Found January 02, 2012 on
The "Mc" Effect:
I got bored today. That's never a good thing for people who hate baseball and math.
Anyways, what I did was compiled Andrew McCutchen
's batting average (AVG
), on-base percentage (OBP
), slugging percentage (SLG
), and on-base plus slugging (OPS
) numbers and organized them by the month of the year. I discounted his first half season in the major leagues in 2009, so this is just data from the last two seasons. These graphs will show you how McCutchen has progressed (and regressed) in all these categories as the season went on by month. You can't get too much out of two years of data, but see if you can draw any meaningful conclusions, I couldn't. Click the jump to see the graphs.
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Another Jon Anderson original RumBunter post. Check her out. I did that crappy photoshop all by myself, my mom is so proud. Clipped from: rumbunter.com (share this clip)