Re: Haves and Haves Not
posted at 4/21/2013 2:23 AM EDT
Excellent job mef. I wasn't aware that .333 was 4th best!
Taking a lot of pitches was. It forces the opponents to use the something we used to do very well. It forces the opponents to use the bottom of their pen- usually the worst pitchers on the 25 man roster.
Conversely, our SPs seem to be going pretty deeper into a game with 100-110 pitches.
Good to see Salty taking so many pitches. Strange to see one of our best OBP guys this year, Nava, near the bottom of the list.
thanks moon, been using fangraphs a lot lately and finding a ton of more info on there as opposed to B-R. now if i could just figure out what some of these metrics mean!!
yes, there are some interesting conclusions that can be drawn from those numbers... especially Navas. i think thats just a product of his excellent eye. He jumps on any good pitch he sees and is putting good swings on them. who would have thunk he would be arguable the best player on the team so far this season.
Salty saw 4.08 pitches per PA last season so he is actually down from last year (by a whopping .10 pitches!). He is seeing the same amount of Pitches/PA but i think the big difference between this year and last is that when he would get down in the count last year he would swing at pretty much anything. Resulting in a ton of Ks. This year it seems that he is laying off a lot of pitches he would normally swing at. He isn;t getting behind in the count as much which pressures the pitcher as opposed to pressuring himself thus increasing the amount of walks he is drawing.
This also shows that even though some guys don't have a BA or OBP where we'd like them to be they are still contributing offensively.. There are such things as productive outs, a 10 pitch AB that ends in a strikeout of popout still helps your team win the game (especially if done while the starter is in the game).