Take a look at the following list of players and their OPS
David Wright .912
Ian Kinsler. 912
Jason Giambi .916
Conor Jackson .918
Hanley Ramirez .921
Grady Sizemore .921
So if you were a manager you'd probably want our mystery man above to be in the lineup as much as possible, right? That is if your goal is to score as many runs as possible.
So who is our mystery man? None other than Chris Iannetta, riding the bench tonight with Torrealba ( .693 OPS) getting the start.
Torrealba has had 9 starts already in July, to Iannetta's 14.
I can only help but wonder what our record would have been with Iannetta and his .900 OPS in our lineup more frequently the entire year.
How is this possibly justifiable? Is catcher so demanding a position for a 25-year old that he can only play in 60% of the games? Russell Martin (another 25-year old catcher) doesn't seem to have a problem. Are we playing Torrealba to showcase him for a trade?
I wonder sometimes if Hurdle really wants to win or not.