Possibly it is nothing more than a statistical oddity, but the Pirates play their best when Jose Bautista is the third baseman and batting second.
Over the last two seasons the Pirates are 20-15 when Bautista bats second. True, it is a small sample size but the Pirates record with anyone else in the 2 hole over the last two years is 91-134.
When Bautista starts at third, the Pirates are 55-62 over the last two seasons. When anyone else starts at third the Pirates record is 56-95.
Looking at the record alone, one may assume the Pirates revolve around Bautista.
|2006 w/ Bautista||7||7|
|2006 Anyone else||60||88|
|2007 w/ Bautista||13||8|
|2007 Anyone else||31||54|
|Starting at 3rd||W||L|
|2006 w/ Bautista||15||16|
|2006 Anyone else||52||79|
|2007 w/ Bautista||55||62|
|2007 Anyone else||4||16|
What does it all mean? It means it is difficult to write about anything other than the damned Morris trade right now.
Best comment on the trade:
"That move is so far out of left field, it's in the Monongahela."