Some of our readers have been a little sensitive to the fact that I may be picking on a few players such as Bill Hall. I appreciate everybody who contributes to this blog whether I agree with their opinion or not. When there is a disagreement with one of our readers, the least I can do is back up my argument with numbers that either support or disprove my argument. Past debates have shown I’ve proved myself right and wrong which is very hard to admit.
Anyway, looking at the numbers of the Brewer hitters, we all know the strikeout numbers are too high. It has been my argument that failure to put the ball in play has cost this team wins.
The following chart shows each players year-to-date stats. I’m just looking at At bats, hits, strikeouts, batting average, on-base percentage, and strikeout percentage.
As you can see, this is a HUGE problem! You have 5 players, 2 of which play everday who have more strikeouts than hits. 2 players (Barnwell and Moeller) have a higher strikeout percentage than the ability to reach base albeit both hitters have very few at-bats.
Readers have asked me to layoff Bill Hall even though his batting average is .263 and his strikeout percentage (strikeouts divided by at-bats) is .304 which leads the team. His on-base percentage is only 7 percentage points above his strikeout percentage.
We all want to believe we can stay in contention. Yet, when we look at the numbers above, it’s impossible to consider us as serious threats when we continue to walk back to the dugout after going down on strikes.
There is no stat for batters who only see three pitches and strikeout, do me a favor and pay closer attention to our approach at the plate and it will alarm you as to how many times this actually happens. So many times we make average or bad pitchers look like Nolan Ryan!
Some people will say, "We are a all or nothing offense". I believe that we don’t have to take that approach. Back in 1982, Harvey’s Wallbangers parked its share of dingers but we had players who hit for average, got on base, and went station to station. Our pitching wasn’t dominant, yet, we made it to the series. This offense is good enough to contend if they could just protect the plate better and cut down the strikeouts.
Your comments are always welcome…