Re: Macro stats and the AL East
posted at 7/29/2013 11:22 AM EDT
In response to BurritoT-'s comment:
I neglected to mention several players by name, but Myers has not been the reason the Rays have jumped from 17th to 5th in runs scored over one season.
u neglected to mention Wil Myers moonslobber.
Myers is 12 on the team in PAs with only 144, just barely ahead of Sean Rodriguez (142) and Sam Fuld (136).
The main reason the Rays are 5th is the healthy Longoria (3 PAs from having the most on the team). James Loney may be the second reason, a player Burrislobber neglected to mention, who is at an .838 OPS right now. Another player who has meant more to the Rays than Myers thus far, and Burrislobber failed to mention, is Luke Scott with over 100 more PAs and an .817 OPS.
There are many reasons the Rays are better offensively. Myers is one for sure, but the kid has only played in 33 games. Sure, the Rays have done much better since he joined the club, but guess what?
The Rays were 6th in runs scored in the first half of 2013 just 5 runs behind the 5th place Indians.
The Rays started slow offensively (19th in runs in April), but they blew all MLB teams away in runs scored in May with 166 (18 ahead of the Tigers & 20 ahead of the Indians). No Myers. The Rays were back to 19th in June (107 runs)- the month Myers made his arrival (June 18th). So far in July, the Rays are 5th in runs scored- the same ranking as for the season- with Myers.
Like your mentor before you, softy the clown, you never let facts get in your way.