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Val Arioto - Hitting as a pitcher

With the Bears fallen into the loser bracket, there may be talks again about whether Valerie Arioto should share the pitching duty with Jolene Henderson. As the resident Val Arioto expert by the virtue of having her picture and autograph on my wall (see below), I have stated without research that she doesn't hit as well when pitching. This is the post that has the numbers.

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First, her total numbers (including regional and super regional plays) for the year is a lofty 50 hits (H) in 130 at bats (AB) with 87 walks (BB) and 23 homeruns (HR). For her 23 starts (not counting her cameo in the regional) as the starting pitcher, Val got 23 H, in 47 AB, with 24 BB, and 16 HR.

From that, you may jump to the conclusion that I either have horrible memory or that I am completely nuts to suggest that Val does not hit as well when she has the pitching duty. However, this stats has been strongly skewed by the vast majority of her starts (both early in the season and then the occasional midweek nonconference games) are against some really bad opponents (FIU, Princeton, Butler, etc.). When you limit her pitching duty to just the conference games (and Texas to slightly increase my sample size), Val got 4 hits in 16 AB with 14 BB and 2 HR in those 9 games as a starters (Small Sample Size alert!!!). So that's a slight increase in BB/game from 1.4 (rest of the games) to 1.55 (those 9 starts) when she is pitching (know the strike zone even better?) but a lower batting average of .250 vs. .430 (which include all those nonconference stat stuffers).

So can we conclude anything from looking at these numbers? I say no. Cal looks like they are relying 100% on Jolene Henderson. While it might be good to throw someone else in the circle to change things up a bit, we may have seen Val pitched her last pitch as a Golden Bear already. If there is a reason to not use Val, worrying about her hitting shouldn't be one.

GO BEARS!

The opinions expressed in a FanPost are, in every way, reflective of the opinions of every California Golden Blogs Marshawnthusiast. Moreover, they are reflective of every employee of SBNation, including Tyler "Blez" Bleszinski.

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