It appears that with Freel coming back from the DL, and with the trade deadline fast approaching, that Encarnacion is not getting the steady playing time that I know I expected he’d be getting after the Randa deal. I can only assume that this is due to the Reds doing a bit of showcasing with Aurilia as the trade deadline approaches. The Reds really have no spot for Aurilia with Encarnacion, Lopez, and Freel (perhaps Bergolla soon) in place, and he doesn’t appear to be happy with the backup role. So as DanO does his best to get a little something in return for Aurilia, let’s give a little tip of the cap to Aurilia for doing his best to make DanO’s job easier. Check out Aurilia’s splits for the first two thirds of the season:

SPLIT AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
April 67 8 15 4 0 2 9 4 11 .224 .268 .373 .641
May 37 4 5 2 0 1 3 0 5 .135 .132 .270 .402
Apr-May 104 12 20 6 0 3 12 4 16 .192 .222 .337 .559

SPLIT AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
June 69 15 24 1 2 3 14 9 14 .348 .418 .551 .968
July 81 11 22 4 0 4 15 7 16 .272 .330 .469 .799
Jun-Jul 150 26 46 5 2 7 29 16 30 .307 .373 .507 .880

TOTAL AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Total 254 38 66 11 2 10 41 20 46 .260 .312 .437 .749

I know I’m hoping that he gets dealt quickly so I can watch Encarnacion play.

Later,
Tom

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  1. Know what’s interesting? There’s a perfect correlation between Aurilia’s walk rate and his batting average, slugging, runs…the more he walks, the better he does when he swings.

    Credit where credit’s due – I didn’t think Aurilia could be anything but a giant sucking hole in the lineup, and after fulfilling my expectations early on he’s turned it around in a big way. Freel’s still much better, but Aurilia’s unexpected performance has made it easier to trade him away and get Freel and Encarnacion playing everyday like they oughtta.

    They’d better be able to trade him, though. Everyone involved will be happier.

  2. Agreed. But he MUST be traded. If he’s still with the club on Monday, OB’s not doing his job. I don’t expect to get much more than a solid A player for him.

  3. hahaha, Casey is barely outproducing Aurilia –
    308/363/397 OPS of 760 and the same number of RBI – 41. Casey has half the HRs Aurilia does in 120 more ab. Maybe Casey and his $8 million contract should be the one going before Aurilia?

  4. Dream big dreams, my friend.

  5. Rich Aurilia is a selfish, delusional individual.

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