B1G Ten Hitting Stars of the Weekend

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.

Honorable Mentions:

  • 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.
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5 Comments on “B1G Ten Hitting Stars of the Weekend”

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  2. mb21 says:

    Thanks for the link. I’m curious if you used the average of NCAA baseball this weekend of the average over the last few years like I think you’ve been doing. I’m wondering if the batting numbers aren’t actually better because of the new restrictions on bats. This of course makes the pitcher numbers worse (not good news for Hippen). What kind of impact do you think the new bats are going to have?

    • Mike says:

      I was just using the Big Ten average for the last few years out of being lazy. Basically, 2011 will have to be judged more on it’s own merits than anything else. I don’t know how much I’ll be changing the weights of anything as I don’t want to overreact to the new bats because, in the Big Ten, the offensive landscape has changed dramatically before. I’m on my laptop so I don’t have my data in front of me, but the BABIP for instance has spiked and regressed from year to year to be a conference average of .345.

      I will be talking with Patriot of Walk Saber at some point about toying around with the weights I use for pitching/hitting.

      • mb21 says:

        Yeah, it’s not uncommon for there to be annual changes even if the same exact rules are in place. Factors such as weather and luck will cause a great deal of change from year to year.

        On a side note, we were talking about how more more difficult the B10 site has made importing their data into a spreadsheet. I’m going to spend some time today to see if I can write a macro that will do all the work. I’m not sure I’ll have any success, but I’m hoping to and if you want, I’ll send the spreadsheet to you and it will automatically update itself.

      • Mike says:

        That would be amazing! Keep me updated, obviously.


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