Re: Is Aviles the frontrunner to start the AS at SS?
posted at 5/20/2012 11:00 AM EDT
Look, I think Jeter probably should be the starter. However, although I was going to rip the premise of the OP like others, on second look at the offensive stats shows Aviles certainly can be part of the conversation..
Jeter has the advantage in BA and OPS.
However Aviles has the advantage in not simply HR and RBI but runs produced (R+RBI-HR).
Jeter: 181 PA, 24 R, 9 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, .355 BA, .400 OBP, .500 SLG, .900 OPS
Aviles: 172 PA, 25 R, 13 2B, 7 HR, 25 RBI, .272 BA, .300 OPB, .481 SLG, .781 OPS.
Jeter gets on base more. That's his only advantage. But despite nine more plate appearances, that still hasn't led to more runs.
Aviles' doesn't walk as much, but his .272 BA is respectable. He has been more productive. 20 XBH to Jeter's 14, 10 more RBIs and has scored one more run despite being on base less.
And Aviles has 43 runs produced to 34 for Jeter.
One more Aviles advantage. He's batting .361 (about 90 points above his average) with 2 HR, 19 RBI and a 1.039 OPS with runners in scoring position. Jeter is batting .281 (70 points below his average) with just 1 HR, 9 RBI and a .758 OPS.
So simply looking at the numbers, saying Jeter has better numbers isn't exactly a slam dunk.