November 17, 2004

Frequent Successful Contact v. Frequent Walks
by Steve Lombardi

A recent article by Stephen C. Smith of "FutureAngels.com" entitled "Contactball" got me wondering about teams who walk frequently versus teams who make frequent contact while hitting safely often.  So, I started playing around with some batting stats - from 1994 through 2004 (the current "Long Ball Era" in major league baseball).

The first thing that I came up with was a measure of "frequent contact while hitting safely often" called Frequent Successful Contact (FSC).  It is team batting average times the percentage of plate appearances for a team in which they did not walk or strikeout.  

Then, I ranked every season by every big league team since 1994, by FSC, and included the team's runs created per game (RC/G) for that season, as compared to the league average - and added a "seasonal" RC/G versus the league average for each team/season (by taking the RC/G against the league average and multiplying it by 162).  Here are the results:

Team

Season Batting Avg. % of PA w/Contact FSC RC/G v. Lge Avg RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Royals

2000 0.288 0.789 0.227 -0.13 -21.06

Rockies

1999 0.288 0.785 0.226 0.36 58.32

Angels

2002 0.282 0.800 0.226 0.38 61.56

Rockies

2000 0.294 0.766 0.225 0.5 81

Rockies

1998 0.291 0.774 0.225 0.55 89.1

Indians

1994 0.29 0.775 0.225 0.89 144.18

Indians

1996 0.293 0.766 0.225 0.83 134.46

Indians

1995 0.291 0.770 0.224 1.03 166.86

Rangers

1999 0.293 0.758 0.222 0.71 115.02

Rockies

2001 0.292 0.759 0.222 1.03 166.86

Redsox

1997 0.291 0.758 0.220 0.56 90.72

Whitesox

1994 0.287 0.766 0.220 0.71 115.02

Redsox

2003 0.289 0.761 0.220 1.39 225.18

Angels

2004 0.282 0.779 0.220 0.1 16.2

Whitesox

1999 0.277 0.791 0.219 -0.37 -59.94

Twins

1996 0.288 0.760 0.219 -0.14 -22.68

Yankees

1996 0.288 0.760 0.219 0 0

Braves

2003 0.284 0.768 0.218 0.89 144.18

Whitesox

2000 0.286 0.758 0.217 0.46 74.52

Mariners

2001 0.288 0.752 0.217 0.88 142.56

Royals

1999 0.282 0.768 0.217 -0.08 -12.96

Orioles

2004 0.281 0.770 0.216 0.2 32.4

Rangers

2000 0.283 0.764 0.216 -0.09 -14.58

Yankees

1997 0.287 0.750 0.215 0.54 87.48

Yankees

1994 0.29 0.742 0.215 0.82 132.84

Rangers

1998 0.289 0.744 0.215 0.66 106.92

Whitesox

1995 0.28 0.767 0.215 0.36 58.32

Indians

1997 0.286 0.751 0.215 0.73 118.26

Reds

1994 0.286 0.750 0.215 0.47 76.14

Rockies

1997 0.288 0.744 0.214 0.99 160.38

Twins

1994 0.276 0.775 0.214 -0.14 -22.68

Orioles

1999 0.279 0.765 0.213 0.21 34.02

Expos

1994 0.278 0.768 0.213 0.33 53.46

Yankees

1998 0.288 0.740 0.213 0.82 132.84

Cardinals

2003 0.279 0.763 0.213 0.59 95.58

Rockies

1996 0.287 0.742 0.213 1.02 165.24

Royals

2003 0.274 0.775 0.212 0.04 6.48

Redsox

2002 0.277 0.765 0.212 0.55 89.1

Mariners

1996 0.287 0.736 0.211 0.99 160.38

Redsox

1996 0.283 0.746 0.211 0.34 55.08

Indians

2000 0.288 0.732 0.211 0.83 134.46

Orioles

2003 0.268 0.786 0.211 -0.46 -74.52

Rockies

1995 0.282 0.747 0.211 0.72 116.64

Whitesox

1996 0.281 0.749 0.211 0.21 34.02

Angels

1996 0.276 0.763 0.210 -0.51 -82.62

Angels

2003 0.268 0.785 0.210 -0.3 -48.6

Redsox

1999 0.277 0.758 0.210 0.15 24.3

Royals

2001 0.266 0.789 0.210 -0.49 -79.38

Twins

1995 0.279 0.752 0.210 -0.23 -37.26

Rangers

1996 0.284 0.738 0.210 0.47 76.14

Twins

2003 0.277 0.757 0.210 0.11 17.82

Redsox

1998 0.28 0.748 0.209 0.43 69.66

Astros

1994 0.278 0.753 0.209 0.51 82.62

Padres

1994 0.275 0.761 0.209 -0.59 -95.58

Brewers

1996 0.279 0.750 0.209 0.11 17.82

Padres

2004 0.273 0.766 0.209 -0.17 -27.54

Orioles

2000 0.272 0.766 0.208 -0.39 -63.18

Angels

2000 0.28 0.744 0.208 0.4 64.8

Whitesox

1997 0.273 0.763 0.208 -0.09 -14.58

Orioles

1998 0.273 0.763 0.208 0.22 35.64

Orioles

1996 0.274 0.760 0.208 0.35 56.7

Tigers

2000 0.275 0.756 0.208 -0.29 -46.98

Rangers

1994 0.28 0.742 0.208 0.16 25.92

Indians

1999 0.289 0.719 0.208 1.01 163.62

Whitesox

1998 0.271 0.766 0.208 0.18 29.16

BlueJays

2003 0.279 0.744 0.208 0.59 95.58

BlueJays

2000 0.275 0.755 0.208 0.21 34.02

Yankees

