Coco Returns off Disabled List
Outfielder Coco Crisp is being activated for this afternoon’s game (he will bat leadoff) after spending the bare minimum 15 days on the 15-day disabled list. Crisp started the year at a torrid pace so he will be a welcomed addition back into the lineup (despite my many criticisms of him, he has been nothing short of great this season so I stand corrected). On the year Crisp is hitting .283/.388/.556 with a .401 wOBA and 158 wRC+ in his 117 plate appearances. He most impressively has a 14.5% BB% to just 6.0% K%. None of these numbers likely will hold up the remainder of the season, ZiPS has his wOBA falling to a still good .329 with a 107 wRC+ but he still is far better than the man he replaced today Michael Taylor.
Taylor was optioned to Sacramento after hitting an absymal .043/.120/.043 in 25 plate appearances. Taylor seems to do less with more as the more times he gets the plate it seems the further he sinks his WAR which stands at -0.4 (career mark now of -1.0) as he jettisons up I-80. Fair his BABIP of .056 is a bit harsh this year and wouldn’t keep up, but he has done really nothing to distinguish himself now in his entire 81 plate appearance career that has seen him stumble to a .135/.210/.189 slash line with a joke of a .189 wOBA and equally laughable 13 wRC+. It seems to me Taylor is forever destined to be AAA star and I wonder how many more opportunities he will have with the big league club prior to the 40-man roster expansion. If up to me, I would be giving up on Taylor about now.