Re: Elephant in the room (Gomes)
posted at 6/9/2013 1:35 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Once again it's a good thing team management has more patience than the average fan.
The people whining about Gomes had little shot of being right. None of the peripheral statistics supported their arguments. It's why posters should become a little more familiar with things like BABIP before they criticize.
However, the point that the whiners all missed on is still legit. I believe his 4-hit game came against lefties, and his 2 hits last night were against lefties. And then he went 0-2 v Williams. I know you can't always remove someone mid-game, but this looks like a straight platoon as much as possible.
I'm sure that's what we got him for: a platoon. They probably envisioned a Nava/Gomes LF platoon.
His spli differentials have been off the charts:
vs LHPs RHPs Diff
'13 .802 .520 282
'12 .974 .715 259
'11 .863 .654 209
'10 .856 .709 145
'09 .914 .859 55
As you can see, the differential is growing with each passing year to a now astounding .282!
He's over .800 this year vs LHPs on a team that struggles vs lefties. He is our 2nd best hitter vs lefties.
Here are the Sox numbers vs LHPs (40+ PAs):
Drew .640 (Iggy is 1.174 in 30 PAs vs LHPs)
(Carp is at .879 in just 12 PAs.)