1999 0.282 0.736 0.207 0.54 87.48

Redsox

1995 0.28 0.741 0.207 0.57 92.34

BlueJays

1999 0.28 0.740 0.207 0.37 59.94

Reds

2000 0.274 0.756 0.207 -0.14 -22.68

Padres

1995 0.272 0.761 0.207 -0.37 -59.94

Indians

2004 0.276 0.750 0.207 0.25 40.5

Mariners

1995 0.276 0.750 0.207 0.45 72.9

Diamondbacks

1999 0.277 0.745 0.206 0.28 45.36

Angels

1995 0.277 0.745 0.206 0.45 72.9

Cardinals

2004 0.278 0.741 0.206 0.48 77.76

Mariners

1994 0.269 0.765 0.206 0.02 3.24

Indians

2001 0.278 0.740 0.206 0.68 110.16

Expos

1999 0.265 0.776 0.206 -0.86 -139.32

Twins

1998 0.266 0.773 0.206 -0.82 -132.84

Rockies

2002 0.274 0.750 0.206 -0.01 -1.62

Angels

1998 0.272 0.755 0.205 -0.25 -40.5

Dodgers

2002 0.264 0.777 0.205 -0.53 -85.86

Angels

1997 0.272 0.754 0.205 -0.05 -8.1

Yankees

2000 0.277 0.740 0.205 0.21 34.02

Mets

1999 0.279 0.735 0.205 0.09 14.58

Cardinals

2002 0.268 0.765 0.205 0.03 4.86

Dodgers

1994 0.27 0.759 0.205 -0.33 -53.46

Devil Rays

1999 0.274 0.747 0.205 -0.52 -84.24

Rockies

1994 0.274 0.746 0.205 -0.04 -6.48

Yankees

1995 0.276 0.741 0.205 0.08 12.96

Mariners

1998 0.276 0.741 0.205 0.62 100.44

Brewers

1995 0.266 0.769 0.204 -0.31 -50.22

Mariners

2002 0.275 0.743 0.204 0.29 46.98

Rangers

2001 0.275 0.743 0.204 0.76 123.12

Mets

1996 0.27 0.757 0.204 -0.34 -55.08

Astros

1998 0.28 0.729 0.204 0.62 100.44

Mariners

2004 0.27 0.756 0.204 -0.57 -92.34

Orioles

1994 0.272 0.751 0.204 0.2 32.4

Giants

2004 0.27 0.756 0.204 0.4 64.8

BlueJays

1994 0.269 0.758 0.204 -0.27 -43.74

Royals

1996 0.267 0.764 0.204 -0.93 -150.66

Mariners

1997 0.28 0.728 0.204 0.89 144.18

Twins

2002 0.272 0.748 0.203 0.03 4.86

Rangers

1997 0.274 0.742 0.203 0.03 4.86

Royals

1994 0.269 0.755 0.203 -0.36 -58.32

Devil Rays

2003 0.265 0.767 0.203 -0.44 -71.28

Pirates

1996 0.266 0.763 0.203 -0.32 -51.84

Mariners

2003 0.271 0.749 0.203 0.02 3.24

Orioles

1997 0.268 0.757 0.203 0.06 9.72

Braves

1996 0.27 0.752 0.203 -0.09 -14.58

Whitesox

2002 0.268 0.757 0.203 0.42 68.04

Braves

1994 0.267 0.760 0.203 -0.21 -34.02

Twins

2004 0.266 0.762 0.203 -0.23 -37.26

Giants

2000 0.278 0.729 0.203 0.58 93.96

Twins

2001 0.272 0.745 0.203 0.03 4.86

Twins

2000 0.27 0.749 0.202 -0.73 -118.26

Redsox

2004 0.282 0.716 0.202 1.03 166.86

Whitesox

2004 0.268 0.753 0.202 0.08 12.96

Whitesox

2001 0.268 0.753 0.202 0.13 21.06

Astros

1995 0.275 0.734 0.202 0.06 9.72

Marlins

2003 0.266 0.759 0.202 -0.26 -42.12

Braves

2000 0.271 0.744 0.202 -0.3 -48.6

Whitesox

2003 0.263 0.767 0.202 0.1 16.2

Braves

1998 0.272 0.741 0.202 0.42 68.04

Giants

1998 0.274 0.735 0.201 0.27 43.74

Phillies

1999 0.275 0.732 0.201 -0.04 -6.48

Marlins

2004 0.264 0.762 0.201 -0.64 -103.68

Cubs

2004 0.268 0.750 0.201 0 0

Royals

1998 0.263 0.764 0.201 -0.61 -98.82

Rangers

2003 0.266 0.755 0.201 0.33 53.46

Diamondbacks

2000 0.265 0.758 0.201 -0.52 -84.24

Rangers

2002 0.269 0.746 0.201 0.47 76.14

Yankees

2001 0.267 0.751 0.200 0.1 16.2

Twins

1997 0.27 0.742 0.200 -0.32 -51.84

Twins

1999 0.264 0.759 0.200 -1.11 -179.82

Pirates

2003 0.267 0.750 0.200 -0.08 -12.96

Astros

2000 0.278 0.720 0.200 0.57 92.34

Cubs

1997 0.263 0.761 0.200 -0.75 -121.5

Braves

1999 0.266 0.753 0.200 -0.26 -42.12

A's

2004 0.27 0.742 0.200 0.06 9.72

Giants

2002 0.267 0.750 0.200 0.49 79.38

Expos

2000 0.266 0.752 0.200 -0.66 -106.92

Pirates

2000 0.267 0.749 0.200 -0.47 -76.14

Tigers

2004 0.272 0.736 0.200 0.11 17.82

Dodgers

1997 0.268 0.746 0.200 -0.24 -38.88

Brewers

1999 0.273 0.732 0.200 -0.11 -17.82

Indians

1998 0.272 0.735 0.200 0.36 58.32

Reds

1999 0.272 0.734 0.200 -0.03 -4.86

Marlins

1994 0.266 0.750 0.200 -0.47 -76.14

Tigers

1998 0.264 0.756 0.200 -0.51 -82.62

Astros

2004 0.267 0.747 0.199 0.05 8.1

Cardinals

2001 0.27 0.738 0.199 0.1 16.2

Tigers

2001 0.26 0.766 0.199 -0.53 -85.86

Rockies

2004 0.275 0.724 0.199 0.27 43.74

Reds

1995 0.27 0.737 0.199 0.4 64.8

Brewers

1994 0.263 0.756 0.199 -0.58 -93.96

Redsox

2000 0.267 0.744 0.199 -0.32 -51.84

Giants

1999 0.271 0.733 0.199 -0.08 -12.96

Cardinals

