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Red Sox Reviews: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

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First up in the Red Sox Reviews series is catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who strikes out a lot, hits a lot of home runs, and sports the longest last name in the history of major league baseball.

* – 23 of Saltalamacchia’s 25 home runs came as a catcher in 2012, the third most ever by a Red Sox backstop:

26 – Carlton Fisk, 1977
24 – Jason Varitek, 2003
23 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 2012
22 – Rich Gedman, 1984
22 – Jason Varitek, 2005

* – Saltalamacchia struck out a career high 139 times in 2012, the most ever by a Red Sox catcher (13 more than Jason Varitek in 2004). In addition, he fanned once every 3.22 plate appearances, not only the lowest/worst mark ever by a Red Sox catcher, but the second lowest mark by ANY catcher since they began tracking the stat in 1913 (min. 400 PA):

3.03 – Kelly Shoppach, 2008 Indians
3.22 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 2012 Red Sox
3.30 – Miguel Olivo, 2009 Royals
3.34 – Mike Napoli, 2012 Rangers
3.40 – Gary Alexander, 1978 A’s/Indians

* – Salty had six home runs and a .973 OPS in June, the best single month of his career in both categories (min. 10 PA).

* – Salty hit just .205 on the road last season but clubbed 13 homers away from Fenway. It’s the second lowest road average by a player with 10 or more road home runs in club history:

.186 – Tony Armas, 1983 (19 home runs)
.205 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 2012 (13 home runs)
.206 – Lu Clinton, 1963 (12 home runs)
.213 – David Ortiz, 2009 (10 home runs)

Note this: The lowest road average in a single season in the majors by a player with 10 or more road homers is .165, by Rob Deer of the 1991 Tigers, who went just 38-for-230, but 13 of those 38 hits were home runs.

* – Saltalamacchia entered the 2012 season having batted in the 5th lineup spot just three times in his career, but he was 3-for-3 in those chances. Then last season he went 0-for-19 in the 5th spot, becoming just the third major leaguer to go hitlessĀ  in 19 or more at bats in one of the top five spots in the order since they began tracking the stat in 1974. The other two: Kelly Johnson (0-for-21 as #2 hitter for the 2009 Braves) and Darren Reed (0-for-19 as the #5 hitter for the 1992 Expos and Twins).

Note this: The most hitless at bats from a single lineup spot in a season (by a non-pitcher) is 0-for-39, by Andujar Cedeno of the 1994 Astros. Runner-up: Marty Castillo of the 1985 Tigers, who went 0-29 from the #8 spot.

* – Salty’s .107 average with two strikes was easily the lowest by a Red Sox since they began tracking the stat in 1988 (min. 200 such PA):

.107 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 2012
.130 – Jason Varitek, 2009
.131 – Mark Bellhorn, 2004
.143 – Jason Bay, 2009

* – On full counts in 2012, Saltalamacchia went an abysmal 2-for-48 (.042), the lowest such average in a single season in the 25 seasons that they’ve tracked the stat (min. 40 such AB):

.042 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 2012 Red Sox (2-for-48)
.043 – Darrell Evans, 1988 Tigers (2-for-46)
.048 – Jeremy Reed, 2005 Mariners (2-for-42)
.048 – Juan Samuel, 1988 Phillies (2-for-42)

Note this: Salty now has a .107 career average on full counts, easily the lowest such average in the league in that same span (min. 150 such AB):

.107 – Jarrod Saltalamacchia (20-for-188)
.134 – Jack Cust (48-for-359)
.147 – Mark McGwire (91-for-617)

Thanks for reading!

Next up later this week… third baseman Will Middlebrooks.