There isn’t much bad to say about Tyson Ross’ 2014 season. He didn’t control the running game. Sure, but neither did Greg Maddux, and that worked out okay. He pitched better at home than on the road. Fine, but he didn’t build Petco Park. He faded toward the end. Okay, but he’d never been asked to work nearly that many innings in his life.

Ross was a stud last year, with few weaknesses, most of which are easily explained. One area where he struggled, which isn’t so easily explained, was in high-leverage situations (you might want to read this lengthy discussion on leverage before proceeding). Here, courtesy of Baseball-Reference’s Play Index, are his splits for 2014:

High 132 .308 .339 .564 7
Medium 343 .205 .287 .275 3
Low 336 .226 .315 .286 3

Ross allowed more than half of his home runs in the most critical situations, despite those accounting for just 16 percent of his plate appearances. Batters went from slugging like Paul Janish in medium- and low-leverage situations to Miguel Cabrera in high-leverage situations.

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