Welcome to RC+ Stat Stumper!
We’re taking a longtime ballpark tradition and giving it a modern twist. At Great American Ball Park, the Scoreboard Stumper tests your knowledge of baseball history and you might learn a little bit about the Reds as well. The RC+ Stat Stumper is a weekly question about the Reds that involves a newer statistic.
We invite you to post your guesses in the comments (no looking up the answers, please). The correct answers and winners will be revealed prior to first pitch that day. Enjoy and thanks for playing!
Here’s the first Stat Stumper of 2020:
Batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is down across the league so far this year and the Reds are no exception as they are currently last in MLB with a 0.229 (normal is around 0.300). RC+’s Steve Mancuso recently posted a terrific article detailing this statistic and how it has affected the Reds so far this year. Even with a shortened season, we can expect most players to see a return to somewhat normal numbers.
That being said, there are always some anomalies. Since 2015, there have been:
- 3 different Reds players to finish a season (minimum of 250 plate appearances) with a BABIP less than 0.250
- 3 different Reds players to finish a season (minimum of 250 plate appearances) with a BABIP higher than 0.350
Name the players to finish above and below each threshold, with bonus points for guessing the correct year. Hint: One of the players has finished with a BABIP higher than 0.350 twice in this time frame.