Comments on: American League left fielders are terrible so far http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Yanks climb to No. 1 spot in Power Rankings | Sports http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-117805 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:31:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-117805 [...] (Three NL players also have that unfortunate ratio.) But Raburn is not alone: AL leftfielders collectively have an OPS+ of 83, the worst mark in more than 40 years.  14 Power-hitting third basemen do not make for [...]

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By: Yanks climb to No. 1 spot in Power Rankings | Sports http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-117611 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:32:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-117611 [...] (Three NL players also have that unfortunate ratio.) But Raburn is not alone: AL leftfielders collectively have an OPS+ of 83, the worst mark in more than 40 years.Power-hitting third basemen do not make for prototypical [...]

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By: Morning News: May 30, 2011 | Crossing Wall Street http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116824 Mon, 30 May 2011 11:36:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116824 [...] American League Left Fielders are Terrible So Far [...]

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116788 Mon, 30 May 2011 05:29:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116788 @9, JT -- That reference really embiggened my day! 🙂

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116774 Mon, 30 May 2011 04:41:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116774 Bret Gardner is essentially a CF playing LF. Gardner should be playing CF and Granderson should be in LF.

Granderson is a perfectly cromulent CF. Gardner might well be better, but I doubt there would be much advantage gained. Yankee Stadium has a big left-center to patrol anyway. Plus Granderson is an everyday player, while Gardner will sit against some lefties. They don't want to bounce Granderson between positions based on whether Gardner is in the lineup. I have no problem with the lineup.

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116687 Sun, 29 May 2011 21:33:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116687 @6
".......and you have the makings of a real offensive downturn. "

Hartvig, see my post one thread forward. I am also intrigued by the offensive downturn.

The simple answer is lack of PEDs...... but I think that's too simplistic. Why reduced PEDs affects hitters more than pitchers, I can't tell.

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By: Bob Hulsey http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116668 Sun, 29 May 2011 17:36:03 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116668 Damn! Maybe there is hope for trading Carlos Lee (OPS+ 88) after all. C'mon AL GM's! Just $18.5 million for a .251-hitting LF with 4 HRs. He's hot, too. Batting .313 with a .754 OPS in his last 28 days after being MIA in April. We won't ask for much. Just a AA prospect and some salary relief. Puh-leeeeeease!

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By: Hartvig http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116665 Sun, 29 May 2011 17:19:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116665 And this is in addition to 5 historically bad seasons (so far, at least) by first basemen (as discussed in "Loney snaps homerless streak" yesterday) and a few highly visible , sub-par seasons by DH's (Posada, Dunn) plus Albert Pujols very un-Albert Pujols-like season in his contract year and you have the makings of a real offensive downturn.

Now the question is why? Is there some rule or equipment change I'm forgetting? Is this some kind of blow back from steroids? Is this just an era of dominant pitchers?

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By: John Q http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116658 Sun, 29 May 2011 16:40:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116658 Wow! that's kind of shocking. Normally LF should be right up there with DH and 1B. It's very odd that Al teams have had so much trouble with LF this year.

Here's a couple a thoughts on why this number is so low this year:

*Carl Crawford was really struggling this year after signing a huge contract. Crawford's ops+ is at 83 right now his career average is 106 so his number should go up.

*Bret Gardner is essentially a CF playing LF. Gardner should be playing CF and Granderson should be in LF.

*Sam Fuld has been awful for the Rays in LF and to make it worse he's been batting leadoff so he gets more plate appearances. The Rays would probably be better of with Damon in LF.

*Travis Snider was terrible for the Blue Jays this year.

*When Sizemore got hurt Brantley had to go to CF and Austin Kearns was horrible in left for the Indians.

*Ryan Raburn has been terrible for the Tigers

*Juan Pierre has been terrible for the White Sox

*Delmon Young has been brutal for the Twins.

*David Murphy has been terrible for the Rangers

*Milton Bradley's been bad for the Mariners.

*Vernon Wells was awful for the Angels.

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By: bluejaysstatsgeek http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11320/comment-page-1#comment-116657 Sun, 29 May 2011 16:24:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11320#comment-116657 And Corey Patterson's OPS and a LF'er is 0.745, 14% above position average. Given the previous entry, I felt compelled to through that in.

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