Don't Kill the Mellinger

Columnist Sam Mellinger's thoughts on sports and other important stuff

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08/20/2013 11:34 AM

08/20/2013 12:03 PM

Every day, it seems, I see emails and Tweets about how Billy Butler is the problem with the Royals. This is craziness on a few levels, most notably that he is their best hitter and, even in (for him) a down year is seventh in the AL in on-base percentage, second on the team in slugging, third in home runs (two behind leader Eric Hosmer), second in doubles (one behind Hosmer) and second in RBIs (one behind Alex Gordon). But Sam, maybe you’re saying, he sucks when it matters. Actually, Billy is hitting .313/.427/.434 with runners in scoring position. With men on base, he’s at .305/.419/.412. With two outs and runners in scoring position, he’s at .381/.500/.452. And in Baseball-Reference’s "Late & Close" situations he’s at .258/.371/.455. All of those numbers, judging by OPS, are better than his overall numbers. One more time: the Royals’ offense has a lot of problems, but Billy is not one of them. This week’s reading recommendation is Jon Finkel’s Why Soccer Is The Last Sport For Grown-Ups, and the eating recommendation is the shrimp etouffee at Jazz. As always, thanks for your help and for reading. Let’s get to it:


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