Current Record: 33-33, Pythagorean 33-33
Current Standings – New York-Penn League, Pinckney Division:
W1 Mahoning Valley
W2 State College
Vance Albitz – had his contract
purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to
Jonathan Cornelius – was placed on the Disabled List on the 24th. Cornelius' rotation turn was pushed back from the 19th until the 22nd but he was pulled after just one-third of an inning.
Manuel De La Cruz – the southpaw reliever went back on the Disabled List on the 25th, reasons unknown.
Victor Encarnacion – was promoted from GCL Cardinals on Sunday, the 21st. He appeared in 32 games for the Cardinals and played all three outfield positions: eight in left, five in center and nine in right.
Roberto Reyes – the outfielder went on the Disabled List on Wednesday, the 24th, with a right ankle sprain suffered due to a collision with Victor Encarnacion during a game on the 22nd. Reyes was batting .400/.448/.720/1.168, 10-for-25, over his last eight games. He had two doubles, two home runs, three walks and four strikeouts. Reyes is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Reggie Williams – was re-called
from the GCL Cardinals on the 24th to take Roberto Reyes' roster slot. The outfielder began the season with
Ryan Sheriff's short-A debut came
on the 20th when he started against
Shortstop Cesar Valera has had his
best offensive output of the season recently, going .296/.367/.444/.811,
8-for-27 with two doubles, a triple, two walks and four strikeouts in his last
Last week, we took at look at the pitching performances over the past month or so. This week it's the hitters' turn and the picture is not pretty:
OPS Vance Albitz
0.333 Joey Bergman*
0.648 Juan Castillo
0.718 Virgil Hill
0.786 Nick Martini
0.544 David Medina
0.700 Kevin Moscatel
0.392 Jeremy Patton
0.858 Casey Rasmus
0.240 Roberto Reyes
0.885 Romulo Ruiz
0.724 Danny Stienstra
0.731 Cesar Valera
0.622 Reggie Williams
1.286 Garrett Wittels
ISO Vance Albitz
0.111 Joey Bergman*
0.057 Juan Castillo
0.078 Virgil Hill
0.209 Nick Martini
0.068 David Medina
0.050 Kevin Moscatel
0.040 Jeremy Patton
0.156 Casey Rasmus
0.000 Roberto Reyes
0.205 Romulo Ruiz
0.213 Danny Stienstra
0.034 Cesar Valera
0.083 Reggie Williams
0.143 Garrett Wittels
*Promoted to Quad Cities on August 12th
Reviewing the stats, only two players with over 10 at bats posted an OPS over .800: Jeremy Patton and Roberto Reyes. Six players had an OPS between .700 and .799: Juan Castillo, Virgil Hill, David Medina, Romulo Ruiz, Danny Stienstra and Garrett Wittels. Joey Bergman (while he was there) and Cesar Valera both posted an OPS between .600 and .699. Center fielder Nick Martini's dismal season continues with a .544 OPS while Kevin Moscatel (.392) and Casey Rasmus (.240) bring up the rear. Vance Albitz and Reggie Williams have under ten at bats so get a pass.
This lack of offense puts a great
deal of pressure on the pitching to be perfect and
This week's qualifiers for batting Hot and Not are: Catcher Juan Castillo, outfielder Nick Martini, first baseman/left fielder David Medina, second baseman Jeremy Patton, corner infielder Romulo Ruiz, infielder Danny Stienstra and infielder Garrett Wittels. Qualifiers had 75% of the maximum number of plate appearances for the week. Stats cover the period 08/11/11 through 08/25/11.
Second baseman Jeremy Patton is
Corey Baker is making the most of his new starting assignment and is pitching ‘Hot' right now. Baker pitched 10 innings in two game starts, and allowed ten hits. However, the right-hander did not walk a batter and produced a 2.40 FIP, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .256 BAA and .286 BABIP. He struck out four.
Infielder Garrett Wittels' batting average for the past two weeks is .278 but that is the most positive thing that can be said about his offense. Wittels went .278/.316/.306/.621, 10-for-36, with one double and two walks against seven strikeouts. His power was almost nonexistent and he had a .345 BABIP to top it off.
Reliever Adam Bileckyj has not been very good recently. The southpaw's most recent three appearances resulted in eight hits and five walks against three strikeouts in three and a-third innings pitched. The end result was 13 runs allowed/seven earned, for a 13.71 FIP, 18.92 ERA, 3.90 WHIP and .400 BAA. Bileckyj had a .400 BABIP.
The Muckdogs played eight games in six games this week due to a postponement on Sunday that resulted in back-to-back double-headers on Monday and Tuesday and went 6-2 for the week.
They began the week
at home with a 5-4 win over
proceeded to put a real damper on
BABIP (Batting Average for Balls In Play) – measures how many balls that are put into play go for hits, excluding home runs. The average BABIP is from .290 to .320 and is impacted by the team's defense, changes in talent level and luck. Certain individual factors, such as a player's speed, impact that hitter's BABIP but generally speaking extreme variations from the average BABIP should eventually move closer to the average range.
GB %, LD %, FB % - the percentage of how many of the hitter's balls in play are groundballs versus line drives or fly balls. A groundball produces .05 runs/out (R/O), line drive = 1.26 R/O and a fly ball = .13 R/O. Therefore, a batter wants to hit more line drives while a pitcher wants to induce more ground balls.
OPS+ (On-Base Plus Slugging Plus) – takes OPS (the combination of on-base percentage and slugging percentage) and normalizes it for such things like park factor. This allows us to then compare players on different teams and different years. League average is 100+ and each point above or below equals one percentage point. A player with a 95 OPS+ for the season was 5% below the league average, for example, while a player with a 115 OPS+ was 15% above the league average.
wOBA (Weighted On-Base Average) – starts with the idea that not every type of hit is equal which is how Batting Average works. Weighted On-Base Average combines all of the different hitting areas (hitting for average, hitting for power, having plate discipline) into one metric and weighs them proportionally according to their actual run value.
- The formulas used to calculate statistics such as BABIP and FIP are from The Hardball Times.
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