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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bug Selig Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4699223)
I would like to make it known that I am available if the Braves should want to pursue the hiring of a Luck Coach. Simply getting the job will prove my qualifications.
   2. DA Baracus Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4699230)
Counting down the days until Tommy la Stella replaces Dan Uggla's corpse.
   3. spike Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4699234)
If they picked you up as beat writer I could guarantee significant improvement on that front, and I have no idea what your qualifications are.
   4. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4699239)
7 is a significant sample size now?
   5. Walt Davis Posted: May 02, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4699243)
No wonder the Braves are losing so many games and have a terrible run differential.

Joking aside, they are scoring the 2nd fewest runs in the league at 3.5 ... ####, the Padres are at 2.7 ... 2.7 ... that would have been last in the NL in 1968.

   6. shoewizard Posted: May 03, 2014 at 03:15 AM (#4699447)
I think the Braves should trade Justin Upton to the D Backs for Martin Prado, clutch God
   7. bobm Posted: May 03, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4699521)
                                                                    
Rk       Split Year  G   BA  PA  AB  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1    BAL  RISP 2014 27 .305 255 223 .353 .399 .752  .355   110   116
2    COL  RISP 2014 31 .301 342 279 .370 .434 .804  .338    97   130
3    CHW  RISP 2014 30 .280 340 289 .355 .453 .808  .346   112   131
4    DET  RISP 2014 24 .278 251 212 .347 .443 .790  .308   112   125
5    MIA  RISP 2014 29 .268 307 261 .339 .398 .737  .341    97   111
6    TEX  RISP 2014 29 .257 306 249 .348 .341 .689  .300    95    99
7    TBR  RISP 2014 30 .256 342 285 .344 .389 .734  .290   103   110
8    OAK  RISP 2014 29 .255 342 290 .343 .383 .726  .285    93   108
9    PHI  RISP 2014 27 .255 278 235 .351 .387 .739  .305   115   112
10   SEA  RISP 2014 27 .249 226 201 .310 .458 .767  .291   134   118
11   MIL  RISP 2014 29 .249 289 245 .324 .371 .695  .289    99    99
12   TOR  RISP 2014 29 .249 275 241 .321 .427 .748  .284   101   113
13   LAD  RISP 2014 30 .245 324 273 .331 .381 .712  .288    96   104
14   NYM  RISP 2014 28 .245 263 220 .331 .350 .681  .299   119    96
15   PIT  RISP 2014 28 .242 258 215 .345 .372 .717  .280   114   106
16   SFG  RISP 2014 28 .241 269 216 .347 .370 .718  .290   103   106
17   KCR  RISP 2014 28 .237 284 245 .304 .343 .646  .258    93    86
18   MIN  RISP 2014 26 .236 327 259 .354 .324 .678  .303    92    96
19   NYY  RISP 2014 28 .232 295 263 .290 .327 .617  .291    70    77
20   CLE  RISP 2014 29 .230 295 244 .329 .385 .714  .266   109   104
21   STL  RISP 2014 30 .228 299 259 .297 .336 .633  .263    86    82
22   WSN  RISP 2014 29 .228 312 267 .317 .378 .695  .280    87    99
23   CIN  RISP 2014 29 .228 299 250 .310 .412 .722  .253   104   106
24   LAA  RISP 2014 28 .227 307 260 .322 .400 .722  .274    91   106
25   BOS  RISP 2014 30 .223 324 273 .317 .344 .661  .262    84    90
Rk       Split Year  G   BA  PA  AB  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
26   ARI  RISP 2014 31 .215 292 256 .282 .305 .586  .250    76    69
27   ATL  RISP 2014 28 .212 227 193 .293 .404 .697  .223   102    98
28   CHC  RISP 2014 26 .200 265 225 .281 .284 .565  .252    71    63
29   HOU  RISP 2014 28 .184 239 206 .263 .301 .564  .212    77    62
30   SDP  RISP 2014 30 .183 247 213 .261 .296 .557  .225    91    60


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   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 03, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4699594)
If this is playing the game the right way, I have to hold my nose and say pee-uuuuu....

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