As casual fans we observe many things. Some of us may hate a player like Barfield or Peralta or Borowski and usually there is good reason but a lot of times it is because of a what have you done for me lately (or havent done lately) feeling. All of us including myself are guilty of it.
For example, a lot of us are very down on Casey Blake and we dont understand why he bats second in the order. We have good reason to feel this way because he has really stunk the last couple of months. But, Wedge likes him and has faith in him and is very slow to move him. The issue really is this, who else should we bat second. Without an obvious choice, we leave Blake in the spot and pray.
But, this brings me to my point. Why the hell is Trot Nixon playing more or as much as Gutz?!?!?!?!?! As casual fans, we bitch and complain every night about this with good reason. We basically do it because we know how bad Nixon has been offensively and defensively. Both are fabulous reasons to replace him for even Jason Michaels at this point. But, I have done a little research to prove my point. The research was done so we cant just say this is a typical case of complaining and moaning.
Since July 5 (dreadful Detroit serious), Nixon has started 22 games...21 in RF and 1 at DH. Gutierrez has started 22 games...19 in RF and 3 in LF. Included in these games are 3 that they started together (the 3 Gutz was in LF).
Here is the breakdown with the Indians record...
Nixon in RF without Gutz - 5-13
Nixon at DH without Gutz - 0-1
A Total for Nixon without Gutz - 5-14
Gutz in RF without Nixon - 11-8
A Total for Gutz without Nixon - 11-8
Both of them in the lineup - 3-0
Grand Totals -
Nixon in the lineup - 8-14 (including 3 wins with Gutz)
Gutz in the lineup - 14-8
Now, we arent talking .700 baseball but it is definitely a very strong indicator as to who should be in the starting lineup. How does Wedge not recognize this?!?!?! How did Wedge get extended!!! This is not brain surgery here...