The Astros keep playing ol Clank at first base and letting Brett Wallace rot because, as Alyson Footer tried not to explain, it’s all about the numbers – 19 million of them, to be exact. And unless they are saving LF for Carl Crawford (and we complain about Clank’s contarct????) it seems as if they are thinking that Bogusevic in left with Clank at first is gonna be better than Clank in left and Wallace at 1B and Wallace is going to be AAA fodder, looks like.
So the Astros are putting out the line about how Clank’s fielding at 1B is sooooo good and how he is hitting SOOOOOOOOO much better when he is playing there.
He can’t handle any throws in the dirt and he can’t play any ball on a short hop (see him being unable to take a ball on a short hop from Tommy Manzella, who was charged with an error, poor guy) and he can’t catch any ball unless it is thrown right to him (see Bud Norris on his pickoff attempt of McCutchen in the 3rd).
But they talk about all this improved hitting. Yeah, right. So let’s check it out:
First, here are his overall lines for Aug and Sept (you’ll notice a difference) as of 9/25
Agst: 29 G: .288/.336/.504/.840
Sept: 23 G: .222/.260/.378/.638
Now, he played his first game at 1B on August 8, so I’ll count his stats from then.
So far, he’s played 16 games at 1B: 14 hits with 2 BB, 2 doubles and 4 homers and 13 RBI (none since 9/4) with 26 LOB and 45 outs over 67 PA (including 1 GIDP, which I count as 2 outs)
Agst: .285/.285/.761/1.047 (6 G, 6 fer 21 with 1 2B. 3 HR and 9 RBI)
Sept: .238/.285/.333/.618 (10 G, 10 fer 42 with 2 BB, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 4 RBI)
Since 8/8, he’s played 29 G as a LF (through 9/25):
Agst: .283/.300/.483/.783 ( 15 G, 17 fer 60, 6 2B, 2 HR, 1 W, 2 GIDP, 13 RBI)
Sept: .218/.254/.400/.654 with 5 RBI (14G, 12 fer 55, 1 2B, 3 HR, 2 BB, 2 GIDP, 5 RBI)
Yes, I know we are talking small sample sizes.
But me, I sure don’t see all these great differences betwen his hitting when he’s playing first or left, unless you think that his .762 is this VAST improvement over .751 – neither of which are exactly acceptable numbers for either a LF or a 1B – heck, even Ichiro Suzuki, an infamous singles hitter, has an OPS over .800.
And if you are gonna talk about RBIs, in Sept, as a LF, he’s 5 fer 35 (men on base when he came up) and as a 1B, 4 fer 29 – like whoopie DOO.