Truth on sacrifice flies

Posted on August 28, 2010 by


“As an aside, sacrifice flies don’t count as a turn at bat and therefore don’t negatively affect a hitter’s batting average, but they’re almost always just regular fly outs with the singular and fortunate (from the batter’s perspective) distinction that a runner happened to be on third base (or second!) at the time. Occasionally a batter will shorten up and explicitly look to put the ball in the air to get the run home, but the vast majority of sacrifice flies don’t happen this way. On-base percentage corrects for this by penalizing the batter for not reaching base (this leads to the occasional small-sample anomaly of a player’s batting average exceeding his on-base percentage); batting average makes no such correction and treats it as it would a sacrifice bunt. Chalk it up to yet another case where on-base percentage exceeds batting average in usefulness.”

Eric Simon on David Wright’s pop up that ended up a sacrifice fly in Friday’s win against the Astros. Wright leads the Mets with 11 sacrifice flies and Jeff Francoeur is second with nine.

Source: Always Amazin’

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