15 March 2011
Lineup Protection and Mark Reynolds.
With Mark Reynolds batting behind Adam LaRoche, LaRoche had in 337 plate appearances:
247 / 300 / 425
Without Mark Reynolds behind him, LaRoche had 272 plate appearances:
275 / 331 / 522
The walk and strikeout rates do not seem to be particularly different, but the slash lines are two completely different players. One is below replacement level for a 1B and the other is above average. One instance is not a trend, but it does make one wonder if extreme strikeout players result in players batting ahead to not see as good of pitches because the following batter so rarely makes contact. In such a scenario, the preceding batter would have to be a player with solid plate discipline. If that is true, then having Reynolds behind Vladimir Guerrero or Adam Jones might not be the best thing to do. However, again, this is not a data intense study.