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.

  • Cliff Lee (9 PA) is tied with Ezequiel Carrera (9 PA) and Freddy Galvis (18 PA) for second on the club in BB% (11.1%). John Mayberry Jr. leads at 16.7% in 30 PA.
  • Humberto Quintero (11 PA) and Erik Kratz (46 PA) have combined to not walk once. Adding their OPSes together – straight up, not as a collective figure – still produces a figure 61 points lower than Carlos Ruiz’s 2012 OPS (.874 to .935). So, yes, Cliff Lee has more walks than Erik Kratz.
  • Kratz, for his part, is one of three players with 30 or more PA and an AVG higher than his OBP, the others being Arizona’s A.J. Pollock and the White Sox’ Jeff Keppinger.
  • The Phillies are not one of the teams currently being out-walked by Joey Votto, but they and the Pirates are the only clubs to feature a squad without a single player walking at least six times so far this year.
  • Not necessarily indicative of anything, but in 21 3-0 counts, the only one to get a green light and swing has been Domonic Brown, twice.
  • In the most recent series against the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies did not walk once. They are the first National League team to not draw a walk for three consecutive games since the Houston Astros in 2009. And they don’t really even count anymore. Since 1916, only 17 teams have had a streak of four consecutive games without a base on balls, and only seven since 1992. Oddly, the Phillies were just swept.
  • The Phillies are actually hitting .274/.350/.481 with runners in scoring position and .274/.342/.436 overall with men on base. Problem is, they only have the 21st-most PA with RISP and 27th-most PA with any men on at all, so there haven’t been enough occasions to, well, produce.
  • Phillies right-handed hitters (including switch hitters batting righty) are dead last in the Majors in achieving hitter’s counts (1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1) with 35. The Twins are 29th with 37, and the Red Sox next after that with 47.

The Phillies are 6-9. Hope you’re up to speed.

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  1. Richard

    April 18, 2013 12:42 PM

    “Not necessarily indicative of anything, but in 21 3-0 counts, the only one to get a green light and swing has been Domonic Brown, twice.”

    Surprising!

  2. LTG

    April 18, 2013 01:37 PM

    Are the Phillies also dead last in PAs from the right side of the plate?

  3. JM

    April 18, 2013 03:16 PM

    week 2 was such a stark contrast to week one. perhaps not coincidentally, as the pitching got better, the hitting got worse…

  4. Tomg

    April 18, 2013 04:18 PM

    I was lucky enough to be at the game last year against the Brewers where the Phil got 6 in the 8th to win it 7-6; and then I was at the KC game this year when they walked it off in the 9th 4-3 by scoring three.

    In both cases? Multiple walks to load the bases. Sure, the hits were necessary. But the walks made the hits meaningful.

  5. Phillie697

    April 18, 2013 04:23 PM

    Curious… As Ryan Howard’s problems have been well-documented, I won’t rehash them here, but his horrendous struggles in the early goings HAVE to be partly because nobody gets on base to somewhat neutralize the shift. So glad we have him for four more years.

  6. Phillie697

    April 18, 2013 04:25 PM

    BTW, Paul…

    F U and your analysis. I don’t care about walks. I care about production.

  7. Steve

    April 18, 2013 07:28 PM

    One more inning with a zero and the streak is alive and well. No runs in the first six, if we can keep this up, we’ll have a record for the ages!

  8. MattWinks

    April 18, 2013 09:08 PM

    Brown has had 5 3-1 counts and has swung in all of them. Only player on the Phillies in the Top 30 in the NL in Pitches per Plate Appearance, at #30

  9. Steve

    April 19, 2013 05:50 AM

    @EricL – can you expound on your comment that DY will not make the field this year? Is this just your opinion or based on some “set of facts/reports.” Just curious.

  10. Scott G

    April 19, 2013 08:56 AM

    @Tomg,

    meaningful, but also possible. If the players swing at balls, there likely would be no Frandsen PA.

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