Ian Kinsler and “Sabbathmetrics”

Tonight marks the beginning of Passover, the celebration of the Israelites’ freedom from slavery in Egypt.  This year, Passover happens to fall on the Sabbath, which itself is a period for rest and reflection.  As we mentioned in our initial “Sabbathmetrics” piece, for Jewish professional athletes, this can sometimes cause some conflict.

In that first Sabbathmetrics post, we looked at whether Sandy Koufax performed worse on the Sabbath.  Today we’ll examine Ian Kinsler’s “Sabbath splits”. We parsed out all of Kinsler’s games by Sabbath/non-Sabbath and here is what it showed:

SABBATHMETRICS: IAN KINSLER
SABBATH? NO YES TOTAL
GAMES 620 153 773
PA 2761 685 3446
AB 2427 574 3001
R 442 116 558
H 674 152 826
2B 137 39 176
3B 14 2 16
HR 107 17 124
RBI 332 63 395
BB 260 91 351
SO 324 95 419
HBP 31 8 39
SF 25 5 30
BA .278 .265 .275
OBP .352 .370 .355
SLG .478 .429 .469
HR% of PA 3.9% 2.5% 3.6%
BB% of PA 9.4% 13.3% 10.2%
SO% of PA 11.7% 13.9% 12.2%

Kinsler is a two-time all-star with a career 114 OPS+, and has the most range at second base in the AL.  The Sabbath seems to diminish his offense a bit, as he hits 13 points lower and loses 50 points on his slugging in such games. He DOES walk quite a bit more during games on the Sabbath, but he also strikes out more.

Have a wonderful Passover . . . and for those who celebrate a different holiday, Happy Easter.

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