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|
|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.