Statistical Observations.


  • Line Drive % is the percentage of balls in play that result in a line drive.  And apparently, according to The Hardball Times, a line drive ends up a hit roughly 75% of the time.  Anyway, at the top of the leaderboard in this particular category is…brace yourself…Matt Kemp (32.3%).  I bet that the Dodgers are glad that they did not include Kemp in any potential trade for a superstar (Santana, Cabrera).  Right now at least, as the trade cannot be properly evaluated for a few years, or more.  The next four in LD%, in order, are as follows:  Aaron Rowand, Victor Martinez, Ryan Church, and Miguel Tejada.  As for Rowand there were many detractors when the Giants inked him this offseason, and it is understandable why that is.  Nothing against Rowand, I am sure almost every fan loves the way he plays.  And I am pretty sure that every expert/analyst likes it too, whether they want to admit it or not.  It was just the near fact that the Giants were going to need a few years, or more, before they would have a legitimate shot of competing.  So it didn’t make much sense to sign Rowand to a deal that would have him declining while the team was rebuilding.  Not to mention, he was moving from a hitters park to a pitchers park, and he was coming off a year that was kind of uncharacteristic in relation to the rest of his career.  It made more sense for a contending team in need of a CF to try and lure the ruthless Rowand toward them.  But the Giants didn’t listen, they signed him, and he is paying dividends so far.  They also may wanted to have signed someone who could quickly become a fan favorite, and who was also a a likable guy, you know, to wipe the Bonds saga away, if just a little more.
  • After Rowand comes Victor Martinez.  I have so much respect, in baseball terms, for this guy.  He is a great hitter, simply put.  And he might very well be the most dangerous hitter the Indians have with the game on the line (as a manager said last year, in some form anyway).  With Hafner seemingly a glimpse of what he used to be, and Sizemore, as great as he is, an easier strikeout victim than Martinez. Victor does all of this from the catcher position too, which makes him even more impressive, and even more valuable.
  • Then comes Ryan Church.  How’s that Milledge trade working out for the Mets now?  Good, but its very, very early to evaluate.  So far Church has been playing out of his mind, and he will probably come down to earth a little bit.  He has never hit for this high an average at any time in his major league career.  But it may turn out better than the critics thought that it may.
  • And lastly, 42 year old Miguel Tejada.  He is hitting well so far.  I don’t know how long he will be THIS good, but he has a nice track record, so who knows.  I have always been impressed with Tejada so it isn’t of much surprise when he hits well. 


  • The newest Win Shares have arrived via The Hardball Times.  It was a pleasant surprise, that I came across while reading, what else, but the Hardball Times.  
  • Kevin Youkilis leads the AL in Win Shares.  I guess that is what a player gets when he continually turns on every fastball left up and in and hits it out of the park.  And the pitchers have been continually coming back with exactly what he has been killing.  That I don’t understand. 
  • In the NL the leaders are Nate Mclouth, who of course is surprising everyone.  And none other than Chase Utley.  Nothing Utley does is bad.  He plays good D at an up-the-middle position, and he is as much of an offensive force as most hitters in baseball are.  Utley had a very good shot at winning the MVP before the season started, and that has only increased with his dominating performance early in the year. 


(Note: Does anyone read my blog anmore?)      



  1. mikeeff

    joe, i feel so badly as i felt you made many good points that i wanted to talk about in the Mike Lamb article, but i read it quite late and after a long day i just didn’t the brainpower ( will ) to write anything that would have been worthwhile;i felt is what that good a blog-not just on lamb.

    i’ve been away for much of the weekend so haven’t even read the latest two posts.

    now mind you i’m going to say this in jest: it must be sad for you to have a yankee fan as your most devoted reader. but devoted, i am.

    if you look all around MLB blogs there has been a huge defection of commenters, and there for readership as a whole.

    keep up the great work joe; i know you have a lot of people out here who respect you.

  2. Raoul

    Here is a statistic…
    Bostons last three losses have been 1 run games.
    In fact 5 of their last 7 losses have been 1 run games.
    If they had won these they’d be 29-11.

    On the comments, in the past I’d scroll down the dropdown list on the MLB.blogs and post at whereever.
    Now that it’s gone, there is no visabilty.
    I read your blog daily but, I’m basically just looking for spelling errors. That’s what I’ve reduced to Joe, due to your vast baseball knowledge.

  3. joefromnewhampshire

    And Raoul I don’t know if you watched that whole game but it was pretty great that the Red Sox even got back into this last one run game. They are never out of it, and that is a nice feeling.

  4. Raoul

    The hole they were in was just a little too deep. 7-1

    When Wake pitches you never know whether you’re gonna get the lady or the tiger.

  5. mikeeff

    i’ll you two guys one thing i see about your team as a yankee fan. the way 2006 ended for them was so ignominious that theo really took the situation by the horns and brought in a lot of guys- some better than others, but it was clear last year that the red sox meant business-( well ok, right after KC beat the pants of schilling in the first game)
    the team shot right out of the box and played pretty steadily all the way through and got the hits wins when you needed them. this red sox team certainly has some major questions about it, but i have to hand it to them- they have the intangible factor of going out there and knowing that they are going to win that day. that was the yankee modus vivendi not only all through the great dynasties of the 1920’s through 1950’s, but the first part of the joe torre dynasty. they knew they were going to win.

    that’s what you guys have now—i don’t count them out until the last strike of the last out.

  6. mikeeff

    here is a disturbing bit of news to ponder for the elite teams of the AL east
    ( our teams)—tampa bay won their series against the angels. this does not bode well, but was bound to happen–and to be honest i began to fear their premature rise this year during spring training. when you dwell on the bottom for the entire existence of your club you certainly get the opportunity to stock your farm system with jewels. and they have.

  7. Raoul

    It’s a bad break that the Yankees have to go down there when the Rays are so hot.

    They always play you guys tough but, now they got scalps in their belt, fresh war paint on their ponies, white man’s whiskey

    and repeating rifles!

  8. crmarsha

    It isn’t that I stopped blogging, but that I have about a million things on my plate with the classes I’m taking…

    And real shocker with Chase Utley and Win Shares… He has been ridiculous this season…

  9. joefromnewhampshire

    Utley is no shocker, but I was surprised that Chipper Jones was 12th. But then again, to completely understand win shares I have to read an entire book, and even then I would probably still be confused.


    Hey Joe,
    Yes we do read your blog šŸ™‚ I’ve just been short on time recently due to work and computer related issues. Have a great day!

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