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 … Continue reading “Chuck James will never make it as a LOOGY”

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 … Continue reading “Twice the games, twice the meaninglessness!”

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 … Continue reading “Hampton hurt; America stunned”

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 … Continue reading “Andruw, a postmortem”

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. … Continue reading “KJ – The Splits”

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 … Continue reading “Andruw: The Splits”

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 … Continue reading “Francoeur: The Splits”