Sep 23, 2011; Washington DC, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn (24) singles against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Volatility of Atlanta Braves Hitters

I did a post a while back where I used an extremely rough and inaccurate method to judge the consistency of Braves hitters. Well, I am finally back with another consistency piece and this one should prove to be a bit more accurate. Volatility is essentially how consistent a hitter is. The lower the volatility score you receive the more your numbers on a nightly basis reflect your season numbers.

If you want an extremely detailed explanation and analysis of volatility—as well as a volatility calculator—check out Bill Petti’s series on Beyond the Box Score.

Let’s get right into though, and compare the results.

In order from least volatile (more consistent) to most volatile (least consistent) we have this list:

  • Michael Bourn
  • Brian McCann
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Chipper Jones
  • Jason Heyward
  • Martin Prado
  • Dan Uggla

Let’s compare that with the results from last time.

  • Michael Bourn
  • Martin Prado
  • Chipper Jones
  • Freddie Freeman
  • Jason Heyward
  • Dan Uggla
  • Brian McCann

So there are some obvious differences. At least I got the top person right however. Volatility is still new, and it probably isn’t as accurate as it could be at this point but it is a better system than what I used last time. Check out the calculator I linked above if you want to mess around with your favorite players.

Obviously you would want a more consistent hitter but over a period of 162 games every one is going to go through their cold streaks and hot streaks—unless you’re Adam Dunn.

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