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Gordon Beckham's not-so-curious power output

It's not all together shocking that Gordon Beckham displays more power at U.S. Cellular Field, but there are some points of interest.

The rare siting of an away game Beckham homerun.
The rare siting of an away game Beckham homerun.

I fell down a Baseball Reference hole this morning. You can only stare at projected lesions of the nervous and ocular systems for so long before you ultimately start looking up Octavio Dotel's stats. I mean, which would you rather learn about: holoprosencephaly or what hitters Dotel has allowed to hit the most homeruns off him? I've seen enough cyclopes for one lifetime.

If you don't regularly check out random players' home run logs on B-R, you really should. I'm rather fond of doing so for pitchers who've played in both leagues and have been pitching for at least ten seasons, furthering my fascination with Dotel. No player has hit more than three homeruns off the wily veteran, which is interesting. Mark McGwire, Gary Sheffield, and Sammy Sosa have all hit three. Nothing surprising there, seeing as they're all members of the 500 homerun club. Four of the next six names make a solid deal of sense as well. Aramis Ramirez, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Scott Rolen. And then the names start getting weird. D'Angelo Jimenez. And Gordon Beckham.

Gordon Beckham is one grooved fastball away from joining a four way tie for hitting the most homeruns off Octavio Dotel with three prolific homerun hitters. That makes no damn sense.

Which resulted in me heading over to Beckham's homerun log. Over four seasons, he's managed to hit 49 homeruns, which is kind of depressing based on his potential. But I'm not here to dwell on the hypothetical. I'm here to have fun with numbers.

30 of those 49 homeruns have come at home, which isn't exactly a revelation. A lot of players tend to hit better at home than on the road and U.S. Cellular is one of the premier launching pads in the majors. As a result, his home SLG is .029 higher than his away SLG. He's hit more doubles on the road, but not so many more than when you equalize out his plate appearances that it seems out of line.

Some quick hits:

  • Next in line after his 30 at U.S.C.F. is 3 at the Metrodome. Yup, the place he's hit the second most of his homeruns stopped existing after his first season.
  • As you'd probably expect, his top three teams homered against are within the division: Minnesota (8), Detroit (8), and Kansas City (6).
  • But he's somehow only hit two homeruns against Cleveland, a team that has essentially been league average in homeruns allowed over the past two seasons.
  • Seriously though, the only team he's played against more than the Indians is the Royals, yet he's hit more homeruns against the Mariners, Cubs, Orioles and Angels than the Indians. I don't get it.
  • Ignoring the newly added Astros, the only AL teams he hasn't gone yard against are the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers.
  • He has one multi-homer game. It was this past June 1. The victimized pitcher? Felix Hernandez. Who only gave up 14 total homeruns last season.

Gordon Beckham, I do not understand you.