Fun With Splits—Yadier Molina


The second installment of my new series, Fun With Splits, features St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.  Molina has upped the ante on his awesomeness by continuing to improve his game offensively.  2013 is the third straight year Molina has finished the season with a batting average over .300, finishing this season with a career high .319 average and a career high 80 RBIs and 44 doubles.

As with the previous post in this series, all numbers to follow are career numbers and where applicable a minimum number of plate appearances are indicated.

Sep 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) checks on Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro (30) after being hit by a pitch at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 7-0 to win the National League Central Title. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Platoon Splits:

Across all pitching, both starters and relievers:

RHP (3384 PAs)   .285/.334/.399;   63 HRs  411 RBIs

LHP (1217 PAs)   .281/.354/.418;  26 HRs  135 RBIs

Home/Away splits:

Home:   .286/.345/.396    40 HRs  269 RBIs

Away:    .282/.333/.411    49 HRs  277 RBIs


Starter:   .284/.340/.405    88 HRs  538 RBIs

Sub:        .245/.288/.347     1 HRs   8 RBIs

1st Half/2nd Half:

1st Half:    .279/.334/.392   46 HRs  299 RBIs

2nd Half:   .292/.346/.420   43 HRs  247 RBIs

Now lets look at Molina’s “best” splits:

Best Month:  August

Best Position (as hitter with >100 PAs):  C

Best Batting Order Position:    With no minimum PAs:  1st      With >100 PAs:  5th

Best Pitch Count (with no minimum PAs):  3-0 Count

Best Bases Occupied:  (no minimum PAs): man on 2nd and 3rd, no outs;  with >100 PAs: man on 1st and 2nd, 1 out

Best Clutch Stat:  2 outs RISP

Best Inning:  1st

Best vs Power or Finesse Pitcher:   Finesse

Best Hit Trajectory:   Line Drive

Best Opponent (Min 100 PAs):   Kansas City Royals

Worst Opponent (Min 100 PAs):  Washington Nationals

Best Road Ballpark (Min 50 PAs):  Dodger Stadium

Worst Road Ballpark (Min 50 PAs):  Sun Life Stadium

Best Game Condition:  Retractable roof stadium (no min PAs)