Monday, December 24, 2018

Brantley's Career Batting Order Position & LF/CF/PH/DH #s as an Indian

hello again, Brantley fans! this is the second blog in my series analyzing Michael Brantley's career numbers and stats from his 10 years as a Cleveland Indian. it consists of his batting order position numbers, along with his left field, center field, PH, DH, PH for DH, and PR numbers. the format is the same as my typical BOP wrap up blogs, though keen-eyed readers will be quick to spot that there are a few changes.

the thing is, as i mentioned in my previous post, from 2009-2011, i did not document and personally calculate Michael's game stats during his first 214 games in the majors. i very recently researched back through those to complete this. and again, my writing and coverage of Michael's numbers expanded as time went by, so there are certain things that i've been keeping track of in his last few campaigns that i didn't take notes on in the early days even when i was documenting his stats. therefore, i was unable to get an accurate total count for various data and, unfortunately, the following had to eliminated from this blog:
--first at bat hits,
--runners left on base,
--which specific bases Michael stole and which specific bases
he was caught stealing,
--the specifics of his strikeouts,
--the specifics of reaching on errors, and
--number of complete games played per BOP.

i also could not incorporate the BOP + OF, BOP + PH, and BOP + DH numbers in here either. in addition, in the defense section further below, i had to exclude the specifics of how many games Michael left early due to being subbed out, lifted for a PR, having an injury, etc. besides that, i did not identify the number of times Michael was a defensive switch after a PH appearance or between left and center within one game, nor when he was a defensive substitution off the bench. lastly, i was not capable of differentiating how many games Michael missed because of an injury versus how many scheduled days off he received.

other than that, this is all pretty straightforward and if you're a newbie then you won't even notice anything's missing lol i do apologize for this being more of a general, basic numbers post; however, i still think i provided a plethora of good, detailed information that you will enjoy!


Michael made his Major League debut on September 1, 2009, batting 9th in the lineup and playing in left field. three games later, on September 4, he got his first start as a center fielder. Michael has never played another position on the diamond in his big league career. by June 24, 2011, he had bat in every single spot in the order, when he got his first career AB in the 5-hole as a pinch hitter. (although, he did come into the game on May 8 as a pinch runner in the 5th spot earlier that season.)

here are some of Michael's total BOP numbers in his 10 years as a Cleveland Indian:

screenshot cropped from sports.yahoo.com



Michael played in 1,051 games in 10 years with the Cleveland Indians.

Michael bat leadoff in 213 games.

Michael bat 2nd in 134 games.

Michael bat 3rd in 361 games.

Michael bat 4th in 68 games.

Michael bat 5th in 153 games.

Michael bat 6th in 39 games.

Michael bat 7th in 53 games.

Michael bat 8th in 16 games.

Michael bat 9th in 14 games.


Michael was a PH in 23 games. (2 PH for DH)

Michael was the PH for DH in 2 games.

Michael was the DH in 41 games. (2 PH for DH)

Michael was a PR in 3 games.


Michael played left field in 672 games, for a total of 5,694.2 innings. (650 games started, 575 complete)

Michael played center field in 356 games, for a total of 2,961.1 innings. (331 games started, 307 complete)



in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, Michael had a total of 4,483 plate appearances and 4,055 at bats in 1,051 games. here is how he fared:

1,195 hits

354 extra base hits

841 singles

248 doubles

19 triples

87 home runs

528 RBI

40 sac flies

543 runs

351 walks

31 intentional walks

24 hit by pitches

118 stolen bases

30 caught stealing

30 reached on errors

12 sac bunts

92 GIDP

479 strikeouts

1,742 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians: .295 (1,195-4,055) (1,051 games)
OBP: .351
SLG: .430
OPS: .781


now let's break down his numbers based on where he hit in the lineup.
 

when Michael bat leadoff in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 1,000 plate appearances and 919 at bats in 213 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

