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October 1, 2005
BASEBALL: Frankie The Cat

The Red Sox, coming into their series with the Hated Yankees this weekend, ran into a buzzsaw in the person of Frank Catalanotto. And there's nearly nobody in baseball who gets hotter - at least relative to how good he is otherwise - than Frank Catalanotto.

Over the past 9 games, Catalanotto is batting .417/.722/.464. That may sound like quite a hot stretch for a career .296/.454/.359 hitter, but it's really pretty common for Catalanotto:

StartEndGPAAVGSLGOBP
8/12/989/2/982071.397.667.437
4/21/995/21/992074.348.609.392
7/4/997/24/991237.424.636.443
4/4/005/18/001241.588.794.634
7/28/018/24/0123100.500.659.560
4/18/035/1/031251.429.592.451
5/19/036/6/031876.358.657.421
8/24/039/7/031039.4841.000.590
4/24/045/13/041969.450.617.493
6/11/047/21/04726.435.609.500
5/20/056/3/05622.611.778.682
7/7/057/24/051253.449.755.491
9/22/059/30/05939.417.722.464

And the total line from these thirteen red-hot streaks, amounting to about a full season's worth of at bats:

ABH2B3BHRRRBIBBHBPAVGSLGOBP
620272628241251175515.439.681.490

Wow. Those are Rogers Hornsby numbers. Unsurprisingly, Catalanotto's career line drops off sharply if you take these streaks out; the rest of the time, he's a .252/.385/.318 hitter. Now, it's true enough that you can cherry-pick hot streaks from any hitter's career. But I have to think that few guys I can remember have been as consistently streaky as Catalanotto.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 4:35 PM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

It seems like this is probably more common especially when you get lower quality regular hitters where it's easier to stand out

Posted by: mike harris at October 1, 2005 10:00 PM
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