John Buck Sure Knows How to Make the Marlins Regret Trading Him

Monday, July 8, 2013

Hey, remember a few months ago when John Buck was tearing up the NL and making the Marlins front office look stupid for giving up on him at the worst possible time? Well strap in, because it's time for an episode of Small Sample Size Theater!

On April 12th, I left a note to myself in our CMS:
At the time, Buck was slashing .351/.350/.865 with an absurd 6 home runs and 19 RBI in his first 40 plate appearances. It prompted articles like this from Hardball Talk, which pointed out that Buck had more RBI than the entire Marlins team at the time.

What has happened since then? Exactly what you'd expect. As of Monday morning, he's sporting a .210/.278/.390 slash line (better than his .192/.297/.347 from 2012 but worse than his career averages) with a 25.8% strikeout rate. He was especially putrid in June, hitting .165 and striking out 22 times in 84 plate appearances.

At least some things are still predictable.


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