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Mariners shortstops are hitting worse than NL pitchers

May 16, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

Brendan Ryan AP

Our own D.J. Short passes along this amazing stat:

Mariners shortstops have combined to hit .121 with a .318 OPS this season. National League pitchers have combined to hit .124 with a .323 OPS this season.

So through one-fourth of the season Seattle’s shortstops have been out-hit by pitchers. Think about that.

Brendan Ryan has started 30 times at shortstop, with Robert Andino taking the other 10 starts. Ryan has a great glove, but he’s been one of the worst hitters in baseball for a while now, and Andino has a .611 career OPS.

Meanwhile, shortstop prospect Nick Franklin is hitting .339 with four homers, eight doubles, and a .982 OPS in 30 games at Triple-A. He’d be a downgrade defensively and in fact has been splitting time between shortstop and second base this season, but Franklin ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects coming into the year and … well, he might at least out-hit a bunch of pitchers.

  1. alang3131982 - May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    the curse of Andino strikes again…dude cant control that thing

    • tuberippin - May 16, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      That said, Robert Andino is still hitting better than Brendan Ryan.

      Andino’s OPS+ is 29 (71% worse than league-average).
      Ryan’s OPS+ is, somehow, -1 (101% worse than league-average). He’s also hit into as many double plays (seven) in 31 games this year as he did in 123 games for the Mariners in 2011 (he only had 4 GIDPs in 141 games for them last season).

      You know things are bad when your OPS+ is in the negatives. I’ve never seen that before in my life.

  2. papacrick - May 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    That’s beyond sad. I would love to hear Ryan’s response to a reporter relaying that stat in a post game interview

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      “I guess that’s why I don’t have any Gold Gloves?”

      “Im much better than most at helping prevent runs?”

      Both are true but nobody cares

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Are you allowed to DH other postions, or does it have to be the pitcher?

    • Jeremy Fox - May 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      You can only DH for the pitcher (Rule 6.10). Your only other option is to go without a DH entirely.

  4. ezthinking - May 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    But…, but…. what about Ryan’s defensive WAR? Oh yeah, it’s 0.7 since they changed some of the WAR components so as to not overrate players like Ryan. And he sucks with the bat. Cut him already.

  5. historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Nope, still don’t want to watch a pitcher hit.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      How about Clayton Kershaw having as many home runs as Matt Kemp?

      • nbjays - May 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        “How about Matt Kemp having as few home runs as Clayton Kershaw?”

        There… fixed that for you Koufax :-)

      • historiophiliac - May 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Awww, Kemp-shaming. :(

    • tuberippin - May 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Cool, then stick with watching the AL. I’ll be over here watching pitchers hit in the NL.

  6. neoshweaty - May 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    It’s a shame that Ackley, Smoak, and Montero are all playing so poorly. I feel like they could just swallow the horrible bat of Ryan if his defense stayed as good as it was and if the other three guys were hitting but it just seems like nothing has really gone right with their prospects. It’s a shame really. Good thing they have some prospects on the way to replace them at least (Zunino and a 1B guy im forgetting but I could be wrong). Hope things turn around in Seattle.

    • tuberippin - May 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Let’s hope that Mike Zunino isn’t the new Jeff Clement, and that Nick Franklin isn’t the new Dustin Ackley.

  7. mkd - May 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    USS Mariner noting this fact yesterday:

    http://www.ussmariner.com/2013/05/15/you-cannot-replace-past-performance/

    And a Larry Stone article from the day before that:

    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/hotstoneleague/2013/05/14/mariners-essentially-fielding-national-league-lineup-in-american-league/

    May as well source where sourcing is due…

  8. foreverchipper10 - May 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    This is so deliciously, fantastically awful.

  9. asimonetti88 - May 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    And yet Mariners SS and NL pitchers are still hitting better than Josh Hamilton.

  10. fearthehoody - May 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Ive said it for years! Why the heck is Ryan starting!? He bats .200 every year with zero pop, and just offers a plus glove. Get a vet until Franklin is ready and trade Ryan for a month’s supply of Big league chew

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