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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mickey Mantle: 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.

Here are Mantle's career numbers:

WherethrowsBAOBPSLGOPSPAAB
homeL0.3230.4140.5520.9661,7281,483
homeR0.2940.4350.5791.0143,1552,492
roadL0.3380.4360.5981.0341,5281,288
roadR0.2710.4040.5220.9263,4942,836
Tot9,9058,099
home0.3050.5694,8833,975
road0.2920.5465,0224,124

Mantle walked in 20% of his plate appearances (PA) at home against righty pitchers, only 13.6% against southpaws.  Even on the road he walked at a higher rate against righties: 18.2% to 15%.  This accounts for all four of his on base percentages (OBP) being over .400 despite his road batting average against righties being only .271.

At home he made up a 29 point (.029) deficit in BA against righty pitchers for OBP that exceeded that against southpaws by 21 points (.021).

Pitchers feared his home run power, especially when The Mick batted lefty at home in Yankee Stadium.  AB/HR home: 19.5 v lefties, 13.1 v righties; road almost dead even: 15.15, 15.33.

Subsequent posts will include graphs of annual data.

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