Thursday, October 2, 2014

Brantley's 2014 Game-by-Game Numbers & Notes

this blog mainly focuses on all of Michael's game-by-game numbers and notes for 2014. he had an incredible year, setting career highs in almost every offensive category. he was arguably the MVP of the Indians, leading his teammates not only with a plethora of stats, but also with his words. his season was not all sunshine and roses, however, as he did go through 2 slumps--one at the end of April, and one that lasted for 11 games in August. other than that, he excelled and finished with the highest batting average (.327) on the team for the 3rd straight year.

Michael played in 156 of 162 games this season and had a hit in 123 of the 156 games that he played. Michael had many significant hitting streaks, including two 9-game, an 11-game, a 12-game, and two 15-game hitting streaks. he also had three 5-consecutive multi-hit games, along with a 9- and 10-game road hitting streak, and a franchise record 19-game home hitting streak.

Michael reached base safely in 139 games. he had several long reached base streaks during the year as well. his 28-game on-base streak from August 28 - September 24 is the longest of his career.

Michael started 154 games and played in 146 complete games. he played 147 games total in the outfield, starting 146 games and completing 138 of those.

he played left field in 107 games, for a total of 931.1 innings. as the left fielder, he started 106 games and completed 95 of those. he started 5 games and played a total of 31 innings, he left 2 games early with injury and played 8 innings, he was subbed out of 3 games and played 22 innings, he was lifted for a pinch runner in 1 game after 8 innings, and was a defensive switch (into left field) for 1 inning in 1 game.

Michael played center field in 46 games, for a total of 373 innings. as the center fielder, he started 40 games and completed 37 of those. he started 1 game and played 8 innings, he was subbed out of 1 game after 5 innings, he left 1 game early with injury after 6.1 innings, he was a defensive substitute in 1 game for 1 inning, and was a defensive switch (into center field) in 5 games totaling 15 innings.

he was a PH in 2 games, playing 1 inning in center field as a defensive sub in 1 of them. he started and was the DH for 8 complete games. he missed 3 games due to injury, 1 because of mid-back tightness from playing on astroturf and 2 because of a mild concussion. Michael had 3 complete games off.

defensively, Michael put together a year worthy of Gold Glove consideration. despite his 1 error and .996 fielding percentage, he acquired 12 outfield assists, 2 double plays, and was part of his very first triple play. additionally, he played a franchise record 247 consecutive games in the outfield without an error, a streak that spanned from June 5, 2012 to April 2, 2014.


now here are my game-by-game numbers and notes for Michael Brantley's 2014 season:

Game 1, March 31: 2-4, double, double. AVG: .500
(batting 5th/LF/CG9)

April 1: game postponed, to be made up April 2.
(6th/CF)

Game 2, April 2 (Day Game): 1-3, single (first at bat). AVG: .429
(6th/CF/CG8) 

^^Michael sets new franchise record with 247 consecutive errorless games in the outfield^^
**Michael's 247 consecutive errorless games streak ends**

Game 3, April 2 (Night Game): 1-4, walk, RBI groundout, 2-run single. AVG: .364
(5th/LF - 5 innings, CF - 4 innings/CG9)

Game 4, April 4: 1-4, reached on fielder's choice, 2-run single. AVG: .333
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 5, April 5: 1-4, single, run scored. AVG: .316
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 6, April 6: 3-5, single (first at bat), run scored, RBI single, single. AVG: .375
(5th/LF/CG9)

April 7: game postponed, to be made up April 9 in a traditional DH.
(6th/CF)

**Michael's 6-game hitting streak ends**

Game 7, April 8: 0-4. AVG: .321
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 8, April 9 (Game 1): 1-3, single (first at bat). AVG: .323
(6th/CF - 8 i, LF - 1 i/CG9)

Game 9, April 9 (Game 2): 0-3, walk. AVG: .294
(6th/CF/CG9)

Game 10, April 10: 1-4, double. AVG: .289
(6th/CF/CG8)

Game 11, April 11: 1-4, walk, run scored, RBI single. AVG: .286
(6th/CF/CG8)

Game 12, April 12: 1-3, 2-run single (first at bat), walk, walk, run scored. AVG: .289
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 13, April 13: 1-3, walk (first at bat), home run, run scored, reached on fielder's choice, reached on fielding error, run scored. AVG: .292
(6th/CF/CG8.1)

April 15: game postponed due to cold, to be made up July 19 in a day-night DH.

