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What a difference a half makes for Raul Ibanez

Posted by Andy on September 18, 2009

Check out Raul Ibanez's splits before and after the All-Star break this year:

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1st Half 64 289 259 53 80 18 2 22 60 .309 .367 .649 1.015
2nd Half 54 219 194 30 47 13 1 9 26 .242 .329 .459 .788
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Generated 9/17/2009.

So the guy's power and productivity have been largely diminished in the second half. It's also interesting to look at his career splits before and after the break:

I Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1st Half 747 2885 2605 383 736 161 17 110 441 .283 .343 .484 .827
2nd Half 755 2924 2639 395 761 147 20 103 439 .288 .350 .476 .827
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Generated 9/17/2009.

It's interesting just how similar his numbers are before and after, especially his OPS being identical. His lopsided performance this season actually brought those numbers in line to each other for his career.

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8 Responses to “What a difference a half makes for Raul Ibanez”

  1. I just remembered that Ibanez hit a few HR right after the all-star break, so I checked out his splits a little differently.

    First 68 games: 25 HR 68 RBI .315/.374/.674 1.048
    Last 51 games: 6 HR 18 RBI .227/.314/.403 0.717

    Ouch!

  2. I wonder how unsustainably high his HR/FB ratio was early in the season... Even with the reduced 2nd-half production, he still has a career high 17.2% this season, well above his lifetime average of 9.6%. It must have been really ridiculous through those first 68 games.

  3. He's going to end up with basically the same numbers he always does, which are generally pretty good. Interestingly, he is one of only 4 players which at least 15 home runs and a .280 batting average every year since 2002: the others are Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez.

  4. You'll notice that those other 3 players you mentioned usually are far above those totals.

  5. I bet I know what DavidRF is thinking---"I can make a group!"

  6. You beat me to it. :)

    I hope I'm not getting to much of a reputation as a grump. Putting Raul Ibanez in a group with Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez is *fun* and I hope such things continue to be a part of the Stat of the Day Blog.

    I just don't think the method should hold any merit in MVP/HOF arguments. (Not saying anyone here would unironically suggest such a thing for this Ibanez case :)).

  7. I think that particular group that includes Ibanez does serve to show that he's a fairly consistent player--but certainly doesn't support any argument that he's as good as those other players.

  8. JohnnyTwisto Says:

    David, I co-sign your arguments 100%. (Of course, I am a grump...)