One of these players is not like the others, yet that one, Getz, is the only one of the four to start each of the last 2 games. One of the reasons Ned Yost used in justifying Kila's demotion was that, being in contention, they needed more production out of his position. Okay fair enough, what's done is done, Eric Hosmer is off to a great start (.944 OPS) and looks like he's going to provide that bump in production (for more of my thoughts on Hosmer/Kila, check out this piece I wrote for the St. Joseph News Press). But that explanation raised a couple questions.......
My first question is, why isn't the contention argument being applied to Getz? And my second question is, if he was acquired by Allard Baird would he still be on the roster?
Seriously, there's absolutely no reason why he should be starting with Aviles and Betemit swinging the bat so well. None. Yost is intentionally making the offense weaker for reasons that I can't quite comprehend. Replacing Getz's bat doesn't even require a roster move, sure it makes the bench worse, but that's hardly a reason to start him. This year isn't an anomaly either, Aviles and Betemit are just better major league hitters and their numbers prove it.
- Getz - .249/.314/.315 (793 PAs)
- Aviles - .295/.325/.432 (1120 PAs)
- Betemit - .268/.336/..448 (1697 PAs)
Gregor Blanco was traded to the Nationals for that popular PBTNL guy (he really gets around). This was really inevitable, especially after Jarrod Dyson beat him out for a spot on the 25 man roster. With Cain being the logical next outfielder promoted there was simply no spot for Blanco in Kansas City. I gotta believe a guy with on-base skills (.358 OBP) and speed will find his way back in the major leagues.
I attended the Omaha/Oklahoma City game last night and three players made definite impressions.
- Lorenzo Cain - He had two doubles and a sensational diving catch in center field. I can see why people use Mike Cameron as a comp. His doubles weren't bloopers down the line, they were line drives that one hopped the wall in left-center field. I can't wait to watch this guy in Kansas City.
- Mike Moustakas - Moustakas was hit by a pitch, walked, and hammered a pitch down the line that banged off the right field foul pole for a home run. He also flied out to deep center field. I've seen him play before but this was the first time I got to see the Moustakas I've read about. It was fun to watch.
- Clint Robinson - The clamoring for Robinson has subsided since the Hosmer promotion and last nights performance possibly showed why he didn't get a look first in Kansas City. I've never seen a player have a worse game in my life. He went 0/4 with 4 strikeouts, 3 swinging on pitches out of the strike zone and the 4th one standing. He looked absolutely lost. Now one game is, of course, a terrible sample size but there's a reason the free Clint movement never picked up any steam, he's just not as as good as his numbers suggest. When a player is largely dismissed by his organization and the stathead elite (I use that term affectionately, don't hate) he doesn't stand a chance.