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The final line September 30, 2007

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The season’s over, though Yuniesky’s season ended a week ago (except for a pinch-hit pop out on Tuesday).

His final line, courtesy Baseball Reference

 G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA
155  536   72  155  38  2   9   67   5  4  15  48  .289
 OBP   SLG   OPS+  SF IBB HBP GDP
.308  .418   94    4   3   1  10

What do these tell us? Well, OPS+, which adjusts for Safeco Field being death to home runs and compares him other shortstops, shows that, sadly, he’s still a slightly below average hitting shortstop.

Where he improved, compared to last year: power (more extra base hits and thus sluggin), contact (fewer K’s) and clutch (RBIs).

Where he regressed: patience (fewer walks) and aggresive base running (fewer SB and attempts)–though given that he’s hitting in front of the Mariners’ best player (Ichiro), stealing bases isn’t the best strategy.

Where he stayed exactly the same: his batting average was .289 both last year and this year.

I’ll take a closer look at Yuni’s stats (and figure out what the stuff on FanGraphs even means), but, at first glance, it looks like Yuni had a successful season.

Except, of course, that maybe Willie Bloomquist is better than Betancourt. The News-Tribune sharpened the dagger before today’s game:

Since shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt’s elbow injury, Willie Bloomquist has played most of the innings at the position – and batted .357.

…and then Willie stabbed himself with the dagger by going 0-2. That .357 average turned into a .300. All’s right with the world. It’s still a small sample size, but at least it’s a small sample closer to Yuni.

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