252 hits

61 extra base hits

191 singles

44 doubles

7 triples

10 home runs

87 RBI

6 sac flies

120 runs

65 walks

2 intentional walks

3 hit by pitches

26 stolen bases

13 caught stealing

4 reached on errors

7 sac bunts

16 GIDP

136 strikeouts

340 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the leadoff spot: .274 (252-919) (213 games)
OBP: .322
SLG: .370
OPS: .692


when Michael bat everywhere other than leadoff in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 3,483 plate appearances and 3,136 at bats in 838 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

943 hits

293 extra base hits

650 singles

204 doubles

12 triples

77 home runs

441 RBI

34 sac flies

423 runs

286 walks

29 intentional walks

21 hit by pitches

92 stolen bases

17 caught stealing

26 reached on errors

5 sac bunts

76 GIDP

343 strikeouts

1,402 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians everywhere other than leadoff: .301 (943-3,136) (838 games) 
OBP: .360
SLG: .447
OPS: .807


now let's break down the numbers when he was not leading off.


when Michael bat 2nd in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 592 plate appearances and 536 at bats in 134 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

157 hits

45 extra base hits

112 singles

30 doubles

1 triple

14 home runs

65 RBI

5 sac flies

89 runs

45 walks

0 intentional walks

4 hit by pitches

13 stolen bases

2 caught stealing

5 reached on errors

1 sac bunt

18 GIDP

61 strikeouts

231 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 2nd spot: .293 (157-536) (134 games)
OBP: .349
SLG: .431
OPS: .780


when Michael bat 3rd in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 1,570 plate appearances and 1,410 at bats in 361 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

444 hits

149 extra base hits

295 singles

104 doubles

5 triples

40 home runs

215 RBI

13 sac flies

197 runs

136 walks

15 intentional walks

11 hit by pitches

46 stolen bases

4 caught stealing

14 reached on errors

0 sac bunts

35 GIDP

152 strikeouts

678 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 3rd spot: .315 (444-1,410) (361 games)
OBP: .376
SLG: .481
OPS: .857


when Michael bat 4th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 285 plate appearances and 259 at bats in 68 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

72 hits

21 extra base hits

51 singles

16 doubles

2 triples

3 home runs

35 RBI

4 sac flies

27 runs

21 walks

2 intentional walks

1 hit by pitch

4 stolen bases

2 caught stealing

2 reached on errors

0 sac bunts

4 GIDP

25 strikeouts

101 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 4th spot: .278 (72-259) (68 games)
OBP: .330
SLG: .390
OPS: .720


when Michael bat 5th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 611 plate appearances and 550 at bats in 153 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

155 hits

47 extra base hits

108 singles

32 doubles

2 triples

13 home runs

79 RBI

9 sac flies

64 runs

47 walks

9 intentional walks

3 hit by pitches

13 stolen bases

4 caught stealing

2 reached on errors

2 sac bunts

6 GIDP

58 strikeouts

230 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 5th spot: .282 (155-550) (153 games)
OBP: .337
SLG: .418
OPS: .755


when Michael bat 6th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 136 plate appearances and 120 at bats in 39 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

35 hits

13 extra base hits

22 singles

8 doubles

1 triple

4 home runs

10 RBI

0 sac flies

15 runs

15 walks

1 intentional walk

1 hit by pitch

4 stolen bases

2 caught stealing

2 reached on errors

0 sac bunts

6 GIDP

11 strikeouts

57 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 6th spot: .292 (35-120) (39 games)
OBP: .375
SLG: .475
OPS: .850


when Michael bat 7th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 206 plate appearances and 186 at bats in 53 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

50 hits

11 extra base hits

39 singles

8 doubles

1 triple

2 home runs

28 RBI

3 sac flies

20 runs

15 walks

1 intentional walk

1 hit by pitch

9 stolen bases

2 caught stealing

1 reached on error

1 sac bunt

5 GIDP

23 strikeouts

66 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 7th spot: .269 (50-186) (53 games)
OBP: .322
SLG: .355
OPS: .677


when Michael bat 8th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 46 plate appearances and 44 at bats in 16 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

