Marco Scutaro Gets on Base
The B-R Blog has a list of the most games this year a player got on base at least once.
Some guy named Albert Pujols leads the list, with 98 games. Then there's Son of Big Daddy, Prince Fielder, who has reached base in 94 games. Rounding out the top six are Adrian Gonzalez, Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and, shockingly, Ichiro Suzuki. Guess who's #7?
Marco Scutaro a.k.a. Scooter has reached base in 91 games this year.
Scutaro has been a pretty decent middle infielder for several years now. He doesn’t put up huge offensive numbers but his OPS+ has been consistently right around 90. This year, it’s way up to 118 and he’s already set career highs for walks and SB. In just a few more games, he’s very likely to set career highs in runs, 2B, and total bases. Unless he runs into a big slump, he’ll finish the year with career highs in BA, OBP, and SLG.
Scutaro hasn’t really flown under the radar thanks to a whole bunch of game-winning plate appearances. Can you believe that Scutaro has already been responsible for NINE walk-off wins? That’s more than most players get in their entire careers, much less below-average middle infielders. Those walk-off winners include homers off closers B. J. Ryan in 2004 and Mariano Rivera in 2007.
Best below-average middle infielder ever!
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