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  1. Why did anyone think playing in a pennant race would make Rios not suck? He sucked for a Jays team that was leading the AL East for 6 weeks.

    Comment by Torgen — September 17, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  2. Hey, remember that weekend Albert Pujols went 3 for 12?

    What do three of the decade’s better hitters have to do with an average José slugging .215 for a month?

    And .804? You couldn’t have used the 88 PA stretch where he posted a .678 OPS to better illustrate whatever ill-conceived point you were trying to make?

    P.S. I’m just joshing you. Keep up the mediocre work!

    Comment by John C. — September 17, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  3. 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

  4. The power decline is definitely not a sample size issue. its a trend

    Comment by Jeffrey Gross — September 17, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  5. Trends aren’t predictive.

    Comment by Nick — September 18, 2009 @ 1:11 am

  6. Maybe there are some personal issues that have affected his concentration over the last year?

    Comment by Rich — September 18, 2009 @ 1:55 am

  7. 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.

    Comment by joe — September 18, 2009 @ 3:08 am

  8. “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.

    Comment by aweb — September 18, 2009 @ 6:24 am

  9. Jeff Bagwell says hello.

    Comment by Matt — September 18, 2009 @ 7:56 am

  10. “You buckle, like a belt.”

    -Randal Graves

    Comment by Jason — September 18, 2009 @ 8:13 am

  11. there is no pressure leading the Al east in april. april is for hope.

    Comment by Tom B — September 18, 2009 @ 8:50 am

  12. Thankfully he can field.

    Comment by Matt B. — September 18, 2009 @ 10:18 am

  13. ya know, i was pretty excited when we picked up this dick. i’m still waiting for him to show up.

    i’m just glad i don’t have to witness scott podsednik play center field that much anymore. that guy is fucking brutal out there.

    Comment by Part-Time Pariah — September 18, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  14. When are we getting another article where his -1.8 UZR makes up for his horrible hitting “trend” and more than worth his contract. Ozzie hasn’t even crushed his will yet.

    Comment by wobatus — September 18, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  15. I hear ya, but his career UZR is fairly impressive and covers a lot more seasons. I think we can all agree he is an above average fielder.

    Comment by Matt B. — September 18, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  16. Rios has also always been streaky as hell.

    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 predict Rios will have a good May 2010.

    Comment by Llewdor — September 18, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  17. An OPS of .371 over 97 PA is a level of magnitude worse than any of the examples you give.

    This is key. This is why I think this is a poorly written article.

    Comment by Jack — September 18, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  18. Hey! You’re an asshole!

    Comment by Jacob Jackson — September 18, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

  19. I think he just needs to see Vernon Wells to his right. You guys want him?

    Comment by Brett — September 18, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  20. Because that helped so much this year.

    Comment by Torgen — September 18, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

  21. Everyone still think the White Sox got such a good deal and that Rios’ contract is so good compared to market value? cf.

    Comment by AJS — September 19, 2009 @ 12:46 am

  22. 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”)?

    Comment by WY — September 19, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

  23. I agree with Jack.

    “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.

    Comment by WY — September 19, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

  24. A 6 foot Jeff Bagwell, good luck doing that 6’5.

    Comment by joe — September 20, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  25. Those things still remain true. Based on what he’s done in his career he’s a serviceable player who lives up to his contract.

    That doesn’t mean he’s doing them NOW…that’s a separate issue…but the logic supporting the trade is still there, assuming he’s not irrevocably hurt or something.

    Comment by Pete — September 21, 2009 @ 12:05 am

  26. No he’s not. That’s the exact same attitude these dudes take when a team does something they disagree with.

    Comment by wobatus — September 30, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  27. I don’t think all those glowing “what a great waiver steal” were actually watching Rios play. They just looked at career stats and drooled “regression to mean.”

    Comment by wobatus — September 30, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

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