During a discussion a few weeks back, I had occasion to generate ANOTHER stat. I just sent it along to our coach with the following note.
[i]Take a look at these.
I got in another one of those philosophical “discussions” a few weeks back, and we got to talkin’ about putting the ball in play on the 1st pitch. I generated what you see for the batter, then it dawned on me that it would work for the pitchers too, so I ran it for them as well.
I know a lot of folks think that’s looking too deeply into the numbers, but its interesting as H*** to me. It sure looks like Nico, JQ, and Mike were making lots of $$$$$ out of that 1st pitch for the batters. And unless I’m wrong, its pretty easy to see why Matt had such a great season. Not only did he get them to swing early in the count, when they put the ball in play it was $$$$$ in the bank for us.
I think most of us that watched what went on last year knew instinctively what was going on, but this kinda proves it, and I like that. [/i]
Here’s the same stat for all seasons since 2007 combined.
Since this is the 1st time I’ve allowed it to be seen in its final format. I’m open to comments and/or questions. I put it up on another board, and got some great comments and input. I’m hoping the same thing happens here.