Sunday, May 01, 2011

James Loney's Long And Winding Road

back towards Replacement Level

James Loney is off to an awful start offensively. What to do with him both in the short and long term is a popular topic. Not much can be done short term as Loney has very little trade value. The best you can do is to sit him against left handed pitchers and start a right handed bat at first base on those days. Long term, a tough decision will have to be made at the end of the 2011 season as to whether or not the Dodgers should tender Loney a contract or give him a raise in arbitration. Luckily for the Dodgers, that bridge does not need to be crossed for a while. Without further ado, here are some stats that James Loney would have to attain in order to bring his batting line back to replacement level for a first-baseman (wOBA - 0.312).

J.Loney105222010140.20950.23640.24760.48400.2123Current hitting line.
MR Walk1052220101310.20950.38690.24760.63450.312327 straight walks.
MR Single124413910140.33060.34880.36290.71170.313619 straight singles.
MR Double1173420130140.29060.31150.42740.73880.313412 straight doubles.
MR Triple114312019140.27190.29410.46490.75900.31429 straight triples
MR HR112292010840.25890.28210.48210.76420.31627 straight homeruns.
Normal117342750280.29060.33330.38460.71790.313012 for 12 with 7 singles, 4 doubles, 7 HRs and 4 walks.

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