I know that everyone has pretty much discussed everything that is wrong with Andy LaRoche over the past few weeks but I think I'v come across something that has yet to been talked about. While perusing Fan Graphs earlier, (a fantastic website by the way) I ended up on Andy's page and noticed that his BABIP is an absurdly low .179 with the Pirates and Dodgers this year.
While I agree with most people that we should not freak out over 175 AB's this year, I think that at least some of Andy's problem this year is incredibly poor luck. Most players BABIP is very close to .300. I .179 figure means that LaRoche is simply not having any of his balls in play drop in for hits right now.
I am confident that next year he will come back 100% from his thumb injury and begin hitting for at least a moderate amount of power. Hopefully his luck will turn at least somewhat as well. If you have any thoughts on this or think its totally bogus feel free to say so.