Caring About Walks, Update 1

I’m feeling generous today.

It’s almost the weekend, and productivity in workplaces around the continent is beginning to slip as Friday approaches with Saturday in tow. So I can understand – especially as it’s in keeping with plainly-stated business modus operandi with the Phillies these days – that the people in charge at Phillies HQ haven’t been keeping track of the plate discipline and walking propensity of the offense.

Well, fear not! I’m here to provide a briefing on said discipline, and the amount of, ahem, “production” that’s surely still coming in spite of any potential deficiency in bases on balls.

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Graph of the Intermittent Time Period

As you’re well aware, the Phillies’ offense hasn’t been great to start the 2013 season. They rank fourth from the bottom in average runs per game at 3.47 compared to the National League average 4.33. They rank in the bottom-third in all three triple-slash stats as well as weighted on-base average (wOBA).

You’ll hear this a lot over the next month-plus, but it’s worth repeating over and over: it’s still very early. No Phillie has logged his 70th plate appearance of the season yet. To put this in perspective, if Chase Utley has a 2-for-4 night tonight against the Cardinals, he will raise his batting average 15 points to .298.

That being said, we can still use what little stats we have descriptively rather than predictively. The following chart compares the Phillies’ wOBA by position to the league average.

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