Splitsville: Larry Broadway v1.1
Broadway struggled on the road.
Broadway struggled on the road.

Posted Sep 28, 2005


"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Nationals' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Larry Broadway, we'll look how he did against the right-handed pitchers versus the southpaws, how he hit with runners in scoring position, and more.

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Gets Homesick: The big lefty slugger seems to love his home ballpark. In Harrisburg, Broadway hit a strong .295. But road games were a far different story. Away from Harrisburg, Broadway hit only .242. Overall, he also had four more RBI, four more extra base hits, and seven less strikeouts playing in his home ballpark. However, it isn't completely surprising for a young player to be more comfortable at home. At one point, the first baseman was 2-15 in one of his worst road slumps.

Buckling Under The Pressure: The difference between Larry Broadway in pressure situations and in bases empty situations is absolutely staggering. Leading off innings, Larry was in business, batting .432 with four long balls. In addition to that, he batted .340 with the bases empty. But, that's pretty much we're his success ended. With runners on, he hit a dismal .196 in 92 at bats. And, with runners in scoring position, he wasn't any better as he put up a .182 batting average. Needless to say, there was a lot of missed RBI opportunities for Larry Broadway.

Not to mention, most of Broadway's power came with the bases empty. With 8 home runs with no runners on and only four with at least one base occupied, the first baseman obviously was not living up to his producing reputation.

No Trouble With Southpaws: As a lefty hitter, Broadway actually had very little trouble with southpaw pitchers, as surprising as it may sound. In fact, he actually hit lefties better than righties in terms of batting average. Against portsiders, the lefty swinging Broadway hit a solid .277, but hit only .264 versus righty hurlers. Perhaps it is more disappointing that he was so unsuccessful against righty hitters, but hitting that well versus lefties.

A Number Five Hitter At Heart: Larry Broadway apparently found a comfortable spot in the lineup when batting fifth for the Senators. Batting .323 with 4 home runs, compared to only .255 when batting cleanup, it may have been a more comfortable situation for him. In the five hole, he had less responsibility in terms of driving in runs, something he struggled mightily with in 2005.

Faded Down The Stretch: While he was red hot at the plate midway through the 2005 campaign, Broadway tailspinned in the final stretch of the season. In fact, he posted a disappointing .158 batting average in September. Not only that, Broadway also ended the season on an extremely sour note. Finishing up 1 for his last 11, and 3 for his last 19, he lost 12 points in his batting average during the final week of the season.
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