Friday, May 11, 2012
Holy Mother Of Uh-Oh: Sam Miller's List Of Things With More Walks Than Albert Pujols
Update: You should really read this older Sam Miller article first. He means unintentional walk rate, and yes, that has plummeted since last year's ASB. By my math:
- 1st half 2011: (35 BB - 4 IBB)/342 PA = .0906 unintentional BB/PA
- 2nd half 2011: (26 BB - 11 IBB)/309 PA = .0485 unintentional BB/PA
Update: Good article suggested by commenter binkster at SB Nation by J.P. Starkey about Pujols' term as an Angel.
He's not that bad, but he'll never be 2009-good again. He'll never be one of the best hitters of all-time again. Father Time has caught up to Pujols. The decreased walk percentage could very well correlate to a drop in bat speed -- Pujols could have to start his swing earlier to compensate for the loss of bat speed, meaning, he has to expand his zone a bit more than he's used to.The intro suggests "[t]he Albert Pujols of the past has yet to show up in Los Angeles, and there's little to suggest that he ever will." Fair point, but will at least a pretty good simulation of that guy show up?
Could it be that Moreno, DiPoto and Scioscia ignored Albert's declining statistics?