Best Hitting Pitchers (Team) vs. Worst Hitting DHs (Team)

Last time, we noted that the Mets pitchers had gone hitless in their first 41 at-bats (51 plate appearances) of the season.  As of Monday night, those numbers are now up to 54 and 66 respectively.   Friend of the VORG Daren Willman of baseballsavant.com and I got into a little Twitter convo about this subject:

@dianagram Here’s a breakdown of every teams pitching staffs batting average… baseballsavant.com/pitchfx_search…

dianagram @dianagram

@darenw nice …. rainy day assignment: has any AL team’s DHs ever been outhit by NL team’s pitchers in a season?

Daren Willman @darenw

@dianagram Dear God…. I hope not!

So, with help from the wonderful Baseball Reference Play Index Split Finder, I tracked down three seasons where this has occurred (including 2002, when Rockies pitchers outhit the DHs of four different AL teams), and two others in which an NL team’s pitchers outslugged an AL team’s DHs.

TEAM POS YEAR BA
CHW DH 1993 .214
CIN P 1993 .217
TEAM POS YEAR BA
BAL DH 2002 .250
MIN DH 2002 .245
NYY DH 2002 .250
TBD DH 2002 .233
COL P 2002 .255
TEAM POS YEAR BA
SEA DH 2010 .194
MIL P 2010 .210
TEAM POS YEAR SLG
CHW DH 1974 .289
HOU P 1974 .308
TEAM POS YEAR SLG
ANA DH 2001 .285
COL P 2001 .323

Fun facts:

  • The 1993 White Sox had George Bell getting most of their DH at-bats, with most of the rest going to one Bo Jackson, in his next-to-last season in pro sports.
  • In 2001, the Rockies featured the slugging of Mike Hampton, who hit .303/.312/.605 (!) with seven homers in 82 plate appearances as a pitcher. The 2002 Rockies featured the one-two punch of Hampton (.350/.361/.533) and Jason Jennings (.306/.348/.371).
  • The 2001 Angels had 17 different players get time as a DH. Shawn Wooten led the team with 95 plate appearances in that role.
  • Tom Griffin, a pitcher on the 1974 Astros, hit .284/.314/.448 in 79 plate appearances, undoubtedly helped by a .415 BABIP.
  • Similarly, pitcher Chris Narveson’s .327/.365/.347 line for the 2010 Brewers was fueled by a BABIP of .471.
  • The 2010 Mariners re-employed Ken Griffey, Jr., in his last season as a ballplayer. It did not end well.
  • The 2002 Devil Rays had the good Aubrey Huff (.310/.349/.537 as a DH) and the bad Greg Vaughn (.129/.236/.257 as a DH).

 

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