2006 Craig Monroe Men LOB Watch – Report #1: 22

You may be wondering about my apparent obsession with Craig Monroe and his penchant for leaving far too many men on base.

It’s simple. Over the past two seasons, I’ve lost all patience with him at the plate because of his lack of patience at the plate. I wish I would have kept track of how many times he came up in 2004 and 2005 with runners in scoring position and would swing at the first pitch to end the inning. Or, he’d come up with one or two outs to face a new pitcher and swing at the first pitch and kill a rally.

One more year of these antics and he’ll replace Chet Lemon as the Tigers‘ all-time leading rally killer. And the irony of ironies is that he led the team in RBI last year. Imagine how many more he’d have if he took a pitch or two. Imagine!

Because I don’t track every game on TV, I have to rely on the box scores to tell me how Monroe fares night in and night out. So this year I decided to keep a running tab of the number of runners he strands and report it every week. Unfortunately, LOB is not a stat that is tracked in the regular team stats…or at least I can’t find it. I went to the super savvy Baseball Prospectus.com to see if they include it in their alphabet soup of stats but to no avail. I might have to read their glossary to figure out if LOB is captured as part of another stat.

So, with that as the backdrop, here’s my first report (because I forgot to do it last week):

2006 Craig Monroe Men Left on Base Watch | #1

Games: 12
Men LOB: 22
Average: 1.83 (What the heck, let’s call it two.)

Let’s encourage Craig Monroe to show a little more patience at the plate and, you know, drive in more runs.

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Bonderman’s Early Inning Woes Continue … Sort of

If there is a pattern with Jeremy Bonderman, it’s that if he’s destined to implode during a start chances are it will be in the first three or four innings. In today’s game he stretched it into the fifth inning before getting shelled. I keep having to remind myself that he’s only 23…

By following their 5 and 0 start with a 1 and 5 slide, the Tigers certainly look like the .500 club most people predicted for this year. But if you look at the standings in both leagues, only the Mets have put together an extended streak of solid play. Everyone else is hovering around .500 — give or take a game. The Tigers need to hang around and they could be okay.

A non-Tigers note: My local team is only one game below .500 but I have to say they are the most boring team I’ve watched since the 2000 Astros.

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