This post is by Bumsrap (not Mark Timmons). Thank You, Bum!
The Dodgers (61-29) enter the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and have won 26 of their last 30 games.
The last 30 games is what finally separated the Dodgers from Arizona and Colorado; two teams that kept on winning with the Dodgers until they couldn’t.
Here is a look at those 30 games and the players with enough PAs to qualify.
Sorted by runs per PA
Sorted by HR per PA
Sorted by RBI per PA
Sorted by K per PA
Sorted by Average
Sorted by OBP
Sorted by SLG
Sorted by OPS
Are there surprises? The Dodgers had 7 players that had enough plate appearances to be qualifiers. Can’t say that is an over use of platoons. Those seven had really outstanding stats. Is it unrealistic to think they can keep it up for the rest of the season? Everybody knows it is unwise to check the box that has always and never in one of the answers on a test, so there’s that.
Here is something to think about. Some talent evaluators like to look at spin rates for pitchers. Should they?
Definition, MLB.com Spin Rate (SR)
A pitcher’s Spin Rate represents the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute.
The amount of spin on a pitch changes its trajectory. The same pitch thrown at the same Velocity will end up in a different place depending on how much it spins. (For instance, a fastball with a high Spin Rate appears to have a rising effect on the hitter, and it crosses the plate a few inches higher than a fastball of equal Velocity with a lower Spin Rate. Conversely, a lower Spin Rate on a changeup tends to create more movement.)
As more data have become available, most experts have agreed that fastballs and breaking balls are tougher to hit when they possess higher Spin Rates. In fact, some data suggest that Spin Rate correlates more closely than Velocity to swinging-strike percentage.
Okay, now let’s look at a few player’s stats.
|Name||Ave mph 4 seam fastball mph||Ave spin 4 seam fastball rpm|
Wood’s stat is for a 2 seam fastball, all others are for 4 seam fastball.
Maybe someone could find that speed and spin rates for their curveballs.
My hypothesis is that command and control is more important than speed and spin. What is everybody’s take?