Monday, February 04, 2008

Seriously ugly on offense

Dayn Perry follows up his "Bringing Hope to the Hopeless" column by listing the eight worst position plays in MLB and naming three-quarters of the Giants starting infield -- Omar, Ray and Richie. I'd differ a bit on Omar due to his glove skills; there must be a worse starting shortstop in the bigs right now such as Tony Pena of the Royals or Ryan Theriot of the Cubs. Fortunately, Juan Pierre of the Dodgers also makes the list now that he's in LF. At any rate, here's Perry's rundown of the Terrible Trio:

2B — Ray Durham, Giants
Durham was a very good player for a long time, and he put up excellent numbers as recently as 2006. Last season, however, he went over the statistical cliff, batting just .218 and getting on base at just a .295 clip. He's now 36, so a significant rebound seems unlikely. Fortunately for him, the miserable Giants don't have any other options.

3B — Rich Aurilia, Giants
Yes, Aurilia, at 36, is currently atop the Giants' pile — and it is a pile — at third base. Last season, Aurilia managed an OBP of barely better than .300, and since he's very much in his decline phase, there's no reason to expect improvement. These days, his bat won't play anywhere, particularly at a power position like third base.

SS — Omar Vizquel, Giants
Seriously, props to the Giants, without whom this column might not have been possible. Anyhow, Vizquel has a credible Hall of Fame case, but at this stage he has no business being a regular at the highest level. Defensively, he still makes the routine plays and the occasional highlight grab, but his range is now well below average. His offense is even worse than that. Vizquel will be 41 years old not long after Opening Day, so it's probably time to consider making graceful exit. On a broader level, it's challenging to impart just how bad the San Francisco offense is going to be in 2008.

My note -- Tony Pena looks like he's no damn good. Theriot doesn't look like much either.


Blogger PEFACommish said...

Theriot is definitely a major league player. He'll never hit for power, but he'll be a solid hitting speedy infielder for a while.

Those who are campaigning for Frandsen as a major league player should drool over Theriot. He'll bust out for sure this year or next, but he stole 28 bases last year, and he was a bench player at the beginning of the season.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

Fair enough. I am always skeptical of anyone on the Cubs since the park tends to inflate offensive numbers but Theirot's SB total with only 4 CSs) is impressive. Still, he's already 28.

12:01 PM  

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