This is our last time to admire the carnage of the Giants’ terrible lineup before the 2019 lineup gets going, so let’s make the most of this. The franchise has lost its way when it comes to hitting, so we don’t have many examples over the final two weeks of the season where they barreled the ball.
A refresher on that barreled status:
To be Barreled, a batted ball requires an exit velocity of at least 98 mph. At that speed, balls struck with a launch angle between 26-30 degrees always garner Barreled classification. For every mph over 98, the range of launch angles expands.
This is cleaner than pure exit velocity because of the combination of hit probability and, basically, the power potential of the hit:
[...] the Barrel classification is assigned to batted-ball events whose comparable hit types (in terms of exit velocity and launch angle) have led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage since Statcast was implemented Major League wide in 2015 [...]
The last time we did this, the Giants mustered all of three barreled balls. Would a two week sampling provide more of these good kinds of batted ball events?
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14. Alen Hanson - 9/23/2018 at Busch Stadium vs. Miles Mikolas
Exit Velocity: 98.7 mph
Result: FLY OUT
13. Aramís García - 9/19/2018 at Petco Park vs. Craig Stammen
Exit Velocity: 99.0 mph
12. Grégor Blanco - 9/29/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Kenley Jansen
Exit Velocity: 99.2 mph
11. Evan Longoria - 9/17/2018 at Petco Park vs. Bryan Mitchell
Exit Velocity: 101.1 mph
10. Gorkys Hernández - 9/28/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Exit Velocity: 101.2 mph
Result: FLY OUT
9. Brandon Crawford - 9/23/2018 at Busch Stadium vs. Miles Mikolas
Exit Velocity: 101.6 mph
Result: HOME RUN
8. Gorkys Hernández - 9/28/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu
Exit Velocity: 101.9 mph
Result: FLY OUT
7. Hunter Pence - 9/25/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Robbie Erlin
Exit Velocity: 102.3 mph
Result: DING DONG GONER
6. Gorkys Hernández - 9/25/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Rowan Wick
Exit Velocity: 103.4 mph
5. Aramís García - 9/26/2018 at AT&T Park vs. José Castillo
Exit Velocity: 105.4 mph
4. Brandon Crawford - 9/17/2018 at Petco Park vs. Bryan Mitchell
Exit Velocity: 105.7 mph
3. Evan Longoria - 9/21/2018 at Busch Stadium vs. John Gant
Exit Velocity: 106.0 mph
Evan Longoria (28) off RHP John Gant (16) - 106.0 mph, 19 degrees (375 ft Double)— MLBBarrelAlert (@MLBBarrelAlert) September 22, 2018
81.0 mph Changeup#SFGiants @ #STLCards (T3) pic.twitter.com/nNi5lkbzbB
2. Hunter Pence - 9/29/2018 at AT&T Park vs. Clayton Kershaw
Exit Velocity: 107.1 mph
1. Hunter Pence - 9/18/2018 at Petco Park vs. Joey Lucchesi
Exit Velocity: 108.2 mph
This was the only barreled ball of the game. It was also the hardest hit ball of the past two weeks. Now, remember, I’m using “hardest hit” to describe barreled balls, but there were others — groundouts and fly outs — with greater exit velocity. Hunter Pence simply hit this pitch “the most” of any other pitch hit by a Giants’ hitter. He actually had the two hardest hit balls of the Giants’ final two weeks. A fitting end to Hunter Pence’s Giants’ tenure, if that is, indeed, what’s going to happen.
The Giants hit only 10 barreled balls from 9/1-9/16. Somehow, the team hit the ball harder in the second half of the month than the beginning. None of this takes into account the number of barreled balls surrendered by Giants pitching or the average exit velocity of the opponents’ lineups versus the Giants’. Still, It was nice to see Aramís García make his presence felt, though ultimately, the Giants have their work cut out for them this offseason.
But, uh, you already knew that. I’m just guessing you didn’t know which pitches were the ones they’d barreled of late...