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The American League’s worst by position

May 4, 2011, 8:55 PM EST

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Just as the title says, I’m going position by position here to look for the AL’s weakest offensive situations to date. I’ll do the NL tomorrow.

Presented along with the team is the player most responsible.

Twins C – 390 (Drew Butera)
Twins 2B – 451 (Luke Hughes)
Mariners SS – 465 (Brendan Ryan)
Red Sox C – 472 (Jarrod Saltalamacchia)
White Sox 3B – 472 (Brent Morel)
Angels LF – 474 (Vernon Wells)
Rays SS – 483 (Reid Brignac)
Twins SS – 488 (Alexi Casilla)
Royals SS – 494 (Alcides Escobar)
Red Sox LF – 509 (Carl Crawford)
White Sox CF – 512 (Alex Rios)
Athletics 2B – 521 (Mark Ellis)
Tigers 3B – 529 (Brandon Inge)
Mariners 3B – 531 (Chone Figgins)
Blue Jays LF – 539 (Travis Snider)
Tigers CF – 543 (Austin Jackson)
Mariners C – 544 (Miguel Olivo)
Rays 1B – 564 (Dan Johnson)
Indians LF – 564 (Austin Kearns)
Orioles RF – 565 (Nick Markakis)
White Sox LF – 567 (Juan Pierre)
Twins LF – 577 (Delmon Young)
Blue Jays 2B – 577 (Aaron Hill)
Blue Jays 3B – 578 (Edwin Encarnacion)
Twins DH – 580 (Jim Thome)
Orioles 3B – 587 (Mark Reynolds)
Rays 3B – 600 (Felipe Lopez)
Rays C – 601 (John Jaso)
Mariners LF – 604 (Milton Bradley)
White Sox 2B – 607 (Gordon Beckham)
Yankees SS – 609 (Derek Jeter)
Twins 3B – 610 (Danny Valencia)
White Sox C – 617 (A.J. Pierzynski)
Athletics 3B – 625 (Kevin Kouzmanoff)
Athletics SS – 630 (Cliff Pennington)
Tigers SS – 631 (Jhonny Peralta)
Angels RF – 632 (Torii Hunter)
Angels C – 633 (Jeff Mathis)
White Sox SS – 636 (Alexei Ramirez)
Mariners CF – 636 (Ryan Langerhans)
Mariners DH – 640 (Jack Cust)
Royals 1B – 642 (Kila Ka’aihue)
Yankees RF – 646 (Nick Swisher)
Athletics RF – 646 (David DeJesus)
White Sox DH – 647 (Adam Dunn)

- The Rangers are the only team getting at least a 650 OPS out of every position to date. Their low mark is a 671 from center field.

- The White Sox, on the other hand, have seven positions list above: all of them except first base and right field. The Mariners and Twins both have six positons apiece.

- While the Yankees place two on the list, they do lead the AL in OPS at 808. The Rangers rank third at 781. Cleveland is second at 787.

  1. roycesweeney - May 4, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    I’ll save you the work:

    Padres 1B
    Padres 2B
    Padres 3B
    Padres SS
    etc.

    • jamie54 - May 4, 2011 at 10:14 PM

      For NL, that’s a winner, winner. You forgot LF, RF. Hell, just throw the whole damn team in there, they suck.

      • aceshigh11 - May 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM

        Winner winner, chicken dinner, or winner winner SHEEN dinner?

    • icanspeel - May 4, 2011 at 10:47 PM

      You beat me to the punchline, but seriously every Padre can be on there except maybe Catcher

  2. cur68 - May 4, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Of the 3 Blue Jays listed;
    Travis Snider (LF) – 539; in AAA since last Friday.

    Aaron Hill (2B) – 577; on the DL almost 2 weeks now

    Edwin Encarnacion (3B) – 578 ; just off the DL 3 days now from a sore wrist.

    I think that ameliorates some of the crappiness.

    • hasbeen5 - May 5, 2011 at 8:08 AM

      Ameliorate is a great word. I’ve been trying to work it into conversations for months but nobody knows what it means.

      • cur68 - May 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        Well then let me ameliorate some of the difficulties for you; use it on any post involving the Blue Jays. I know what it means.

  3. yankeesfanlen - May 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Who do I have more confidence in to turn this around soon- Beep-beep or Swish. Hmmmmm…let me think….

  4. tjwilliams - May 4, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    What’s with the Cuddyer picture? I see six Twins, but no Cuddyer (though his .636 OPS should have him on the list).

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 4, 2011 at 11:03 PM

      It came up on the search for Twins strikeout. Too good to pass up, I thought. And Cuddyer is just about as responsible as Hughes for Twins 2B.

  5. tomemos - May 5, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    Wait, you’re doing this by OPS? Isn’t that pretty heavily influenced by park effects?

  6. scatterbrian - May 5, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    What does this have to do with position?

  7. scatterbrian - May 5, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    never mind….I sort of missed this key ingredient: Presented along with the team is the player most responsible.

    I’m give myself a thumb down.

  8. paperlions - May 5, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    You might want to sort the list in some way that is more relevant to the “by position” headline. That’s just a list of the poorest offensive performers according to OPS, it isn’t “by” anything. Grouping by position or team would be more useful/enlightening….just sayin’

    • tomemos - May 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM

      Agreed.

    • spindervish - May 5, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Exactly. That list makes no sense. Based on the headline I was expecting something like a 9-man lineup of the worst offensive performers at each position.

  9. bicyclee - May 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    So if we were to make up an “all-futility team” consisting of the lowest OPS by position from the list above, we would get this:

    Twins C – 390 (Drew Butera)
    Twins 2B – 451 (Luke Hughes)
    Mariners SS – 465 (Brendan Ryan)
    White Sox 3B – 472 (Brent Morel)
    Angels LF – 474 (Vernon Wells)
    White Sox CF – 512 (Alex Rios)
    Rays 1B – 564 (Dan Johnson)
    Orioles RF – 565 (Nick Markakis)
    Twins DH – 580 (Jim Thome)

    Five players from the Twins and White Sox — I guess that’s not too surprising, considering those are the two teams with the worst records in baseball.

    • professor59 - May 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      I’m buying in to a Markakis turnaround. Too much positive history there, and he’s not hurt, and not old.
      But I’ve been shopping Jeter for a month, and no one will give me a bag of used baseballs for him. Geez, you’d thin there’d be at least one nearsighted Yankee fan who’d do it.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM

        Don’t look for help from these quarters. I started out with-and remained-with Reyes.

  10. juicebox129 - May 5, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Why is there a picture of Michael Cuddyer on here when he isn’t even on the list?

  11. BC - May 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    That Vernon Wells deal is looking good now, huh?

    • umrguy42 - May 5, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      The Cards ditching Brendan Ryan *and* Ryan Ludwick last year is actually looking better, too…

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