21 hits

5 extra base hits

16 singles

4 doubles

0 triples

1 home run

4 RBI

0 sac flies

5 runs

2 walks

1 intentional walk

0 hit by pitches

3 stolen bases

1 caught stealing

0 reached on errors

0 sac bunts

0 GIDP

4 strikeouts

28 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 8th spot: .477 (21-44) (16 games)
OBP: .500
SLG: .636
OPS: 1.136


when Michael bat 9th in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 37 plate appearances and 31 at bats in 14 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

5 RBI

0 sac flies

6 runs

5 walks

0 intentional walks

0 hit by pitches

0 stolen bases

0 caught stealing

0 reached on errors

1 sac bunt

2 GIDP

9 strikeouts

11 total bases

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians in the 9th spot: .290 (9-31) (14 games)
OBP: .389
SLG: .355
OPS: .744



defensively, Michael played both left and center in the outfield in his 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians. now i am going to break down Michael's numbers based on where he played in the outfield.

Michael appeared in 1,003 games in the outfield, starting 981 games and completing 882 games.

Michael appeared in 672 games in left field, starting 650 games and completing 575 games.

Michael appeared in 356 games in center field, starting 331 games and completing 307 games.


when Michael played the outfield in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 4,293 plate appearances and 3,886 at bats in 1,003 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

1,133 hits

331 extra base hits

802 singles

233 doubles

17 triples

81 home runs

503 RBI

39 sac flies

510 runs

332 walks

30 intentional walks

23 hit by pitches

114 stolen bases

28 caught stealing

29 reached on errors

12 sac bunts

89 GIDP

459 strikeouts

1,643 total bases


1,906 putouts

56 assists

12 errors

12 double plays

8,656.0 innings, 1,003 games

(882 complete games)

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians while playing the outfield: .292 (1,133-3,886) (1,003 games)
OBP: .348
SLG: .423
OPS: .770


now let's break down the numbers based on where he played in the outfield.


when Michael played left field in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 2,816 plate appearances and 2,540 at bats in 672 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

754 hits

224 extra base hits

530 singles

154 doubles

7 triples

63 home runs

357 RBI

26 sac flies

345 runs

218 walks

17 intentional walks

23 hit by pitches

79 stolen bases

12 caught stealing

18 reached on errors

81 sac bunt

63 GIDP

304 strikeouts

1,111 total bases


1,104 putouts

48 assists

6 errors

9 double plays

5,694.2 innings, 672 games

(575 complete games)

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians while playing left field: .297 (754-2,540) (672 games)
OBP: .354
SLG: .437
OPS: .792


when Michael played center field in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 1,477 plate appearances and 1,346 at bats in 356 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

379 hits

107 extra base hits

272 singles

79 doubles

10 triples

18 home runs

146 RBI

13 sac flies

165 runs

114 walks

13 intentional walks

0 hit by pitches

35 stolen bases

16 caught stealing

11 reached on errors

4 sac bunts

26 GIDP

155 strikeouts

532 total bases


802 putouts

8 assists

6 errors

3 double plays

2,961.1 innings, 356 games

(307 complete games)

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians while playing center field: .282 (379-1,346) (356 games)
OBP: .335
SLG: .395
OPS: .730


overall career #s with the Cleveland Indians while playing the outfield: 1906 putouts, 56 assists, 12 errors, 12 double plays, .994 fielding percentage (8656.0 innings, 1003 games)

overall career #s with the Cleveland Indians while playing left field: 1104 putouts, 48 assists, 6 errors, 9 double plays, .995 fielding percentage (5694.2 innings, 672 games)
 
overall career #s with the Cleveland Indians while playing center field: 802 putouts, 8 assists, 6 errors, 3 double plays, .993 fielding percentage (2961.1 innings, 356 games)


Michael also made several pinch hit appearances, played as the designated hitter in numerous games, and was used as a pinch runner a couple times in his 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians. now i am going to break down the numbers based on his role as a PH, DH, PH for DH, and PR.

