Lacking Cruz Control
The “Bill Buckner” of the Rangers organization would be better served on an episode of “Lost” than in right field at RBiA. In 2010, Cruz had a slash line of .318/.374/.576 with 56 extra base hits and 17 stolen bases despite only playing in 108 games. He accumulated 4.3 rWAR, sported a 8.5% walk rate and 18.2% K rate. His ability to draw walks has always been poor, but his plate discipline in 2010 was a thing of beauty which led to a .374 OBP.
What are we to do with a modern day Pete Incaviglia? His feast or famine ways have brought 0.1 added value over a replacement level player this season.
vs. RHP .235/.272/.441 in 147 PA
vs. LHP .314/.417/.608 in 60 PA
For his career, Cruz does nearly have 100 OPS points higher against LHP (.887) than RHP (.795), but this year’s discrepancy is rather alarming.
For 2013, what is the solution? Is it too far-fetched to consider moving Moreland to right field, Kinsler to first and keeping Profar at second? Cruz could DH against lefties, but this would essentially make him Jeff Baker.
Lineup vs. RHP
Lineup vs. LHP
In the end, the above is pointless because:
- Cruz won’t be benched
- Berkman’s splits this year are very similar
- Can’t imagine the club would ever want to move a MVP candidate like Kinsler mid-season though it could garner the sympathy vote.
Now that I have wasted everyone’s time, what would you like to see happen with Cruz? Either way, I don’t see him as a part of this club next season, but there are still 110 games remaining this season.