When will Rios get moved?

The Toronto Blue Jays (34-27) pounded out another 12 hits in a 9-0 shellacking of the Texas Rangers last night. Scott Rolen had another three hits, while Marco Scutaro, Adam Lind and Vernon Wells managed two hits apiece.

Everyone got in on the action – well, everyone except Alex Rios. The Jays’ right-fielder was the only hitless Jay on the night, going 0-for-5 while leaving a pair of runners in scoring position.

alex_rios_batWhether refusing to sign autographs for kids while spewing … err … foul language, or failing to produce on the field, Rios continues to disappoint both Jays fans and management alike. As far as his performance on the field is concerned, the 28-year-old outfielder has been downright dismal at times. Still, he’s remained in the No. 3 spot in the lineup all year.

Manager Cito Gaston has said he doesn’t like to move guys around in the order. He’d rather have his players ‘swing themselves out of slumps.’ But with Rios’ lack of production, one has to wonder when Gaston will move his slumping slugger out of the three hole. After all, that spot is supposed to be reserved for a team’s best all around hitter – someone who can hit for both average and power while making productive outs and not striking out too often.

That description does not fit Alex Rios. At least, it hasn’t this season. Let’s take a look at where Rios stands compared to other No. 3-hitters in the American League (those players that are currently being employed in the No. 3 spot for their respective teams). We’ll rank them in order of runs created per game (RC/G), a Bill Jamesean stat that gives a good idea of a hitter’s overall production in a lineup. In other words, this stat basically says, ‘how many runs would we score per 9.0 innings with a lineup of nine Joe Smith’s.’

As it turns out, nine Alex Rios’s won’t get you much – and it certainly won’t get you your bang for your buck …

1. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox — $6,250,000
11.9 RC/G, .353 BA (54-153), .474 OBP, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 1.101 OPS

2. Justin Morneau, Twins — $11,600,000
9.9 RC/G, .339 BA (77-227), .415 OBP, 16 HR, 54 RBI, 1.049 OPS

3. Victor Martinez, Indians — $5,900,000
8.9 RC/G, .343 BA (79-230), .414 OBP, 10 HR, 41 RBI, .966 OPS

4. Mark Teixeira, Yankees — $20,625,000
8.9 RC/G, .284 BA (59-208), .391 OBP, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 1.007 OPS

5. Evan Longoria, Rays — $550,000
8.3 RC/G, .313 BA (65-208), .392 OBP, 13 HR, 55 RBI, .988 OPS

6. Jermaine Dye, White Sox — $11,500,000
6.1 RC/G, .282 BA (55-195), .349 OBP, 15 HR, 39 RBI, .902 OPS

7. Nick Markakis, Orioles — $3,350,000
5.9 RC/G, .287 BA (66-230), .352 OBP, 7 HR, 40 RBI, .812 OPS

8. Hank Blalock, Rangers — $6,200,000
5.7 RC/G, .253 BA (45-178), .297 OBP, 12 HR, 29 RBI, .825 OPS

9. Jack Cust, Athletics – $2,800,000
5.1 RC/G, .236 BA (45-191), .333 OBP, 10 HR, 33 RBI, .757 OPS

10. Billy Butler, Royals — $421,000
4.7 RC/G, .279 BA (56-201), .335 OBP, 4 HR, 25 RBI, .758 OPS

11. Alex Rios, Blue Jays — $6,400,000
4.4 RC/G, .261 BA (65-249), .320 OBP, 7 HR, 27 RBI, .746 OPS

12. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers — $18,971,596
4.2 RC/G, .279 BA (55-197), .360 OBP, 2 HR, 21 RBI, .711 OPS

13. Adrian Beltre, Mariners — $13,400,000
2.8 RC/G, .246 BA (57-232), .280 OBP, 4 HR, 25 RBI, .634 OPS

14. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels — $15,000,000
2.7 RC/G, .264 BA (23-87), .293 OBP, 1 HR, 7 RBI, .627 OPS

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3 Responses to “When will Rios get moved?”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    Let’s be thankful Rios is not Magglio.

  2. TD Says:

    Haha. That’s very half-glass full of you 😉

  3. Masterclark Says:

    I hate Youkilis.

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