• Ducks On The Pond

    Posted by on June 26th, 2006 · Comments (4)

    One of the cool things that they track over at Baseball Musings is RBI Percentage. Here’s how the Yankees have done in this stat, so far, for the month of June:

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    Melky, A-Rod and Cano have not been getting the ducks off the pond this month. That’s been a big part of the Yankees poor record during June.

    Comments on Ducks On The Pond

    1. June 26th, 2006 | 12:33 pm

      Interesting. I was curious about what are good and average marks in this area, so I tried to get an estimate using the tool posted at the Baseball Musing site. I ran the numbers for this season, listing the RBI percentages for all players with 100 or more runners on base during their at bats.

      The list was about 250 players total, with Lance Berkman at the top at 23.96% (68 driven in out of 192) and Mark Ellis at the bottom at 7.34% (11 driven in out of 109). The median (the 125th player on the list) was around 14.9%, in the Joe Mauer – Jaque Jones – Jose Vidro neighborhood.

      So, I would say if you are looking for a rough metric to keep in mind on this stat, that a player driving in more than 15% of the runners on base ahead of him is doing a middling or better job. Players over 18% are excellent – the top quartile of the field. Players below about 12.6% are the bottom quartile. (These were eyeballed approximations, not rigorous statistical analysis.)

    2. June 26th, 2006 | 12:34 pm

      Just an addition to my own comment – it really highlights just how damn difficult baseball is, doesn’t it, that the most elite players there are still fail to drive in more than 3/4 of the baserunners on ahead of them?

    3. June 26th, 2006 | 12:36 pm

      The good news is the Braves are coming to town. Hudson and Smoltz are both pitching but Hudson gave up 5 runs in his last start and Smoltz is returning after being hurt. I doubt the Braves can get enough runs regardless of the Yankees hitting woes.

    4. June 26th, 2006 | 1:49 pm

      Carla wrote: “driving in more than 15% of the runners on base ahead of him is doing a middling or better job. Players over 18% are excellent”

      That’s what I would say – just by eyeball.

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