Game 14, April 16: 0-3, hit by pitch, stolen base. AVG: .275
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 15, April 17: 2-5, 2-run single, 2-run home run, run scored. AVG: .286
(5th/LF/CG8)

Game 16, April 18: 1-5, single, stolen base. AVG: .279
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 17, April 19: 0-3, walk. AVG: .266
(6th/CF/CG9)

Game 18, April 20: 2-3, home run (first at bat), run scored, RBI double, walk, run scored. AVG: .284
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 19, April 21: 1-4, 2-run home run, run scored. AVG: .282
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 20, April 22: 2-4, single, stolen base, run scored, single. AVG: .293
(5th/LF/CG9)

Game 21, April 23: 1-3, single, stolen base, run scored, walk. AVG: .295
(6th/LF/CG9)

Game 22, April 24: 1-3, RBI single, run scored. AVG: .296
(5th/CF/CG9)

**Michael's 15-game on base streak ends**

Game 23, April 25: 0-4. AVG: .282
(5th/LF/CG8)

Game 24, April 26: 0-3, walk. AVG: .273
(5th/LF/CG8)

Game 25, April 27: 0-3. AVG: .264
(5th/LF/CG8.2)

Game 26, April 28: 0-4, reached on fielder's choice. AVG: .253
(6th/LF/CG8)

Game 27, April 29: 1-3, double, RBI sac fly. AVG: .255
(5th/LF/CG8)

April 30: not in lineup.

Game 28, May 2:
3-5, single (first at bat), run scored, home run, run scored, 2-run single. AVG: .272
(6th/LF/CG9)

Game 29, May 3: 1-4, single (first at bat). AVG: .271
(3rd/LF – 3 i, CF – 6 i/CG9)

Game 30, May 4: 1-5, single, run scored. AVG: .268
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 31, May 5: 1-4, double (first at bat). AVG: .267
(3rd/LF – 8 i, CF – 2 i/CG10)

Game 32, May 6: 1-3, RBI single (first at bat), run scored, walk. AVG: .269
(3rd/LF – 7 i, CF – 2 i/CG9)

Game 33, May 7: 2-4, 2-run double, single. AVG: .276
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 34, May 8: 3-5, double (first at bat), run scored, single, 2-run home run, run scored, RBI fielder's choice. AVG: .289
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 35, May 9: 1-5, reached on fielding error (first at bat), home run, run scored. AVG: .286
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 36, May 10: 1-3, walk, single. AVG: .287
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 37, May 11: 1-4, walk (first at bat), single. AVG: .286
(3rd/DH/CG)

**Michael's 11-game hitting streak and 12-game reached base streak end**

Game 38, May 13: 0-4. AVG: .278
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 39, May 14: 1-3, double. AVG: .279
(3rd/LF/GS4)

^^Michael left the game after the top of the 5th inning with mid-back tightness and is day-to-day^^

May 15: precautionary day off, should play tomorrow.

Game 40, May 16: 1-4, single. AVG: .278
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 41, May 17: 1-3, walk (first at bat), single, run scored. AVG: .279
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 42, May 18: 2-3, walk (first at bat), single, home run, run scored, RBI walk. AVG: .287
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 43, May 19: 2-4, double, walk, hit by pitch, home run, run scored. AVG: .292
(3rd/LF/CG10) 

^^Michael hits first career walk-off home run^^

Game 44, May 20: 1-4, single (first at bat). AVG: .291
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 45, May 21: 4-7, 2-run single, stolen base, run scored, double, single, stolen base, run scored, RBI single. AVG: .302
(3rd/LF/CG13)

Game 46, May 22: 2-6, RBI triple, run scored, single, run scored. AVG: .303
(3rd/LF/CG13)

Game 47, May 23: 1-4, single, run scored. AVG: .302
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 48, May 24: 1-3, walk (first at bat), stolen base, RBI hit by pitch, single, run scored. AVG: .303
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 49, May 25: 1-4, single. AVG: .302
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 50, May 26: 2-3, RBI single, walk, stolen base, run scored, single. AVG: .307
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 51, May 27: 1-4, single. AVG: .306
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 52, May 28: 2-4, single, single, run scored. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/CG8.1)

Game 53, May 30: 1-4, reached on fielder's choice (first at bat), run scored, double, run scored. AVG: .309
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

^^Michael sets new franchise record with 19-game home hitting streak^^
**Michael's 15-game hitting streak and 19-game home hitting streak end**

