Interesting numbers for James Loney

His two bases-loaded walks last night could be indicative of a more patient approach at the plate for the Dodgers 1B. Last year, when his batting average dropped from .331 in 2007 to .289, Loney walked 45 times in 651 plate appearances, or once every 14.5 times he came to the plate. This year, he has walked six times in 40 plate appearance, an average of once every 6.7 times he has come to the plate, and is batting .333 (11 for 33) going into tonight. Last year, Loney’s OBP dropped from .381 in 2007 to .338. So far this year, it’s a stellar .436.

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  • grumpy3b

    interesting what a full ST with Mattingly can do and also the example set by Manny has to have rubbed off on these guys. For the first time they get to see a true HOF level player every day go about his business.

    And yes, that is a knock against Kent. From everything I read Kent was not a bad guy, just that he had no use for his teammates in terms of passing along his knowledge. But to be fair, not everyone knows how to express why and how they do what it is they do. Mattingly & Manny do seem to have that ability innately.

    This is just a guess on my part, but are the Dodger hitters going deeper into the count these days? I sure seems they might be…if players can each see just 2-3 more pitches per AB that will get a starter out, these days, at least a full inning earlier. To me that should be the strategy for all teams, see more pitches, it works because of the obsession these days over the 100-pitch point. Get the guy to 85+ after five and they might not even run him out there for the 6th.

  • GScott

    The best I’ve ever seen at helping a team grow and mature after being acquired, helping veteran guys and rookies alike, was Greg Maddux. No knock on Rick Honeycutt, but if we got Greg Maddux to be our MLB pitching coach, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more of our young guys develop faster, stay longer and not break down as much.

  • To be fair, it’s April 16th.