Posted by Andy on October 4, 2010
I noticed that in the second game of the Saturday double-header between the Red Sox and Yankees, nobody in the starting lineup for the Red Sox was batting higher than .255:
|Eric Patterson 2B||.217||.686|
|Felipe Lopez 3B-SS||.233||.656|
|J.D. Drew DH||.255||.789|
|Lars Anderson 1B||.212||.592|
|Ryan Kalish CF||.252||.715|
|Daniel Nava LF||.247||.720|
|Josh Reddick RF||.197||.538|
|Yamaico Navarro SS||.143||.317|
|Kevin Cash C||.167||.483|
Those are actually their stats from after that game, taken from the box score. It seems to me that in a season with an overall batting average of .257, this is probably fairly rare. There's no easy way to search for this with the Play Index, so I just thought I'd check the highest BA among the starting nine for each team after the games of that same day:
Yankees: Robinson Cano, .320 Tigers: Casper Wells, .326 Orioles: Nick Markakis, .295 Indians: Shin-Soo Choo, .300 White Sox: Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko, .310 Rays: Carl Crawford, .308 Royals: Billy Butler .320 Blue Jays: John Buck, .281 Twins: Danny Valencia, .314 Athletics: Mark Ellis, .290 Mariners: Ichiro, .314 Angels: Torii Hunter, .282 Rangers: Josh Hamilton, .360 Phillies: Placido Polanco, .299 Braves: Omar Infante, .320 Brewers: Lorenzo Cain, .306 Reds: Ryan Hanigan, .300 Pirates: Jose Tabata. .302 Marlins: Jose Sosa .500 (technically this counts...or take Osvaldo Fernandez at .308 if you prefer) Cubs: Starlin Castro, .300 Astros: Chris Johnson, .309 Diamondbacks: Brandon Allen, .286 Dodgers: Andre Ethier, .289 Nationals: Mike Morse, .291 Mets: Raul Valdez, .400 or Angel Pagan, .291 Padres: Adrian Gonzalez, .298 Giants: Buster Posey, .306 Rockies: Jay Payton, .344 Cardinals: Matt Pagnozzi, .343
So, yeah, for at least this one day, the Rex Sox started a lineup with much lower batting averages.
Anybody have an idea of how common this is?