Wil Myers Ends RBI Drought
Ah the RBI…the stat that along with pitchers wins and players batting average is one of the most criticized stat by the new breed of baseball analysts on social media. Usually, its not the stat itself that bears the angst from the stat community but it is how it is used.
Some guys are defined as good or bad RBI guys but to since getting RBIs is more of a team function it probably shouldn’t be used as an evaluating tool.
With that brief explanation of what’s wrong with the RBI let’s dive into Wil Myers recent RBI drought. His drought extended over 10 games which was the second longest streak of his career (August 11 to September 3, 2013). The streak covered a ten game period (April 5 through 17th) and spanned 8 plate appearances where he had just one hit, struck out, and grounded into a double play.
During the Rays 11-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night he ended his streak with a RBI single in the sixth inning and added two more RBIs on a bases loaded single in the 8th. He had three hits on the evening and each came with a runner in scoring position marking the first time that a Rays player had three hits with runners in scoring position since Kelly Johnson on May 27, 2013.