I am not a big stats guy. They can be telling, but also misleading. With some numbers, you can twist them into meaning anything you want.
That’s not the case with Jason Bay, whose numbers have been fundamentally telling and just plain bad. He hit six homers with 47 RBI while batting .259 last season. I am aware of the injuries and having a slow start, but he had enough of a window – 401 plate appearances over 95 games – to understand that’s terrible.
An injury this spring has limited him to 11 games and 48 plate appearances, but has only .256, with one homer and three RBI to show for it. Not a great window, but one that says it can’t go on like this much longer.
Of all his numbers, his 14-5 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is most telling. There’s not much plate presence.