Michael appeared in 23 games as a PH. he came in to PH for the DH in 2 games as well.

Michael appeared in 41 games as the DH.

Michael appeared in 3 games as a PR. he pinch ran for the DH in 2 games as well.


now let's break down his PH numbers.


when Michael came in to PH in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 23 plate appearances and 21 at bats in 23 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

9 hits

2 extra base hits

7 singles

2 doubles

0 triples

0 home runs

3 RBI

0 sac flies

3 runs

2 walks

0 intentional walks

0 hit by pitches

2 stolen bases

0 caught stealing

0 reached on errors

0 sac bunts

0 GIDP

4 strikeouts

11 total bases 

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians as a PH: .429 (9-21) (23 games)
OBP: .478
SLG: .524
OPS: 1.002


now let's break down his DH numbers.


when Michael was the DH in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 169 plate appearances and 150 at bats in 41 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

53 hits

21 extra base hits

32 singles

13 doubles

2 triples

6 home runs

22 RBI

29 runs

17 walks

1 intentional walk

2 stolen bases

2 caught stealing

1 reached on error

0 sac bunts

3 GIDP

16 strikeouts

88 total bases 

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians as the DH: .353 (53-150) (41 games)
OBP: .420
SLG: .587
OPS: 1.007

**note: in two games in Michael's career, both during the 2011 season, he came in to pinch run for the DH. and while he did not have any at bats as the DH in those games, they are still both considered as two appearances as a designated hitter. i just wanted to include that in here because there are some disparities on certain stats websites that say he was a DH in 41 games vs. 39. that's why. if you count the PR appearances it's 41 and that's what i decided to go with here.


now let's break down his PH for DH numbers.


when Michael came in to PH for the DH in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he had a total of 2 plate appearances and 2 at bats in 2 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

0 hits

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians as the PH for DH: .000 (0-2) (2 games)
OBP: .000
SLG: .000
OPS: .000

**note: when Michael came into a game to PH for the DH, his appearance in that game counted in both his PH stats AND overall DH stats.

consequently, if you were to add up Michael's #s like this: OF #s + PH #s + DH #s, the sum is NOT going to equal his total career numbers. using that formula, you will be two at bats over his actual total, yet still have the correct overall BA due to rounding. i would often add up Michael's #s that way in the past to double check that my work was correct. but once he was a PH for the DH (once in 2015 and once in 2017), that was no longer an option. i just wanted to include that tidbit of knowledge in here in case someone tried to calculate his totals themselves using the OF, PH, and DH sets of numbers. instead, the best way to ensure accurate numbers is by adding up Michael's BOPs because that total will always equal his career totals.


now let's break down his PR numbers.


when Michael came in to PR in his 10-Year Career with the Cleveland Indians, he did so in a total of 3 games. breaking down the numbers are as follows:

1 run

0 stolen bases

0 caught stealing

Career batting average with the Cleveland Indians as a PR: N/A (3 games)
OBP: N/A
SLG: N/A
OPS: N/A



the numbers don't always tell the whole story because factors outside of Michael's control, such as who bats ahead or behind him, account for his stats, or lack thereof, as well. and we all know that, when healthy, he can hit anywhere in the order.

but based on these BOPs and the results, what is your preference for where Michael should bat? or, considering he's going to be playing now for the Houston Astros, where do you think he best fits in the top of that lineup? should manager AJ Hinch put Michael in the spot he hits best in, or should he base his decision on what players will bat ahead of and behind him? (i personally always loved Michael batting within the top 3.) leave all your thoughts in a comment below!💭💻

previous blog:
Brantley's Career Game-by-Game Numbers & Notes as an Indian

what's coming up next:
Brantley's Career Situational #s & Statistics as an Indian


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