As of right now, Willy is 0-for-3 today, and his batting average this season is .221. Our lead-off batter’s on-base percentage is .271.
Willy is hitting .025 in the month of June – 1 for 40. (I know, I know, count the end of May and his slump is actually 1 for his last 46).
Our lead-off man – whose job it is to get on base, help set the table, etc. – hasn’t walked since May 23 (yeah, I realize he missed a few games, but he hasn’t had a base on balls in the 14 games in which he’s appeared prior to today … and he’s had 4 or 5 at-bats in 12 of those games). He has walked 14 times the entire season. Edwin Encarnacion has walked 13 times – and he’s got 63 at-bats (to Willy’s 210). Also, catcher Ryan Hanigan has more walks than Willy this season in 100 fewer at-bats.
I know you don’t expect your lead-off guy to get a lot of RBIs, but you’d like him to luck into a few more than 9 by June 18. Micah Owings has 7! Willy has 210 at-bats; Owings has 36. It’s pretty rare when you can say the fifth pitcher in your starting rotation is a far better hitter than your everyday lead-off man who the manager won’t sit or move down.
I hate to bash the guy, but he’s absolutely killing us, no?
In the wake of Taveras’ epic slump, I had a request to dig up my post about Willy when we were first reportedly pursuing him back in November. Here’s the link: