Let’s face it, the Marlins are getting gipped on their share of all-stars.
Giancarlo Stanton is not even starting but has the best power numbers in the NL. Casey McGehee is in the “final vote” gimmick to get a last chance at not being snubbed (or snubbed again?) despite having lofty numbers in AVG, hits, and RBIs. Henderson Alvarez has demonstrated himself to be the staff ace for the Marlins and yet, does not seem to get any consideration for the all star game either.
Puig is a fan favorite – why? Who knows. He is definitely one of the most polarizing figures in all of baseball and arguably one of the most polarizing since Alex Rodriguez. In Puig’s defense, it is because of the way he plays the game – hard. He also plays off the field the same way.
The numbers: Puig is hitting .307/.393/.516/.908 with 12 HRs and 50 RBIs in 322 ABs (and 99 hits). He also has 7 SBs but has been caught 7 times as well.
Ozuna is hitting .276/.324/.455/.778 with 15 HRs (a game winner last night) and 51 RBIs. He only has 2 SBs but has not been caught at all.
Both OFers have rocket arms and play excellent defense. Ozuna has split time in all three OF positions while Puig has locked it down in RF. Ozuna has thrown out players to save games, too. They are the same age (both born in ’90) and although Puig has very strong numbers, Ozuna is not far behind in his slash line and has shown a bit more power as well as the ability to drive in runs. Ozuna has also been doing this all season long while being tossed around the lineup in different spots depending on the team’s needs. Puig is hitting in a lineup that has a bigger price tag than anything the Marlins have.
Ozuna’s numbers may come up a bit short when directly compared to Puig’s in certain areas. That said, a comparison can be made, which says a lot about Ozuna and his development. Is Ozuna putting up all-star caliber numbers? The argument can be made in this, his second season and his first full time.