Analysis

Church stealing valuable playing time

Church stealing valuable playing time

In the following chart, an “X” indicates a game started for that player. Any combination of asterisks indicates a game in which that player was not available. Please notice the age and 2010 performance of each player.

Ryan Church
Jeff Clement
Lastings Milledge
Steve Pearce

2010 wOBA
0.277
0.242
0.286
0.353

Age
31
26
25
27

4/30/2010
X
X

*

5/1/2010
X
X
X
*

5/2/2010
X

X
*

5/4/2010
X
X
X

5/5/2010
X

X

5/6/2010
X

X

5/7/2010
X

X

5/8/2010
**

X
X

5/9/2010
**
X
X

5/10/2010
**
X
X

5/11/2010
**

X

5/12/2010
**

X
X

5/14/2010
**

X
X

5/15/2010
X
X

5/16/2010
X

X
X

5/17/2010
X
X

5/18/2010
X

X

5/19/2010

X
X

5/20/2010

X
X

5/21/2010
X
X

Total Games Started
12
8
15
7

Started/Available
85.7%
40.0%
75.0%
41.2%

* In Triple-A

** Injured

Church has started 12 of the past 14 games in which he has been available. Why would a rebuilding team give the majority of available playing time to a 31-year-o...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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