As has been pointed out, any player can get hot (or cold) for a 60 game stretch. Here’s a quick note to suggest just how hot or cold a . I took the main 14 Braves position players and calculated their maximum and minimum OPS for a 66 day stretch in their careers. I wasn’t super careful about the OPS calculation, using a simplified formulation because math is hard. In addition, rather than a 60 game stretch, I used a 66 day stretch, because it was way easier and I’m lazy. Finally, to avoid outliers where someone, because of injury or because the season ended put up an unrepresentative number, I required at least 100 plate appearances in the 66 day period.
Here are my results…
Hot/Cold for 66 Days
A few things to note. For the youngest players with the least experience (Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, Charlie Culberson, Ronald Acuña Jr. (barely)) their hot and cold periods actually overlap. Indeed, Riley’s career consists of a couple of overlapping 66 day periods. For most players, their hot periods have more ABs than their cold periods, which makes sense, but in 2014 Flowers went out there for a very cold stretch, as did Hechavarria in 2013. Finally, many of the cold streaks (Freeman, Inciarte, d’Arnaud) were at the start of their careers and may be unrepresentative of what a bad streak would look like for them today. On the other hand, for players without a lot of ABs, the low numbers are probably too high, like Culberson.
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