1996 0.267 0.744 0.199 -0.41 -66.42

Diamondbacks

2003 0.263 0.755 0.198 -0.32 -51.84

Yankees

2004 0.268 0.740 0.198 0.46 74.52

Cubs

1995 0.265 0.749 0.198 -0.15 -24.3

Padres

1996 0.265 0.748 0.198 -0.27 -43.74

Angels

2001 0.261 0.760 0.198 -0.43 -69.66

Yankees

2003 0.271 0.732 0.198 0.66 106.92

Devil Rays

2004 0.258 0.768 0.198 -0.55 -89.1

Rangers

1995 0.265 0.748 0.198 -0.35 -56.7

Astros

2001 0.271 0.731 0.198 0.3 48.6

Mets

1995 0.267 0.742 0.198 -0.46 -74.52

Diamondbacks

2001 0.267 0.742 0.198 0.17 27.54

Rangers

2004 0.266 0.744 0.198 0.19 30.78

Dodgers

1999 0.266 0.744 0.198 -0.46 -74.52

Royals

1995 0.26 0.760 0.198 -0.67 -108.54

Brewers

1997 0.26 0.760 0.198 -0.68 -110.16

Angels

1994 0.264 0.749 0.198 -0.6 -97.2

BlueJays

2001 0.263 0.751 0.198 -0.11 -17.82

Phillies

1995 0.262 0.754 0.198 -0.5 -81

Phillies

1998 0.264 0.748 0.197 -0.5 -81

Astros

2003 0.263 0.750 0.197 -0.02 -3.24

Padres

1997 0.271 0.728 0.197 -0.12 -19.44

Expos

1995 0.259 0.761 0.197 -0.63 -102.06

Giants

2003 0.264 0.746 0.197 -0.05 -8.1

Pirates

2004 0.26 0.758 0.197 -0.8 -129.6

Yankees

2002 0.275 0.716 0.197 0.8 129.6

Diamondbacks

2002 0.267 0.737 0.197 0.16 25.92

Cardinals

1994 0.263 0.748 0.197 -0.21 -34.02

Orioles

1995 0.262 0.751 0.197 -0.06 -9.72

Phillies

1994 0.262 0.750 0.197 -0.6 -97.2

Tigers

1999 0.261 0.753 0.196 -0.52 -84.24

Royals

2002 0.256 0.767 0.196 -0.38 -61.56

Redsox

1994 0.263 0.747 0.196 -0.42 -68.04

Mariners

1999 0.269 0.730 0.196 0.19 30.78

Royals

1997 0.264 0.742 0.196 -0.39 -63.18

Redsox

2001 0.266 0.736 0.196 0.04 6.48

Mets

1997 0.262 0.747 0.196 -0.48 -77.76

Braves

2004 0.27 0.725 0.196 0.07 11.34

BlueJays

1995 0.26 0.753 0.196 -0.51 -82.62

Expos

1996 0.262 0.746 0.195 -0.39 -63.18

A's

2001 0.264 0.740 0.195 0.4 64.8

Braves

2001 0.26 0.751 0.195 -0.65 -105.3

Royals

2004 0.259 0.753 0.195 -0.81 -131.22

Marlins

2001 0.264 0.739 0.195 -0.41 -66.42

Braves

1997 0.27 0.722 0.195 -0.08 -12.96

Giants

2001 0.266 0.732 0.195 0.46 74.52

A's

1994 0.26 0.749 0.195 -0.68 -110.16

Expos

1997 0.258 0.755 0.195 -0.5 -81

Astros

1996 0.262 0.743 0.195 -0.3 -48.6

BlueJays

1998 0.266 0.732 0.195 0.15 24.3

A's

1995 0.264 0.737 0.195 -0.09 -14.58

Marlins

1995 0.262 0.743 0.195 -0.25 -40.5

Brewers

1998 0.26 0.748 0.194 -0.62 -100.44

A's

2003 0.254 0.765 0.194 -0.23 -37.26

Pirates

1994 0.259 0.750 0.194 -0.9 -145.8

Marlins

1999 0.263 0.739 0.194 -1.1 -178.2

Expos

2003 0.258 0.753 0.194 -0.59 -95.58

Devil Rays

1998 0.261 0.743 0.194 -0.99 -160.38

A's

2002 0.261 0.743 0.194 0.21 34.02

Braves

2002 0.26 0.745 0.194 -0.31 -50.22

Dodgers

2004 0.262 0.739 0.194 -0.29 -46.98

Pirates

1998 0.254 0.762 0.194 -0.95 -153.9

Phillies

2004 0.267 0.725 0.193 0.26 42.12

Cubs

1994 0.259 0.746 0.193 -0.72 -116.64

Dodgers

1995 0.264 0.731 0.193 -0.31 -50.22

Reds

2001 0.262 0.736 0.193 -0.59 -95.58

BlueJays

2004 0.26 0.742 0.193 -0.61 -98.82

Pirates

1997 0.262 0.735 0.193 -0.35 -56.7

Padres

2003 0.261 0.738 0.193 -0.69 -111.78

Rockies

2003 0.267 0.721 0.192 0.23 37.26

Diamondbacks

2004 0.253 0.761 0.192 -1.13 -183.06

A's

1996 0.265 0.726 0.192 -0.05 -8.1

Mets

2002 0.256 0.751 0.192 -0.7 -113.4

Angels

1999 0.256 0.750 0.192 -1.06 -171.72

Mets

1998 0.259 0.741 0.192 -0.51 -82.62

Mariners

2000 0.269 0.713 0.192 0.22 35.64

Mets

2000 0.263 0.729 0.192 -0.29 -46.98

BlueJays

1996 0.259 0.740 0.192 -0.7 -113.4

Pirates

1995 0.259 0.740 0.192 -0.62 -100.44

Cubs

2001 0.261 0.734 0.192 -0.19 -30.78

Devil Rays

2001 0.258 0.742 0.192 -0.81 -131.22

Devil Rays

2000 0.257 0.745 0.192 -1 -162

Expos

2004 0.249 0.768 0.191 -1 -162

BlueJays

2002 0.261 0.733 0.191 0.03 4.86

Indians

2003 0.254 0.753 0.191 -0.74 -119.88

Expos

2002 0.261 0.731 0.191 -0.18 -29.16

Phillies

1997 0.255 0.747 0.190 -0.8 -129.6

Astros

2002 0.262 0.727 0.190 -0.04 -6.48

Reds

1998 0.262 0.726 0.190 -0.31 -50.22

Phillies

2001 0.26 0.731 0.190 -0.41 -66.42

Cubs

2003 0.259 0.733 0.190 -0.6 -97.2

A's

2000 0.27 0.703 0.190 0.39 63.18

Dodgers

