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Escobar’s OBP is at historic low, while Coleman has best ERA+ ever

Updated: 2013-09-27T05:06:55Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Curiosity killed the cat.

For me, curiosity kills about three hours a day on the Play Index at Baseball Reference.

To that end, here are two charts that I found while investigating stuff that may only interest me.

TOP ADJUSTED ERA+

For a season with a minimum of 25 innings pitched.

Player Year ERA+
Louis Coleman, Royals20131300
Buck O’Brien, Red Sox1911875
Kevin Siegrist, Cardinals2013784
Joey Devine, A’s2008698
Fernando Rodney, Rays2012641
Paul Kilgus, Cardinals 1993634
Dennis Eckersley, A’s1990603
Kenley Jansen, Dodgers2010588
Jesse Crain, White Sox2013586
Ray Searage, Brewers1984556

Adjusted ERA+ adjusts a pitcher’s ERA according to the pitcher’s home ballpark and the ERA of the pitcher’s league. Average ERA+ is set to be 100. A score above 100 means a pitcher has had an above-average year. Safe to say Coleman has had a fantastic season.

WORST OBP FOR A SEASON

Here are the five worst on-base percentages in the history of baseball for players who have appeared in 155 or more games in one season.

Player Year Games OBP
Hobe Ferris, Red Sox1904156.245
Zoilo Versalles, Twins1967160.249
Aurelio Rodriguez, Tigers1974159.255
Hal Lanier, Giants1965159.256
Alcides Escobar, Royals2013156.259

Escobar’s bases-loaded walk last week against the Rangers may end up being the most unlikely play this season for the Royals. Escobar actually has the best average (.234) among these five players, followed by Lanier (.226), Rodriguez (.222), Ferris (.213) and Versalles (.200). But Escobar has walked just 19 times in 634 plate appearances.

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