Because Bay used to be one of the best hitters in the league. Then the Mets happened.
The Bay signing confuses the hell out of me. I just don't see what Z is doing. Then again, he knows his plan and what he is doing more than everyone on this whole website.
I don't even see that. He had 4 good years. 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
2008 and 2009 should come with an astrick becuase he was a right hander hitting in Fenway.
His highest OBP was .406 way back in 05'; and other than is Red Sox years, he hasn't had an OBP above .380 since.
Even when he was 'good' (and young) he was never one of the best hitters in baseball.
I honestly don't know what Z sees here...
Edit: And let's not forget he is literally a black hole in the outfield. With defense as bad as his, he must be producing at the plate to justify sticking him out there.
Last edited by baseball_is_lif; 12-05-2012 at 11:41 PM.
What makes you think this? There is no data that suggests any offensive numbers, other than HR's, will improve.
He also saw a ridiculous spike in HR/FB last year, up about 4% to 12.8% If he drops back down closer to his norm (around 8% or 9%), he will be who he normally is.
Exactly. He has a home run problem, and Safeco wont hide that as much. When his road numbers are as bad as they are, you should be able to realize what an average pitcher he is.
I feel like a lot of you dont pay attention to splits, and I think you should. His road numbers tell you how he pitches in 29 parks (on average). Home tells you one park, and in this case a very pitcher friendly park.
If he is on a decent team in an neutral or hitter friendly park, he is a 4th starter. He is a number 5 for the Nationals, if that.