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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Jose Guillen: the Giants' Mystery Man


SweetSpot Networkers Capitol Avenue Club and Bay City Ball have teamed up for a Division Series preview, and (from one of them here's CAC's third question for BCB:
Unless you're a Giants fan, the manager's ongoing affection for Jose Guillen should serve as a source of amusement.

Over the last three seasons, Cody Ross has a .267 batting average.

So does Guillen.

Over the last three seasons, Cody Ross has a .320 on-base percentage.

So does Guillen. (Actually, it's .322 but please grant me this small license.)

Ah, but Guillen's got the power right?

Ah, but no.

Over the last three seasons, Cody Ross has a .456 slugging percentage.

Same span, Guillen's got a splendiforous .429 figure.

Why Bruce Bochy would play Guillen over Ross -- who is, of course, the better defender -- is a real mystery. But he's been doing it for seven weeks. There's no reason to think he'll stop now.