Splitting difference.

A follow-up on the COFFEY dump, because this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while but didn’t know how to drill down into second-level splits data until the great Dave Cameron gave me an Excel tip this morning . . . .

I’ve seen lots of noise made about Justin Upton’s uneven splits.  He’s a lifetime .307/.389/.548 (.937 OPS) hitter at Chase Field, a mere .250/.325/.406 (.731 OPS) hitter elsewhere.

The equivalent of 2012 Prince Fielder at home, Michael Saunders away.

The disparity was even greater in 2012 alone: .313/.390/.534 (.924 OPS) at home, .252/.326/.344 (.670 OPS) away.

Robinson Cano vs. Rafael Furcal.

So, buyer beware, right?

Well, as someone pointed out (I can’t find where I saw it), lots of Upton’s road games have been in the pitchers’ parks of the NL West.

So I wanted to see how Upton has fared in the five AL West parks, and in American League parks as a whole – not how he’s hit against AL clubs, that is, but how things have gone when he’s been in their ballparks.

In 209 plate appearances in AL ballparks, Upton has hit .317/.393/.465 (.858 OPS).  In other words, 2012 Dexter Fowler.

Of those, 88 trips have come in Texas, Anaheim, Oakland, Seattle, and Houston: .314/.373/.454 (.826 OPS).  Or 2012 Alex Gordon.

A dozen of those plate appearances came in Seattle, in 2009 (one of his two great seasons).  He went 5 for 11 with a home run and a walk, and no strikeouts, good for a .455/.500/.727 slash (1.227 OPS).

No wonder the Mariners are seduced.

Upton has been a lot better in AL West parks (.826 OPS), not to mention AL parks as a whole (.858 OPS), than he’s been away from Chase Field altogether (.731 OPS).

So, you know, there’s that.


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

Texas Rangers / MLB
- Ortiz set to join Rangers' Major League staff
- Aiming to shore up rotation, Rangers open talks with Lewis
SportsDay DFW
- Texas Rangers prospect takes lead in Venezuelan batting race
- Minor league catching coordinator Hector Ortiz expected to join Texas Rangers staff
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
- Rangers surveying trades more than free agents
- Rangers’ off-season priority is finishing internal work
ESPN Dallas
- Dallas Cowboys say Tony Romo could be game-time decision against Arizona Cardinals
- Carlisle likes 'everything' about Parsons
Updated 10/31/2014 11:55:00 AM
Texas Ranger News/RSS Feeds
Expanded RSS Feeds