Darin Ruff (37, New York Mets), a name familiar even to Korean fans. He was traded with high expectations, but his position was narrowed due to sluggishness.
American media SNY reported on the 4th (Korean time), “Ruff is a good platoon designated hitter, but he is highly unlikely to take the spot.”
The media mentioned Ruff’s performance against left pitchers. He had an excellent OPS of 0.866 against lefties in his career. In particular, his OPS over his last three seasons was 0.891. Considering that a score of 0.900 or higher is usually evaluated as an excellent hitter, the ‘left-handed opponent’s rough’ stands shoulder to shoulder with a strong hitter.
However, the media saw the possibility of rough taking the designated hitter position low. Comparing Tommy Pam’s (35-year-old) left-handed pitcher’s performance (career OPS 0.763, 0.843 over the past 3 years), who transferred to the Mets ahead of this season, the media said, “Pam’s signing is a great deal, but I’ve never targeted a left-handed pitcher as much as the rough.” said. Still, he predicted that “Pam will get more opportunities as a designated hitter.”
Why the hell was the ruff pushed out? The media said, “The club wants to give Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte an occasional break.” The recent trend in baseball is to use it as a place to relieve the burden of defense from time to time to players without having a fixed designated hitter.
There are also better resources to use as a starter. It is Daniel Vogelbeck (31), who was recruited in July of last year. He had 6 homers and a 0.830 OPS in 55 games since the transfer. In the 2019 season, he hit 30 home runs,
There are many reasons, but the biggest weakness of rough is the sluggishness it suffered last year. He was traded to the Mets in August of last year in exchange for four players. In 2021, he recorded a batting average of 0.271, 16 home runs, 43 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.904 in 117 games, showing off a sense of hitting in full bloom, so expectations were added. 토토사이트
However, Ruff has since been disappointing. Appearing in 28 matches after the transfer, he only had a 0.152 batting average. None of his expected home runs came out. He had been sluggish with a batting average of 0.216 in San Francisco earlier, but his appearance at the Mets was close to a shock.
Accordingly, according to the media, public opinion on the rough is not good among Mets fans. In addition, disbelief about his future appearance continues.
Wearing the Samsung Lions uniform in 2017, he recorded 86 homers and 350 RBIs over three years, including the RBI kingpin (124 RBIs) in 2017, establishing himself as a slugger representing the league. Thanks to this performance, he signed a minor league contract with San Francisco ahead of the 2020 season.
After two years of excellent performances after his return to the United States, Ruff seemed to be establishing himself in the major leagues. However, due to silence for one season, Ruff was on the verge of missing a hard-earned opportunity.