"In reality, it's a catch between patience and being aggressive. There is that fine line. There is a time to be patient and a time to be aggressive when you're an offensive player. There is a time to be patient when you're coaching, too. There are decisions to be made about your action plan. There is a time to be aggressive and take some action, because you can't wait too long.
?"As long as I have been playing, there has been that fine line. Coaches can say be patient, but in the same breath, they're saying (when the opposing pitcher) throws strikes early. How can you be patient when a guy throws strikes early? That's the catch, and it's hard."
This is the concept Torre has preached since he signed with the Dodgers.
So let's look at pitches per plate appearances, on base percentage, on base + slugging, runs created and runs created per 27 outs. We also total the individual categories to unscientifically rank the players.
Those who think Rafael Furcal's spring was an MVP effort weren't far wrong. He leads in three of the five categories, trailing only in the total runs created, since he played only 32 game, but during that time he created 34 runs, a remarkable 10.21 per 27 outs.
Andrew Jones saw more pitches per plate appearance than any one of the squad but finished 10th overall.
Russell Martin, as expected, was not lower than second in any category, leading he Runs Created chart with 48.4 and topped the overall ratings with 9 points.
Furcal was second overall with 14, leading in runs created per 27 outs, on-base percentage and on-base plus slugging. James Loney was right behind him with a 19 rating.
So, how does the veteran Kent rank? Well, he is 11th among the 14 used in this study, ranking ninth in on-base plus slugging and runs created, 10th in pitches per plate appearance and in runs created over 27 outs, and 11th among the 14 used in his study in pitches per plate appearances.
The numbers are as of June 23 and the rankings could certainly change as the season progresses
Ranking Pitches per Plate Appearance 1. Russ Martin (9) 4.42 - Andruw Jones 2. Rafael Furcal (14) 4.13 - Andre Ethier 4. James Loney (19) 4.06 - Russ Martin 3. Andre Ethier (21) 3.98 - Angel Berroa 5. Matt Kemp (29) 3.95 - Delwyn Young 6. Delwyn Young (34) 3.94 - Rafael Furcal 7. Blake DeWitt (35) 3.90 - James Loney 8. Juan Pierre (37) 3.85 - Blake DeWitt 9. Andy LaRoche (41) 3.79 - Juan Pierre 10. Andruw Jones (48) 3.68 - Matt Kemp 11. Jeff Kent (51) 3.57 - Andy LaRoche 12. Angel Berroa (44) 3.56 - Luis Maza 13. N. Garciaparra (47) 3.51 - Nomar Garciaparra 14. Luis Maza (51) 3.37 - Jeff Kent Runs Created Runs Created/27 outs 48.4 - Russ Martin 10.21 - Rafael Furcal 42.7 - James Loney 6.88 - Russ Martin 39.0 - Matt Kemp 5.54 - Andy LaRoche 36.4 - Andre Ethier 5.46 - Andre Ethier 39.0 - James Loney 5.36 - James Loney 34.0 - Rafael Furcal 5.21 - Matt Kemp 31.3 - Juan Pierre 5.11 - Delwyn Young 29.6 - Blake DeWitt 4.87 - Blake DeWitt 26.0 - Jeff Kent 4.31 - Juan Pierre 10.0 - Delwyn Young 3.79 - Jeff Kent 2.9 - Andy LaRoche 2.23 - Andruw Jones 2.2 - N. Garciaparra 2.12 - Nomar Garciaparra 2.2 - Luis Maza 1.29 - Luis Maza 1.5 - Angel Berroa 1.04 - Angel Berroa On-Base Percentage On-Base + Slugging .448 - Rafael Furcal 1.045 - Rafael Furcal .410 - Russ Martin .858 - Russ Martin .381 - Andy LaRoche .836 - James Loney .368 - James Loney .825 - Andy LaRoche .340 - Andre Ethier .780 - Matt Kemp .335 - Blake DeWitt .764 - Andre Ethier .333 - Delwyn Young .748 - Delwyn Young .332 - Matt Kemp .726 - Blake DeWitt .332 - Juan Pierre .706 - Jeff Kent .314 - N. Garciaparra .655 - Juan Pierre .293 - Jeff Kent .637 - Nomar Garciaparra .280 - Angel Berroa .551 - Luis Maza .273 - Andruw Jones .543 - Andruw Jones .268 - Luis Maza .502 - Angel Berroa