Josh Reddick just isn’t measuring up
You’d be hard pressed to find a Dodger regular this century who has had a worse month than Josh Reddick has had in August. For a team used to the heroics of Justin Ruggiano, Juan Rivera, Marlon Anderson, and Belliard after being acquired for the stretch run, the failure of Reddick to launch has been tough to watch.
With a left-hander going for the Rockies today, and a right-hander on Wednesday, it is a good bet that Josh will sit today and play tomorrow which should be his last start in August.
You can say Josh is hitting into hard luck and you’d be right, his BABIP is absurdly low, but most of that was built upon his first week with the team. You can’t really say he’s been hitting the ball that hard in the last two weeks. Though yesterday he did hit a shot that the 2nd baseman made a play on, but hey 2nd baseman are supposed to be able to make that play.
So how does Josh measure up against other trade deadline acquisitions that got at least 50 at bats over the past ten years?
|Josh Reddick (2016)|||||83|||||1-0-0|||||.145 / .202 / .157|
|Justin Ruggiano (2015)|||||55|||||4-1-4|||||.291 / .350 / .618|
|Michael Young (2014)|||||51|||||2-1-0|||||.314 / .321 / .392|
|Juan Rivera (2011)|||||219|||||12-1-5|||||.274 / .333 / .406|
|Ryan Theriot (2010)|||||198|||||5-0-1|||||.242 / .323 / .283|
|Ronnie Belliard (2009)|||||77|||||7-0-5|||||.351 / .398 / .636|
|Casey Blake (2008)|||||211|||||12-1-10|||||.251 / .313 / .460|
|Manny Ramirez (2008)|||||187|||||14-0-17|||||.396 / .489 / .743|
|Shea Hillenbrand (2007)|||||70|||||0-2-1|||||.243 / .257 / .343|
|Wilson Betemit (2006)|||||174|||||7 -0 – 9|||||.241 / .306 / .437|
|Marlon Anderson(2006)|||||64|||||3 – 2 – 7|||||.375 / .431 / .813|
Not well at all:
I had to go back to 2006 just so I could post Magic Marlon Anderson’s numbers once again, every time you can squeeze in Magic Marlon you have to do it.
Josh Reddick has an OPS below the slug% of everyone but Theriot and Hillenbrand. That is hard to do. Actually, you can’t really imagine an OPS of .359 for an outfielder in over 80 at bats because it just doesn’t happen. Until now.
How does he measure up against the player he replaced?
|Josh Reddick (LAD 2016)|||||83|||||1-0-0|||||0|||||.145 / .202 / .157|
|Yasiel Puig (July 2016)|||||60|||||5-0-1|||||10|||||.283 / .389 / .417|
Not well at all
How does he measure up against the guy sitting on the bench while he starts?
|Josh Reddick (2016)|||||83|||||1-0-0|||||0|||||.145 / .202 / .157|
|Anthony Toles (2016)|||||54|||||5-1-2|||||8|||||.370 / .435 / .611|
|Anthony Toles (August)|||||16|||||2-1-2|||||7|||||.500 / .526 / 1.125|
Not well at all
I think Toles could go hitless in his next 50 at bats and still have out produced Josh Reddick.
Anyway how about that slug% from Toles:)
I didn’t do this to pound on Josh Reddick, but when someone puts up these numbers over a whole month and was traded for to do the exact opposite, it kind of stands out and shouldn’t’ be buried under the rug.
I know he’s still starting because Dave Roberts feels that for the team to succeed in the long run they need the Josh Reddick they traded for, not the anemic hitter they got so far.
Roberts is probably right, as long as playing Josh while he’s in this horrific slump doesn’t cost the team a win that he is unable to get back for them when he gets going.
I probably would not replace Josh for the long term, but I think I’d hedge my bets and play Toles while he’s blistering hot and Reddick is cold. In no time at all Toles will probably slow down but Just for argument sake, Toles is 10 – 2 in games he has started through August 27th. Josh is 11 – 9.