Game 54, May 31: 0-4. AVG: .303
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 55, June 1: 2-4, RBI single (first at bat), run scored, double, run scored. AVG: .307
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 56, June 2: 0-3, walk (first at bat), run scored. AVG: .302
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 57, June 3: 1-4, RBI single (first at bat), run scored. AVG: .301
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 58, June 4: 3-5, RBI single (first at bat), single, single, run scored. AVG: .308
(3rd/LF/CG12)

Game 59, June 6: 1-4, walk (first at bat), single. AVG: .307
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 60, June 7: 1-5, double, run scored. AVG: .305
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

**Michael's 10-game road hitting streak and 10-game road on-base streak end**

Game 61, June 8: 0-5, reached on fielder's choice. AVG: .298
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 62, June 9: 3-3, walk (first at bat), run scored, walk, run scored, home run, run scored, single, run scored, single, run scored. AVG: .307
(3rd/LF/GS7)

Game 63, June 10: 1-3, double (first at bat), hit by pitch, hit by pitch, run scored. AVG: .307
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 64, June 11: 2-4, single (first at bat), single. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 65, June 12: 2-4, single, double, run scored. AVG: .313
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 66, June 13: 2-4, single (first at bat), RBI double, reached on fielding error. AVG: .316
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 67, June 14: 2-4, hit by pitch, stolen base, single, run scored, single. AVG: .319
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 68, June 15: 2-4, home run (first at bat), run scored, single, walk. AVG: .322
(3rd/LF/CG11) 

^^Michael sets new career high in home runs with 11^^

Game 69, June 16: 1-2, RBI single. AVG: .323
(3rd/LF/GS4)

^^Michael was removed from the game after the top of the 4th inning for precautionary reasons after taking a blow to the head/neck from John McDonald on slide into 2nd base while trying to break up a double play ^^

June 17: scratched from lineup at 4 pm. went through his pregame baseball activities and felt stiffness in his neck and pressure in his head. went to Cleveland Clinic for further evaluation and is currently day-to-day with head/neck soreness.
(3rd/LF)

June 18: has mild concussion, passing tests each day, hit off tee and played catch. might be back on field tomorrow, hopes to play June 21. game postponed, to be made up September 8.

June 19: ran on the field and threw before game, plus hit in the cage. tentative return still June 21.

June 20: ran the bases at full speed and took batting practice on the field. no ill effects. he was cleared to play in the 3rd/4th inning tonight, so…

Game 70, June 20: 1-1, single (first at bat). AVG: .326
(9th/PH)

**Michael's 9-game hitting streak and 16-game reached base streak end**

Game 71, June 21: 0-5. AVG: .320
(3rd/LF/CG10)

Game 72, June 22: 3-5, single (first at bat), RBI double, 2-run double. AVG: .325
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 73, June 24: 1-5, single, run scored, walk, walk, run scored. AVG: .323
(3rd/LF/CG13.1)

Game 74, June 25: 2-4, single (first at bat), RBI groundout, home run, run scored, walk, run scored. AVG: .325
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

**Michael's 9-game road hitting streak and 20-game road reached base streak end**

Game 75, June 27: 0-3, RBI sac fly. AVG: .322
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 76, June 28: 1-4, RBI single (first at bat), run scored. AVG: .321
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 77, June 29: 0-3, walk (first at bat). AVG: .318
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 78, June 30: 0-3. AVG: .314
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 79, July 1: 2-5, RBI double (first at bat), run scored, single. AVG: .316
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

^^Michael starts triple play with his 10th OF assist^^

Game 80, July 2: 0-4, reached on fielding error (first at bat), walk, stolen base, run scored. AVG: .312
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 81, July 4: 2-4, single, home run, run scored. AVG: .312
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 82, July 5: 3-5, single (first at bat), single, run scored, RBI single. AVG: .319
(3rd/LF – 8 i, CF – 1 i/CG9)

Game 83, July 6: 2-4, single, RBI single. AVG: .321
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 84, July 7: 2-4, single, single. AVG: .323
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 85, July 8: 3-4, RBI double (first at bat), RBI double, home run, run scored. AVG: .328
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 86, July 9: 1-6, single (first at bat), run scored, walk. AVG: .325
(3rd/CF/CG14)

Game 87, July 10: 2-4, single (first at bat), RBI sac fly, RBI single, run scored. AVG: .327
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 88/July 11: 1-4, single, run scored. AVG: .327
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 89/July 12: 1-4, home run, run scored. AVG: .326
(3rd/CF/CG9)

