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Thread: Freels's Durability

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    Freels's Durability

    There is always a lot of talk on the board about Freel's ability to be an everyday player. Inevitably in these discussions someone writes that Freel wears down. Often that leads to the argument that he should be the "super sub" filling in and starting 3-4 games per week.

    I decided to look at the stats and see if it is true that Freel wears down. I used Freel's three full seasons with the Reds - 2004, 2005, and 2006. I calculated his OPS during:

    1. His 1st, 2nd, and 3rd games played after a day off
    2. His 4th, 5th, and 6th games played after a day off
    3. His 7th, 8th, and 9th games played after a day off
    4. His 10th + games palyed after a day off.

       Games 1-3          Games 4-6          Games 7-9      Games 10+
    .378/.386/.764   .374/.397/.771     .333/.406/.739   .329/.366/.694
    Virtually no change from 1-3 to 4-6. Big drop to 7-9 and even bigger to 10 or more. But, I thought what would the numbers look like for a durable player. So, I checked Dunn's numbers.

       Games 1-3            Games 4-6            Games 7-9          Games 10+
    .405/.558/.963        .409/.530/.939     .397/.503/.900      .372/.522/.895
    Dunn had a much bigger drop from 1-3 to 4-6 than Free; and a drop that was comparable to Freel from 4-6 to 7-9. But, Freel's drop in 10+ games was significantly higher.

    I think that the talk about Freel wearing down may be overblown. Sure the guy might need a rest after playing 7 or 8 games in a row, but that's is hardly the profile of someone who can't be an everyday player.
    Last edited by Bobcat J; 04-17-2007 at 03:41 PM.

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    Re: Freels's Durability

    Interesting. Thanks for posting!
    Makes all the routine posts.

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