Spit Analysis 2015

Finally!  After all these months!  The 2015 Spit Analysis is here!  As you all know, I hate how much guys spit in baseball.  In order to shed some light on who the worst offenders are, I did spit counts during 19 games from the 2015 baseball season, and below are the results, some surprising, some not so much:

# of games Total # of Avg. # of Highest # of
caught spitting spits spits/game spits/game
Susac 7 114 16.3 41
Leake 1 6* 6 6*
Byrd 3 14 4.7 8
Vogelsong 8 34 4.3 16
McGehee 5 19 3.8 5
Sanchez 2 7 3.5 6
Belt 15 47 3.1 9
Bumgarner 5 15 3 6
Hudson 3 9 3 4
Parker 3 9 3 5
Brown 1 3 3 3
Williams 1 3 3 3
Strickland 6 16 2.7 4
Pagan 13 31 2.4 6
Bochy 12 26 2.2 6
Lincecum 5 11 2.2 4
Duffy 11 24 2.2 5
Blanco 2 4* 2 3*
Reyes 1 2* 2 2*
Machi 2 4 2 2
Noonan 1 2 2 2
Cain 2 4 2 3
Posey 10 19 1.9 5
Meulens 9 16 1.8 4
Heston 4 7 1.8 3
Petit 7 12 1.7 3
Casilla 5 8 1.6 3
Aoki 6 13 1.6 3
Osich 2 3 1.5 2
Hall 2 3 1.5 2
Affeldt 3 4 1.3 2
Romo 3 4 1.3 2
Tomlinson 3 4 1.3 2
Wotus 5 6 1.2 2
Righetti 4 4 1 1
Maxwell 4 4 1 1
Adrianza 4 4 1 1
Panik 2 2 1 1
Decker 2 2 1 1
Kelly 2 2 1 1
Peavy 2 2* 1 1*
Kontos 2 2 1 1
Crawford 1 1 1 1
De Aza 1 1 1 1
Perez 1 1 1 1
Frandsen 1 1 1 1
Arias 1 1 1 1
Hayes 1 1 1 1
Pence 1 1 1 1
Groeschner 1 1 1 1

 

*indicates that spit logged was due to expelling sunflower seed shells

Are you as surprised as I was at the leader this season?  He had a healthy output last season as well, but he certainly outdid himself this time.  Once again, we have a different Overall Spit Master General for the 2015 season, and that person is ANDREW SUSAC who logged 41 spits during a single game on July 5th.  This surpasses the all-time record for a Giant previously held by Chris Stewart at 38.  What is wrong with that kid?  And the weird thing is that he doesn’t seem to be chewing tobacco.  Why does he spit so much?  Granted catchers are on camera a lot, but seriously?  Andrew will be receiving his spit certificate in the mail as soon as the regular season starts.  Hope he frames it in his locker as a reminder to KNOCK THAT STUFF OFF!

Other spitacular records that were set this season:

  • Most spits in a single game by a non-Giant – Stephen Vogt of the A’s at 34 on September 26th, the majority of these being logged while he spat THROUGH his catcher’s mask!
  • Lowest spit count average – 1 spit every 5.8 minutes (October 4th the Rockies)
  • Highest spit count average – 1 spit every 2.7 minutes (September 26th the A’s – Vogt definitely contributed to this happening!)
  • Lowest total spits in a single game – 33 during the April 24th game vs. the Rockies and 33 also during the July 6th game vs. the Mets
  • Highest total spits in a single game – 91 during the July 5th game vs. the Nationals
  • Madison Bumgarner snot rockets during a single game – 9 (June 17th the Mariners)

One positive note on the season regarding spits – umpires were definitely caught less often this season.  But on the flip side, for some reason any time a new kid would come up from the minors, he would be caught spitting right away, usually in his first game.  Also of the veterans, Vogey’s and Belt’s numbers unfortunately rose this season.

However, there’s always a bright side to all this.  There are guys who managed to keep the saliva in their mouths this season.  One of these guys shines above all the rest.  And to think I almost missed him because he NEVER showed up in my spit counts this season.  Even for sunflower seeds!  The winner of the Thank You For Not Spitting Award this season is JAVIER LOPEZ!  He pitched in 11 of the 19 games I counted, and he was never caught once.  Now granted he usually only comes into the game to pitch to a player or two, but I still think this accomplishment is worth recognizing.  Thank you for your good manners, Javi!  Hope others can follow your lead and keep the saliva off the screen and in their mouths!

I am also going to send certificates to 2 guys who were caught spitting technically, but only sunflower seed shells.  These guys are GREGOR BLANCO (who’s being recognized for the 4th time in a row) and JAKE PEAVY.  Gregor was caught spitting 3 times in one game, and then once in another, but every time it was sunflower seeds.  Jake was caught spitting seeds once in one game and then once in another game.  Even though he only started during one of the games where I counted spits, I think this is a feat worth recognizing.  So thank you for at least only spitting out seeds, but please look to Javi as an example and aim for a complete lack of expectoration next season!

Special thanks to Mike Leake as well.  He got caught during one game spitting seeds 6 times in the dugout, but since he never started any of the games I counted and since he came to the team so late in the season, I didn’t feel like he really deserved that certificate.  But his efforts are definitely worth mentioning.  Some other guys worth mentioning who played a lot during games I counted yet only got caught once or twice were Brandon Crawford (1), Hunter Pence (1), Joe Panik (2), and George Kontos (2).  But spit is spit.  Just remember that I’m watching at keep that spit where it belongs!

I’ll end with a video of someone who I’m hoping will be getting a thank you certificate next season, Jeff Samardzija.  Here he is answering some fan questions.  I am so excited about having this guy on the team next season, both because he is an excellent pitcher and because he seems to have such a great sense of humor.  FanFest is only 3 weeks away now!  It’s almost here!  Can almost taste it!  Until next time, GO GIANTS!

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