**Michael's 9-game hitting streak and 11-game reached base streak end**

Game 90/July 13: 0-4. AVG: .322
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 91/July 18: 4-5, single, single, stolen base, run scored, single, double, run scored. AVG: .329
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 92/July 19 (Day Game): 1-5, bunt single (first at bat), caught stealing. AVG: .327
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 93/July 19 (Night Game): 2-4, double (first at bat), single, intentional walk, run scored. AVG: .329
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 94/July 20: 0-3, walk. AVG: .326
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 95/July 21: 1-1, double (first at bat), run scored. AVG: .328
(5th/PH-CF – 1 i/8-GF)

^^Michael sets new career high in runs scored with 67^^

Game 96/July 22: 0-4, walk. AVG: .324
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 97/July 23: 0-4. AVG: .321
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 98/July 24: 0-6. AVG: .316
(3rd/CF/CG13.1)

Game 99/July 25: 1-4, single, run scored. AVG: .315
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 100/July 26: 2-5, RBI double, single. AVG: .316
(3rd/CF/CG8)

Game 101/July 27: 2-4, RBI sac fly, single, run scored, double, run scored. AVG: .318
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 102/July 29: 0-3, walk (first at bat). AVG: .316
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 103/July 30: 0-3, walk. AVG: .313
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 104/July 31: 2-3, RBI single (first at bat), triple, run scored, walk, stolen base, walk. AVG: .316
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 105/August 1: 3-4, RBI double (first at bat), single, run scored, RBI single. AVG: .320
(3rd/CF/GS5)

Game 106/August 2: 2-4, single (first at bat), single. AVG: .322
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 107/August 3: 2-6, double, home run, run scored. AVG: .322
(3rd/CF/CG12) 

^^Michael passes his father's career high HR total with his 2nd career walk-off home run^^

Game 108/August 4: 2-4, RBI groundout (first at bat), single, run scored, RBI single, stolen base. AVG: .324
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 109/August 5: 1-4, RBI single (first at bat). AVG: .323
(3rd/CF/CG9) 

**Michael's 11-game reached base streak ends**

Game 110/August 6: 0-3. AVG: .321
(3rd/CF/GS6.1) 

^^Michael was removed from the game as part of a double switch during the top of the 7th inning. he banged his right knee into the wall in right-center field after making a running catch in the bottom of the 3rd inning^^

Game 111/August 7: 1-4, double (first at bat). AVG: .320

Game 112/August 8: 1-3, walk, double, run scored, RBI walk, run scored. AVG: .320
(3rd/DH/CG) 

^^Michael sets new career high in total bases with 223^^

Game 113/August 9: 3-4, single (first at bat), single, home run, run scored. AVG: .324
(3rd/DH/CG) 

^^Michael sets new career high in RBI with 74^^

Game 114/August 10: 1-3, RBI single (first at bat), RBI sac fly, reached on fielder's choice, walk. AVG: .324
(3rd/DH/CG)

August 12: rain delay/game postponed, to be made up August 13 at 4 pm in a traditional DH.
(3rd/CF)

Game 115/August 13 (Game 1): 1-4, 2-run single, reached on fielding error. AVG: .324
(3rd/CF/CG9)

Game 116/August 13 (Game 2): 2-5, single, double. AVG: .325
(3rd/DH/CG)

Game 117/August 15: 0-4. AVG: .322
(3rd/CF/CG11)

Game 118/August 16: 1-4, 2-run home run, run scored. AVG: .321
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 119/August 17: 0-3, walk (first at bat), stolen base. AVG: .319
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 120/August 19: 1-3, walk (first at bat), single, stolen base. AVG: .319
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 121/August 20: 0-4. AVG: .316
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 122/August 21: 0-4, reached on fielding error. AVG: .314
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 123/August 22: 0-4. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 124/August 23: 1-4, RBI single. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG9)

August 24: not in lineup.

