Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ray Durhan and Rickie Weeks: The Splits

Ray Durham has been an above average second baseman bacisally forever. Always a high OBP guy with some slugging to boot. He had a rough 2007 campaign but has rebounded in 8 to put up numbers consistent with his usual production. Ray has been especially tough on righties this year to the tune of .318/.396/.446. His sOPS+ puts him at 21% better than your average second baseman against righties. Ray will also be an upgrade defensively over Weeks (like everyone else not named Eric Patterson), ans steal bases at a high rate. All in all, he's a very useful player.

He does struggle against lefties which is where Rickie comes back into play as the Bill Hall to Durham's Russell Branyan. Rickie's meager 82 OPS+ shows you just how much the Brewers can improve at the position, but he has at least been average (a little better actually) against southpaws with an OPS+ of 107. Whereas he struggles to keep his OBP above .300 against righties, he puts up a very productive .256/.369/.430 against lefties.

So, in short, once the trade is final Billy Hall and Rickie Weeks will be spending a lot of time sitting next to each other.

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