Inside the Numbers: Hard-hit balls, RISP in Games 6, 7 swing to Nats
Turns out what needed to happen was that, and also to have Nats pitchers keeping Houston hitters from hitting the ball hard.
I ran the numbers from Games 3-5 and then Games 6 and 7, and it’s striking what happened.
MLB defines a hard-hit ball as a batted ball with an exit velocity of 95 mph or higher.
The breakdown for the Astros:
- Games 3-5: 19-for-42 (.453 BA, .952 SLUG)
- Games 6-7: 8-for-21 (.381 BA, .619 SLUG)
The corresponding numbers for the Nationals:
- Games 3-5: 10-for-26 (.385 BA, .577 SLUG)
- Games 6-7: 9-for-21 (.429 BA, 1.095 SLUG)
Two other sets of numbers related to ABs with runners in scoring position.
- Games 3-5: Houston 11-for-28, Washington 1-for-21
- Games 6-7: Houston 1-for-12, Washington 4-for-15
These things tend to even out over the course of a 162-game season. You don’t always see them evening out in a seven-game series.
Story by Chris Graham