Devil Rays


  • MVN’s Devil Rays blog has a new lead writer and a new name, and the only surprise is that there wasn’t already a blog using the moniker. We’ve never met Eric SanInocencio or his wife, but let’s hope that the title is the only portion of the new blog that is based on her TV interests. Among the million things we love about Mrs. Professor, is that she really doesn’t watch a lot of “ho shows” or “chick flicks”. Now the same cannot be said for my buddies Greater James and G-Unit. Those two guys watch more women’s television than a girl after a bad breakup on a Lifetime (Supply of Midol) Network bender. [Rays Anatomy]
  • While it is not surprising to see either Vlad Guerrero (6th) and Alfonso Soriano (9th) on the list of players with the highest percentage of swings on pitches out of the strikezone, it is surprising that Delmon Young is not listed in the top 10. In fact, Young is not even the worst on the Rays. Jonny Gomes ranked 3rd in baseball with 55.8% of his swings on pitches out of the strikezone. Apparently a mistake pitch to Gomes is one that is in the strikezone. Those that blame Joe Maddon for not getting Gomes more at bats, need look no further than this stat to understand why he has been unable to ever show any consistency or repeat his 2005 performance. [The Mockingbird]
  • Scott Kazmir ranked second in the majors with 10.41 strikeouts per 9 innings and despite being 4th in baseball with 3,609 pitches thrown, he was also 5th in baseball with 6.62 K/100 pitches. James Shields, on the other hand, was among the most economical pitchers in baseball. He was 21st in baseball with 7.70 K/9, but his K/100 pitches was much better at 5.79 (13th). He threw the 6th fewest pitches per inning at 14.9. [Baseball Analysts]
  • Delmon Young was a unanimous selection for the TOPPS “Major League Rookie All-Star Team”. Luckily for Young, the award is voted on by baseball managers and not minor league umpires. [Biz of Baseball]


  1. Robert Rittner says:

    I think the comparison is between K/9 innings and K/100 Pitches thrown, not Innings pitched.

    It is interesting about Gomes and Young. I think one possible explanation of Young not being near the top of that list is that he seems to make contact with pitches he swings at so he most likely doesn't see as many pitches out of the strike zone; he is making out before the second ball thrown. (That is a guess; I have no stats to back it up.) He struck out once every 5+ ABs which is really not terrible. In fact, I think he has a large percentage of first pitch swings, and with his good plate coverage, a lot of them probably end up in play.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Young isn't that far off that list, he's 18th. One of the quirks of that way of looking at swings out of the zone is that it's comparing them to the total number of swings.

    There are a number of ways a hitter could be a real hacker (taking crazy swings at every single pitch in the strike zone) and essentially get credit for being "patient" by racking up swings on strikes.

    I guess another way of doing it would be comparing the number of swings OOZ to the total number of pitches a hitter received OOZ, but that has other problems...

  3. The Professor says:

    RR-thanks. i fixed the typos.

    Young: 1 K every 5.1 ABs
    Gomes: 1 K every 2.8 ABs

    so i think it supports the notion that Young may swing at a lot, but he makes a lot better contact.

    J-you are essentially correct, but keep in mind that pitchers know the true "hackers" and are less likely to throw them pitches in the strike zone. a good hitter will adjust and take those pitches and everything comes back to an equilibrium.

    so this list should be limited to hitters that are truly hackers of bad pitches. some hitters can hit those pitches (soriano, vlad, delmon?) some cant (most of the rest of the list)

  4. Jonathan says:

    I think Delmon counts as one of those guys who can hit the junk. His BABIP on it was something like .390 and from what I've seen he gets great plate coverage.


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