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Monday, June 08, 2009
-- Not-at-all-rumor-or-news-related post --
So our good friend Mike Podhorzer IMed me earlier tonight while watching the Braves/Pirates game. He told me that the Braves announcers had mentioned MGL's UZR and UZR/150 and talked about finding stats at FanGraphs. I've heard announcers talk about slightly more advanced concepts on the air, but never anything like this. Incredible.
Posted by Derek Carty at 9:57pm (2) Comments
Rangers' closer Frank Francisco is still having injury troubles, and C.J. Wilson picked up the save in his stead last night (his fifth of the year). Francisco will be re-evaluated today, but for those looking for saves, Wilson needs to be picked up now. His skills are very borderline for a closer, but if you really need saves, he's worth a pickup.
Before you do, though, I'd check on the availability of Leo Nunez. Matt Lindstrom is struggling, and Nunez is next in line. Asked who his closer was yesterday, Manager Fredi Gonzalez gave Lindstrom his vote of confidence... sort of (h/t Brad Evans at Yahoo!). He also said that his "responsibility as a manager is to 25 guys, and the Florida Marlins, not just one guy. We're trying to get the win for the club."
Expect Lindstrom to be ousted with another couple of bad outings, which are likely to happen given his poor skills. Nunez becomes the guy to own, and he probably has the skills to hold down the job for a while. Kiko Calero is lurking, however, and is showing the best skills in the bullpen. He's currently being used in front of Nunez in the 7th inning.
Posted by Derek Carty at 1:33pm (0) Comments
As if I needed to tell you that. But consider this now, from John Dewan at ACTA Sports (h/t Tango at The Book Blog). It's the average distance Ortiz is hitting the ball, broken down by batted ball type.
+--------+--------+---------+-------+ | Season | Liners | Fliners | Flies | +--------+--------+---------+-------+ | 2007 | 205 | 302 | 310 | | 2008 | 214 | 296 | 275 | | 2009 | 158 | 278 | 261 | +--------+--------+---------+-------+
As the lack of home runs should have been indicating, Ortiz just isn't hitting the ball as far. While some psychologists think Ortiz's struggles are in his head (h/t to our friend John Halpin at FOX), it's not really looking that way.
No recommendations here; I just thought it was worth pointing out. Holding onto Ortiz is probably better than trading him for a bag of balls (or trading him for Jason Vargas), although if you're lucky enough to be the guy who got Adam Dunn or Ryan Ludwick for him, I'd be all over it.
Posted by Derek Carty at 1:20pm
As I was compiling the numbers for this year's data, I was wondering how I would mess up this year. As a reader thankfully pointed out, I forgot to include the Util only players like Big Papi and Travis Hafner in the mixed-position list.
So below are your updated spreadsheet with the corrections made.
In the Yahoo spreadsheet David Ortiz is the only addition, and in the ESPN one, Ortiz along with Jim Thome and Travis Hafner, are added in. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted by Paul Singman at 7:12am
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