A lot of you have been emailing me and posting on this blog about the fact Nomar has only one home run this season, putting him well of last year’s pace (20) and the pace of just about every year he has played in the majors. I’m not sure exactly what the reason is, but I do know it’s a glaring deficiency considering he hits in the three hole. He has just 11 extra-base hits in 214 at-bats for the season. However, it is worth noting that despite the lack of power, he has been the best clutch hitter on the team — despite what that national newspaper said about Juan Pierre. Nomar is hitting .456 w/RISP (second in majors), and 33 of his 34 RBI have come with RISP (which again hints at his lack of power). He also has more RBI than any other player who has three or fewer HR, just ahead of Julio Lugo (33 RBI, three HR). Nomar is batting .429 w/RISP and two outs and .344 in close and late situations. And for those who always complain (like me) about the fact he loves to swing at first pitches, he is hitting .429 when he puts the first pitch into play. Still, every one of those numbers (except the first-pitch) stat seems to suggest that runners have to be in scoring position for him to drive them in, which again points to a lack of power.