Gattis stacking up well against others

Is Evan Gattis having the best season of any catcher in baseball?

Entering Tuesday's game, one in which he did not even play, Evan Gattis was putting up some very impressive numbers.

Gattis still has a 16-game hitting streak. He's hit .406 (26-for-64) in that stretch. His streak is the longest active hitting streak in the major leagues. In his last 19 games, Gattis has hit .391 with seven home runs and 19 RBI. His 15 home runs lead all MLB catchers.

Gattis has a .296 batting average to go along with his 15 home runs and 36 runs batted in. His on base percentage is up to .350.

How does he compare to some of the other catchers in baseball? Well, San Francisco's Buster Posey is hitting .271 with nine home runs and 32 RBI and a .331 OBP.

Yadier Molina of the Cardinals is at .284 with a .333 OBP, five home runs and 25 RBI. Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers is having a great season, with a .335 batting average, a .397 OBP, six home runs and 32 RBI.

How about the man Gattis replaced? Brian McCann of the Yankees is at .224 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and a .283 on base percentage.

All in all, it looks like Atlanta's catcher is stacking up well against the other receivers in the game of baseball.

But doesn't that make you wonder why exactly he spent all of Tuesday night's game on the Atlanta bench?

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