1998 0.252 0.753 0.190 -0.86 -139.32

Dodgers

2001 0.255 0.744 0.190 -0.42 -68.04

Tigers

2002 0.248 0.764 0.189 -1.13 -183.06

Astros

1999 0.267 0.709 0.189 -0.21 -34.02

Marlins

2000 0.262 0.722 0.189 -0.68 -110.16

Marlins

2002 0.261 0.724 0.189 -0.26 -42.12

Astros

1997 0.259 0.730 0.189 -0.04 -6.48

Devil Rays

2002 0.253 0.747 0.189 -0.72 -116.64

Cubs

1998 0.264 0.715 0.189 0.03 4.86

Phillies

1996 0.256 0.736 0.188 -0.61 -98.82

Cardinals

2000 0.27 0.697 0.188 0.26 42.12

Expos

2001 0.253 0.743 0.188 -1.01 -163.62

Phillies

2002 0.259 0.726 0.188 0.02 3.24

Orioles

2002 0.246 0.763 0.188 -0.75 -121.5

Marlins

1996 0.257 0.729 0.187 -0.46 -74.52

Orioles

2001 0.248 0.756 0.187 -0.88 -142.56

Expos

1998 0.249 0.752 0.187 -0.89 -144.18

Giants

1994 0.249 0.752 0.187 -0.58 -93.96

Cardinals

1999 0.262 0.714 0.187 -0.33 -53.46

Padres

2002 0.253 0.740 0.187 -0.73 -118.26

Dodgers

2003 0.243 0.769 0.187 -1.35 -218.7

Marlins

1997 0.259 0.721 0.187 -0.31 -50.22

Phillies

2003 0.261 0.715 0.187 0.02 3.24

Indians

2002 0.249 0.747 0.186 -0.39 -63.18

Cubs

1996 0.251 0.741 0.186 -0.61 -98.82

Reds

1997 0.253 0.735 0.186 -0.69 -111.78

Cubs

2000 0.256 0.726 0.186 -0.68 -110.16

Giants

1997 0.258 0.720 0.186 -0.11 -17.82

Dodgers

2000 0.257 0.723 0.186 -0.36 -58.32

A's

1997 0.26 0.714 0.186 -0.13 -21.06

Pirates

1999 0.259 0.716 0.185 -0.54 -87.48

Brewers

2002 0.253 0.733 0.185 -0.79 -127.98

Tigers

1997 0.258 0.719 0.185 -0.32 -51.84

A's

1998 0.257 0.721 0.185 -0.45 -72.9

Padres

1998 0.253 0.732 0.185 -0.3 -48.6

Cubs

1999 0.257 0.719 0.185 -0.72 -116.64

Reds

1996 0.256 0.720 0.184 -0.08 -12.96

Cardinals

1995 0.247 0.746 0.184 -1.01 -163.62

Mets

2003 0.247 0.746 0.184 -1.12 -181.44

Mets

1994 0.25 0.737 0.184 -0.87 -140.94

Mets

2001 0.249 0.739 0.184 -0.96 -155.52

Giants

1995 0.253 0.727 0.184 -0.37 -59.94

Cardinals

1997 0.255 0.721 0.184 -0.63 -102.06

Brewers

2003 0.256 0.718 0.184 -0.37 -59.94

Braves

1995 0.25 0.734 0.184 -0.45 -72.9

Cardinals

1998 0.258 0.711 0.183 0.42 68.04

Tigers

1994 0.265 0.690 0.183 0.3 48.6

A's

1999 0.259 0.705 0.183 0.21 34.02

Pirates

2001 0.247 0.739 0.183 -1.03 -166.86

Dodgers

1996 0.252 0.724 0.182 -0.74 -119.88

Marlins

1998 0.248 0.736 0.182 -1.02 -165.24

Padres

2000 0.254 0.717 0.182 -0.91 -147.42

Mets

2004 0.249 0.731 0.182 -0.83 -134.46

Phillies

2000 0.251 0.725 0.182 -0.88 -142.56

Reds

2002 0.253 0.717 0.181 -0.36 -58.32

Tigers

1996 0.256 0.708 0.181 -0.92 -149.04

Giants

1996 0.253 0.714 0.181 -0.44 -71.28

BlueJays

1997 0.244 0.734 0.179 -0.97 -157.14

Tigers

2003 0.24 0.746 0.179 -1.25 -202.5

Tigers

1995 0.247 0.722 0.178 -0.69 -111.78

Padres

1999 0.252 0.707 0.178 -1 -162

Pirates

2002 0.244 0.728 0.178 -0.71 -115.02

Diamondbacks

1998 0.246 0.717 0.176 -0.89 -144.18

Brewers

2001 0.251 0.693 0.174 -0.59 -95.58

Brewers

2000 0.246 0.706 0.174 -1.08 -174.96

Brewers

2004 0.248 0.701 0.174 -0.89 -144.18

Padres

2001 0.252 0.689 0.174 -0.44 -71.28

Reds

2004 0.25 0.692 0.173 -0.36 -58.32

Cubs

2002 0.246 0.703 0.173 -0.39 -63.18

Reds

2003 0.245 0.702 0.172 -0.7 -113.4

The above table tells us that teams with a FSC of "2" or greater, since 1994, on average created 23 runs above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season - and teams with a FSC below "2" on average created 68 runs less than league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.  Based on this, it is safe to say that "frequent contact while hitting safely often" (in most cases) is a good thing whereas not doing it (again, in most cases) is bad.

Next, it was time to look at teams who walk frequently (FBB).  And, to that end, I used walks per plate appearance - and, again, included the team's runs created per game (RC/G) for that season, as compared to the league average - and added a "seasonal" RC/G versus the league average for each team/season (by taking the RC/G against the league average and multiplying it by 162).  Here are the results:

Team

Season BB/PA RC/G v. Lge Avg RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Mariners

