Well, since my last strange and useless statistic came up lemons on Ryan Ludwick discussion points, I clearly just had to make up my own, right?
It’s hard to try to measure (non)-volatility, but I thought I’d take a shot, just based on how many starts with zero hits a player has. That part was basic, because I just divided the number of games started with no hits, by the player’s number of starts. Obviously, the lower that is, the better. Then I decided to take it a little farther. I mean, Joey Votto is going to have the fewest 0-hit games, just because it’s much harder to get him out. I mean, obviously that still means Joey Votto is the best, because being really good at baseball is the best way to be a really good baseball player.
But just for funsies, I calculated an ‘expected’ percentage. I based it on the player’s batting average and number of AB’s that specific player averages in his starts. It’s not perfect, of course, and probably ludicrously inaccurate, statistically speaking. I just wanted to partially reflect the fact that Drew Stubbs almost never gets a hit (so he’s obviously going to have more 0-fors), and Ryan Hanigan gets significantly fewer AB per start (so he’s obviously going to have fewer 0-fors).
The results reveal that, adjusted for his batting average and average number of AB, Ryan Ludwick is our most consistent Red:
|GS||GS with 0 hits %||Predicted %||Reliability Index|
Congratulations, Ryan, your trophy is in the mail. It’s a very important award. A very, very important award. You’re welcome.