Thursday, July 07, 2011

Catch as Catch Can

Before the season, most observers wondered about the productivity the Red Sox would receive from the catching position. An aging Jason Varitek and an unproven Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't inspire an abundance of confidence. But as we head into the All-Star break, a funny thing happened on the way to Arizona.

Among AL catchers with at least 100 plate appearances, the Red Sox duo rank 5-6, and combined would lead in runs scored, doubles, and be second in runs batted in. Of course, this doesn't include Saltalamacchia's tater tonight. Okay, they'd also lead in strikeouts, but you take the bitter with the sweet.


redsoxfandave said...

I'm wondering which category your rankings above are sorted by. I'm assuming OPS, but I'm guessing that SLG and OPS got cut off on the right side of the pic? Regardless, hats off to both of them.

redsoxfandave said...

Of course all I had to do was click on the pic to see that full chart....yes, it's OPS. Most impressive.