Over the past week and a half, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been on a hot streak. At one point during a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Red Sox this past weekend it was noted that Ortiz had recorded 19 hits in his most recent 38 at-bats. It doesn’t take a mathematics expert to figure out that means Ortiz’s batting average through the hitting spree at that point was .500 percent.
While that is hitting at an exceptionally prolific clip, no doubt a study of statistics covering the history of baseball would reveal many examples of similar batting performances covering brief periods of time, such as 10 days, a couple of weeks or as much a three weeks. Anyone who understands how percentages even-out in baseball knows that Ortiz will not continue to hit at the torrid .500 percent pace. In fact, the odds against him hitting at even a .400 percent pace over the course of an entire season are overwhelming.