All year I’ve been preaching that once Jacque Jones gets consistent ABs and regular playing time, he will contribute offensively. Previously, I had no stats to back up my claims, so I decided to do some digging. Here’s the analysis. To simplify my point, here’s a look at Jones’ average over the course of the year. Yes, I could also show OBP, SLG, etc… but I wanted to keep it simple. I calculated the stats by hand, so I might have a few errors, but the overall trend is very striking.
April 2 through May 5: Started 24 of 28 games. 97 ABs .299 AVG (.299 overall)
Jones’ playing time starts to decrease and his stats do, as well.
May 6 through June 5: Started 18 of 28 games. 77 ABs .156 AVG (.241 overall)
June 6 though July 8: Started 12 of 31 games. 45 ABs .200 AVG (.233 overall)
Jones’ playing time starts to increase and his stats do, as well.July 13 through Aug 10: Started 22 of 28 games. 81 ABs. .370 AVG (.266 overall)
I think it’s pretty glaring that point has been well made.
Give Jones’ regular PT, and he will deliver.