Tuesday, July 12, 2011
"All-Struggling Team - Hitter's Edition"
With the All-Star break upon us, we take a look at some of the game’s best players who are having anything but their best years. We present to you, Major League Baseball’s “All-Struggling Team – Hitter’s Edition.”
C: Kurt Suzuki, Oakland Athletics (.225 BA, .284 OBP, 7 HR, 22 RBI)
A .264 career hitter who averages 10 HR and 60 RBI per season.
1B: Derrek Lee, Baltimore Orioles (.235 BA, .294 OBP, 9 HR, 28 RBI)
Still stellar in the field, but Lee is far off his career pace of .282, 22 HR, 73 RBI.
2B: Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves (.185 BA, .257 OBP, 15 HR, 34 RBI)
After career highs in average (.287), HR (33) and RBI (105) in 2010, Uggla has fallen hard.
SS: Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins (.242 BA, 8 HR, 37 RBI)
Ramirez has hit .310 with 4 HR and 20 RBI in 25 games since coming off the DL, so he might approach career averages of 21 HR, 65 RBI, .313.
3B: Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners (.183 BA, .231 OBP, 6 CS)
His numbers continue to plummet in the two years since coming to Seattle. He had been a .291 career hitter (.363 OBP) who averages 35 steals a season.
OF: Alex Rios, Chicago White Sox (.213 BA, .262 OBP, 6 HR, 21 RBI)
He appears poised to have his lowest RBI total and batting average of his career this season.
OF: Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland Indians (.244 BA, 5 HR, 28 RBI)
According to Fangraphs.com, Choo was worth 11 wins over a replacement-level player in 2009 and 2010. Battling injuries in 2011, Choo has a 1.5 WAR rating.
OF: Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals (.215 BA, 10 HR, 31 RBI)
What does seven years and $126 million buy you? Not as much as you’d expect.
DH: Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox (.160 BA, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 104 K)
Dunn has been injured and ineffective. In fact, in the first year of a four-year, $56 million contract, he’s on pace to have the worst offensive season in the history of baseball.