Masters of mediocrity

Out of pure curiosity and the strange urge to torture myself as an A’s fan I looked up some stats for this season expecting to confirm just how much current A’s slugger Jack Cust sucks compared to former A’s slugger Nick Swisher.

To my surprise, here’s how the 2008 is shaping up for the two hitters:

Nick Swisher: .237 batting average, .789 OPS in 2008 so far with 75 runs scored, 20 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Jack Cust: .232 average, .816 OPS, 55 runs, 22 homers and 55 RBIs.

Before checking the stats I just assumed that dearly departed Swish was easily outproducing strikeout machine Cust.

Amazingly, they’re almost identical in offensive production through this point in the season. The major difference between the two players is the amount of runs they’ve scored but that shouldn’t be a surprise.

Swish and the Chicago White Sox score runs in bunches while Cust and the Oakland A’s only get a lot of runs after they’ve dined on a bad post-game spread.

Just don’t ask me to compare stats of any healthy A’s pitcher against what Dan Haren or Rich Harden are doing this year. I’m a glutton for punishment but I’m not crazy.

Until there’s a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge I’ll hold off on those sorts of statistical comparisons.


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