B1G Ten Hitting Stars of the WeekendPosted: February 21, 2011
After recapping briefly the pitching stars of the weekend, I just gathered the data for the hitters this weekend. I’ll keep it much like pitching post and give, statistically, the three stars for Big Ten-Big East challenge.
Third Star: Illinois shortstop Josh Parr had a very good weekend. The junior went 5-of-13 with a double, triple, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. All of that led to a .385/.467/.615 triple-slash line. This worked out to being worth around 2.4 runs above average.
Second Star: Senior outfielder for the Michigan State Spartans, Brandon Eckerle had a very good weekend for the Spartans — who as a team had a solid weekend. Eckerle when 8-for-12 with all eight hits being singles. He did tack on a 2-for-3 mark in base stealing. In case you’re keeping track — and love even-earlier-than-early-season stat lines, Eckerle’s sporting a .667/.692/.667 batting line through the first weekend of play. That’s worth 2.7 runs above average.
First Star: Boilermake junior Barrett Serrato gets the ‘first star’ nod this week for his 6-for-9 weekend. The infielder clubbed a double and a triple, drew a walk, and had a sac bunt which led to nine total bases in nine at-bats (13 plate appearances). He put up 2.9 runs above average with his effort.
- Ohio State’s Josh Engle and freshman Josh Desze combined to post 4.2 runs above average. They went a combined 12-for-22 with two doubles and four walks to go against just three strikeouts.
- Michigan State had a couple other standout performances. Jeff Holm (who was listed as one of Jeff Sackmann’s defensive All Americans) and Torsten Boss who went 9-for-22 with three doubles, two triples, two walks and two strikeouts.
A Forgettable Weekend:
- Iowa Hawkeyes. All of them. Two runs in three games on the weekend — and their ace was lit up as well — is pretty pitiful. I don’t have team numbers calculated yet, but summing their individual hitters (not the right way to do it, but it’ll suffice) comes out to -15.5 runs above (below) average. Tyson Blaser had 11 hit-less plate appearances with his only contribution being a lone base on balls. He came in third worst in the Big Ten in runs above average at a -3.2. Zach McCool came in seventh worst with a couple singles in14 at-bats with a couple walks. Phil Keppler was just a bit better as the ninth worst hitter in the conference by going 0-for-8. Why is that better than McCool’s two-hits when Keppler didn’t even get on base once? Because he still made less outs than McCool even though he only reached as far as the batters box offensively.
- Minnesota’s Justin Gominsky was 0-for-12 with three K’s. This comes in as the worst performance of the weekend for an individual hitter at -3.8 runs.
- Northwestern’s Kyle Ruchim did pick up two hits, but it took 15 at-bats and 17 plate appearances. And he had two sac bunts. Add that up and he hit .133 for the weekend but only got on base at a .118 clip.