Overall, the Orioles are second to last in the AL in on-base and slugging percentage. They have the fewest walks in the league, and they see the fewest pitches per plate appearance (3.73). They also have the fifth-worst "chase percentage" in baseball in that they swing at 30.2 percent of pitches thrown out of the strike zone.Perfect. He used on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and plate discipline, and he did it in a way that is accessible to the casual fan. Nowhere does he mention batting average, and he doesn't rail about the Orioles lack of clutch hitting (which is certainly a problem, but is more a symptom of their poor approach than the cause of their woes). Thanks, Jeff.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I (and the rest of the saber community) do lots of mainstream media bashing, so I feel its equally important to point out when the media does something well. Jeff Zrebiec did just that in his big feature on Nick Markakis this morning. The money quote: