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Entries in Adam Jones (6)


What has Adam Jones been doing since he's not walking?

"What has Adam Jones been doing since he's not walking?" Sounds more like a David Letterman sketch than a baseball analytic article.

On May 18, Jones was facing the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards 

  • He homered his first time up.
  • He grounded out his second and third times up.
  • But in the bottom of the 6th, he walked off Alex Torres.
  • He singled in the 9th, in a losing cause. 

That was the last game he drew a walk

Since then, Jones has played 35 games.

He's come to the plate 149 times.

He's had 147 AB with one HBP and one sac fly.

He's gotten 41 hits, good for a pretty good .279 batting average and a pretty sad .282 OBP.

He's had eight doubles and nine homers, good for a .517 slugging percentage.

He has whiffed 28 times, an 18.8% strikeout rate.

  • He has seen 531 pitches - 390 strikes, 140 balls.
  • He has seen 3.35 pitches per plate appearance.
  • He's had three balls on him just seven times, which may be the most remarkable of all the stats.
  • He has swung and missed on 89 pitches (26.3%).
  • He's had 51 called strikes (26.6%).
  • He's put 120 pitches in play (35.4%).
  • He has chased 271 pitches out of the strike zone (47.2%). He swung at 260 pitches in the zone.
  • He struck out on 17 pitches out of the zone and 11 in the zone.
  • He's gone full six times.
  • He's had a 3-1 count twice and they followed his only two 3-0 counts. 

The Bottom Line

The Orioles are 19-16 in the Adam Jones 35 walkless game streak.

In the eight games this season that Jones has drawn a walk, the O's are 6-2. 


Jones Hangs Tough with 2 Strikes, Helps Team USA Advance

Team USA avoided its earliest ever exit from the World Baseball Classic on Sunday, thanks to Adam Jones' two-strike slugging. Jones smacked a 1-2 slider from Canada's Jim Henderson into the left-center gap at Chase Field in the eighth inning, putting the Americans on top for good and punching their tickets to Miami for round 2 of the WBC. Jones' two-strike heroics shouldn't have come as a surprise, as the O's center fielder is one of the best in the game with his back against the wall. Consider:

  • Overall, major leaguers batted .186 in two-strike counts in 2012. Jones bested that by over 50 points, hitting .239 when he didn't have a strike to spare.
  • Jones' two-strike hits weren't weak, either. He ranked ninth among MLB hitters with a .398 slugging percentage in two-strike counts. That was over 110 points above the big league average (.287).

 Average MLB slugging percentage with 2 strikes, by pitch location

Jones' slugging percentage with 2 strikes, by pitch location

  • With 11 two-strike homers, Jones tied Miguel Cabrera, Josh Hamilton, Giancarlo Stanton and a few others for ninth among MLB hitters.

Nine to Know: Yankees play two, Orioles play two extra; both teams win

  1. Andy Pettitte pitched five scoreless innings returning from the DL to pick up the win in game one in the day/night doubleheader swept by the Yankees over the Blue Jays.
  2. Derek Jeter was given the day game off so Ichiro Suzuki to the leadoff slot and had three hits batting leadoff as the Yankee captain was given the opener off.
  3. Rafael Soriano picked up a four-out save in game one thanks in large part to a diving basket catch by Ichiro with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 8th when the score was 3-2.
  4. Toronto’s 45-year-old Omar Vizquel had two hits in the Jays first-game loss to move past Babe Ruth to 41st on the career hit list at 2,874. Mel Ott is next at 2,876.
  5. The Yanks won the nightcap, 2-1, with Ichiro once again starring hitting a go-ahead single in the 8th inning driving in the ultimate winning run. Ichiro had four hits in the second game making him 7-for-8 in the two games. He also stole four of New York’s seven bases in the second game. Soriano recorded saves 41 and 42 in the twinbill.
  6. Derek Jeter picked up his 200th hit of the season extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Jeter now has eight seasons of at least 200 hits (also 1998-00, 2005-07, ’09), tying Lou Gehrig’s club record. Only Pete Rose (10), Ichiro (10), and Ty Cobb (9) have more 200-hit seasons than Jeter, the oldest player to collect at least 200 hits in a season since the 40-year old Paul Molitor in 1996.
  7. After playing 18 innings Tuesday night, the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning as the Orioles won their 15th straight extra-inning game, 3-1 over the Seattle Mariners.
  8. Jones became the first Baltimore outfielder to reach 30 homers since Brady Anderson hit 50 in 1996. It was his fourth extra-inning homer of the season.
  9. The game ended when Michael Saunders, who had walked, was caught stealing by Tuesday night’s hitting star, Taylor Teagarden. That play exemplifies why the Orioles will battling in October in the postseason and the Mariners will be battling for tee times.

Players with four hits and four steals in a game since 2000:

1 Ichiro Suzuki 2012-09-19 (2) NYY TOR W 2-1 4 4 0 4 1 0 0 1 4 0
2 Julio Borbon 2009-08-15 TEX BOS W 7-2 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 2 4 0
3 Carl Crawford 2009-05-03 TBR BOS W 5-3 5 4 2 4 0 0 0 1 6 0
4 Kenny Lofton 2007-06-29 TEX BOS L 1-2 5 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 0
5 Carl Crawford 2006-05-24 TBD TOR W 10-8 5 5 5 5 0 0 1 2 4 0
6 Scott Podsednik 2006-05-01 CHW CLE W 8-6 6 5 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 1
7 Ichiro Suzuki 2004-07-20 SEA BOS L 7-9 6 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0
8 Kenny Lofton 2000-09-03 CLE BAL W 12-11 8 7 4 4 0 0 1 1 5 0
9 Tom Goodwin 2000-06-07 COL SEA W 6-1 5 5 2 4 0 0 0 1 4 0
10 Eric Young 2000-05-14 CHC MON L 15-16 6 5 4 4 0 0 0 0 5 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Play Index Tool Used Generated 9/20/2012.

Ichiro's seven-hit game yesterday:


Derek Jeter's 200 hit season:


Adam Jones' 30-homer season:


There have been 56 extra-inning homers this season. Here are batters with multiple games:

Adam Jones 4
Hunter Pence 2
Scott Hairston 2
Chipper Jones 2
Carlos Gonzalez 2
Matt Kemp 2

Here are Adam Jones 2012 extra-inning homers:

DateBatter ▾OppPitcherScoreInnRoBOutRBI
2012-05-06 Adam Jones @BOS Darnell McDonald tied 6-6 t17 12- 1 3
2012-05-16 Adam Jones @KCR Nathan Adcock tied 3-3 t15 1 1
2012-06-09 Adam Jones PHI B.J. Rosenberg tied 4-4 b12 1– 0 2
2012-09-19 Adam Jones @SEA Josh Kinney tied 1-1 t11 1– 1 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.comView Original Table
Generated 9/20/2012.