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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pitchers batting: Why aren't you an idiot for wanting this?

Defend yourselves.  It's indefensible.  It's not entertaining.  Spare us the obligatory Bartolo Colon is so funny looking ridiculous at the plate.  Who wants to watch any sporting event in which one player is so over matched?  There is no strategy or tactic that justifies it.  Obviously, managers gave up on evaluating pitchers on their ability to hit over a hundred years ago.  Check out Connie Mack, who raised the idea of a DH in 1906.  See the featured post at the top right about having only eight batters and a designated fielder.  Geez, come on.  This is basic stuff.  It doesn't need to be studied and then maybe phased in over several years.  Just do it ... in 2016.  Eight men bat!

Pitchers in 2015 with at least 50 plate appearances, sorted by OPS+


Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Madison Bumgarner 101 81 2015 25 SFG NL 36 77 9 19 2 0 5 9 3 0 27 0 1 0 1 0 0 .247 .275 .468 .743 *1/H
2 Tyson Ross 80 68 2015 28 SDP NL 34 56 6 14 1 1 1 6 2 0 19 1 8 1 1 0 0 .250 .283 .357 .640 *1/H
3 Zack Greinke 58 77 2015 31 LAD NL 32 67 8 15 2 0 2 3 1 0 14 0 8 1 0 1 0 .224 .232 .343 .575 *1
4 Noah Syndergaard 47 50 2015 22 NYM NL 24 43 2 9 1 0 1 4 1 0 26 0 6 0 0 0 0 .209 .227 .302 .530 *1
5 Chris Rusin 27 50 2015 28 COL NL 27 46 5 10 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 0 4 0 0 0 0 .217 .217 .283 .500 *1/H
6 Jon Niese 25 60 2015 28 NYM NL 33 52 5 9 1 0 0 4 5 0 18 0 3 0 0 0 0 .173 .246 .192 .438 *1
7 Max Scherzer 25 77 2015 30 WSN NL 34 69 4 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 23 0 6 0 0 0 0 .217 .239 .217 .457 *1/H
8 Jacob deGrom 22 66 2015 27 NYM NL 31 59 3 11 1 0 0 4 3 0 16 0 4 0 4 0 0 .186 .226 .203 .429 *1/H
9 Alex Wood 19 67 2015 24 TOT NL 32 55 2 9 2 0 0 4 4 0 34 0 8 0 2 0 0 .164 .220 .200 .420 *1
10 Chris Heston 19 58 2015 27 SFG NL 31 51 1 10 2 0 0 3 0 0 18 0 7 0 1 0 0 .196 .196 .235 .431 *1
11 Jake Arrieta 15 83 2015 29 CHC NL 33 79 5 12 1 1 2 2 1 0 45 0 3 0 1 0 0 .152 .163 .266 .428 *1
12 Francisco Liriano 13 67 2015 31 PIT NL 31 65 4 11 2 0 1 7 0 0 28 0 2 0 0 0 0 .169 .169 .246 .415 *1
13 Michael Wacha 7 62 2015 23 STL NL 30 52 5 8 1 0 0 4 4 0 20 0 6 0 0 1 0 .154 .214 .173 .387 *1
14 Anthony DeSclafani 2 64 2015 25 CIN NL 31 58 1 9 1 0 0 3 3 0 33 0 2 1 0 0 0 .155 .194 .172 .366 *1
15 Aaron Harang 2 58 2015 37 PHI NL 29 48 4 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 18 0 9 0 2 0 0 .167 .184 .188 .371 *1
16 Jason Hammel 0 70 2015 32 CHC NL 32 65 6 11 1 0 0 4 1 0 18 0 3 1 1 0 0 .169 .179 .185 .364 *1/H
17 Dan Haren -3 65 2015 34 TOT NL 33 49 4 6 1 0 0 5 5 0 16 0 10 1 2 0 0 .122 .200 .143 .343 *1/H
