Saturday, August 11, 2007

Walking a pitcher

One thing that's a cause of endless frustration to fans is when an opposing team's pitcher walks at the plate. This happened to the Brewers tonight, as Jeff Suppan walked Wandy Rodriguez and gave up a one-run double to Craig Biggio. Here's the 2007 season numbers for the player batting immediately after a pitcher walks:

133 PA, 130 AB, 30 H, 9 BB, 2 HBP, 2 SH, 1 SF, 31 RBI (34 total runs scored), 15% of baserunners scored, .238 AVG, .321 OBP

It's a pretty meaningless sample, but I would have figured batters hit a little better than .238/.321 immediately following a pitcher walking.

1 comment:

D said...

The lower batting average after a pitcher walk may not be that surprising. A pitcher is generally peeved after walking his opponent, and I would guess he would bear down a little more on the next hitter.