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  1. Will be interesting to see the rest of Wright’s season with his K% (8pts higher than career avg) and contact % a few pts below average in a year where he’s batting .350 and a crazy high BABIP…very peculiar to me

    Comment by Joe — June 24, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  2. Am I the only one who can’t see the Wright article at all? I click on it, and it says “this page can’t be found” or something similar.

    I can’t be the only one. It has zero comments. Literally zero.


    Comment by CH — June 24, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

  3. Also, you mean to tell me Wright’s batting average isn’t a result of him being such a clutch and gritty team leader who wills the ball to fall in unmanned areas of the field?

    My worldview has been shaken.

    Comment by CH — June 24, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  4. This is a really weird phenomenon. It’s not like he’s even getting that many IFH; just 6 this year compared to 16 last year and 12 the year before. It appears that just a ton of his grounders are finding holes.

    Comment by Nick — June 24, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  5. Kind of off-topic, but Miguel Olivo had a HR/FB of 24.4%..with the league average being 7.7% (according to another site). and he just went deep in his only at bat tonight…bumping it over 25% maybe. How insane is that?

    Comment by KingKirkpatrick — June 24, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  6. Hell…according to this site, 29.4%. How high is that historic, or just really high but nothing to write home about?

    Comment by KingKirkpatrick — June 24, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  7. Anyone see if Mets in general are experiencing this uptick on GB hits? Just wondering if its got one of those angels and line drives scoring bias involved too.

    Comment by walkoffblast — June 24, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

  8. How does Wright’s BABIP on grounders compare to the rest of the Mets? Seeing the Mets’ line-up, and their defense for that matter, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the ground-crew is cutting Citifield’s infield really tight.

    We’re also dealing with 70 instances, which is pretty small — I mean, we’re only talking about 11 or 12 instances ending in a hit rather than an out compared to a .290 average. It’s neat, maybe even uncharted territory, but statistically speaking — It’s not crazy.

    The fact that Wright’s a doubles machine, and defenses are probably guarding lines, also can’t hurt.

    Comment by kris — June 24, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

  9. What happened to Wright’s power? Is it just the result of the new bigger park?

    Comment by Mike — June 25, 2009 @ 1:31 am

  10. nope, me too CH. It’s mislinked or something. I was able to read it but only through the main page.

    Comment by Andy S — June 25, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

  11. Without looking it up, I would also say that Taveras, Suzuki, Hopper and Gomez pad their totals with bunts.

    Comment by Brian Cartwright — June 25, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  12. Does anyone have access to the hitf/x data? Is Wright crushing his ground balls? It would be interesting to see where he ranked on horizontal ball speed on ground balls or maybe what percent of his ground balls were over, say, 80mph horizontally, then compare that to his peers. My guess is that horizontal ground ball speed correlates pretty well with BABIP on ground balls.

    Comment by Brian — June 25, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  13. Looks like the Reds weren’t aware of Taveras’ GB-BA (.417) in 2007 when he had a “decent” year. They evidently were counting on him to return to his 2007 numbers when they signed him to that rediculous 2 yr. contract.

    Comment by Doug S. — June 25, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

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