Collette Calls: Contact Problems

Collette Calls: Contact Problems

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how power appears to be headed for a down year in 2021 compared to the last two* seasons, and that has continued to hold up. As play began on April 21, the table below shows how the offense is holding up in March/April compared to recent seasons. The other seasons are showing the entirety of the April portion of the statistics:

Season

AVG

OBP

SLG

HR/FB

HARD%

BB%

K%

2015

.250

.315

.390

10.2%

28.2%

8.0%

20.1%

2016

.249

.319

.405

11.8%

30.0%

8.6%

21.3%

2017

.247

.317

.407

12.8%

31.5%

8.7%

21.6%

2018

.244

.319

.400

11.9%

34.0%

9.0%

22.7%

2019

.245

.321

.421

14.4%

37.2%

9.2%

23.3%

2021

.232

.311

.390

13.3%

31.5%

9.1%

24.6%

You will see these numbers quoted in the coming weeks. Some will attribute this solely to the new baseball and move on while overlooking the decision to re-introduce pitchers hitting in National League games. Here is how that same chart looks when you remove pitchers "hitting" from the data set:

Season

AVG

OBP

SLG

HR/FB

HARD%

BB%

K%

2015

.250

.315

.390

10.2%

28.2%

8.0%

20.1%

2016

.249

.319

.405

11.8%

30.0%

8.6%

21.3%

2017

.247

.317

.407

12.8%

31.5%

8.7%

21.6%

2018

.244

.319

.400

11.9%

34.0%

9.0%

22.7%

2019

.245

.321

.421

14.4%

37.2%

9.2%

23.3%

2021withP

.232

.311

.390

13.3%

31.5%

9.1%

24.6%

2021w/oP

.236

.315

.397

13.4%

31.9%

9.2%

24.0%

Pitchers have represented 3 percent of all plate appearances this season, but

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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