After looking at Betancourt's 2009 stats, I noticed that his batting average is actually higher than his OBP. I honestly never thought that this was possible. Almost every baseball player has a higher OBP than batting average because batting Average counts only Hits, while OBP includes not only hits, but walks and hit by pitch as well.
But upon further review, I discovered that this was entirely possible and that Brewers catcher Mike Rivera was another member of the "higher OBP than batting average" club. But Rivera only has 13 at bats, which is nothing compared to the 91 at bats that Betancourt has so far.
So what is the reason why a batting average can be lower than OBP? Sacrifices.
"sacrifice fly outs are factored into on-base percentage, while sacrifice bunts, considered offensive strategy sent in by the manager, are subtracted. The reasoning is that a sacrifice fly isn't really a sacrifice, rather a player who is trying to get a hit but fails with the exception of making a deep enough out to drive in a run."On the season, Betancourt has one sacrifice bunt, one sacrifice fly, and as I mentioned before, no walks. We'll see how long Betancourt is able to keep this up for, but it probably won't be for long. So enjoy it while you can, stat geeks!
Over/under on Betancourt walks this season: 8