|Do the Red Sox really get screwed by the umpires more than other teams?||07.19.12 at 11:42 am ET|
A Red Sox hitter said to me the other day regarding some questionable strike calls: “It’s the only thing I don’t like about wearing this uniform,” suggesting that Sox hitters suffer through more expanded strike zones from umpires than most teams.
And, while there is that prevailing belief throughout the Sox’ clubhouse, there is also a thought in the world of baseball that the lack of empathy from home plate umpires is a product of Red Sox hitters complaining too much.
So, thanks to BaseballAnalytics.org, we went looking for some facts. (While we could only identify individual players, and not entire team rankings, this might give somewhat of an idea of the landscape) …
Using the site’s analytics program — a product also utilized by various major league teams — we called up all the big league hitters, clicked on pitches seen, out of the strike, and, finally, strikes looking. And the player who umpires apparently hate the most is … (drum roll) … the Mets’ Lucas Duda.
Duda blows away the field when it comes to seeing the most poorly called (according to PitchFX) strikes, compiling 118 of them this season. The second-place hitter is Seattle’s Dustin Ackley, who stands at 97.
The leader among Red Sox is David Ortiz, who, according to the program, has had 67 poorly called strikes against him this season (17th in the majors). Second on the team is Mike Aviles (53), followed by Adrian Gonzalez (45) and Dustin Pedroia (42).
As for getting rung up on a bad pitch, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart leads the way, having suffered such a fate 14 times. The Red Sox leader is Aviles, having six such punch-outs, followed by Gonzalez’ five.
In this current series, Aviles has been called out on strikes two times on balls out of the strike zone, while the only such incident for the White Sox has been involving Adam Dunn.
So, who in the last five years has had the right to beef more than anybody? That would be Bobby Abreu, who leads the majors since the beginning of 2008 with 738 poor strike calls against him (Ortiz has 530 in that same span), with a major league-leading 70 strikeouts via a bad decision by the ump (Ortiz, 53).
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