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Why not LoMo? At least people will take him seriously if he looks like he's having a good year.
Didn't they watch Polanco the last couple of years? The toaster has been on extra crispy ...
He may not be particularly good at making them pay for walking Stanton, but that's not all of the story.
I doubt it matters much. First of all, teams are always reluctant to hand out IBBs when they're leading and I think the Marlins rate to be trailing a lot. And as a general rule, IBBs to Stanton don't rate to be bad for the Marlins.
#14 There's no evidence of what David Marasco called "strong protection". That is to say, there's no evidence that an unprotected hitter will put up worse rate stats.
There is plenty of evidence that "weak protection" is real. IBBs will absolutely go up if a hitter is not protected.
But game state is a huge part of IBBs. The relative skill of the hitter and the guy protecting him only explains about 45% of the variation in IBB rates. Teams just don't like to hand out IBBs when they have a lead (with good reason) no matter how much better the batter is than the guy on deck.
Yeah. Barry Bonds was an exception. But good as Stanton is ...
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