Emmanuel Burriss: Opening Day 2B. Or, Don’t Do This To Us, Giants.

As tweeted by Jayson Stark this morning:

Giants telling teams today they’re shopping Ryan Theriot & Mike Fontenot. Possible fit for Braves & Phillies.

And followed up with a tweet from Alex Pavlovic:

Giants have 6 days until Theriot, Font contracts are fully guaranteed. If they’re shopping them, looks like Burriss will be opening day 2B.

There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t know where to start.

Okay, well, first of all, here’s a mind-numbing number, as tweeted by Julian Levine of Giants Nirvana:

Emmanuell Burriss has a 44 OPS+ in 127 games since 2009.

(If you’re not familiar with OPS+, read Megan Wells’ entry about it on Around the Horn.)

So. A 44 OPS+ in 127 games. Remember that 100 is league average. And any number that creates a huge gap between itself and 100 is generally ugly.

But let’s focus on career numbers that are much more positive, shall we?

A batting line of .250/.311/.281, ISO of .031, wOBA of .276, wRC+ of 64, a UZR of 1.3 at 2B…

It’s hard to find a positive in this.

On the other hand, Mike Fontenot’s career numbers look better. He has a line of .263/.332/.406, ISO of .143, wOBA of .322, wRC+ of 91, and a UZR of 6.5 at 2B.

Sure, it’s not an incredibly huge difference, but it is significant.

Burriss may be having a good spring, but that’s just it: it’s a good spring. Nothing in his career numbers show that he’s an Opening Day starter, let alone the guy who’ll start every day while Freddy Sanchez is on the DL.

Fontenot, on the other hand, is capable enough of being an average starter who can fill in at the position until the glue on the popsicle stick log cabin that is Sanchez dries. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for the Giants.

So in six days, Giants fans will find out the inevitable truth about who is the official Opening Day 2B. And it’s looking more and more likely that it’s Burriss.

May the Shire save us all.


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