I saw someone pose this question in the Atlanta Braves group that I am in on Facebook:
Do you think the Braves will have a batter hit over .300 when the regular season ends? If so, who?
A solid question, and certainly one to spark a fun debate among a forum. I want to take a deeper look into this question and determine whether or not it will actually matter for the 2013 Atlanta Braves.
The Braves enter a baseball season for the first time since 1995 without Chipper Jones being a regular in their lineup. He takes with him a career .303/.401/.529 line and one of the few threats to hit for .300 over the last few years for Atlanta. Add in the trade of Martin Prado (career .295 hitter) and the likelihood of a Brave posting a .300 average over a full season of at bats seems unlikely.
The significance of batting average is debatable. It’s a bit overrated in my opinion. I suppose you figured that much from the title of the article, but hear me out.
Are you getting a .300 average from Joe Mauer or Albert Pujols? Let me dig a little deeper.
In 2010, Albert Pujols finished with a .312 average while Joe Mauer finished at .327. Neither led their respective league in hitting, but despite a similar batting average — Pujols significantly outproduced Mauer. Continue reading “Batting Average is Overrated: A Look at the 2013 Braves Offense”