.8
1956 10.3 14.0 12.8 8.5 9.9
1957 13.9 21.0 17.0 14.6 11.0
1958 12.4 13.4 18.3 11.2 12.1
1959 17.5 21.3 29.0 13.6 18.8
1960 13.1 12.0 8.0 10.9 22.3
1961 9.5 23.0 10.7 6.9 9.1
1962 12.6 20.7 61.0 7.9 11.6
1963 11.5 10.0 9.2 8.7 27.0
1964 13.3 9.3 12.0 20.0 12.3
1965 19.0 15.0 16.8 36.7 15.7
1966 14.5 16.0 15.3 16.2 11.9
1967 20.0 43.5 31.3 15.3 15.2
1968 24.2 19.3 15.3 20.6 43.0
Year       Tot vLhome vLroad vRhome vRroad
Min       9.5 9.3 8.0 6.9 9.1
Max     26.2 81.0 64.0 36.7 46.3

In 1961 Mantle had his career high: 54 home runs.  Imagine if he had been more proficient homering against lefty pitchers at home in Yankee Stadium that season, only one homer per 23 at bats, where he had an extraordinary rate of one homer per 6.9 at bats against righty pitchers.  Only fours years later Mantle had his worst home rate against righty pitchers: 36.7.

1 comment:

Ralph Splendorio said...

There are so many other variables such as pitchers... size of ballpark etc. One might expect Mantles numbers of homers batting righty would be greater on the road due to shorter fence sizes. Would an overall lower avg offset home runs and would the home run rate remain. great fodder for thought not sure sure it would make a difference