A Quick Note on Plate Discipline

As mentioned in the post on Opening Day, the Phillies will lack plate discipline in 2011, especially without Chase Utley. Last night, when the Phillies scored 10 runs against the New York Mets, they walked just three times in 43 plate appearances (7 percent). In five games, they have walked a total of 17 times in 200 plate appearances (8.5 percent). Through five games last year, the Phillies drew 32 walks in 227 PA (14 percent). Overall, last year’s squad drew 560 walks in nearly 6,300 PA (about nine percent).

Kind of makes you appreciate Bobby Abreu, doesn’t it?