Not everything went wrong for Jose Lopez in 2010. He actually posted a UZR value over 8 in 1252.2 innings at a new position, impressing critics of his defense.
Everything else, however, went horribly, horribly wrong.
Offense: Terrible. Horrendous. Disgusting. Offensive. Repulsive. There aren’t enough synonyms for “bad” in the English language to adequately describe Lopez’s offensive ineptitude in 2010.
- wOBA: .268
- On-base percentage: .270
- Home runs: 10
- Walks drawn: 23 in 622 plate appearances.
- Isolated slugging: .099
Lopez was about as bad offensively as Mario Mendoza. In fact, Mendoza posted an identical wOBA to Lopez in his 1980 Mariners campaign. Lopez will be better offensively in 2011, that’s for sure, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that Safeco is not fond of his swing.
Defense: As I mentioned above, Lopez was pretty nifty on defense. Unfortunately, it didn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. He’ll probably regress negatively next year in this respect anyway.
Outlook: Jose Lopez will not be a Seattle Mariner in 2011.