We are one-third of the way through the season. Let’s take a look at how some of the Rays hitters are performing in terms of wOBA. If you are not familiar with wOBA, just think OPS, but better (check this link for a quick explanation).
Notes on the table are below…
Notes on the table…
- wOBA is on an OBP scale which makes it easier to get an idea of what is good and what is not good. The cutoffs are somewhat arbitrary but generally, .380 and above is excellent and anything below .330 is not very good.
- The Rays as a team have a wOBA of .333, which ranks 6th in the AL. It also happens to rank 4th in the AL East.
- A couple of names that stick out are John Jaso and Dioner Navarro. We have been a bit harsh on Jaso’s defense recently. That was more of an FYI. There is no way the Rays can demote a guy with a .385 wOBA. Not happening. We are just going to have to live with the defense and hope it gets better.
- Sean Rodriguez had a big hit the other night, but overall he is having a rough season. One has to wonder if he is the odd-man out should the Rays decide Matt Joyce is ready to be promoted.
- Obviously wOBA for players like Kelly Shoppach and Hank Blalock mean little or nothing due to such a small sample.
- Yesterday, Steve Slowinski of DRays Bay took a look at how wOBA has fluctuated during the season for some of these players. [DRays Bay]