18 Lance Lynn -3 55 2015 28 STL NL 31 50 3 8 2 0 0 1 0 0 26 0 5 0 0 0 0 .160 .160 .200 .360 *1
19 Mike Leake -4 73 2015 27 TOT NL 37 69 4 8 3 0 2 8 0 0 36 0 4 0 0 0 0 .116 .116 .246 .362 *1/H
20 Carlos Martinez -4 63 2015 23 STL NL 32 56 2 8 2 0 0 0 1 0 23 1 5 0 1 0 0 .143 .172 .179 .351 *1/H
21 Gerrit Cole -8 71 2015 24 PIT NL 33 60 5 9 0 0 0 2 2 0 28 0 9 0 0 0 0 .150 .177 .150 .327 *1/H
22 Jordan Zimmermann -10 69 2015 29 WSN NL 33 63 4 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 18 0 6 0 0 0 0 .159 .159 .175 .333 *1
23 Clayton Kershaw -11 79 2015 27 LAD NL 34 71 2 9 2 0 0 2 2 0 23 1 5 0 2 0 0 .127 .162 .155 .317 *1/H
24 James Shields -13 74 2015 33 SDP NL 36 68 7 9 2 0 0 2 1 0 28 0 5 0 0 0 0 .132 .145 .162 .307 *1/H
25 Bartolo Colon -14 64 2015 42 NYM NL 33 58 2 8 1 0 0 4 0 0 24 1 4 1 2 0 0 .138 .150 .155 .305 *1
Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
26 John Lackey -14 70 2015 36 STL NL 33 62 0 7 2 0 0 3 4 0 24 0 4 0 2 0 0 .113 .167 .145 .312 *1
27 A.J. Burnett -17 52 2015 38 PIT NL 26 42 1 5 0 0 1 5 0 0 20 0 9 1 1 0 0 .119 .116 .190 .307 *1
28 Tom Koehler -18 64 2015 29 MIA NL 32 50 2 6 1 0 0 1 2 0 28 0 12 0 1 0 0 .120 .154 .140 .294 *1
29 Brett Anderson -19 61 2015 27 LAD NL 31 47 1 4 1 0 0 3 5 0 32 0 9 0 2 0 0 .085 .173 .106 .279 *1
30 Matt Harvey -20 66 2015 26 NYM NL 29 65 1 7 2 0 1 7 0 0 31 0 1 0 2 0 0 .108 .108 .185 .292 *1
31 Gio Gonzalez -26 56 2015 29 WSN NL 31 43 1 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 18 2 10 0 1 0 0 .093 .152 .116 .268 *1
32 Jimmy Nelson -31 59 2015 26 MIL NL 30 55 1 6 1 0 0 2 1 0 34 0 3 0 0 0 0 .109 .125 .127 .252 *1
33 Julio Teheran -35 68 2015 24 ATL NL 33 52 0 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 9 0 14 0 0 0 0 .096 .130 .096 .226 *1
34 Chase Anderson -38 57 2015 27 ARI NL 28 48 0 5 0 0 0 3 1 0 23 0 8 0 2 0 0 .104 .122 .104 .227 *1/H
35 Shelby Miller -41 71 2015 24 ATL NL 33 56 1 3 2 0 0 0 4 0 29 0 11 0 0 0 0 .054 .117 .089 .206 *1
36 Jeff Locke -45 54 2015 27 PIT NL 30 45 1 3 1 0 0 2 2 0 18 0 7 0 1 0 0 .067 .106 .089 .195 *1
37 Andrew Cashner -48 61 2015 28 SDP NL 38 60 2 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083 .098 .083 .182 *1/H
38 Rubby De La Rosa -49 68 2015 26 ARI NL 32 64 3 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 25 0 4 0 0 0 0 .094 .094 .094 .188 *1
39 Jon Lester -51 71 2015 31 CHC NL 32 62 6 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 30 0 6 0 1 0 0 .065 .108 .065 .172 *1
40 Kyle Hendricks -64 64 2015 25 CHC NL 32 60 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 24 0 3 0 2 0 0 .050 .066 .067 .132 *1
41 Jorge De La Rosa -68 50 2015 34 COL NL 26 48 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 18 0 2 0 1 0 0 .063 .063 .063 .125 *1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/21/2016.

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