Yesterday on Padres Social Hour, Jesse, Bill and Randy talked about the infrequency that the Padres score runs (scoreless in 79% of the innings). Randy also speculated that the Padres probably are toward the bottom of the league when runners are on base. Here are some depressing stats that prove Randy correct.
First let's take a look at productive outs. A productive out occurs in 3 ways: 1. when a pitcher sacrifices successfully, 2. when a batter advances a runner with none out or 3. when a batter drives in a baserunner with the 2nd out. The Padres rank 24th in a closely bunched pack at the bottom of the league.
Tied to productive outs is how often a player on third base scores when there are less than two out. The Padres score less than half the time (46%) when there is a runner on third with less than two out which is 27th in the league. The Rockies plate the run 61% of the time in those situations.
Next, let's look at what percentage of the runners on base actually score. The Padres rank 28th with only 12%.
If it seems like the Padres ground into double plays (GIDP) a lot, it is because they do it more than any other team in baseball. The criteria would be whenever there is a runner on first with less than two outs. In those situations, the Padres hit into a twin killing a whopping 16% of the time. The league average is only 11%...ouch.
The final stat I looked at was batting average balls in play (BABIP). BABIP takes batting average and eliminates strikeouts and home runs from the equation. Basically it looks at how many hits a team gets when the ball is hit and stays in the park. The Padres rank dead last in BABIP at .268 - almost 30 points below the MLB average and 65 points behind the Rockies.
Updated 4:45 pm - added line drive percentage and ground ball percentage as likely causes for the ugly GIDP and BABIP stats
|Productive Out %||27%||31%||24||23%-41%|
|Scores from 3b less than 2 outs||46%||51%||27||40%-61%|
|Line Drive %||17%||30||17%-23%|
|Ground Ball %||51%||1||39%-51%|