2000 0.120 0.22 35.64

A's

1999 0.120 0.21 34.02

A's

2000 0.117 0.39 63.18

Yankees

1994 0.115 0.82 132.84

Astros

1999 0.114 -0.21 -34.02

Tigers

1994 0.114 0.3 48.6

Indians

1999 0.113 1.01 163.62

Yankees

1999 0.112 0.54 87.48

Mets

1999 0.111 0.09 14.58

Giants

2000 0.110 0.58 93.96

Yankees

1995 0.110 0.08 12.96

Whitesox

1994 0.109 0.71 115.02

Giants

2004 0.109 0.4 64.8

Marlins

1997 0.109 -0.31 -50.22

Padres

2001 0.108 -0.44 -71.28

Giants

1999 0.108 -0.08 -12.96

Whitesox

1996 0.108 0.21 34.02

Mets

2000 0.107 -0.29 -46.98

Yankees

2003 0.106 0.66 106.92

Cardinals

2000 0.106 0.26 42.12

Dodgers

2000 0.106 -0.36 -58.32

Cardinals

1998 0.105 0.42 68.04

Yankees

2004 0.105 0.46 74.52

Indians

2000 0.105 0.83 134.46

Giants

1998 0.105 0.27 43.74

Astros

2000 0.104 0.57 92.34

Orioles

1995 0.104 -0.06 -9.72

Yankees

1997 0.104 0.54 87.48

Indians

1996 0.103 0.83 134.46

Padres

1999 0.103 -1 -162

Mariners

1996 0.103 0.99 160.38

Phillies

2003 0.103 0.02 3.24

Brewers

1999 0.102 -0.11 -17.82

Giants

1997 0.102 -0.11 -17.82

Diamondbacks

2002 0.102 0.16 25.92

Rangers

1996 0.102 0.47 76.14

Yankees

1998 0.101 0.82 132.84

Phillies

2002 0.101 0.02 3.24

Redsox

2004 0.101 1.03 166.86

A's

1997 0.101 -0.13 -21.06

A's

1998 0.101 -0.45 -72.9

A's

1995 0.101 -0.09 -14.58

Yankees

2002 0.100 0.8 129.6

A's

2001 0.100 0.4 64.8

Yankees

2000 0.100 0.21 34.02

A's

1996 0.100 -0.05 -8.1

Orioles

1994 0.100 0.2 32.4

Phillies

2004 0.100 0.26 42.12

Whitesox

1995 0.100 0.36 58.32

Tigers

1995 0.100 -0.69 -111.78

Astros

1997 0.099 -0.04 -6.48

Orioles

1996 0.099 0.35 56.7

Angels

1995 0.099 0.45 72.9

Mariners

2002 0.099 0.29 46.98

Phillies

1999 0.099 -0.04 -6.48

Indians

1998 0.099 0.36 58.32

Cubs

2000 0.099 -0.68 -110.16

Rockies

2003 0.099 0.23 37.26

Yankees

1996 0.099 0 0

Redsox

1996 0.098 0.34 55.08

Mariners

1997 0.098 0.89 144.18

Redsox

1995 0.098 0.57 92.34

Indians

1997 0.098 0.73 118.26

Giants

2002 0.098 0.49 79.38

Brewers

2000 0.098 -1.08 -174.96

Giants

2001 0.098 0.46 74.52

Cardinals

1994 0.098 -0.21 -34.02

Phillies

2000 0.097 -0.88 -142.56

Giants

1996 0.097 -0.44 -71.28

Reds

1996 0.097 -0.08 -12.96

Reds

1998 0.097 -0.31 -50.22

Brewers

1996 0.097 0.11 17.82

Mariners

1995 0.097 0.45 72.9

A's

2002 0.097 0.21 34.02

Padres

1998 0.097 -0.3 -48.6

Mariners

1999 0.097 0.19 30.78

Astros

1995 0.097 0.06 9.72

Angels

1997 0.097 -0.05 -8.1

Cardinals

1999 0.096 -0.33 -53.46

Rangers

1994 0.096 0.16 25.92

Astros

1998 0.096 0.62 100.44

Orioles

1999 0.096 0.21 34.02

Redsox

2000 0.096 -0.32 -51.84

Braves

1999 0.096 -0.26 -42.12

Padres

2000 0.096 -0.91 -147.42

Rangers

1999 0.096 0.71 115.02

Giants

2003 0.096 -0.05 -8.1

Reds

2004 0.095 -0.36 -58.32

Angels

2000 0.095 0.4 64.8

Indians

1995 0.095 1.03 166.86

Braves

1995 0.095 -0.45 -72.9

Marlins

2002 0.095 -0.26 -42.12

Redsox

2003 0.095 1.39 225.18

A's

1994 0.095 -0.68 -110.16

Redsox

1999 0.095 0.15 24.3

Mariners

2001 0.095 0.88 142.56

Padres

1997 0.095 -0.12 -19.44

Braves

2000 0.095 -0.3 -48.6

Braves

1997 0.095 -0.08 -12.96

Rangers

1995 0.095 -0.35 -56.7

Astros

2002 0.094 -0.04 -6.48

A's

2004 0.094 0.06 9.72

Astros

2004 0.094 0.05 8.1

Orioles

1998 0.094 0.22 35.64

Cubs

1998 0.094 0.03 4.86

Indians

2004 0.094 0.25 40.5

Dodgers

1999 0.094 -0.46 -74.52

Cubs

2002 0.094 -0.39 -63.18

Padres

1996 0.094 -0.27 -43.74

Tigers

1997 0.093 -0.32 -51.84

Mariners

2003 0.093 0.02 3.24

Reds

2002 0.093 -0.36 -58.32

Rockies

2000 0.093 0.5 81

Reds

1995 0.093 0.4 64.8

Rangers

1998 0.093 0.66 106.92

Marlins

1995 0.093 -0.25 -40.5

Brewers

1994 0.093 -0.58 -93.96

Cubs

2001 0.093 -0.19 -30.78

Braves

2004 0.093 0.07 11.34

Diamondbacks

2001 0.092 0.17 27.54

Orioles

1997 0.092 0.06 9.72

Whitesox

2000 0.092 0.46 74.52

Cubs

1999 0.092 -0.72 -116.64

Expos

2002 0.092 -0.18 -29.16

Pirates

1999 0.092 -0.54 -87.48

Astros

2001 0.092 0.3 48.6

Whitesox

1997 0.092 -0.09 -14.58

Diamondbacks

1999 0.092 0.28 45.36

Mets

1998 0.091 -0.51 -82.62

Rangers

2000 0.091 -0.09 -14.58

Redsox

1994 0.091 -0.42 -68.04

Indians

2001 0.091 0.68 110.16

BlueJays

1999 0.091 0.37 59.94

Angels

1994 0.090 -0.6 -97.2

Padres

2003 0.090 -0.69 -111.78

Devil Rays

2000 0.090 -1 -162

Twins

1996 0.090 -0.14 -22.68

A's

2003 0.090 -0.23 -37.26

Cardinals

2003 0.090 0.59 95.58

Rockies

2004 0.090 0.27 43.74

Braves

2002 0.090 -0.31 -50.22

Padres

2004 0.090 -0.17 -27.54

