2012 Recaps: Illinois Hitting

I will be posting hitting, pitching, and defensive updates for each team in the Big Ten to recap their 2012 seasons with the proper scrutiny. Those are linked at the 2012 Season Recaps tab at the top right. I have no planned schedule on when I will have them posted, but the order is going to be alphabetical. Their timing will likely be sporadic, however.

The Fighting Illini finished the 2012 campaign three games over .500 at 28-25. Boyd Nation currently has Illinois ranked 96th overall. Despite this, the Illini finished just 11-13 in conference play, in a tie for sixth place which left them on the outside of the Big Ten Tournament invitees. This is a recap of their hitting as both a team and individuals.

As a Team

On the whole, the Illini were middle-of-the-road offensively. Their 309 runs on the season were the sixth most in the conference. Illinois posted a 0.326 Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA; refer to this post for more links on what wOBA is) which was a shade over the 0.320 conference average. That gives Illinois seven runs above average offensively which was actually the fourth-best mark in the Big Ten.

106 106 99 104 0.326 7 103
Ranking 6 3 7 3 4 4 4

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B1G Ten Hitting Stars of the Weekend

After recapping briefly the pitching stars of the weekend, I just gathered the data for the hitters this weekend. I’ll keep it much like pitching post and give, statistically, the three stars for Big Ten-Big East challenge.

Third Star: Illinois shortstop Josh Parr had a very good weekend. The junior went 5-of-13 with a double, triple, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. All of that led to a .385/.467/.615 triple-slash line. This worked out to being worth around 2.4 runs above average.

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The B1G Ten Pitching Stars of the Weekend

This space has been pretty dark for a while — I still have to recap last year’s conference hitting numbers — but I just wanted to pop in and look at how some Big Ten pitchers performed over the weekend in which the majority of the conference took part in the Big East-Big Ten Challenge.

I’ll do this in a Three Stars fashion, starting with . . .

Third Star: Michigan State’s Senior Kurt Wunderlich. The right-hander threw seven innings, striking out four and walking just one. He allowed just six hits, and one run (it was earned) in that performance. I get an estimated pitch count of 95 pitches, over which he accumulated around 2.8 Unadjusted Runs Above Average (uRAA). Read the rest of this entry »