Joe Morgan & J.D. Drew

In last night’s Yankees-Red Sox game, Joe Morgan said that the reason Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew has emerged from his slump is because he is taking fewer pitches, being more aggressive, and swinging earlier in the count. I had a sneaking suspicion Morgan was totally making this up – mostly because he had just seen Drew rip an early-count single into center field off A.J. Burnett. Actually, Morgan’s “thinking” reminded me a lot of the 2:00-2:20 clip in this montage:

“Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?” But I digress.

Anyway, I looked it up. From April 4th-April 28th, Drew’s OPS was below .600. He saw an average of 18.1 pitches per game during that span. Since April 30th, his OPS has steadily risen from .695 to .834. He saw an average of 18.4 pitches per game as he emerged from his slump.

In conclusion, Joe Morgan is making things up. Again.

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4 Responses to Joe Morgan & J.D. Drew

  1. Kevin says:

    Why would you use pitches/gm? I imagine it ends up giving you the same result, but pitches/AB would be a much more accurate measure.

  2. Kevin says:

    You’re right that P/GM isn’t as good a measure as P/PA. I just used P/GM because the stat was much more accessible and because I was feeling a bit lazy. I’ll look at Drew’s P/PA and get back to you.

  3. Kevin says:

    ESPN’s sortables have P/PA, although you probably can’t get the splits you’re looking for. For the season, he’s 4.23, and in the last 7 days, he’s 4.14 essentially the same.

  4. Kevin says:

    Excellent. Thank you, that’s very helpful.

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