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Maybe Our Trot-Bashing is Working Already…

Posted by wct6 on June 21, 2007

…as Trotter went 3-4 with a run and 2 RBI in the game immediately following our rant. 

Or, maybe the Red Sox are just adept at letting an outfielder walk just before his production completely drops off. 

To wit

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OK, We Promise, This is Not Going to Turn Into A Cleveland Indians Blog, But…

Posted by wct6 on June 20, 2007

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…this point cannot be left unsaid.  We have no idea what exactly Boston fans love so much about Trot Nixon.  Granted, 191 AB is not much of a sample size to make an assessment of a player, but he hasn’t really shown any signs of being anything more than an average to below-average major league outfielder. 

Admittedly, when we heard that the Indians acquired Nixon, we were pretty happy.  We remembered seeing him play with the Red Sox, and felt like his veteran presence, along with the fact that the Indians needed a left-handed bat, would make him an asset to the team.  What has he done so far this year? .654 OPS (including an almost unheard of .390 OPS in June!) and two home runs while playing what is traditionally a power position.  So what could be the reason for his lack of production? 

He is getting old – This was the first thing we thought of, until we looked it up and learned that he just turned 33 this past April.  33, while not a spring chicken, is not over the hill.  Production should not be dropping precipitously for an outfielder in the season he turns 33. 

He is playing hurt – Eh, maybe.  But he wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire in April and May (.700ish OPS).  And his fielding, throwing and running have shown no signs of injury. 

The Red Sox got rid of him just in time – this is the most likely conclusion.  Lets look at his OPSs starting with his career high in 2003 – .974, .887, .803, .767, .654.  Are we the only ones that see a trend there?  Then again, turnabout is fair play, and we shipped them Coco Crisp who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. 

We’re hoping that our attacking Nixon will cause a Josh Barfield-like response (batting .328 in June after we ripped him early in the season) and he will be red hot in the second half of the season.

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