The last thread turned into a reader analysis of declining third baseman Placido Polanco, whose numbers since April of 2011 have been staggeringly bad.
Excluding the opening month of 2011 when Polly set the world on fire, Polanco has hit .237 (96-405) with a .295 OBP, .279 SLG and .574 OPS, numbers assembled by Beerleaguer friend, Carson, from We Should Be GMs. So essentially, the Phils have fielded a clone of all-glove, no-hit utilityman Abraham Nunez for third base for a solid year, readers obvserved. Polly's peripheral metrics are extremely wimpy, including a 15.2 percent line-drive percentage and a 51.5 ground ball percentage, leading to a ton of weak outs.
Beerleaguer: It's time to really consider less playing time for Polly, who really belongs at the ass end of the lineup. Between John Mayberry, Jim Thome and Laynce Nix, there's enough depth to free up Ty Wigginton for more looks at third. Not that there are any guarantees with Wiggy, but a .574 OPS for the last year isn't cutting it from the hot corner.