I did not know what to think this season about Ben Zobrist until I heard his wife’s song during his first at-bat and thought, what the hell? Something about Christian Rock as an intro makes me want to listen to a Creed album. So far Ben has become a crucial part of this team in coming off the bench and being an offensive source.
Benzo is batting .281 with five homeruns and 13 RBI’s in only 64 at-bats. With these numbers fans ask the question; Why play the Gabe’s? I find myself questioning Maddon’s decision as well.
The facts of Maddon’s decision comes down to Zobrist’s ability to play seven different positions on the field. Keeping him on the bench is a safe bet incase an injury strikes. But with the talent and depth of the organization’s minor league systems, Ben should be a starter till Joyce and/or Jennings is ready, or he shows he can not handle an everyday job.
Lets look at more stats coming from the RF position:
Gross: .265, 1 HR, 5 RBI’s, 49 at-bat’s
Kapler: .222, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 45 at-bat’s
Now Gross and Kaplar do have less AB’s than Zobrist, but in those at-bats they do not accumulate anything for the Rays. The order already has B.J. Upton and Dioner Navarro struggling at the dish. With the offense already being a coin flip almost every game, the Rays need more consistency. But inevitably it is Papa Joe’s decision.
All I know is that because of Ben Zobrist, I own a new Christian Rock C.D. and am probably going to buy a new jersey.