Orioles’ DHs versus NL Pitchers: Who Has Hit Better?

Buck Showalter Post ALDSAs I was riding the train home today, I toggled my twitter feed and noticed the title of a thread over at Camden Chat: The Pitchers Outhitting the DHs Thread.  I clicked on the link expecting to find some list of the Orioles’ DH ineptitude versus pitchers, but sadly I misunderstood the intent.  However, I am a cheerful man and decided to construct the list here for our own edification.

This post shall be updated occasionally until the DHs run away from the field.  I hope that means very soon, but as I write this…Steve Pearce is 0-2 (his numbers tonight are not included below).

AVG OBP SLG RC PA RC/100
LAD .222 .300 .370 3.1 35 8.9
MIL .241 .267 .276 2.2 30 7.3
SFG .227 .320 .227 2.6 36 7.2
CIN .200 .222 .286 2.4 38 6.3
NYM .200 .238 .200 1.1 22 5.0
PHI .172 .200 .241 1.6 32 5.0
WSN .115 .148 .269 1.3 33 3.9
ATL .161 .188 .161 1.0 34 2.9
STL .138 .194 .138 1.0 37 2.7
SDP .111 .111 .222 0.7 29 2.4
MIA .120 .154 .120 0.7 30 2.3
OsDH .064 .170 .128 1.1 53 2.1
COL .080 .179 .080 0.5 33 1.5
PIT .080 .115 .080 0.4 29 1.4
CHC .077 .077 .077 0.2 27 0.7
ARI .000 .038 .000 0.0 30 0.0

OK, so those numbers above work pretty well to show how inept the Orioles have been this year.  In terms of Runs Created per 100 plate appearances, they need to leap frog 11 teams of NL pitchers.

Historically, what have been the worst groups of DHs? (Yes, the Orioles hold two of the ten worst performances)

AVG OBP SLG RC PA RC/100
1981 Min .208 .268 .278 29.1 455 6.4
2001 Ana .212 .277 .285 44.9 637 7.0
1988 Tex .197 .257 .303 49.2 670 7.3
1974 ChW .229 .299 .289 52.8 706 7.5
1984 Bal .219 .294 .311 53.2 687 7.7
1973 KCR .217 .292 .321 54.4 684 8.0
2012 Sea .214 .287 .310 51.4 638 8.1
2008 Sea .221 .273 .334 51.7 640 8.1
2010 Sea .194 .269 .340 53.6 644 8.3
2005 Bal .209 .276 .364 52.7 631 8.4
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Jon Shepherd  

Orioles Analyst

Jon Shepherd founded the Baltimore Orioles blog Camden Depot in 2007. In addition to Baltimore Orioles analysis, the blog also focuses on qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessing baseball in general as well as providing mainstream reviews and commentary on substances alleged to performance enhancing. Dr. Shepherd’s writing has been featured on ESPN, and his blog has been part of the ESPN Sweetspot Network since May 2011. He has made radio and podcast appearances for Orioles’ centered programs.


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