Monday, July 29, 2013

The Worst by Position - First Base

This was the easiest call in this series. It's not close. First base is a hitting position. Davis, Goldschmidt, Votto, Freeman, Fielder, Gonzalez, and many more. Going into the season, the Brewers figured they'd be at least middle-of-the-pack. Corey Hart was coming off a 30-homer season, and Mat Gamel was available as a backup. Then both of them had season-ended knee surgery, and, as they say, hilarity ensued. Brewers first basemen are last in batting (.187), on-base percentage (.233), and slugging (.325). Six PITCHERS have done better than that this year, including one on the Brewers:
Player BA OBP SLG Age Tm
Travis Wood .293 .326 .537 26 CHC
Yovani Gallardo .250 .250 .450 27 MIL
Andrew Cashner .300 .323 .400 26 SDP
Tyler Chatwood .345 .367 .379 23 COL
Tony Cingrani .286 .286 .333 23 CIN
Zack Greinke .394 .474 .455 29 LAD
Provided by View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/29/2013.

They're second-to-last in runs and home runs. Most of the playing time has gone to two converted middle infielders (Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Gonzalez) and a converted third baseman (Juan Francisco). Since nobody's used to playing the bag, Brewers first basemen lead the majors in errors as well.

As I said, easy call.

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