Are any players stats more perplexing than Matt Diaz? When he's really hot he looks like Ted Williams and when he's cold he looks like Mario Mendoza. The extremes both seem to last a month in duration.
Last year his two big OPS months were May and August (.953 and 1.148 respectively) and the two lows were April and Sept (.657 and .637). In his prior full season of '07 his two highs were May and August (1.023 and 1.213) and his two lows were April and June (.709 and .693). In between those extremes he was always around the .800 mark. If he ever figures out how to cut a week or two off those horrid tail-spins or at least minimize the carnage he'd put up some amazing numbers.
Another weird enigma when you look at Diaz is seeing what he did against the pitchers he faced most last year (NL East). Against the NL East he put up a rediculous 1.053 OPS in 214 plate appearances! 214 PAs was just over half his total plate appearances last year. How do you assess that? Is it sample size? Is it that Diaz gets crazy good the more he sees pitchers? Did he just happen to be in one of his amazing hot streaks when the Braves were playing NL East or did the familiarity with NL East pitchers fuel his hot streak? He didn't just hit 2 or 3 nl east teams well, he crushed all of them. He did nearly similar things against the NL East in 07 (save for the Mets). Will the real Matt Diaz please step forward (well....as long as it's the Ted Williams version).
You have to admit Diaz is a lot of fun to have around and root for but he sure is perplexing isn't he?