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18 Mar

Chuck James will never make it as a LOOGY

As has been well documented, Chuck throws mostly fastballs and some changeups, while his slider is no good. Most LOOGYs throw breaking balls, lots of them. Here are pitch breakdowns for some of the more successful LOOGYs of 2007. (Pitch breakdowns from Bill James Online. Other stats from Baseball Reference.) Jamie Walker, Baltimore: Tied for […]

08 Mar

Twice the games, twice the meaninglessness!

The Official Site of Major League Baseball: News: Boxscore Split squad losses to the Astros and the Reds. Joseph Reyes (I am officially calling him this because “Jo-Jo” is a stupid name unless you are a five year old girl or a monkey) walked five men in two innings against the Stros but only allowed […]

07 Mar

Hampton hurt; America stunned

The Official Site of The Atlanta Braves: News: Chipper impressive in losing effort It’s his groin, they say. He plans to make his next start. We’ll see. I think the man is made out of papier-mache. The most important outcome might have been that Brandon Jones got a hit. With Josh Anderson hitting .389 and […]

27 Jan

What I mean when I say Chuck James wasn’t the problem

Braves record in Smoltz starts: 18-14 In Hudson starts: 22-12 In James starts: 17-13 Aggregate: 57-39, .594. In starts by everyone else (“Bud-Jo Redavier”): 27-39, .409

29 Dec

Weird stats

If you’re like me — well, then, I’m sorry — but you like weird stat lines. Here’s one. Pete Rose, 1980: 42 doubles, one triple, one homer. He’s the only player in major league history with a season 40 or more doubles, one or no triples, and one or more homers. In fact, he’s the […]

10 Oct

Andruw, a postmortem

Well, he’s not dead. Atlanta Braves Batting Leaders – Assuming that he never plays for the Braves again (he could come back at the end of his career, for example, or something crazy could happen), Andruw finishes on the franchise career list at: Sixth in games played Eighth in at-bats and plate appearances Seventh […]

27 Sep

KJ – The Splits

Kelly Johnson 2007 Batting Splits – Baseball-Reference PI 1. Most hitters hit better when they get ahead in the count, but it’s particularly dramatic in Johnson’s case. For instance, ahead in the count 2-0, he’s hitting .480 and slugging 1.160. Down 0-2, he’s hitting .150 and slugging .375. In all two-strike counts, he’s hitting .178/.287/.280. […]

26 Sep

Andruw: The Splits

Andruw Jones 2007 Batting Splits – Baseball-Reference PI 1. He’s sucked at home, he’s sucked on the road. He sucked in the first half, he sucked in the second half. He’s sucked against lefties, he’s sucked against righties. 2. Perhaps the most interesting parts of the general suckage are what Andruw’s done by count. For […]

25 Sep

Francoeur: The Splits

Jeff Francoeur 2007 Batting Splits – Baseball-Reference PI 1. The most dramatic split, to me, though I don’t know what it means, is between power and finesse pitchers. Francoeur has been pretty useless against power (high K and/or high BB pitchers): .281/.324/.376. He’s done a lot of damage against finesse pitchers: .293/.325/.469. And he’s been […]

24 Sep

Yunel: the splits

Yunel Escobar 2007 Batting Splits – Baseball-Reference PI 1. I criticized Escobar for being all batting average and nothing else earlier this year. That hasn’t been the case so much as the season has moved along. Over the last 28 days, he’s hit .343 — but with a .459 OBP and .543 SLG. I doubt […]

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