Thursday, July 12, 2012

All-Star Break: Charts III

Hitting, power hitting, has usually been a Bulls strong point. Not so much this year. This year the Bulls have done OK hitting for average (at .266 they are second in the IL), but not so well on power (7th in the league on OPS).

Since mid-season, however, things have been looking up. They have won 12 out of the last 20 games and, since it obviously wasn’t pitching, it must have been 1) hitting or 2) opponents’ pitching or 3) both. The first chart plots the game-by-game weighted on base average, wOBA, for the team, with a trend line. The trend, buy the way, is a ten-game moving average. Since a .400 wOBA is considered really good, its safe to say that the last several games have shown stellar hitting on the part of the Bulls.

Similarly for individual players. As the season has progressed, more and more players seem to be getting into their stride and some, notably the top five in this list are starting to shine. A wOBA of .340 is considered “excellent”. Players in bold are on the Rays 40-man roster.

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