Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Putting James Loney's slow start in historical perspective

Jon Wiseman compares James Loney's wretched start to other wretched Dodger starts of the post-1988 era. "Loney has a .534 OPS, putting him firmly in position to have one of the worst Dodgers starts through the end of May of any regular since 1988."
Worst OPS through May
(minimum 3.1 plate appearances per team game)
.452 John Shelby, 1989
.457 Alfredo Griffin, 1988
.532 Mike Davis, 1988
.582 Cesar Izturis, 2003
.595 Jose Offerman, 1994
If post-1988 history is any predictor, don't expect Loney to bounce back this season. That is, unless he moves to Albuquerque.

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