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The decline of J.D. Drew

6/23/2011

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ESPN Stats & Information's Jeremy Lundblad breaks down the struggles of J.D. Drew in the story above. A few of the troubling nuggets he dug up:

• Even on a team batting .307 over its past 31 games, Drew has remained stuck in a season-long rut. In that span, he’s managed one extra-base hit in 76 plate appearances, while batting .200.

• Drew doesn’t have a double since May 9, and has managed just four on the season. That’s the same number Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez has in 26 at-bats.

• Drew is hitting .204 with runners in scoring position, including .150 with two outs and RISP. Overall, he’s hitting just .185 with two outs.

• Drew’s .326 slugging percentage is the fifth lowest among major-league outfielders (min. 200 plate appearances). He’s on track for the lowest slugging percentage by a Red Sox right fielder (min. 400 plate appearances) since Harry Hooper (.327) in 1915.