A tweet from Amy G before tonight’s game against the D-Backs:
#sfgiants 5/11/11 lineup: Torres CF F. Sanchez 2B Huff 1B Posey C Ross RF Fontenot SS Rowand LF Tejada 3B J. Sanchez LHP
With Andres Torres back in the lineup, let me be the first to scratch my head at Rowand’s inclusion into tonight’s lineup. I still get the feeling that there’s a narrative being spun about Rowand’s hot start to the season. I mean, come on, the guy already has 10 doubles! 10 doubles! That’s a lot of doubles!
Because this is BCB, here’s a rolling wOBA graph for Aaron Rowand this year, detailing his hot start.
Don’t get me wrong, those first five games were amazing. Rowand was hitting like a reanimated Tedd Williams with robot legs, but then Rowand did something funny — he started to hit like, well, Aaron Rowand. Hacky, weird squat, grossly overpaid, Aaron Rowand. His current wOBA of .314 is below average and over his last 20 games played, he’s lost about 80 points in wOBA.
Other fun Rowand facts from this season:
* Rowand didn’t draw his first walk until his 11th game played. He went 39 plate appearances before getting that first walk. His current walk-rate is 3.9%.
* Most of Rowand’s offense is almost entirely based on his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) which right now is at .348 versus a career of .318.
* Despite the 10 doubles, Rowand’s ISO (.125) is below average. He’s basically hit a bunch of singles and a handful of doubles while never walking.
Anyways, this wasn’t meant as a ‘pile on Aaron Rowand post’ because those are easy, and they’ve been done to death, but it makes you wonder why Burrell isn’t starting tonight? Even with his terrible glove, he’s been one of the better hitters on a poor hitting Giants squad this season. At the moment, Burrell is probably +30% better than Rowand with the bat. So, why isn’t he in the lineup? Inquiring minds want to know …