Re: Jeter Leads MLB in Ground Ball Percentage
posted at 4/23/2011 1:45 PM EDT
In Response to Jeter Leads MLB in Ground Ball Percentage
[QUOTE]I have been a Jeter fan since he arrived on the Yankee scene years ago. My sons have Jeter posters on the walls of their bedrooms and both have Jeter sweatshirts. We were even fortunate enough to get autographs from Derek in Florida two years ago. I am very worried at what has happened to his swing this year since everything he hits is in the infield and nothing is in the air to the outfield. I do hope that he comes out of this funk as my sons are getting more despondent every day. What I see from watching all of the games on YES is backed up by these alarming statistics. Derek Jeter leads MLB in ground ball percentage, ranks 188th in slugging percentage Aaron Gleeman Apr 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT 37 Comments www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=2076
" class="nameLink" /> Derek Jeter quickly ditching the “new swing” he worked on with hitting coach Kevin Long hasn’t helped his production, as the Yankees shortstop is batting just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage and .234 slugging percentage in 16 games. Jeter is still doing a fine job controlling the strike zone, drawing six walks compared to just five strikeouts, but he’s managed a grand total of one extra-base hit (a double against the Twins on April 7) in 64 at-bats. And there’s a simple explanation for Jeter’s lack of pop: He’s hitting everything on the ground. Jeter has never been a slugger and has always been a ground-ball hitter, but prior to this season he averaged 55 extra-base hits per 160 games for his career and his ground-ball rates have never been this extreme. Not only does he www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=y&type=2&season=2011&month=0&season1=2011&ind=0
"> lead MLB in ground-ball percentage at 72.9, second-place www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=4417
" class="nameLink"> Alcides Escobar of the Royals is at 68.5 percent and no one else in either league above 65.5 percent. Here are Jeter’s www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=826&position=SS
"> ground-ball percentages for the past five seasons : YEAR GB% 2007 56.1 2008 58.3 2009 57.0 2010 65.7 2011 72.9 Not only is 72.9 percent ground balls by far a career-high for Jeter, last year’s mark of 65.7 percent is the only other time he’s topped 60 percent grounders. There are plenty of very successful hitters with high ground-ball rates, with Jeter and www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=MLB&id=3161
" class="nameLink"> Ichiro Suzuki being the leading examples, but there’s a big difference between hitting 55-60 percent ground balls and hitting 70 percent ground balls. His batting average is going to rise from .219, but if Jeter doesn’t start hitting the ball in the air he’s going to have a very hard time avoiding a sub-.400 slugging percentage for the second straight season after topping .400 in 15 consecutive years. In his 145 most recent games dating back to May of last season Jeter has hit .257 with six homers, 25 doubles, and a .336 slugging percentage. Skip to Comments (37) Email
Posted by MikeyinQueens[/QUOTE]
Smiley--My bad "MikeyinQueens" (I'll play along for your benefit) I love how you went so far to make up that you have sons! You're trolling is truly priceless! The touch by adding a comment from "Chain-Reaction" was a little bit of overkill but you're still the #1 Troll in my book. Thank goodness the team Jeter plays on isn't under .500 or we'd really have something to worry about!
You're the best Smiley....my bad I forgot this is your role play time--MikeyinQueens.
Its just so hard to keep track of all your characters