Game 125/August 26: 1-4, hit by pitch (first at bat), run scored, RBI double. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/CG10)

Game 126/August 27: 0-4. AVG: .308
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 127/August 28: 1-4, RBI single, stolen base, intentional walk. AVG: .307
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 128/August 29: 3-5, single, run scored, double, double. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 129/August 30: 2-5, double (first at bat), RBI single, stolen base, run scored. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG11)

Game 130/August 31: 1-5, RBI double. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/CG10)
^^game suspended due to rain, resumed at 6 pm on September 22 in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Game 131/September 1: 1-3, single (first at bat), run scored, walk. AVG: .310
(3rd/LF/GS5)

Game 132/September 2: 2-4, single (first at bat), run scored, walk, single. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

^^Michael sets new career high in hits with 160^^

Game 133/September 3: 1-4, RBI single. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 134/September 4: 2-5, double, run scored, RBI double. AVG: .312
(3rd/LF/CG11) 

^^Michael sets new career high in doubles with 38^^

Game 135/September 5: 1-4, single (first at bat), stolen base, run scored, reached on fielder's choice. AVG: .311
(3rd/LF/CG10)

^^Michael sets new career high in stolen bases with 18^^

Game 136/September 6: 3-4, single (first at bat), stolen base, single, RBI single. AVG: .315
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 137/September 7: 2-3, RBI single (first at bat), single, intentional walk. AVG: .317
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 138/September 8: 1-4, single. AVG: .316
(3rd/LF/GS8) 

**Michael's 12-game hitting streak ends**

Game 139/September 9: 0-3, walk. AVG: .314
(3rd/LF/CG9)

September 10: game postponed, to be made up September 11 at 12 pm in a traditional DH.
(3rd/LF)

Game 140/September 11 (Game 1): 2-3, walk (first at bat), run scored, RBI single, run scored, RBI single. AVG: .316
(3rd/DH/CG)

Game 141/September 11 (Game 2): 1-3, single (first at bat), walk. AVG: .316
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

^^Michael sets new career high in outfield assists with 12^^

Game 142/September 12: 2-4, single (first at bat), single. AVG: .318
(3rd/DH/CG) 

^^Michael sets new career high in plate appearances with 612^^

Game 143/September 13: 2-4, 2-run home run (first at bat), run scored, single, stolen base. AVG: .319
(3rd/LF/CG8) 

^^Michael sets new career high in at bats with 557^^

Game 144/September 14: 2-4, single, stolen base, RBI hit by pitch, single, run scored. AVG: .320
(3rd/LF/CG8) 

^^Michael sets new career high in singles with 120^^

Game 145/September 15: 2-4, double, single. AVG: .322
(3rd/LF/CG8)

Game 146/September 16: 1-4, single (first at bat). AVG: .321
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 147/September 17: 2-4, bunt single, run scored, single, stolen base. AVG: .322
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 148/September 18: 1-5, reached on fielder's choice, single, intentional walk. AVG: .321
(3rd/LF/CG13)

Game 149/September 19: 2-5, home run, run scored, double, reached on fielding error. AVG: .322
(3rd/DH/CG) 

^^Michael joins 20-20 club for the first time in his career^^

Game 150/September 20: 2-4, walk (first at bat), double, run scored, single. AVG: .323
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 151/September 21: 3-5, RBI double, reached on force attempt/error, run scored, RBI single, single. AVG: .325
(3rd/LF/CG9

Game 152/September 22: 1-3, single (first at bat), walk, stolen base. AVG: .326
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

^^Michael sets new career high in games played with 152^^

Game 153/September 23: 2-4, single (first at bat), reached on fielder's choice, double. AVG: .327
(3rd/LF/GS8)

Game 154/September 24: 3-4, single (first at bat), run scored, single, double. AVG: .329
(3rd/LF/CG9)

Game 155/September 26: 0-3. AVG: .328
(3rd/LF/CG9) 

**Michael's 15-game hitting streak and 28-game on-base streak end**

Game 156/September 27: 1-4, single. AVG: .327
^^Michael sets franchise record with 200th hit^^

September 28: not in lineup.


**Michael Brantley finishes the 2014 season with a batting average of .327**


in 2014, Michael had a total of 676 plate appearances and 611 at bats in 156 games (1304.1 innings). in total, he had 200 hits, 133 singles, 45 doubles, 2 triples, 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 5 sac flies, 94 runs scored, 52 walks, 4 intentional walks, 8 hit by pitches, 23 stolen bases, 1 caught stealing, 16 GIDP, 56 strikeouts (38 swinging, 18 looking), 51 first at bat hits, 309 total bases, 211 left on base, 271 putouts, 12 assists, 2 double plays, and 1 error.

2014 batting average: .327 (200-611)

OBP: .385

SLG: .506

OPS: .890


next up: a blog breaking down Michael's #s according to where he hit in the lineup.

previous blog:
Brantley's 2014 Career Highs, Career Firsts, & Franchise Records

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