tgalv wrote:i'd put it about 100th on a list of meaningful stats
I hope you mean GB/FB ratio and not the stats of GB/LD/FB overall. Just to be safe here's a quick example I'll let the stats do the talking...
Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter put the ball in play the same amount, Cabrera at 80% of the time and Hunter at 81%, so if anything Hunter is better at putting the ball into the field of play.
2006 batting average - .278
2006 batting average - .339
Now why is there a 61 (!) point different when they make the same amount of contact? And remember, that is a ridiculous difference.
Groundball% - 40 - 45
Linedrive% - 24 -18
Flyball% - 35 - 37
Care to take a guess who's numbers are on the left? The one with less ground balls and more line drives are Cabrera's and explain why his batting average is so much higher than a player who makes the same amount of contact.
Now I am talking hitters but it's the same exact thing with pitchers except the other important number is strikeouts instead of CT%.