Can Pitching to Contact Lead to More Scoring?

From SABR member Cyril Morong at Cybermetrics on April 13:

To look at this, I calculated the batting average and slugging percentage in the AL in 2010 on contact. For contact, I used AB – K + SF. I assumed that sacrifice hits (bunts) and their attempts rarely end up in strikeouts. So in the AL last year when a plate appearance ended in contact, the AVG was .320 and the SLG was .501.

How many runs per game might this lead to?

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Originally published: April 13, 2011. Last Updated: April 13, 2011.