Quick! Time’s running out to jump on the Matt LaPorta bandwagon. It was pretty empty here for a while, but a trickle of people are finally starting to find their way aboard.
Matt LaPorta has played in all but one game of the Cleveland Indians’ torrid 11-4 start, and yet he can’t seem to get the monkey off his back. As recently as last week, one of the Tribe Talk questions was basically, should we pull the plug on Matt LaPorta at first base?
The vibe in Cleveland has been essentially “thank goodness we got Michael Brantley in the CC Sabathia trade because Matt LaPorta is a bust.”
Luckily for the Tribe, that’s just not true. Let’s do a quick stat check between LaPorta before this year and LaPorta this year to help prove this point:
2009-2010: .232 BA, .307 OBP, .388 SLG, .694 OPS, 91 OPS+, 119 SO, 58 BB, 2.05 SO:BB, 19 HR, 62 RBI, 623 PA
2011: .239 BA, .345 OBP, .457 SLG, .802 OPS, 134 OPS+, 10 SO, 7 BB, 1.43 SO:BB, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 55 PA
Sure, the batting average is still low, but everything else is much better. He’s getting on base, slugging well, and drawing walks; what else do you want? Read More…
From Bleacher Report, April 18, 2011