Saturday, August 29, 2015

Chooch to the Third Power

Carlos Ruiz average rises when he faces a pitcher more than once.

Chooch to the Third Power

Carlos Ruiz is batting .320 when he faces a starter a second time and .294 during the third. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz is batting .320 when he faces a starter a second time and .294 during the third. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

When we learned that Carlos Ruiz was gracing the regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week (right), we knew we had to kick off the second half of the baseball season with a stat of his. (Truth be told, we’d be happy doing one on him every day and changing the title of the blog to ChoochStats. But then, the rest of the Phillies would probably be jealous.)

So we scoured Ruiz’ pages on and came across a beauty – his statistics based on repeated appearances against the same pitcher in the same game.

This season, he’s batting .320 when he faces a starter a second time and .294 when he bats against him a third. For his career, Ruiz is at .311 against a starting pitcher whom he faces for the third time in a game. And he just owns relievers he has gotten to face twice on the same day.

vs. Starter H- AB Avg. OBA Slg.
   1st PA   109-432   .252   .341   .382
   2nd PA 105-392 .268 .366 .413
   3rd PA 64-206 .311 .400 .437
   4th+ PA 0-    2 .000 .000 .000
vs. Reliever         
   1st PA 148-624 .237 .337 .367
   2nd PA 9-  20 .450 .478 .500


vs. Starter H- AB Avg. OBA Slg.
   1st PA    13-59    .220    .292    .254
   2nd PA 16-50 .320 .443 .500
   3rd PA 10-34 .294 .429 .324
   4th+ PA 0-  2 .000 .000 .000
vs. Reliever         
   1st PA 17-72 .236 .341 .389
   2nd PA 0-  3 .000 .000 .000
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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