The new Baseball Prospectus annual mentions something pretty scary – Scott Hatteberg’s 2007 home/road splits I love the guy, but this ain’t pretty:


.370 .436 .571 1007 OPS (.393 Batting Average on Balls put In Play)


.244 .351 .366 717 OPS (.244 BABIP)

Yikes. I hope the Reds are able to get something decent for Hatteberg if/when Joey Votto is ready for full-time duty. I have to wonder if that’s possible once these clubs get a look at his road numbers. He did hit well in Pittsburgh (.391 .440 .565 in 25 PAs).

4 Responses

  1. preach

    I don’t have the stats in front of me, but isn’t he good only every other year or something?

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    That was Saberhagen, wasn’t it? Hatteberg may have been like that, but he’s had two pretty good years in a row for the Reds. At least before he took an early exit last year upon Votto’s call-up.

    Hatteberg’s splits are even more extreme than home/road – I saw a breakout line recently that showed all his effectiveness concentrated at home against righties. Against that group his OPS was over 1.000. On the road, and/or against lefties, his OPS was at least 300 points lower in each instance.

    However, that BABIP cited above makes it appear that the extremity of the split was a quite chancy.

  3. DK

    Ah yes.. Saberhagen. Only good on odd numbered years. Bizarre.