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Stat of the Day - Lowest BA/BIP

It's rarely all bad luck, but here's a list of players with the batting average on balls in play to date this season.

(Taken from The Hardball Times)

1. Brian Giles - .182
2. Carlos Quentin - .198
3. Garrett Atkins - .204
4. Jay Bruce - .206
5. Dioner Navarro - .207
6. Mike Fontenot - .213
7. Hank Blalock - .214
8. Dan Uggla - .217

9. Chris Young - .225
10. Lance Berkman - .227
11. Alexei Ramirez - .228
12. Ty Wigginton - .230
13. Nick Punto - .232
14. Mark Teixeira - .234
15. J.J. Hardy - .234
16. Jason Giambi - .235
17. Jody Gerut - .236
18. Jason Varitek - .241
19. Adrian Beltre - .242
20. Orlando Cabrera - .242
21. Jimmy Rollins - .242

- One indicator of who is hitting into bad luck and who has just plain stunk is line-drive rate. From the group above, Punto (20.3), Quentin (19.2) and Rollins (18.7) have strong line-drive rates. Also clearing 16 percent from the bottom 10 are Giles, Navarro, Blalock and Young. On the low side are Fontenot (11.9), Teixeira (12.7), Bruce (13.0), Ramirez (13.0) and Atkins (13.2). Of course, line-drive rates can be awfully fluky still just six weeks into the season.

- Noticeably absent from the list of most struggling players is David Ortiz, who has a .260 BABIP. He actually has a nice 21.2 percent line-drive rate. His biggest problem is his .000 BABOP… he's yet to put anything into the seats.

- Also missing is Derrek Lee, who had four hits yesterday to move up to .253. Three homers in his last eight games is a good sign, but he has the worst line-drive percentage in baseball at 9.6 (Nick Johnson is highest at 33.9).