That was a little harsh but I agree with John C. To say this is an isolated slump is to ignore Rios’ awful April (OPS .670) and awful June (only 8 XBHs). That’s 3 bad months interspersed throughout the year with about 350 ABs worth of sub .700 OPS ball. Not a good year and nothing encouraging to say the least. Right now his excellent May is looking like the outlier.
Comment by Ed Nelson — September 17, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
The power decline is definitely not a sample size issue. its a trend
I tell you again and again, batting stance. He has gone from a slight crouch in earlier years, to a severe lean in 2009, and now he looks like he is sitting on an invisible chair. No one can hit like that, but why he feels the need to change his stance every couple of games is beyond me.
“where they experience what many label as slumps.”
Did you have a better name for them? “Times during the year when random chance and unknown physical/mental differences that we can’t quantify result in poor outcomes” is a little long. Seriously, call it a slump. No one will take away your baseball analyst card or anything. It’s OK. Some terms from the past are fine to use.
An OPS of .371 over 97 PA is a level of magnitude worse than any of the examples you give. He might turn it around tomorrow, or he could have entered the Andruw Jones zone where he completely loses it for a year or more.
He figures out how to pull the ball and hits for power, and then pitchers pitch him away. So then he gets a more and more inside-out swing that has no power (he once did this for an entire season). And then he starts over.
I was thinking the exact same thing, AJS. How many people are still mocking the Jays for getting rid of this contract and getting “nothing” in return (as if $60 million worth of newly found financial flexibility amounted to “nothing”)?
“Honestly it’s pretty hard to get worked about any of the numbers involved. […] Well Joe Mauer endured a 79 plate appearance streak that lasted from mid-August through early September in which he had an OPS of .804. In late April, Derek Jeter began a 84 plate appearance streak with a .643 OPS. Mark Teixeira’s first 95 plate appearances resulted in an .189/.358/.351 line.”
These OPS figures (.804, .643, and .709) are still a far cry from what Rios has been doing. When Mauer “slumps,” he might hover around .800 for a while. Rios’ slump is akin to a bad few weeks by, like, Nick Punto or Adam Everett standards.