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Friday, May 02, 2014

David O’Brien: Braves’ RISP weakness comes to the fore

What they need is a super-human RISP machine like Allen Crai…oh, wait.

Which brings us to, The Braves Weakness.

• Situationally, it ain’t good: The Braves rank near the bottom of the league with a .217 average with runners in scoring position, and Atlanta players not named Freddie Freeman or Evan Gattis are hitting a combined .184 (28-for-152) with 46 strikeouts with RISP.

...For the Braves, things only get worse – a lot worse – when you add two outs to the equation.

With runners in scoring position and two outs, the Braves are dead last in the majors at .132 (12-for-91), with only six singles in more than 100 plate appearances in those situations. Second-lowest in the NL in that category? Arizona at .178.

A year ago, the Braves ranked sixth in the NL with a .230 average with RISP and two outs, paced by Freeman (.411 in 56 at-bats), Johnson (.390 in 59 at-bats), Brian McCann (.286 in 42 at-bats) and Jordan Schafer (.281 in 32 at-bats).

This year, Freeman is an NL-best 4-for-7 with two walks and an HBP with runners in scoring position and two outs, for a .700 OBP. The rest of the Braves are – brace yourselves – 8-for-84 (.095) with RISP and two outs, with 24 strikeouts.

Think about how many more runs they’d have by now, if the team was just average by league standards (.209) in that category. The Giants have a league-best .307 average (35-for-114) in those situations, followed by the Marlins at .273 (33-for-231).

Repoz Posted: May 02, 2014 at 05:15 PM | 8 comment(s)
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