Monday, June 22, 2009

Trivia - Strikeouts without homers

From 2000-07, there were only 2 players with 120+ strikeouts and less than 10 home runs: Juan Uribe in 2002 and Mark Teahan in 2007.

In 2008 alone, there were 5 players with 120+ strikeouts and less than 10 home runs: Fred Lewis, Akinori Iwamura, Jack Hannahan, B.J. Upton, Carlos Gomez (142 K, 7 HR).

2009 might be even worse! The possible culprits: Fred Lewis, B.J. Upton, Josh Fields, Jordan Schafer, Emilio Bonifacio (1 HR, 60 K), Jhonny Peralta, Michael Bourn, Delmon Young, Dexter Fowler.

This is a new trend. In the past, even the big strikeout guys with low batting averages would hit at least 25 home runs (Rob Deer, Pete Incaviglia, Gorman Thomas, Dave Kingman), although there were exceptions then who had high-strikeout seasons with few home runs (Juan Samuel, Delino DeShields).

Most of the players on pace for 120K and less than 10 home runs are young players, who will hopefully grow out of this as they mature. It is amazing how quickly this particular stat went from being an anomaly to a growing trend in the last two years.

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