Re: Salty must go
posted at 4/24/2012 7:40 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Salty must go
[QUOTE]Even though he had a HR, you might be a little hard pressed to sell him as someone who "does nothing but hit." He's been a streak hitter, at best. Even though he is streaky, he is still a better hitter than most MLB starting catchers.
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]
Love that term, streak hitter. It's thrown out there as a defining label, but has no real definition. It's also used as perjorative, yet, when a guy is known to "get hot and carry a team for a month" that's a good thing. Let's start with the assumption that someone is a streak hitter, that would mean wild fluctuations in batting average right?? We would see many multi hit games and many games with 0 hits, yes? Where do you draw the line though? I remember Dobber got that label, but how do you prove it? Her's how it looked for 2011:
No Hits game % Multi hit game % Games played
Salty .417 .203 103
Youk .366 .233 120
Scut .345 .300 113
Ortiz .335 .349 146
Pedroia .251 .352 159
A-Gon .258 .415 159
Ells .183 .373 158
The chart shows Salty had the greatest percentage of zero hit games, but also the lowest percentage of multi hit games, hardly meeting the definition of a streak hitter. Special considerration ought to be given to batting order position, the lower the position the less AB's, and the less AB's the fewer opportunities to get an additional hit. The leaders in multi hit games, not surprisingly hit at the top of the order and had way more AB's than Salty...more than 300 Plate appearance more. Perhaps "streak" hitter is just a perception, a trick played on the mind by the brain, which just can't hold all the data in real time. Perhaps my definition is bad, if so, do you have a better one?