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Millwood, Marquis very lucky so far

BABIP numbers also show Ortiz unlucky; Damon, Bartlett for real

Updated: July 2, 2009, 2:00 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

We toss the phrase "small sample size" around a lot on these pages, but after three months, let's just say the sample sizes, well, they're no longer small.

A good 75-80 games' worth of statistics is plenty to get a decent read on a player, his fortunes, misfortunes, etc., and there are few better ways to do that than to examine his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) numbers. Statistics have just about settled into their expected yearlong levels, so players who are exceptionally ...

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