garf112 wrote:I feel like the entire Blue Jays team had a terrible BABIP. Could that have something to do with the defenses they hit against being superior somehow?
Team of flyball hitters that nearly breaks the 1997 Mariners team HR record=low team BABIP
Still, they probably had some bad luck too...they're the Jays.
I know that there must be a ton of reasons why it is so low, it just seems strange that just about everyone on the team had a down batting average year.
Aaron Hill- career BABIP- .288, last year's .196 (lowest in the ML)
Jose Bautista- career- .270, last year's .233 (3rd lowest in the ML)
Edwin Encarnacion- career- .280, last year- .235
Vernon Wells- career- .288, last year- .272
Adam Lind- career- .303, last year- .277
Lyle Overbay- career- .317, last year- .285
Fred Lewis- career- .348, last year- .325
In addition, 15 of the lowest 35 BABIPs for the year spent at least part of their season in the AL East. If I had the time to do some more research and do BABIP by division, I'm sure I'd find that it was lower for the AL East than other divisions. There are definitely more fly ball pitchers in the division:
highest FB% for hitters
Blue Jays- 1st
Red Sox- 2nd
Orioles- 22ndhighest FB% for pitchers
Red Sox- 10th
Blue Jays- 21st
In addition, AL East pitchers on average gave up a lower LD%.