Re: Daniel Nava Is Getting a Raw Deal because the Red Sox are Winning in Spite of HIs Lack of Production
posted at 10/21/2013 10:40 PM EDT
Out of 146 MLB hitters who qulaified with enough PAs vs RHPs, Nava had the 7th best OBP at .411. Only Votto, Choo, Ortiz, Trout, Cabrera and C Davis did better.
He got on base vs RHPs better than...
Carpenter, Cano, Mauer, Goldschmidt, Cuddyer, McCutchen and many many more.
Can anyone imagine those guys being benched?
If you expand the sample size to 294 hitters with 200+ PAs vs RHPs, Nava still places 7th.
Small sample size you might say?
How's this: from 2011-2013 there are 317 MLB hitters with 500+ PAs vs RHPs:
Nava places tied for 9th with a .391 OBP. Better than Bautista, Cano, VMart, CGon, Braun, and hundreds more.
His .860 OPS over the past 3 years combined places him 30th out of 317. That's a top 10% offensive player in MLb vs righties.
Gomes has been traditionally pretty awful vs RHPs. He places 215th in OPS vs RHPs out of 317 at .696.
The OPS differential is .164 in sample sizes greater than 575 PAs for both Nava and Gomes.