Monday, April 21, 2008

The Numbers Don't Lie

Peep em:

FAKE - 10 for 56, .179 BA, 1 HR, 10 RBI. Six of those 10 RBI have come in two games. So he has four RBI in the other 15 games he has played in.

K-Mike - 5 for 40, .125 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBI. He isn't "J-Mike" until he hits again. Nothing like a .213 on-base percentage.

A.C. - 11 for 57, .193 BA, 0 HR, 6 RBI. The kid gets a pass because we knew he'd struggle early. But under .200 isn't acceptable.

Franky G - 12 for 59, .203 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI. Again, I'm giving him more of a pass as well, but three of his five RBI and his only HR came on opening day.

Jhonny Peralta - 15 for 66, .227 BA, 3 HR, 5 RBI. Five RBI from the guy who is protecting Pronk and Victor is not good. He also has more K's (16) than hits (15). This doesn't account for the fact that his range at SS looks even worse this season.

Pronk - 16 for 70, .229 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI. Where are the big hits? This was a guy who hit .311, .305, and .308 in '04, '04, and '06. Now, he is a strikeout machine.

Grady - 19 for 73, .260 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI. In the middle of a 2-22 slump. He is the straw that stirs the drink, yet he isn't getting on base. Grady and Pronk MUST get going.

The DD/K-Mike Platoon - 14 for 75, .186 BA, 1 HR, 9 RBI. Per today's Lorain Morning-Journal, it's the worst production of any left field spot in the entire American League.

Contrast that with the left field numbers for this year of last year's other AL playoff teams: Boston: .324, 6 homers, 21 RBIs; New York: .261, 2 homers, 5 RBIs; Los Angeles: .295, 3 homers, 10 RBIs. The Indians' .186 batting average out of left field is 44 points below the next closest AL team, which is Oakland at .230, but the A's still have gotten 15 RBI out of that position.

Imagine if the Indians starters (aside from C.C) have been as bad as the hitters have been. They'd be the worst team in the majors.

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