(H/T: to Phylan for the idea). Click the image to embiggen.
Lots of red squares in 2011. This is probably the longest Huff has struggled since his 2001 campaign. Huff actually broke into the league in 2000 (not included in the heatmap) and 2001 was his first season that he started the year in the majors. It was a tough season for Huff who hit .248/.288/ .372 in 434 plate appearances. He never quite got it going on offense that year. However, post-2001, Huff has put up some pretty good years. Those are the years marked by the long lines of green. Huff’s 2003 is impressive; he hit right from the start.
The image does a pretty good job of showing Huff’s ups-and-downs as a player. His 2009, in which most thought he was finished, started decently (.838 OPS on May 30th) but from June 1st he hit .225/.294/.333; that includes his truly awful time in Detroit (40 games, 49 OPS+).
The Giants’ plan is to keep running Huff out there everyday. For a player that’s undergoing his biggest struggles in 10 years, that strategy has to make you scratch your head some. At this point Good Huff isn’t coming back and the most that we can hope for is a few solid games here and there. We’ll see, but at this point I’m dialing my hopes down. Waaay down.