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The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing out the string. Some could cynically call the season’s last weeks as “stat-padding time.” Some even think that’s happening with Gregory Polanco.
Yesterday I put out a call on Twitter for Pittsburgh Pirates fans to help me decide if Polanco has had a good season:
When it’s all said and done, will #Pirates fans look back on Polanco’s season as a successful one?
I’m inclined to say yes
— Jason Rollison (@jrollisonpgh) September 3, 2018
Feel free to read the replies, but suffice to say folks were split.
The fact is, Polanco is still a streaky player. The other fact is, it has been a hell of a season for the right-fielder. He has set career highs in OPS (.825) and wRC+ (119 as of this writing).
Both can be true.
And if both are true, the debate comes down to a philosophical question. If a hitter has enough production at the end of a season (re: his stats looks good) at the expense of semi-lengthy slumps, can he be considered a good hitter?
The true answer requires some study. However, if we take the long view, we can find a huge positive in the fact that Polanco and the Pittsburgh Pirates brass now know exactly what type of hitter he is: a left-handed bat that sometimes sells out for power. The type that can reach 30+ doubles and 20+ HR rather easily over the course of 162 games.
And those types of players? Teams will take those types of players 10 out of 10 times.
#RAISEIT #Pirates beat the #Reds 5-1. Trevor Williams remains amazingly amazing. 6.2 more scoreless innings from him. His ERA is down to 3.15. Adam Frazier is also really good at hitting. 4 hits and a home run from him. Greg Polanco with a home run as well. 67 wins. #BUCSin280
— Pirates Breakdown (@piratebreakdown) September 3, 2018
Baseball Talk on the Web
- David Laurila’s latest Sunday Notes column is live. Always a good read.
- He was fantastic again yesterday, so let’s revisit Alex Stumpf’s detailed look at how Trevor Williams is out of his mind right now.