Originally Posted by Brutus
Career vs. RHP
Heisey (.770 OPS), 29 years old
Ruggiano (.756 OPS), 31 years old
Ruggiano's OPS is largely colored by that .401 BABIP last season.
I sense people are just grasping at straws right now. Now, I will say, Ruggiano does clearly hit the ball better against left-handed pitching than does Heisey. But overall, he's not really any better an option.
I don't think these lifetime averages mean anything. They predict nothing. These players have very limited playing time, wide variations in performance. Averaging these stats together do nothing for me.
Simply compare Heisey's 2011 and 2012. Like two different players. Is he a 112 OPS+ player as in 2011 or an 88 OPS+ player as in 2012? Which one is he? Whatever your opinion is, I don't see how averaging the two years tells you anything.
IMO, Heisey does not have the higher OBP, higher contact, more patient approach the Reds are looking for. I don't know if Ruggiano would either, but I'm ready to try somebody else in Heisey's role.