Re: The New 3rd Baseman - I will be disappointed if it's Will Middlebrooks
posted at 9/9/2013 11:17 PM EDT
Congratulations to Will Middlebrooks and Mike Napoli for being named the American League's co-players of the week.
I'm beginning to think Middlebrooks is a clone of Mark Reynolds, another streaky slugger. Compare the numbers for Middlebrooks' nine games ending September 8 with the stats for Reynolds' nine games ending September 8 last year:
WM13 9 G, 38 PA, 9 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI, .400/.447/.777/1.219
MR12 9 G, 38 PA, 11 R, 9 HR, 17 RBI, .364/.447/1.182/1.629
Compare Middlebrooks' numbers since his recall on August 10 with Reynolds' stats over the same period in 2012:
WM13 26 G, 99 PA, 18 R, 6 HR, 16 RBI, .368/.434/.621/1.055
MR12 25 G, 99 PA, 18 R, 12 HR, 25 RBI, .317/.434/.780/1.215
Middlebrooks nearly matched Reynolds' production over those hot streaks.