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  1. Elvis had a pretty storied 2010 ALDS and ALCS.

    Comment by Lone Star Ball — October 21, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  2. He also deserves some credit for the two plays he made in the early/middle innings, the first to start a double play, and the second being that ridiculous diving stop and glove flip to Kinsler, who was so shocked that Elvis got to the ball, he barely made it to the bag in time.

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — October 21, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  3. A sac fly should count as an at bat. If someone grounds out to right, as to allow the runner at third to be plated, should that be considered a “sac grounder”?

    Comment by Patricio — October 21, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Amen. What a game for Elvis.

    Comment by Kyle — October 21, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  5. the glove flip – perfect lead to the bag was sick.

    Comment by Scout Finch — October 21, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  6. If Motte has a ‘good breaking ball’, I sure didn’t see it. Where was it last night? Looks like a guy that only trusts the heater.

    Comment by Scout Finch — October 21, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  7. He’s worked on a secondary pitch that has only been used infrequently.

    That’s kind of the infatuation with Motte. He’s done all this with one pitch.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — October 21, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  8. Andrus’ baserunning can’t be stressed enough. It would not mattered how fast he was if he hadn’t noticed that Pujols wasn’t anywhere near the bag and he could take a much larger turn than normal. That left him with significantly less ground between him and 2nd. You can really see this in the overhead shot. In fact, had Pujols stayed near first, Andrus wouldn’t have been able to make such a big turn and would not have been able to go to 2nd no matter where Jay’s throw went.

    Comment by tyrusray367 — October 21, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  9. Walks and HBPs should be at bats too. There’s a reason most writers prefer to use PAs for like actually meaningful analysis

    Comment by bender — October 21, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  10. If there was nobody there to cut the ball off near the mound, Andrus could’ve easily taken 2nd base when he saw the flight of the CFers throw coming towards home – even if Pujols had stayed on the bag.

    Comment by Xeifrank — October 21, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

  11. “Elvis had a pretty storied 2010 ALDS and ALCS.”

    I was gonna say. And anyone who watched those series knew exactly what to expect and was not surprised in the slightest that he took the extra base. He’s the personification of the Rangers’ aggressive baserunning imperative and almost as fun to watch on the basepaths as he is at short.

    Comment by Blackie — October 21, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  12. I’m impressed Andrus has 130 PAs in 2 postseasons.

    Comment by Scout Finch — October 21, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  13. 4.6 PA’s per game sounds about right for a guy who primarily bats 2nd for a high scoring offense.

    Comment by hk — October 22, 2011 @ 7:06 am

  14. Exactly. He’s heading towards a full seasons worth in a few years and should scribble his name somewhere on the postseason record books.

    Comment by Scout Finch — October 22, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  15. It’s the difference between result and intent — players routinely alter their approach when there’s a runner on 3rd with 0 or 1 out, and it is reasonable not to penalize them for succeeding at what they are attempting to do. On the other hand, few if any batters have enough control over a full-swing grounder to routinely drive the runner in that manner. With a bunt, of course, the batter does have a lot of control over both direction and velocity leaving the bat, so a squeeze is treated like the sac fly.

    Not including BB’s, of course, is a relic of the fluctuating rules of the early game, and its exclusion makes batting average fairly useless as a general measure of batting skill. But it’s a decent guide to who you’d like to have at bat with runners in scoring position in a close game.

    Comment by Lex Logan — October 22, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

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