Carl Crawford’s “Improvement”

by Sully on May 17, 2011

in Red Sox

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After recapping Saturday night’s win in the Bronx, I mentioned in passing that Carl Crawford‘s “resurgence” had been encouraging, if gradual. That prompted commenter BigNachos to point out that when you look a little deeper, Crawford might actually be hitting worse in May than he did in April. An updated version of what he posted in the comment:

 

BB% K% BABIP ISO
April 4.8 17.5 .177 .072
May 1.6 19.4 .360 .081
Career 5.4 14.4 .329 .146
2008-2010 7.0 14.5 .330 .156

 

There are two takeaways. One, Crawford isn’t really improving at all, and two, he’s way off both his career marks and his All-Star caliber offensive contributions of the last few seasons. I doubt he’s suddenly become bad at baseball, so I suspect we will see the very good Crawford before long. But that doesn’t mean we have to gloss over the fact that he continues to look awful at the plate.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jake May 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The only way to cancel out the never-ending joy I’ve received from the AGon-Ichiro .gif that’s circulating Twitter would be to make a .gif of the way Crawford drops his head in disappointment every time he puts a weakly hit ball in play.

I do think he’ll come around, but man, it’s hard to watch.

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BigNachos May 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

It’s funny, Crawford’s and AGon’s “plate discipline” numbers on fangraphs are almost identical across the board. O-Swing%, Z-Swing%, SwStr%, they’re all basically identical. The only notable difference is Crawford naturally sees more pitches inside the strike zone since pitchers are a lot less afraid of him. AGon’s walk rate is down a bit this year, but it’s still above average. Crawford’s is… well, at least he walks more than Vlad Guerrero…

It’s amazing the difference the type of contact makes.

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Carl May 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

he’s also put up a neat .192 / .192 / .192 line in his last 26 at bats.

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