But he's scored just 64 Runs.
Konerko's ratio of 3.61 TOB per Run is one of the worst ever in a season of at least 25 HRs:
His 64 runs are the fewest among the 42 players with at least 200 TOB. Curtis Granderson, with the same 231 TOB as Konerko, has scored 126 Runs, almost twice as many. Sure, Grandy bats higher in the order, has 9 more HRs and has a better supporting cast. It's still a huge gap.
If his season ended now, Konerko would also have the 6th-lowest Runs in a season of at least 29 HRs and 502 PAs; and compare Konerko's OBP with the rest of the guys on the list:
The culprits aren't hard to find:
(1) His teammates: Konerko has split time between the 3rd and 4th spots in the batting order. The White Sox have had very little production from the #5-#7 spots:
- #5 -- .245 BA (9th in the AL), .387 SLG (10th), 62 RBI (13th)
- #6 -- .229 BA (10th), .355 SLG (13th), 51 RBI (13th)
- #7 -- .226 BA (12th), .356 SLG (10th), 47 RBI (13th)
(2) Himself: Konerko has become an extreme station-to-station baserunner, taking an extra base on a teammate's hit in just 9% of his opportunities; the league average is 41%. He's gone 1st-to-3rd on a single in just 2 of 38 chances (thrown out twice); he has not scored from 1st on a double in 11 chances; and he's scored from 2nd on a single just 3 out of 10 chances (thrown out once).
He's never been a speedy runner, of course -- never tried more than 2 steals in a season -- but that 9% Extra Bases Taken Percentage is a sharp drop from both last year (24%) and his previous career average (28%). It's the lowest figure of any MLB regular in the past 2 seasons. Fangraphs identified him as the worst baserunner in the majors back in June, well before the July 31 leg injury that has slowed him to a crawl. For further evidence that the leg injury just made a dire situation slightly worse, check out his monthly splits; in June, Konerko hit 10 HRs and had an additional 33 TOB, but scored just 3 Runs besides the HRs.
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