Orioles

2000 0.089 -0.39 -63.18

Whitesox

2002 0.089 0.42 68.04

Marlins

1996 0.089 -0.46 -74.52

Phillies

1994 0.089 -0.6 -97.2

Reds

1999 0.089 -0.03 -4.86

BlueJays

1998 0.089 0.15 24.3

Brewers

1995 0.089 -0.31 -50.22

Royals

1997 0.089 -0.39 -63.18

Indians

2002 0.089 -0.39 -63.18

Pirates

2002 0.089 -0.71 -115.02

Rockies

1997 0.089 0.99 160.38

Tigers

2000 0.089 -0.29 -46.98

Phillies

2001 0.089 -0.41 -66.42

Phillies

1995 0.089 -0.5 -81

Pirates

2000 0.089 -0.47 -76.14

Padres

2002 0.089 -0.73 -118.26

Mets

2001 0.089 -0.96 -155.52

Twins

2000 0.089 -0.73 -118.26

Astros

1996 0.088 -0.3 -48.6

Mariners

1998 0.088 0.62 100.44

Braves

1998 0.088 0.42 68.04

Astros

2003 0.088 -0.02 -3.24

Tigers

1996 0.088 -0.92 -149.04

Mets

1997 0.088 -0.48 -77.76

Whitesox

1998 0.088 0.18 29.16

Reds

2000 0.088 -0.14 -22.68

Astros

1994 0.088 0.51 82.62

Rangers

2002 0.087 0.47 76.14

Cardinals

1997 0.087 -0.63 -102.06

Brewers

2004 0.087 -0.89 -144.18

Brewers

2003 0.087 -0.37 -59.94

BlueJays

1995 0.087 -0.51 -82.62

Marlins

2000 0.087 -0.68 -110.16

Cardinals

2004 0.087 0.48 77.76

Phillies

1996 0.087 -0.61 -98.82

Cardinals

2002 0.087 0.03 4.86

BlueJays

1994 0.087 -0.27 -43.74

Devil Rays

1999 0.087 -0.52 -84.24

Braves

1994 0.087 -0.21 -34.02

Redsox

2002 0.086 0.55 89.1

Reds

1994 0.086 0.47 76.14

Royals

1995 0.086 -0.67 -108.54

Redsox

1998 0.086 0.43 69.66

Dodgers

2004 0.086 -0.29 -46.98

BlueJays

2003 0.086 0.59 95.58

Rangers

2001 0.086 0.76 123.12

Diamondbacks

2000 0.086 -0.52 -84.24

Rockies

1995 0.086 0.72 116.64

Royals

1994 0.086 -0.36 -58.32

Cardinals

2001 0.086 0.1 16.2

Braves

2003 0.085 0.89 144.18

Brewers

1998 0.085 -0.62 -100.44

Expos

2003 0.085 -0.59 -95.58

Mariners

1994 0.085 0.02 3.24

Indians

1994 0.085 0.89 144.18

Royals

1996 0.085 -0.93 -150.66

Diamondbacks

2003 0.085 -0.32 -51.84

Phillies

1997 0.085 -0.8 -129.6

Royals

1999 0.085 -0.08 -12.96

Whitesox

2001 0.085 0.13 21.06

Royals

2002 0.084 -0.38 -61.56

Dodgers

1995 0.084 -0.31 -50.22

Whitesox

2003 0.084 0.1 16.2

Reds

2003 0.084 -0.7 -113.4

Marlins

1998 0.084 -1.02 -165.24

Twins

1995 0.084 -0.23 -37.26

Braves

1996 0.084 -0.09 -14.58

Giants

1995 0.084 -0.37 -59.94

Reds

1997 0.084 -0.69 -111.78

Rockies

1994 0.084 -0.04 -6.48

Dodgers

2001 0.084 -0.42 -68.04

BlueJays

1996 0.084 -0.7 -113.4

Cubs

1996 0.084 -0.61 -98.82

Expos

1994 0.084 0.33 53.46

BlueJays

2002 0.084 0.03 4.86

Pirates

2003 0.084 -0.08 -12.96

Dodgers

1994 0.084 -0.33 -53.46

Orioles

2001 0.084 -0.88 -142.56

Dodgers

1996 0.083 -0.74 -119.88

Giants

1994 0.083 -0.58 -93.96

Angels

1996 0.083 -0.51 -82.62

Angels

1999 0.083 -1.06 -171.72

Yankees

2001 0.083 0.1 16.2

Marlins

2003 0.083 -0.26 -42.12

Rockies

1996 0.083 1.02 165.24

BlueJays

2000 0.083 0.21 34.02

BlueJays

2004 0.083 -0.61 -98.82

Redsox

2001 0.083 0.04 6.48

Cubs

1994 0.083 -0.72 -116.64

Pirates

1995 0.083 -0.62 -100.44

Mets

2004 0.082 -0.83 -134.46

Tigers

2004 0.082 0.11 17.82

Brewers

2002 0.082 -0.79 -127.98

Orioles

2004 0.082 0.2 32.4

Twins

1999 0.082 -1.11 -179.82

Twins

2004 0.082 -0.23 -37.26

Cardinals

1995 0.082 -1.01 -163.62

Twins

1994 0.081 -0.14 -22.68

Mets

2003 0.081 -1.12 -181.44

Angels

1998 0.081 -0.25 -40.5

Pirates

1994 0.081 -0.9 -145.8

Brewers

1997 0.081 -0.68 -110.16

Marlins

2004 0.081 -0.64 -103.68

Twins

2003 0.081 0.11 17.82

Padres

1995 0.081 -0.37 -59.94

Expos

2004 0.081 -1 -162

Twins

1998 0.081 -0.82 -132.84

Phillies

1998 0.081 -0.5 -81

Rockies

2002 0.081 -0.01 -1.62

Whitesox

2004 0.081 0.08 12.96

Pirates

1996 0.080 -0.32 -51.84

Braves

2001 0.080 -0.65 -105.3

Cardinals

1996 0.080 -0.41 -66.42

Dodgers

1997 0.080 -0.24 -38.88

Twins

2001 0.080 0.03 4.86

Diamondbacks

1998 0.080 -0.89 -144.18

Redsox

1997 0.080 0.56 90.72

Rockies

2001 0.080 1.03 166.86

Rangers

2004 0.080 0.19 30.78

Royals

2000 0.080 -0.13 -21.06

Mets

1995 0.080 -0.46 -74.52

Rangers

1997 0.080 0.03 4.86

Rockies

1999 0.080 0.36 58.32

Expos

1996 0.080 -0.39 -63.18

BlueJays

1997 0.080 -0.97 -157.14

Whitesox

1999 0.080 -0.37 -59.94

Marlins

1994 0.080 -0.47 -76.14

Cubs

2003 0.080 -0.6 -97.2

Angels

2001 0.079 -0.43 -69.66

Cubs

1995 0.079 -0.15 -24.3

Brewers

2001 0.079 -0.59 -95.58

Expos

2001 0.079 -1.01 -163.62

Mets

2002 0.079 -0.7 -113.4

Twins

1997 0.079 -0.32 -51.84

Cubs

2004 0.078 0 0

Angels

2003 0.078 -0.3 -48.6

Pirates

1997 0.078 -0.35 -56.7

Rangers

2003 0.078 0.33 53.46

