Joe's problem is his 2014 stat line. It's that simple. RISP and MoB numbers normalize over time to match what the player does overall.
Its not that simple. I did not type OBA w/ RISP. OBA with RISP is great and all, but walks don't drive in runs unless the bases are jacked.
This season he has struck out or walked in 24 of his 49 plate appearances with RISP. Last season he struck out or walked in 45 of 110.
In 2012 he struck or or walked in 62 of 170 PAs w/RISP
So since April 2013, in damn near HALF of his Plate appearances, mauer didn't even put the ball in play.
(Props to anyone who can find a way to see how many double plays he hit into with RISP since the start of last season. )
Back to my original post. I typed "when the game is on the line."
guess how many game winning RBI has this season? I know MLB doesn't recognize that stat anymore, but just take a guess.......
Zero....(318 MLBers have more than him)
Guess how many he had last season?
2...... (304 had more than he did)
11.....(43 had more than he did)
In summary and in my opinion,
Mauer has not been clutch for the better part of a season. Teams have adapted to his approach to hitting in order to minimize the amount of damage he can do. They know how to pitch to him so he doesn't put the ball in play in nearly half of his PAs w/ RISP because he either walks (which buoys his OBA w/ RISP) or strikes out. Honestly, basically averaging 1 for 3 w/ a walk per game is great for his BA & OBA stats, but when that "1" occurs will determine whether he is clutch or not.
I bet if #7 was at his 2012 numbers, many would be questioning his "emotion" or even his approach to hitting.
if it's possible, I would really like to see a breakdown of Mauer's batting average, OBA and runs driven in by inning.....
(for the record....this response got typed up before I read Parker's article on Mauer's struggles, which I found to be a great read, but needed to put some of the onus for change in approach on #7 himself)
Edited by Westgaard66, 30 May 2014 - 10:48 AM.