The Tale of Nate Jones and Nate McLouth
The tale of two Nate’s
Nate Jones is a 27 year old reliever for the Chicago White Sox. Nate Mclouth is a well traveled outfielder who now resides on the Baltimore Orioles.
The last two years couldn’t have been more different for both of them. They are the yin to each other’s yang for sure.
Let’s start with my guy Nate Jones, he had a good spring in 2012 and made the big squad and responded with a solid year. In 65 games he pitched 71.2 innings, with a solid 2.39 ERA. He was a huge contributor to the Sox almost winning the division. The pitching carried the team all year and Nate was a big part of that.
2013 has not been as kind to Nate. His numbers so far read 18 games, 22 innings, with a 6.14 ERA. He already allowed 15ER as opposed to 19ER all last year! Looking at the breakdown is lists as:
2012: 71.2ip, 67 hits, 19 er, 65k’s.
2013: 22ip, 20 hits, 15 er, 18k’s.
Nate McLouth has a larger resume as he is in his 9th year in the bigs, also his 3rd different team. He did change teams 4 times but Pittsburgh was a repeat. His best years were 2007-2009. In those 3 years he led the league in doubles once with 46, was 1 home run away from averaging 20/20 for that 3 year span. He tallied a couple more years in Atlanta with another stop in Pittsburgh before landing in Baltimore mid season 2012. Here is where the flip flop occurs.
In 2012 his numbers were a pedestrian 7 hr, 12sb with a .241 avg and a .314 obp in 89 games.
2013 he had a starting spot and a home for the entire year and so far has responded. Lets look at the last 2 years numbers:
2012 – 89 games, 39 runs, 14 doubles, 7hr, 20rbi, 12sb, .241avg, .314obp
2013 – 41 games, 34 runs, 9 doubles, 4hr, 11rbi, 15sb, .285avg, .365obp
It is still early but so far in the Nate vs Nate comparision, Nate McLouth is clearly performing much better in 2013.
Both teams are within 4 games of their respective division leaders so both Nate’s are needed to help their teams.