Pirates

2001 0.077 -1.03 -166.86

Expos

2000 0.077 -0.66 -106.92

Mariners

2004 0.077 -0.57 -92.34

Mets

1994 0.077 -0.87 -140.94

Marlins

1999 0.077 -1.1 -178.2

Devil Rays

2004 0.077 -0.55 -89.1

Devil Rays

1998 0.077 -0.99 -160.38

Royals

1998 0.077 -0.61 -98.82

Royals

2003 0.076 0.04 6.48

Twins

2002 0.076 0.03 4.86

Marlins

2001 0.076 -0.41 -66.42

Tigers

2001 0.076 -0.53 -85.86

Indians

2003 0.075 -0.74 -119.88

Reds

2001 0.075 -0.59 -95.58

Tigers

1999 0.075 -0.52 -84.24

Royals

2004 0.075 -0.81 -131.22

BlueJays

2001 0.075 -0.11 -17.82

Rockies

1998 0.075 0.55 89.1

Devil Rays

2001 0.075 -0.81 -131.22

Orioles

2002 0.074 -0.75 -121.5

Cubs

1997 0.074 -0.75 -121.5

Devil Rays

2002 0.074 -0.72 -116.64

Dodgers

1998 0.074 -0.86 -139.32

Expos

1995 0.073 -0.63 -102.06

Angels

2002 0.073 0.38 61.56

Tigers

2003 0.073 -1.25 -202.5

Tigers

1998 0.073 -0.51 -82.62

Expos

1998 0.073 -0.89 -144.18

Diamondbacks

2004 0.072 -1.13 -183.06

Mets

1996 0.072 -0.34 -55.08

Angels

2004 0.071 0.1 16.2

Expos

1999 0.071 -0.86 -139.32

Padres

1994 0.071 -0.59 -95.58

Dodgers

2002 0.070 -0.53 -85.86

Orioles

2003 0.069 -0.46 -74.52

Expos

1997 0.069 -0.5 -81

Pirates

2004 0.068 -0.8 -129.6

Devil Rays

2003 0.068 -0.44 -71.28

Dodgers

2003 0.067 -1.35 -218.7

Royals

2001 0.066 -0.49 -79.38

Pirates

1998 0.064 -0.95 -153.9

Tigers

2002 0.061 -1.13 -183.06

The above table tells us that teams who walked at a rate of .09 or greater of their plate appearances, since 1994, on average created 13 runs above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season - and teams who walked at a rate under .09 of their plate appearances on average created 56 runs less than league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.  Based on this, it is safe to say that "frequent walking" (in most cases) is a good thing whereas not doing it (again, in most cases) is bad.

Now, let us compare the under/over for frequent walks (FBB) and FSC, in terms of average runs created above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season:

Above Mark Below Mark
FSC +23 -68
FBB +13 -56

It does seem that teams, on average, over the last 11 seasons, who were good at frequent contact while hitting safely often faired better offensively than teams, on average, in the same time span who were good at drawing walks.  Last time I checked, 23 is higher than 13.

What about those teams who were great, not just good, at FBB and FSC?  How do they perform?  To the end, I looked at the "Top 20" team/seasons in both FBB and FSC since 1994 - and the average runs created above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.

For FSC, the average was 86 and for FBB the average was 41.  This compare was an even more convincing feather in the cap of frequent contact while hitting safely often as opposed to going for the walking often approach.

Lastly, what about World Series Champions?  Looking at the last seven teams to win a ring, I can tell you that they all had a FSC of 2+ - sans the 2001 Diamondbacks who were very close at 1.98.  And, I can tell you that 5 of the 7 had a FBB of .09 or greater of their plate appearances.  Therefore, perhaps, if you want to be a World Champion, you had better walk often and also make frequent contact while hitting safely often!

In any event, the data file that I used can be found at this link.  And, if you would like to share something on this, please do at the NetShrine Discussion Forum.

POSTSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 18, 2004:  

There's an old line from an Arnold movie that goes "You should not drink and bake!"  Well, maybe there should be a line that goes "You should not get up at 5 am, work for 9 hours, spend 3 hours commuting, play with a 7-month old and a 29-month old for two hours, and then amuse yourself with baseball statistics at 11 pm in the evening!"  When I woke up this morning, I realized that I did not consider the "double dip" factor while goofing around with this stuff - meaning that I did not take into account that some teams in my previous list sorts were good at both FSC and FBB (like the World Champions that I stated).  So, just now, I did some more noodling.

I decided to look at teams who were good (2+) at FSC while also being bad at FBB (under .09) - as well as teams who were bad (<2) in FSC while also being good (.09+) at FBB.  The results are below.  (Note:  FSC and FBB are rounded in the charts - but, for the sorts and cuts, they are pure numbers.)

