No need for a whole lot of words lets sink our teeth into the individual batting stats for the LSU baseball team through four weeks of SEC play.
Basically the numbers speak for themselves. Like I mentioned yesterday, I am amazed at the lack of recognition Jacoby Jones has received since SEC play began. The guy has flat out been not only the best hitter, but the most productive. Sabermetric master, Bill James, created one of the greatest states for evaluating a offensive player numbers with a simple formula to produce a single number. That stat is called runs created or “RC” Just look at the second to last column and check those numbers out. Jones and Raph Rhymes have Michael Stahan size gap between them and the rest of the team. In theory the two have created over 20 runs during their 12 sec games (the runs created number is not an exact numbers), while the rest of the starters combined have only produced 30.
ISO-power or ISOP is another James stat that focuses more on how much power a single player is contributing per at bat. Basically it takes a ration of a player at-bats, hits and total bases to give us a batting average-like percentage. In short a ISOP of .145 is considered normal. According to that only Jones is hitting with a pop during SEC play.
The only team stat that really jumps out to me is the amount of strikeouts per nine innings in SEC play. LSU is striking out seven times per game, or 30-percent of recorded outs. So for 30 percent of the Tigers chances to produce runs, they can not even get on base. I understand players are going to strikeout, especially against most Friday night starters in the conference, but this is the one area that needs immediate improvement.
What stands out to you?