I imagine it would take the average person several thousand at bats before they could hit a lucky homerun off of a MLB pitcher, if they could even do it at all.
Anyway, we are talking about a guy who OPS'd around .600 for the year. He OPS'd under .400 in Sept/Oct. Just think about that for a second. Under freaking .400 for over a month. Then people (or person) are saying if he succeeds in the playoffs it's not luck, but a good call by Dusty. No, in fact, that is damn near the definition of luck born out of stubbornness. You take something that has proven to be poor over a long stretch of time, with statistically relevant samples, and still continue to do it hoping things change is not only insanity but if it works out is a clear example of luck. Can it happen? Sure. Yet it if does happen, from everything we know, it will be luck. There is way too much data to think otherwise.
Drew could maybe one day turn it around. Yet after all we have seen this year, the thought he will suddenly turn it around in this year's playoffs is not a sound idea. If he suddenly turns into a star in the playoffs, it will indeed be luck. That has been my only point all along.
You make some valid points. If Stubbs remains consistent throughout the playoffs, and clearly that remains to be seen, I dont believe that will be luck. There's no question in my mind that Stubbs has the tools....unfortunately he's gotten progressively worse over the course of the past three years...but he does have the tools. So if he gets it done during the playoffs I will believe it's not luck but him using his talents to string good games together.
He's done it before...like the massive hot-streak he ripped off the 10 games before the trading deadline this year (after which he went completely in the tank). So I'm not going to be fooled again that he's turned the corner...but he does have the ability.
I do know this....when he's in centerfield and the ball's hit in the air in that general vicinity....it's an out.
Subbs' centerfield play in SF was fantastic. He was getting a GREAT jump on everything hit. Ever since moving to eighth in the lineup, he is more relaxed and his whole game is being helped as a result. He played CF with some serious SWAG in SF. Great thing to see. Way to go Drew, keep it up!
Stubbs is terrible. He has 1 at bat to salvage pretty much the worst year out of any regular center fielder in baseball. Good luck with that Stubbs, because as we all have found out, any time you do something good it is luck. Perhaps closing your eyes might help, because keeping them open certainly doesn't.
Oops, my bad. He gets 0 at bats to redeem himself. It only took a whole season and almost 5 playoff games of complete incompetence at the plate for Dusty to finally sit him.
BTW...the only ridiculous string everyone kept raving about
Drew Stubbs scored a run in each of the last two games.