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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Player Analysis: # 8 Shane Victorino CF


Overall Season Numbers (AVG/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .293/.352/.447 & .357
Overall Career Numbers (Avg/OBP/SLG) & wOBA- .281/.342/.421 & .344

2008 Month by Month-
March/April: .224/.283/.265
May: .322/.389/.466
June: .235/.324/.306
July: .333/.381/.619
August: .262/.319/.411
Sept/ Oct: .344/.378/.516

This was by far, the Flyin' Hawaiian's best season in the Major Leagues. While his job is not hitting homers, he batted for a pretty high average, OBPed a little above average, stole 36 bases (77% successful, somewhat low for his speed and Davy Lopes coaching at first), and plays center field like no one's business. He won the gold glove award (which doesn't mean alot, when this man has won one). Victorino has a great arm, and can cover a lot of ground.

Victory-yes is about to turn 28 which means he most likely hasn't hit his prime yet. It is safe to say that his numbers should continue to go up over the next few years. He delivered in some very big spots in the playoffs, and while we don't believe in clutchness here, was pretty crucial to this team's success in more than a few spots.

While I plan to talk more about this following the player analyses, I think that due to Victorino's OBP being high than Rollins', I would place swap him with J-Roll in the lineup (this is only 1 of my possible lineup solutions). What this would do is allow for a man to be on base more often in front of the power hitters, who since they are power hitters often put a hamper on our quick runners so as to not run into outs. While he can still occassionally steal bases, by having Rollins (more power) in the 5 or 6 hole (depending on how the offseason pans out), Jimmy could be better at knocking in those players batting ahead of him (Utley and Howard) who do get on base a lot. Also, with Rollins batting 5th or 6th, he can pretty much run wild on the bases because the bottom of the Phillies lineup needs as much help as possible to score runs at times.

Next up: #11 Jimmy Rollins SS

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