If there’s such a thing as an MVP for a (27-40) team, Darwin Barney is the Cubs’ man.
Comcast Sportsnet analyst Todd Hollandsworth agrees mentioning Barney as the Cubs’ best player through the first half of the season.
Of course, it’s only fitting the second baseman hit the 15-day DL Wednesday with a sprained left knee. But with a quick recovery expected, Barney could be back in the Cubs lineup by next week and again chasing the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Barney’s contributions include:
A .317 average with RISP.
A .385 average leading off an inning.
A .313 average with none on base.
A .296 average over his last 58 games…
Here’s a clip below from Tom Skilling’s post on the ChicagoWeatherCenter blog.
You’ve said that humid air is less dense than dry air. A recent article states pitchers like high humidity. Is that contradictory?
Thanks, David Labotka
Not really. With all factors equal, moist air is less dense than dry air because water (18) has a lower molecular weight than nitrogen (28) and oxygen (32).
Since lower air density offers less resistance to the flight of a baseball, the ball will travel farther when humidity is higher—advantage hitter.
However, when it’s humid out, a baseball absorbs moisture making it less bouncy which translates to about a three foot decrease in travel for each 10 percent increase in humidity.
Additionally a moist ball gives pitchers a better grip resulting in more ball spin—advantage pitcher.
The number of home runs hit in Denver has decreased since the Colorado Rockies began storing their baseballs in a humidor back in 2002.