Last night, Mark Ellis and Bobby Crosby combined to go 6-for-9, including three home runs and a double, plus two walks, off Brandon Webb and the Arizona bullpen. Not bad for a couple of middle infielders who, oddly, are viewed by Baseball Reference as resembling a bunch of good-but-not-great, long-careered catchers:
Obviously, Ellis' group of similarities is better than Crosby's, so it's fitting that Ellis hit two homers last night, to just one for Crosby.
I suppose it's also fitting that Kurt Suzuki also homered. Perhaps when all is said and done, Suzuki might end up being similar to one of these two groups of catchers, as well. His defense and pitch calling seem to be good enough for him to have a long career if he stays healthy. Whether he is a starting catcher for most of his career like Ellis' comps, or bounces between starting and backup duties like many of Crosby's comps, depends on whether he can hit enough.
Ellis' comps mostly had career OPSes between .700 and .750, while Crosby's were generally between .650 and .700. Suzuki? He's been a streaky hitter so far in his young career. His career monthly OPSes go like this: 1.352, .573, .776, .692, 1.069, .663, .521, .828. All those ups and downs add up to a career OPS of .698. He's right on the border, so you can easily imagine his career going either way. I'd take another steady Terry Steinbach any day of the week, but Suzuki will need to both improve his hitting and smooth out those monthly charts if he wants to be considered in the same breath as good ol' #36.