Comparing Werth, Crawford in the clutch

November, 12, 2010
11/12/10
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In a statistics-based analysis posted on ESPNBoston.com, ESPN Stats and Information’s Jeremy Lundblad compares free-agent outfielders Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford -- both of whom could be Red Sox targets -- in one key area: performance in the clutch.

Crawford hit .359 with runners in scoring position, which put him behind only three players, all MVP candidates: Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto. It was the second-highest such average in Rays history.

That prowess was a big reason Crawford was thrust into the third spot in the order Aug. 9, despite traditionally being viewed as a table setter. From that day on, he hit .323 with an .890 OPS.

Contrast that with Werth, who hit just .186 with runners in scoring position, while primarily hitting right behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. His was the fourth-lowest BA with RISP in the majors. Rather than the MVP-caliber company kept by Crawford, Werth bettered only three players: Russell Branyan, Scott Hairston and Mike Napoli.

Read more of the analysis HERE ...

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