You guys don’t need us to tell you that Kelly Shoppach and Reid Brignac can’t hit, anymore than you need us to tell you that BJ Upton occasionally has a brainfart on the basepaths. It is just common Rays baseball sense.
But just how bad have Shoppach and Brignac been? We are less than a week from the break and both guys are hitting below .200. Well below .200. But how does that compare to other sucky hitters. Let’s add it up…
So far this season, there are 327 players with at least 120 plate appearances. Shoppach’s .168 batting average is 326th, better than only Adam Dunn (.167). Brignac is not much better at .187, which ranks 316th.
But that is batting average. Not the best indiator of overall ability. So what about OPS? Shoppach’s .556 OPS ranks 318th in baseball. And yet, that is still 100 points better than Briggy Baseball who has a .450 OPS, 326th in baseball. The only player worse than Brignac is Franklin Guitierrez of the Mariners (.446).
So pick your poison. Shoppach or Brignac? Two of the worst hitters in baseball. Is it any surprise that the Rays occasionally struggle to score runs?