Don’t look now, but Jason Varitek doesn’t look so bad anymore.
Yes, his overall season line (.226/.316/.375) is awful awful awful, but a look inside the numbers shows something interesting:
- April: 95 sOPS+
- May: 148
- June: 4
- July: 55
- August: 114
Varitek had an execrable June. An incredibly bad month, one of the worst in history. It was in a month where he historically has been pretty good (he usually fades in September) I’ve hears a theory that the stomach bug he was reported as having during that month may have sapped his strength. It’s a theory that fits those numbers, but it’s only a theory.
What is a fact is that Varitek since July 21 (arbitrary endpoint alert) is hitting .258/.355/.443. That’s an .801 OPS, good for Top 10 among all MLB catchers with at least 100 plate appearances during that span. This doesn’t change Varitek’s advancing age, his increasingly erratic hitting or the fact that the Red Sox desperately need to find someone yesterday that can begin taking over his duties, but maybe it’s a bit too soon to totally write off the Captain.