So I’m back with a little more about Craig Stammen. I’m guessing this makes me the first person to ever do two posts about Stammen. When I was riding the subway to work I decided to look at Batting Goggles and see how Stammen did vs lefties and vs righties. Let’s take a look
Here we see Stammen vs righties. Righties hit .247/.294/.463 vs Craig. We can see that they thrives on balls low and inside against him. Luckily for Stammen he seems to be pretty good at getting the last pitch of an at bat be in the zones where he is successful. When I get home I plan to check out his overall pitch totals by zone and see if the patterns holds. Holding righties to a .294 OBP is pretty darn good but the .463 slugging is a bit high.
We see a very similar pattern vs lefties. Stammen thrives on pitching outside to batters and he seems to be able to get batters to put these pitches into play. The three cold zones on the outside of the plate to lefties are three of the four biggest sample sizes he has against lefties indicating that once again he’s very good at getting the at bat to end in the locations which benefit him the most. Lefties hit .290/.329/.460 vs Stammen so they had more success than righties but that’s to be expected since Stammen is right handed. They also had a higher BAbip by about .020 so that might account for some of the difference as well.
Stay tuned for a potential third Stammen post later today. I’m pretty sure that would be some kind of world record.