That was the final score in the Giants’ win over the Padres this afternoon, which came via the suicide squeeze and on Chris Stewart’s second sacrifice bunt of the day. But it also just so happens to be the thing most often written by the official scorer this season at the conclusion of Aubrey Huff’s at-bats.
Me having a little fun on Twitter this afternoon:
Coming into Sunday, Aubrey Huff had a 104 point drop in his weighted on-base average (wOBA) from 2010 to 2011 (to date). He’s hitting .236/.290/.365 (average/on-base percentage/slugging). That makes him the ninth worst hitter in the Senior Circuit and the worst first baseman, though James Loney is giving him a run for his money. (American League DH’s Adam Dunn and Hideki Matsui have been worse… somehow.)
In terms of total value, both FanGraphs (-1.0 Wins Above Replacement) and Baseball-reference (-1.1 WAR) agree that he’s been one of the worst players in baseball.
Brandon Belt was sent down early on this season after hitting .211/.328/.281 for a .295 wOBA. It’s an uninspiring line, for sure, but it’s better than Huff’s (with better defense) and in a much smaller sample, as he was given just 67 plate appearances before he was sent packing. His .341/.467/.576 line in Triple-A Fresno suggests he might be worth another look.
Meanwhile the Giants are scouring the trade market for upgrades at almost every other position (corner outfield spots, shortstop, catcher and second). But the clearest spot to an upgrade is at first base with a one-for-one swap of Belt for Huff, a move that would cost them nothing in salary or prospects. I understand why the Giants are reluctant to do it, but if nothing changes in the 34-year-old’s season, the time will soon come when the Giants will have zero justifiable excuses to not make the change.
Here’s Huff’s hit chart at AT&T Park this season:
Click this link (Fox Sports) for his real hit chart at AT&T. It’s disturbingly similar to the one in my head (reproduced above).