Apparently George Grande repeated one the of dumbest most useless stats in a broadcast the other night. It is so misleading and so annoying, it makes me want to scream. Fortunately for Grande, he is not alone in repeating this stat, and not alone in believing its worth something. I missed the comment, because I mute their broadcast, but apparently they were bemoaning that the Reds are 14th (now 15th) in batting average with RISP. My question is, WHO CARES? What does that prove? The answer is absolutely nothing, you should look at another number which is WAY more important. What do you want to do with runners in scoring position? UH….score runs? YES!! Even with my public school education I can figure that out. So why not look at Runs Scored with RISP?
The Reds are 7th in the NL 303 RS in those situations.
More importantly the Reds are 3rd (one run behind Atlanta) with Runners ON base.
Most importantly the Reds are 2nd in Runs Scored (honestly who cares WHEN they score?)
You can throw out the “they score the runs in bunches” argument, but that doesn’t fly either, the truth is all the NL teams have about the same number of games under 5 runs and over 5 runs, the variance is minimal.