Friday, June 8, 2007
Going to California with an Aching...
As the Jays head out to Cali for 6 days of National League ball, we figured it's as good a time as any to assess what sort of value they've received out of their big off season signing, DH Frank Thomas.
In 58 games, Thomas has eked out 8 homers and 22 RsBI in 59 games thus far, putting up a less than stellar .756 OPS. While he is tied for second on the team in homers, he is tied for sixth in runs driven in with Adam Lind.
With runners in scoring position, Thomas is slugging a paltry .244, with one double and one homer. (For context, Aaron Hill is slugging .593 in the same situations, and Thomas slugged .547 last year with runners on.)
Thomas has also hit five of his eight homers with the bases empty, mirroring last year's performance, when he hit 22 of his 39 homers with no one on base.
Maybe the Big Hurt will get rolling once the warm weather gets here, as he did last year. It's worth noting, though, that Thomas went on his 2006 tear after a DL stint in June. So maybe we should be praying for an injury to help the big guy get rested up?