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Diamondbits
2003-03-31 14:36
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Some tidbits about the Arizona lineup as we get started ...

...The Diamondbacks are awful at the top of the lineup. Their leadoff hitter, Tony Womack, hasn’t broken .700 in OPS in three seasons. He’s often followed in the lineup by third baseman Craig Counsell, whose OPS last season was .699. The left side of the Arizona infield is worthy of Tampa Bay.

...Luis Gonzalez has declined - into simply being an outstanding batter (.896 OPS in 2002) instead of an unbelievable one (1.117 OPS in 2001).

...Catcher Damian Miller, traded to the Cubs, might not be missed, if Chad Moeller can make a most of his .852 OPS in 2002 stand up with more than 120 plate appearances.

...Steve Finley is never mundane - the 38-year-old is either great or disappointing. His OPS numbers the past three seasons are .905, .767 and .869. Did you know he has over 2,000 career hits? He still figures to have some value left.

...Third and fourth outfielders Danny Bautista (.867 OPS) and Quentin McCracken (.825 OPS) both have higher OPS marks than the Dodgers’ second-best hitting outfielder, Brian Jordan (.807 OPS). But when you use OPS+, which takes park effects into account, Jordan and Bautista are tied at 119, followed by McCracken at 110.

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