Sunday, August 4, 2013
The Worst by Position - Right Field
There are really three contenders, as I see it: Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Houston. (The Diamondbacks' right fielders haven't done much offensively but Geraldo Parra and Cody Ross have been a great duo defensively.) Those three teams are 30th, 29th, and 28th in batting average. They're 29th, 28th, and 30th in on-base percentage. They're 28th, 26th, and 30th in slugging. Oakland's problem has been whatever-happened-to-Josh-Reddick. Pittsburgh, which reportedly tried to upgrade right at the trade deadline, has gone primarily with perennial disappointments Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, though Snider, who seems to have been around forever, is only 25, and Tabata doesn't turn 25 until next week. So I'm going with Houston right fielders, who've hit only eight homers (second-fewest in baseball) despite playing in a homer-friendly park, are fourth in strikeouts and 27th in walks, and have had such a hard time with the position that they've had twelve players out there, easily the most in the majors.