Quick Hits: Player A vs. Player B (Outfield Edition)

By Danny Abriano

Here’s a fun exercise…

We’re going to examine Player A and Player B (both lefty hitting major league outfielders).

Apr. 5, 2012; Flushing, NY, USA; A general view of a logo in the outfield commemorating the life of New York Mets former player

Gary Carter

as seen before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll first take a look at the 2012 results for both of those players.  Then, we’ll compare those players’ 162 game averages (Player A has played three full seasons, while Player B has played two full seasons).  Both players are 27 years old.  Player A will turn 28 on April 15th, while Player B won’t turn 28 until next February.  Both players are poor defensively.

Here we go!

2012 Results:

Player A-

Average: .240

OBP: .286

SLG: 372

22 doubles, 12 homers, 52 RBI’s, 104 K’s.

Player B (69 fewer at bats than Player A) –

Average: 239

OBP: .329

SLG: .389

15 doubles, 15 homers, 57 RBI’s, 120 K’s

162 Game Averages:

Player A (three full seasons) –

Average: .259

OBP: .315

SLG: .414

31 doubles, 18 homers, 75 RBI’s, 122 K’s

Player B (two full seasons) –

Average: .256

OBP: .338

SLG: .427

27 doubles, 19 homers, 78 RBI’s, 129 K’s

…Anyone care to guess who these mystery players are?  Player A is recently released Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch, who most Mets writers and bloggers are saying the Mets “have to consider.”  Player B is Lucas Duda, who most Mets writers and bloggers want to replace with someone like Boesch.

It’s always prudent to do some analysis before clamoring for the Mets to add newly available players.  It seems that people crave options who are worse than what the Mets currently have, simply because their name is different.

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