BABIP

Final 30 Days Of 2014 BABIP Elite Hitters

A hitter having a BABIP of around .290 to .300 is considered the baseline. In other words, normal. BABIP can be affected by defense, luck and changes in a players talent level. It is a nice stat to look at in combination with other factors and it also can explain why a hitter had an amazing or deflated batting average that strayed from the norm.

I simply used the sort function on FanGraphs.com and looked at hitters with 50 or more plate appearances in the last 30 days. Here are the Top 10 BABIP hitters on that list:

1. Danny Santana (Minnesota Twins): .500 BABIP

Mr. Santana had a .405 BABIP on the season but in his final 105 plate appearances he finished with a .500 BABIP. That is a crazy high BABIP. Over those final 30 days of the season he hit .337 and scored 22 runs to go along with 8 base thefts.

2. Carl Crawford (Los Angeles Dodgers): .467 BABIP

Mr. Crawford was on fire the last month of the season hitting for a .431 batting average with 3 home runs to go along with 16 runs, 16 RBI and 3 stolen bases. In August his BABIP was .368 as well. These two months were a lot better than most of the rest of his season.

3. Andrew Susac (San Francisco Giants): .464 BABIP Continue reading

NLDS 2014

NLDS Playoff Predictions

Earlier we broke down the ALDS series today it’s the senior circuit. Madison Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford powered the Giants into the NLDS to face the Nationals last night. So lets look at the NLDS match ups now that we know them.

SF Giants vs Washington:

The Giants are gritty, experienced, battled tested, well managed team that knows how to win. This is a not an easy match up for the Nationals as the Giants seem to play their best ball in October. The Nationals are the better team, stronger in starting pitcher, in the bullpen and the lineup. There is a lot of pressure on the Nationals to win this 5 game series. I do worry about the Nats getting the final 3 outs in the 9th inning protecting with a 1 run lead as the closer is currently Drew Storen. If Madison Bumgarner who pitched brilliantly in the Wild Card game was able to pitch twice in this tight series I
would have picked the Giants. But since the Giants Ace only goes once I like the Nationals in a very tough series.

Nationals in 5

St.Louis vs Los Angeles Continue reading

2014 AZ Fall League

2014 AZ Fall League

Who said that live baseball is over and that you have to wait over four months for the Cactus League to start to see a baseball game? What do the names David Wright, Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Howard and the recently retried Derek Jeter, to name a few have in common? They all have played in the Arizona Fall League. Yes you can see live baseball games in October and November. For your live baseball “fix”, consider attending an Arizona Fall League baseball game.

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by MLB. The teams include Glendale Desert Dogs, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas, Salt River Rafters, Scottsdale Scorpions and the Surprise Saguaros. If you notice the team names reveal the Southwestern Desert traditions in this great state of Arizona.

The teams are divided into two divisions and each MLB team sends six of their top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, with over 200 players in all. Games are played at the Spring Training sites you attend every spring and are all are first-class facilities. The playing surfaces are outstanding, and the seating and concession areas are always fan friendly. Another advantage for the Arizona Fall League is that all the stadiums are within a short driving distance of each other and the weather is always pleasant for a game. Continue reading