On Twitter a few days ago, the “Angry Oriole Bird” (@AngryOrioleBird) posed this intriguing little question:
Reynolds, brought over from Arizona this offseason to add some pop to the lineup, has quickly become 2011’s version of Garrett Atkins for the O’s.
While he hasn’t been quite as bad as the former Colorado Rockie, the Diamondbacks transplant hasn’t fared much better.
In 152 plate appearances for the Birds last year, Atkins posted a .214/.276/.286 line, with 1 HR and 9 RBI.
After yesterday’s 0-for-6 showing, in 133 plate appearances so far this season, Reynolds has managed a .177/.286/.319 line, with 3 HR and 15 RBI.
Even more annoying though, is that Reynolds has also hardly been better than the guy he was brought in to replace, Josh Bell.
In 2010, Bell hit .214/.224/.302 with 3 HR and 12 RBI in 161 PAs.
Reynolds is being paid $5.3 million this year, and is barely outperforming a much, much cheaper option.
Mark Reynolds’ swing is one of the most disgusting displays of attempted “athleticism” I have ever seen. His entire body is falling forward as the bat comes through the zone, and he takes his back hand off the bat midway through the motion. It’s reminiscent to O’s fans of how Brady Anderson used to swing when he first got to Baltimore.
At this point, I wouldn’t mind seeing the team send Reynolds down to Norfolk for a few weeks to see if he can’t get at all straightened out. I’m sure it won’t happen, but how much longer can Buck put up with ANYONE in the lineup, let alone his supposed power-hitting corner infielder, hitting a laughable .177?
Mark Reynolds. Nothing but Garrett Atkins in a blond wig.