In response to tomnev's comment:
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
If Napoli isnt what the Sox hoped then the Sox were hoping with wishful thinking...Mike napoli is performing exactly like Mike Napoli has always performed..
Not sure I agree.
He's topped 20 HR five times, topping out at 30, and in all but one of those years (including the 30 HR) he had fewer AB's than the 383 he has currently this season. I think it's safe to say he has not provided as much power as could have been expected.
It should be noted that he hit .320 the year before last...however his career BA is .257, so I guess that is pretty in line with this season. The OPS being lower (career mark .852) is more important and more disappointing.
lots of K's.....
With you there.
flapjack - I didn't read this before posting mine. I think our points are identical.
I think my post may have misinterperted as supporting Napoli....I also think he needs to be moved down in the order....My post was to say that if the Sox thought they were getting a high Avg, OBP, 30HR guy, then that was wishful thinking, because he career Stats do not support that. I can agree by the Stats provided his HR #s are down, but as I noted his 2B #s are up....His K #s and his OPS are not dramtically different then 2010 or 2012, with again 2011 being an outlier.
Please don't compare his K's from this year to 2010. He had less strikeouts and 75 more at bats. You can't look at the raw number, but the percentage, and his percentage this year is the worst in his career.