If someone were to ask, “Who’s better, Joe Mauer or Matt Treanor?”, you’d either hear disgusted cackles or maybe even get smacked in the face. And both of those responses would be justified. However, to Treanor’s credit, both he and Mauer are having very similar seasons.
At age 35, Matt Treanor is arguably enjoying his finest campaign in the Major Leagues. The currently DL’d Kansas City Royals catcher has posted an overall .226/.351/.306 line with 3 homeruns, 21 RBI, 24 runs, and 2 stolen bases in 230 plate appearances. By no stretch of the imagination are those statistics head-turning, but then again, we are talking about career-back-up catcher, Matt Treanor. Joking aside, some of Treanor’s peripherals indicate he’s actually having a pretty good season–at least for the catching-deprived American League. Continue reading