RBI’s and Total Bases By Position
I think it’s fairly obvious what position Arias will be taking over when Pablo returns next week. Here are the RBI’s and total bases produced by the Giants this year by position:
Catcher: 31 rbi’s (2nd in NL), 78 total bases (2nd in NL)
1st base: 20 rbi’s (9th in NL), 62 total bases (12th in NL) Belt has had more starts at first base than any other player this year.
2nd base: 7 rbi’s (15th in the NL), 31 total bases (last in the NL. We are 19 total bases behind the Brewers who are in 15th place. Miami’s 2nd base spot leads with 82 total bases).
shortstop: 15 rbi’s (9th in NL) and 56 total bases (9th in NL).
LF: 17 rbi’s (13th in NL) and 80 total bases (surprisingly 5th in the N:)
CF: 15 rbi’s (7th in NL), 81 total bases (4th in NL)
RF: 18 rbi’s (11th in NL), 76 total bases (8th in NL)
If you compare how each position is doing vs other national league teams, we are good in two positions: catcher and center field. And from a *total bases* standpoint, we are also ok in LF and RF. I didn’t include 3rd base because it was near the top with Pablo in and has dropped since he left. I think everyone knows we are fine at 3rd when Sandoval returns.
And while we are below average at SS and first base we are beyond woeful at 2nd base. I recognize this isn’t news to anyone who follows the team. But it is crystal clear that when The Panda comes back next week Arias will move to 2nd base to fill the black hole of (un)production that we have gotten from that spot all season long.
Our offense will just continue to get better and for a team that has more than held it’s own since we lost our great 3rd baseman, that is outstanding news as we head into the Summer………