In the pantheon of strange MLB seasons, Casey McGehee’s name deserves some prime real estate. Somehow he’s driven in 53 runs this year — 13.7% of the Marlins’ total runs on the season — with just one, lone home run. Giancarlo Stanton has 62 RBI, just nine more than McGehee, but he’s hit 20 extra blasts. Sometimes baseball doesn’t make sense.
numberFire featured a post on Wednesday providing some explanation for McGehee’s odd season:
McGehee leads all of baseball with a .398 batting with RISP. The next closest hitter to him is Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall, at .370. That’s a ridiculous number, far better than the MLB average with RISP of .249. And as most followers of baseball know, hitting with runners in scoring position is a difficult feat to repeat on a year-in, year-out basis. These are McGehee’s career numbers in that department.
This is a fairly typical fluctuation in batting with RISP, something the struggling St. Louis Cardinals offense has discovered this year.
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