Just in case you haven't heard the news, the White Sox sent OF Brian Anderson to Boston today for OF/1B Mark Kotsay and some cash.
I'll leave the analysis of the move to my teammate Scot G., but I just wanted to steal this post that I noticed on BaseballThinkFactory.org (a.k.a. Baseball Primer) regarding Anderson's splits after the first pitch:
In his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to a 1-0 count, Anderson batted .329 with a .472 on-base percentage and .457 slugging.
If he did this on a regular basis, he'd be a certain all-star.
But in his 89 plate appearances this year when he got off to an 0-1 count, Anderson batted .129 with a .169 on-base percentage and .153 slugging.
If he did this on a regular basis, he'd be, well, sent down to Triple-A Charlotte and traded to the Red Sox. Also, he'd deservedly take the "Cancer Bat" moniker from ex-Yankees hurler/"Ball Four" author Jim Bouton.
Good luck to BA, who once uttered a two-word phrase in the clubhouse that I and my family have used ever since. After the Sox' home opener last year, I hung around a long time in order to talk with Carlos Quentin. Anderson waited around, too, I guess because they were going to go hang out.
After we talked about Quentin's good start with the Sox, his political science education and other things (Anderson jokingly admitted he'd never be able to run for political office because of some things in his past), we finished the interview. Quentin turned to Anderson and asked if it was OK if he grabbed some food before they headed out.
"Sure," Anderson said. "Go chew."
Truly words to live by.