GOOD FSC and BAD FBB

Team

Season FSC FBB RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Angels

1996 0.21 0.08 -82.62

Angels

1998 0.21 0.08 -40.5

Angels

2002 0.23 0.07 61.56

Angels

2003 0.21 0.08 -48.6

Angels

2004 0.22 0.07 16.2

Astros

1994 0.21 0.09 82.62

BlueJays

1994 0.20 0.09 -43.74

BlueJays

2000 0.21 0.08 34.02

BlueJays

2003 0.21 0.09 95.58

Braves

1994 0.20 0.09 -34.02

Braves

1996 0.20 0.08 -14.58

Braves

1998 0.20 0.09 68.04

Braves

2003 0.22 0.09 144.18

Brewers

1995 0.20 0.09 -50.22

Cardinals

2002 0.20 0.09 4.86

Cardinals

2003 0.21 0.09 95.58

Cardinals

2004 0.21 0.09 77.76

Cubs

1997 0.20 0.07 -121.5

Cubs

2004 0.20 0.08 0

Devil Rays

1999 0.20 0.09 -84.24

Devil Rays

2003 0.20 0.07 -71.28

Diamondbacks

2000 0.20 0.09 -84.24

Dodgers

1994 0.20 0.08 -53.46

Dodgers

1997 0.20 0.08 -38.88

Dodgers

2002 0.21 0.07 -85.86

Expos

1994 0.21 0.08 53.46

Expos

1999 0.21 0.07 -139.32

Expos

2000 0.20 0.08 -106.92

Indians

1994 0.22 0.09 144.18

Mariners

1994 0.21 0.09 3.24

Mariners

1998 0.20 0.09 100.44

Mariners

2004 0.20 0.08 -92.34

Marlins

2003 0.20 0.08 -42.12

Marlins

2004 0.20 0.08 -103.68

Mets

1996 0.20 0.07 -55.08

Orioles

2000 0.21 0.09 -63.18

Orioles

2003 0.21 0.07 -74.52

Orioles

2004 0.22 0.08 32.4

Padres

1994 0.21 0.07 -95.58

Padres

1995 0.21 0.08 -59.94

Padres

2004 0.21 0.09 -27.54

Pirates

1996 0.20 0.08 -51.84

Pirates

2000 0.20 0.09 -76.14

Pirates

2003 0.20 0.08 -12.96

Rangers

1997 0.20 0.08 4.86

Rangers

2001 0.20 0.09 123.12

Rangers

2002 0.20 0.09 76.14

Rangers

2003 0.20 0.08 53.46

Reds

1994 0.21 0.09 76.14

Reds

2000 0.21 0.09 -22.68

Redsox

1997 0.22 0.08 90.72

Redsox

1998 0.21 0.09 69.66

Redsox

2002 0.21 0.09 89.1

Rockies

1994 0.20 0.08 -6.48

Rockies

1995 0.21 0.09 116.64

Rockies

1996 0.21 0.08 165.24

Rockies

1997 0.21 0.09 160.38

Rockies

1998 0.23 0.07 89.1

Rockies

1999 0.23 0.08 58.32

Rockies

2001 0.22 0.08 166.86

Rockies

2002 0.21 0.08 -1.62

Royals

1994 0.20 0.09 -58.32

Royals

1996 0.20 0.08 -150.66

Royals

1998 0.20 0.08 -98.82

Royals

1999 0.22 0.08 -12.96

Royals

2000 0.23 0.08 -21.06

Royals

2001 0.21 0.07 -79.38

Royals

2003 0.21 0.08 6.48

Tigers

2000 0.21 0.09 -46.98

Tigers

2004 0.20 0.08 17.82

Twins

1994 0.21 0.08 -22.68

Twins

1995 0.21 0.08 -37.26

Twins

1997 0.20 0.08 -51.84

Twins

1998 0.21 0.08 -132.84

Twins

1999 0.20 0.08 -179.82

Twins

2000 0.20 0.09 -118.26

Twins

2001 0.20 0.08 4.86

Twins

2002 0.20 0.08 4.86

Twins

2003 0.21 0.08 17.82

Twins

2004 0.20 0.08 -37.26

Whitesox

1998 0.21 0.09 29.16

Whitesox

1999 0.22 0.08 -59.94

Whitesox

2001 0.20 0.08 21.06

Whitesox

2002 0.20 0.09 68.04

Whitesox

2003 0.20 0.08 16.2

Whitesox

2004 0.20 0.08 12.96

Yankees

2001 0.20 0.08 16.2

BAD FSC and GOOD FBB

Team

Season FSC FBB RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Angels

1994 0.20 0.09 -97.2

A's

1994 0.19 0.09 -110.16

A's

1995 0.19 0.10 -14.58

A's

1996 0.19 0.10 -8.1

A's

1997 0.19 0.10 -21.06

A's

1998 0.19 0.10 -72.9

A's

1999 0.18 0.12 34.02

A's

2000 0.19 0.12 63.18

A's

2001 0.20 0.10 64.8

A's

2002 0.19 0.10 34.02

Astros

1997 0.19 0.10 -6.48

Astros

1999 0.19 0.11 -34.02

Astros

2001 0.20 0.09 48.6

Astros

2002 0.19 0.09 -6.48

Astros

2004 0.20 0.09 8.1

Braves

1995 0.18 0.10 -72.9

Braves

1997 0.19 0.09 -12.96

Braves

2004 0.20 0.09 11.34

Brewers

1994 0.20 0.09 -93.96

Brewers

1999 0.20 0.10 -17.82

Brewers

2000 0.17 0.10 -174.96

Cardinals

1994 0.20 0.10 -34.02

Cardinals

1998 0.18 0.11 68.04

Cardinals

1999 0.19 0.10 -53.46

Cardinals

2000 0.19 0.11 42.12

Cubs

1998 0.19 0.09 4.86

Cubs

1999 0.18 0.09 -116.64

Cubs

2000 0.19 0.10 -110.16

Cubs

2001 0.19 0.09 -30.78

Cubs

2002 0.17 0.09 -63.18

Devil Rays

2000 0.19 0.09 -162

Diamondbacks

2001 0.20 0.09 27.54

Diamondbacks

2002 0.20 0.10 25.92

Dodgers

1999 0.20 0.09 -74.52

Dodgers

2000 0.19 0.11 -58.32

Expos

2002 0.19 0.09 -29.16

Giants

1996 0.18 0.10 -71.28

Giants

1997 0.19 0.10 -17.82

Giants

1999 0.20 0.11 -12.96

Giants

2001 0.19 0.10 74.52

Giants

2003 0.20 0.10 -8.1

Indians

1998 0.20 0.10 58.32

Mariners

1999 0.20 0.10 30.78

Mariners

2000 0.19 0.12 35.64

Marlins

1995 0.19 0.09 -40.5

Marlins

1997 0.19 0.11 -50.22

Marlins

2002 0.19 0.10 -42.12

Mets

1998 0.19 0.09 -82.62

Mets

2000 0.19 0.11 -46.98

Orioles

1995 0.20 0.10 -9.72

Padres

1996 0.20 0.09 -43.74

Padres

1997 0.20 0.09 -19.44

Padres

1998 0.19 0.10 -48.6

Padres

1999 0.18 0.10 -162

Padres

2000 0.18 0.10 -147.42

Padres

2001 0.17 0.11 -71.28

Padres

2003 0.19 0.09 -111.78

Phillies

2000 0.18 0.10 -142.56

Phillies

2002 0.19 0.10 3.24

Phillies

2003 0.19 0.10 3.24

Phillies

2004 0.19 0.10 42.12

Pirates

1999 0.19 0.09 -87.48

Rangers

1995 0.20 0.09 -56.7

Reds

1995 0.20 0.09 64.8

Reds

1996 0.18 0.10 -12.96

Reds

1998 0.19 0.10 -50.22

Reds

2002 0.18 0.09 -58.32

Reds

2004 0.17 0.10 -58.32

Redsox

1994 0.20 0.09 -68.04

Redsox

2000 0.20 0.10 -51.84

Rockies

2003 0.19 0.10 37.26

Tigers

1994 0.18 0.11 48.6

Tigers

1995 0.18 0.10 -111.78

Tigers

1997 0.19 0.09 -51.84

Yankees

2002 0.20 0.10 129.6

Yankees

2003 0.20 0.11 106.92

Yankees

2004 0.20 0.11 74.52

The above tables tell us that teams with good FSC and bad FBB, since 1994, on average created 5 runs below league average, in theory, over a 162 game season - and teams with bad FSC and good FBB on average created 27 runs below league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.  Wow.  Again, it still appears that teams who were good at frequent contact while hitting safely often are better at batting than teams who used the walking often approach.

What about those teams who were great, not just good, at FBB and FSC?  To that end, I took the GOOD FSC and BAD FBB group and looked at the "Top Ten" there in terms of FSC:

Team

Season FSC BB/PA RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Royals

2000 0.227148 0.079918674 -21.06

Rockies

1999 0.225995 0.079773869 58.32

Angels

2002 0.225529 0.073020389 61.56

Rockies

1998 0.225262 0.074717222 89.1

Indians

1994 0.224745 0.085021144 144.18

Rockies

2001 0.221752 0.079931175 166.86

Redsox

1997 0.22049 0.079937792 90.72

Angels

2004 0.219642 0.071485306 16.2

Whitesox

1999 0.219096 0.079687001 -59.94

Braves

2003 0.218188 0.085449984 144.18

The teams above on average created 69 runs above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.

Then, I took the BAD FSC and GOOD FBB group and looked at the "Top Ten" there in terms of FBB:

Team

Season FSC BB/PA RC/G v Lge Avg * 162

Mariners

2000 0.191857 0.120267 35.64

A's

1999 0.182627 0.119565 34.02

A's

2000 0.189865 0.116604 63.18

Astros

1999 0.189177 0.113714 -34.02

Tigers

1994 0.182904 0.113686 48.6

Marlins

1997 0.186633 0.108906 -50.22

Padres

2001 0.173687 0.107996 -71.28

Giants

1999 0.198543 0.10794 -12.96

Mets

2000 0.191836 0.106686 -46.98

Yankees

2003 0.198256 0.106376 106.92

The teams above on average created 7 runs above league average, in theory, over a 162 game season.

Again, it appears that teams who were good at frequent contact while hitting safely often are better at batting than teams who used the walking often approach.

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