Who Were the Luckiest and Unluckiest MLB Hitters in June?
Now that the calendar has officially flipped to the month of July, there's no way around -- we're officially right in the thick of the 2017 MLB regular season. We also know which players are going to be representing their respective leagues and teams in the All-Star game down in Miami, which is the unofficial midway point of the year.
As is the case every year, fans getting the opportunity to vote for All-Star game starters doesn't always yield the top-performing players at each position, but that's a discussion for another day. Even if some players got snubbed out of a start, there will be tons of position players there who have performed above and beyond their peers on the diamond so far this season. However, some may be earning these numbers due to a bit of luck, and there could be plenty of players at home who are hitting the ball better, but just haven't gotten the same results.
When watching a ballgame, the same traditional stats consistently flash on the screen for hitters -- batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, homers and RBI. What that doesn’t tell us, though, is how they're arriving at those numbers.
So, we're going to look at not only the BABIP and hard-hit rate from qualified hitters, but also parts of their batted-ball profile (mainly their line-drive rate, ground-ball rate and fly-ball rate) to find out who's experiencing some good fortune and who is having some tough luck compared to the league average in these categories.