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Wednesday
Apr102013

Michael Morse is Mr."He Swings and Misses"

Here is an early look this season at batter swings and batter misses.

Our spectrum ranges from A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers who has swung at 30 pitches and missed only two to the Mariners' Michael Morse who has swung at 95 pitches and missed on 35.

Take a look and mouse over the icons to see the player's stats.

 

For the most part, Morse is exceeding expectations. Morse is 10-for-38 thus far with an MLB leading six homers. But in 40 plate appearances he has drown just one walk and struck out 11 times.  His .300 OBP puts him in the middle of the league (52nd percentile), but you have to figure that in the long run it's going to get ugly with all the swings and misses.

Morse is certainly getting his money's worth at the plate

Morse has swung at 30.9% out of the zone.

Morse has missed four pitches right down the heart of the plate.

It will be interesting to track Morse's whiffs and bombs this season.

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I'm curious as to whether misses are only complete whiffs and not foul balls.

I have devised an offensive statistic that I believe would be the best measure of a player's effectiveness as a hitter and base runner. It would be total bases achieved per at bat. It would count all the bases advanced by any runners already on base as well as the hitter. The perfect at bat would be a grand slam that achieves 10 bases. This would combine power, batting average and clutch hitting into one statistic. I call it the Total Base Average. The only problem is to derive it would require a reading of the full game score card statistics not just the shorthand box score.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony Jordan
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