Monday, January 30, 2012

How Many Runs Would A Lineup Full Of Situational Hitters Score Per Game?

After reading an article that begged to be mocked and made fun of, I decided I'm not going to do any of that, mainly because I suspect that was the writer's intent. Instead I thought I would test his belief on how vital situational hitters are to a lineup, because they are above the silly overrated things like getting on base and hitting for power. This is an exercise in pointlessness I realize but I'm doing it just to satisfy my own morbid curiosity.

The first thing I needed to decide was which situational hitter's stats to use, but lucky for me Kansas City just so happens to have one of the game's most valuable players at hitting ground balls, Chris Getz. For the purposes of this exercise I'm going to ignore that he lost his job to a rookie last year.

Using Baseball Musing's Lineup Analysis tool I punched in Getz's on-base percentage (.309) and slugging percentage (.283) since joining the Royals. Are you ready for the magic?

2.979 runs per game. 483 runs per year.

To put it in a perspective we can all relate to, the Royals scored 700+ runs all four seasons in which they have lost 100 games or more.

When a player's entire skill set is situational hitting then that player is merely a placeholder until a better player comes along. So let's not act like they're just as important as the guys who are actually producing, okay?


  1. Thank you. I gave myself 225 Blogger Points for not mentioning his name or linking to his article.

  2. So he could hit cleanup for the 2011 Mariners (513 runs!)

  3. dickhowser4ever1/31/12, 2:02 PM

    Nice article title. great reference to a great book.