With the unperfoming (and overpaid) Gary Mathews Jr. down with a ligament tear in his knee, Juan Rivera is all of a sudden a full-time LAA OF.
Remember the terrific second half Rivera had in 2006? .335 35 R 12 HR 49 RBI. Rivera helped me to a first place trophy that year, thanks buddy!
I recognize he's struggled this year vs. lefties (.154 vs. .309), but in 2006 he actually hit better vs. lefties than righties (.351 vs. .293) and is pretty much even on his career.
To me Rivera looks like a solid dark horse candidate to replace, say, Hunter Pence. Unfortunately though no speed. Any insights?