The Great Jacque Jones, so far this season:
This season, he's faced Detroit, Kansas City, Seattle, Chicago, and Cleveland.
The numbers for each of those pitching staffs:
Detroit--24th in OPS allowed (.777), 18th in ERA (4.66)
Kansas City--23rd in OPS allowed (.774), 27th in ERA (5.29)
Against Detroit and Kansas City, Jones is hitting .450/.577/.900 with 6 walks and 3 strikeouts in 20 at-bats.
Seattle--6th in OPS allowed (.684), 9th in ERA (3.80)
Chicago--3rd in OPS allowed (.646), 3rd in ERA (3.12)
Cleveland--2nd in OPS allowed (.637), 8th in ERA (3.78)
Against these teams, Jones is hitting .367/.406/.567 with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 30 at-bats.
So, against crappy pitching staffs, Jones has walked 6 times in 20 at-bats (once every 3.3 at-bats). Against good staffs, he's walked twice in 30 at-bats (once every 15 at-bats).
Personally, I'll wait a while before I proclaim this to be a huge breakout season for Mr. Jones.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'