Baseball Crank
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April 4, 2006
BASEBALL: Killer Instinct

Since I've given him a hard time and will be doing even moreso with the Mets batting him second, it's only fair to note that Paul LoDuca is one of baseball's most dangerous hitters with a man on third and less than two out: not only has he batted .468 and slugged .694 in those situations since 2000, but in 111 at bats in those situations in that period he has struck out once.

PS - Another guy who turns up at the top of lists in this database in almost every type of clutch situation is Frank Catalanotto. And by far and away the worst hitter in the game with the bases loaded is Jose Cruz jr.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:47 PM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Interestingly, despite his recently-gained reputation, A-Rod does very well in tied and close games. In fact, he does rather poorly in the 2 run lead situations he supposedly "excels" in.

Posted by: Mike at April 5, 2006 12:08 PM

It's funny how oddball guys turn up in searches like that. Like Pat Tabler being one of the greatest hitters ever with the bases loaded. A career 282/.345./.379 guy (with only 512 career RBIs) hit .486/?/.606 with 105 RBIs in 109 career ABs with the bases juiced.

Posted by: jim at April 5, 2006 5:00 PM
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