Nelson Cruz & Jonathan Lucroy are the least dangerous with a runner on third and less than 2 outs (watch out for Brandon Crawford & Matt Kemp)

by Bill Chuck on June 23, 2016

When you are on the mound with a runner on third and less than two outs you have one goal: strike out whomever comes up to the plate. Any ball put into play raises the the risk of a runner scoring. Which why Seattle’s Nelson Cruz is the batter you want at the plate.

Yes, I know Cruz is hitting in the .280s with 16 homers and 46 RBI, but I also know that in 24 PA with a runner on third and less than two outs, he’s struck out nine times. Not only that, amongst batters with at least 20 PA in that setting this season, his 9 RBI is greater than only Jonathan Lucroy‘s.

Take a look.

Check out Brandon Crawford & Matt Kemp‘s numbers

2016 Batters with a runner on third and less than 2 outs (at least 20 PA)

Rk Player SO PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS GDP HBP SF
1 Nelson Cruz 9 24 20 3 0 0 0 9 1 .150 .167 .150 .317 3 0 3
2 Mike Napoli 7 24 20 6 1 0 2 15 2 .300 .333 .650 .983 0 0 2
3 Ben Zobrist 6 22 16 7 2 0 0 14 3 .438 .455 .563 1.017 0 0 3
4 Colby Rasmus 6 23 19 4 1 0 1 11 1 .211 .217 .421 .638 2 0 3
5 Jonathan Lucroy 6 24 16 2 0 0 0 6 5 .125 .292 .125 .417 1 0 3
6 Edwin Encarnacion 5 26 19 4 1 0 0 17 3 .211 .308 .263 .571 1 1 3
7 Hanley Ramirez 4 21 17 8 0 0 1 19 0 .471 .429 .647 1.076 1 1 3
8 Matt Kemp 4 24 15 10 1 0 2 22 3 .667 .542 1.133 1.675 1 0 6
9 Nick Markakis 3 21 13 5 2 0 0 13 4 .385 .429 .538 .967 3 0 4
10 Gregory Polanco 3 22 18 6 1 0 2 20 1 .333 .318 .722 1.040 1 0 3
11 Josh Harrison 3 23 17 4 0 0 0 11 2 .235 .261 .235 .496 1 0 4
12 Paul Goldschmidt 3 25 15 3 1 0 0 10 5 .200 .400 .267 .667 3 2 3
13 Jose Abreu 3 27 16 6 2 0 0 15 5 .375 .407 .500 .907 3 0 6
14 Carlos Correa 3 23 20 8 1 0 0 13 3 .400 .478 .450 .928 1 0 0
15 Prince Fielder 3 21 14 5 0 0 0 16 2 .357 .333 .357 .690 2 0 5
16 Francisco Lindor 2 25 18 8 2 1 0 18 2 .444 .400 .667 1.067 1 0 5
17 Adrian Beltre 2 20 15 9 1 0 1 14 1 .600 .550 .867 1.417 0 1 3
18 Brandon Belt 2 22 19 9 2 1 0 15 0 .474 .409 .684 1.093 2 0 3
19 Maikel Franco 2 22 12 4 0 0 1 10 6 .333 .455 .583 1.038 0 0 4
20 Brandon Crawford 1 24 15 9 1 1 3 25 5 .600 .583 1.400 1.983 0 0 4
21 Jose Altuve 1 21 13 8 4 0 0 18 3 .615 .524 .923 1.447 0 0 5
22 Ian Desmond 0 20 17 7 0 0 0 13 1 .412 .400 .412 .812 1 0 2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/23/2016.

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