A comment Monday night set me on a research project. After a Derek
When the Braves traded for Derek
The team did not want to pay a high price for a replacement, and traded three obscure pitchers from the lower minor leagues for
Instead, with these expectations (and considering the statistics below), Derek
In the following key categories
RBIs: one RBI per every 5.3 at bats with Braves (career = every 6.4 ABs)
Batting Average: .287 with Braves, .282 for his career.
On Base Percentage: .384 with Braves, .367 for career
Fielding Percentage: .997 with Braves, .994 for career
These Braves stats also exceeded
Slugging Percentage: .465 with the Braves, .416 with the Cubs.
A similar argument can be made for the value and veteran leadership that shortstop Alex Gonzalez brought to the team, replacing a team cancer, the erratic Yunel Escobar.
Lee wasn't the only one to struggle in the postseason, squaring off against the best pitching staff in baseball. After exceeding all expectations, to label him a major disappointment is quite unfair.