Thanks go out to DevilSMP who did some number crunching in the Aaron Fitt thread to show where the Devils rank nationally in offensive #'s
The one stat that jumped out to me most is:
The Devils rank 253rd in OBP
This has been a trend ever since Smith got here. The Devils plate discipline has been horrendous as they rarely take walks or even work the count to get into a hitters count where a batter can do the most damage.
In most people's opinions Theo Epstein is the best GM in the game. Theo (who also happens to run Tracy Smiths favourite team ironically enough) took his philosophy from Billy Beane that revolves entirely around getting on base regardless if it's a hit or a walk. Everything starts and ends with getting on base. How Smith has gone this long into his career and not realized this strategy is so frustrating. I would love to see the reaction from the media and fans and ensuing results from any major league team to adopt an approach to swing at the first fastball thrown. A pitcher with great command could probably throw a complete game shutout on less than 70 pitches. When the Devils play the rats next week pay atttention to the contrasts of quality AB's between the 2 teams.
I can't emphasize enough what a failed approach Smith teaches at the plate.
Sparky it would be very interesting to see if there is a trend and if so which direction is it headed for all of our offensive numbers for 2014 Ez last year and CTS first 3 years of 15, 16, & 17
It's possible you or DD has charted it?