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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The bizarre brilliance of Derek Dietrich’s 2019 season

To date, Dietrich has been hit by an astonishing 25 pitches, the second most in all baseball. He’s also the owner of 28 walks on the season, as well as a career-best 19 dingers. None of those, in a vacuum, jump off the page in any sort of way, really, aside from the HBP numbers that were largely fueled by a fit of Clint Hurdle rage months back.

What’s astonishing in context, however, is that he only has 18 singles this entire season. Right now, with the season nearing its completion, Dietrich has more HBP, walks, and homers than he has singles. That’s simply unheard of.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 17, 2019 at 02:36 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: derek dietrich, hit by pitch, homers, walks

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: September 17, 2019 at 06:10 PM (#5880142)
We are now up to 11 seasons (300+ PA) with more HR than singles: 5 by Mac, 2 by Gallo, Bonds, Bruce, Schimpf and now Dietrich. This is the first season with more HBP than singles.

Betweeen 1918 and 2003, there were no seasons with HBP>=BB (Dietrich does not qualify); Reed Johnson and Einar Diaz both broke that string in 2003 and it's been done 5 times since then, most recently Dee Gordon last year with 9 of each. Brandon Guyer 2016 is easily the post-1900 leader in gap with 31 HBP and 19 BB. Hughie Jennings 1896 went 51/19.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: September 17, 2019 at 06:16 PM (#5880144)
Dietrich HR by month

April 5
May 12
June 1
July 1
August 0
Sept 0

he is 0 for 14 in the last 3 weeks
and 7 for 74 in the last 3 months

   3. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: September 17, 2019 at 06:45 PM (#5880150)
If we set the floor to 300 PA, he's tied with McGwire's 2001 for highest OPS (.808) for a player hitting below .200.

Including Dietrich, there have been 12 seasons of OPS >= .700 with BA < .200, starting with the 1971 campaign of the immortal Roger Repoz. Half of those 12 seasons have come since 2014, and all but two since 1999.

Rk           Player Year  OPS   BA  OBP  SLG  PA
1    Derek Dietrich 2019 .808 .192 .334 .473 300
2      Mark McGwire 2001 .808 .187 .316 .492 364
3     Mark Reynolds 2010 .753 .198 .320 .433 596
4      Chris Carter 2015 .734 .199 .307 .427 460
5       Carlos Pena 2010 .732 .196 .325 .407 582
6     Luis Valbuena 2017 .727 .199 .294 .432 401
7       Mike Napoli 2017 .713 .193 .285 .428 485
8       Ryan Howard 2016 .710 .196 .257 .453 362
9       Roger Repoz 1971 .707 .199 .333 .374 360
10      Chris Davis 2014 .704 .196 .300 .404 525
11     Ruben Rivera 1999 .701 .195 .295 .406 475
12         Rob Deer 1991 .700 .179 .314 .386 539 


Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/17/2019.

Roger Repoz used to be the answer to a fun trivia question, but thanks to a generation of TTO baseball he's not much of anything anymore.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: September 17, 2019 at 10:37 PM (#5880270)
None of those, in a vacuum, jump off the page in any sort of way, really, aside from the HBP numbers that were largely fueled by a fit of Clint Hurdle rage months back.


A fit of rage that produced all of two of Dietrich's HBPs. One can only imagine the fury overcoming Craig Counsell, whose pitchers pulnked him eight times.

   5. Walt Davis Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:15 AM (#5880299)
Yeah, looks like his brain did a bit of (non-)confirmation bias. He must mean Counsell as the Brewers hit him 6 times in one series with Counsell complaining to the press (and umps?) that he wasn't getting out of the way and even getting in the way (heaven forfend!)
   6. Walt Davis Posted: September 18, 2019 at 01:38 AM (#5880309)
Also in bizarre seasons is Byron Buxton (who didn't quite make it to 300 PA). He ended up with 30 doubles and 27 singles. It's the only season ever of 200+ PAs with more doubles than singles.
   7. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: September 18, 2019 at 10:11 AM (#5880352)
pitchers pulnked him eight times

Hey! This is a family website...!
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 18, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5880362)
I wouldn't call taking advantage of an unenforced rule and being kind of a d-bag "brilliant."
   9. WSPanic Posted: September 18, 2019 at 11:24 AM (#5880372)
From last season to this season, Dietrich dropped nearly 75 pts off of his batting average - while at the same time raising his OPS about 50 pts.

That seems hard to do.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2019 at 03:13 PM (#5880474)

I wouldn't call taking advantage of an unenforced rule and being kind of a d-bag "brilliant."


It's a stupid rule that has almost never been enforced. Still doesn't make him brilliant.
   11. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 18, 2019 at 03:25 PM (#5880486)
Incredibly, Joe Posnanski and Mike Schur have not been covering this.

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