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Why the Chicago Cubs Should Keep Mike Fontenot AND Jeff Baker

December 8, 2009 by Michael Ashkenasi 

I've written about this elsewhere, but I really don't think a Fontenot/Baker platoon would be the worst thing in the world.  Fontenot has hit righties well, except for last year, which Goat Riders of the Apocalypse has shown to be a fluke:

"To demonstrate, look at the league average in BABIP for the past three years, compared to Fontenot's BABIP. I'll drop his OPS in, too.

2007: League - .306, Mike - .330, Mike's OPS - .738
2008: League - .303, Mike - .355 (!), Mike's OPS - .909
2009: League - .302, Mike - .281 (...), Mike's OPS - .677

One other thing I'd look at: Font's ratio of at-bats against lefties to those against righties over the past three years. From '07 to '09: 1-to-3, 1-to-10, 1-to-6."


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