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Sizemore to Miss 2012

February 27, 2012

And like that the A’s season is off to a bang, or a pop it seems as today’s MRI revealed that third baseman Scott Sizemore will be felled for 2012 by a torn anterior cruciate ligament. This is a big loss to the club, while many may say that Sizemore has yet to prove himself as an MLB player – and that is a fair assessment, given in his pretty underwhelming 158 games in pro ball with a .317 wOBA and 98 wRC+ one has to look at how Sizemore performs vis-a-vis other third basemen. Third basemen as a whole in 2011 had a .254/.314/.391 slash line, with a .309 wOBA and just 92 wRC+. They walked just 7.5% of the time while K’ing 17.2% of the time they went up to the plate. Sizemore in 2011 outperformed all but two of those metrics: batting average (.245) and K% (26.1%), so he is quite better than your average third baseman.

I expected big things out of Sizemore in 2012 and now it seems I will need to expect big things in 2013. You never know how this sort of thing will shake out though and if someone like a Josh Donaldson (the present front-runner to assume third base duties) can mean 2011 is all we will see out of Sizemore in an A’s uniform. Given the injury has him shelved for a year as well, it now is conceivable that the A’s do go outside the organization and try and seek out a replacement should the Donaldson or Adam Rosales or Wes Timmons or whomever experiment fails to bear fruit.

Now while it is easy to be doom and gloom about this, and it is fair too because I for one really thought Sizemore would have a break out year not a broken one, for some perspective this will not really change anything for the A’s in the American League West. The only rival we have really is the battle for third place, could this give the M’s an edge in that race? Potentially it very well could but at the end of the day what position we finish in is largely inconsequential and finishing fourth frankly also has some advantages over finishing in third. What remains to be seen is how this will play out long term and what this means for Sizemore’s future as an Athletic and today at the end of February in 2012, we just have no idea.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Drew W permalink
    February 28, 2012 5:53 pm

    Good luck to Sizemore making a complete recovery. Donaldson as the front runner for 3b raises a larger question about the organization–why isn’t Chris Carter the front runner for DH, or Michael Taylor the front runner for, say, RF? Carter, especially, has always been a slow starter, and I think if he were given the job outright he might succeed. I can only assume that the A’s see something that is not there, not ready, with both Carter and Taylor that make them reluctant to commit 100% Maybe by bringing in Seth Smith, Reddick, Gomes, Cowgill, etc., the team hopes to push those guys to beat them out for a spot, and nothing great lost or gained if they don’t. I don’t know. Am I making any sense?

    • February 28, 2012 10:49 pm

      That is an interesting point you make. It might say quite a bit about the organization’s lack of depth at third base that Donaldson is already being named the front-runner. I just don’t get what is going on with Carter. It seems there is a big lack of faith. Roadblock after roadblock has been put up in front of his trying to get a good long look in the pros.

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