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JULY 31 2014 OMNICHATTER/TRADE DEADLINE CHATTER

IT’S THE OMNI-CHATTER!

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   301. SteveM. Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4761973)
Yankees designated 2B Brian Roberts for assignment.
   302. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4761975)
b u m p
   303. steagles Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4761977)
The last "weird" minor league catcher that sticks out to me (by what I think of as weird) was Robinson Chirinos, a Cub when he converted.
chris gimenez can catch and has spent a lot of time at 1B, 3B, LF and RF.
   304. zonk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4761978)
The big thing I think about the Cubs deal is that it paves the way for either Soler or Baez to be called up tomorrow. They have only 4 infielders on the roster. They could call up Soller and let AA play 2B the rest of the way, or use Baez at 2B and put AA in center, with the added benefit of putting Lake on the bench.


They moved Baez to 2B a week or so back -- not sure I understand that... unless they're thinking Alcantara in CF or a super utility guy. I think Baez has a better arm than Alcantara so he'd seem to be the logical guy for 3B. IDK... arb clock be damned, I think I want to see Bryant.
   305. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:54 PM (#4761980)
That's a different issue altogether. It's evident the Rays don't view $100M as an acceptable payroll.

Yes, there owners are cheap, we know. But when you put yourself in a position of your own making where you "have to trade" someone, you get fleeced. It's bad management. Extreme risk aversion is a sure way to get screwed repeatedly in life.
   306. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:54 PM (#4761981)
The Rays had various catchers a couple years ago who are all now utility men for the A's.
   307. zonk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4761983)
Caratini is relatively new to full-time catching - he was an infielder first.
The last "weird" minor league catcher that sticks out to me (by what I think of as weird) was Robinson Chirinos, a Cub when he converted.


I don't know why, but I have a weird fetish for those sort of super-utility guys who can play everywhere - INCLUDING catcher...

On second thought, I do know why -- it's awesome having a nominal true 3rd catcher on the bench in OOTP. You can do a lot more pinch-hitting. I am the Bob Boone of OOTP in-game management - if I'm not making a move every batter, I get antsy.
   308. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4761984)
I don't think of playing on the corners (like Vogt) as that weird. That's normal utility catcher behavior. Chirinos could play second and decently.
   309. SteveM. Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4761985)


They moved Baez to 2B a week or so back -- not sure I understand that... unless they're thinking Alcantara in CF or a super utility guy. I think Baez has a better arm than Alcantara so he'd seem to be the logical guy for 3B. IDK... arb clock be damned, I think I want to see Bryant.


Me too, but it sounds like Theo has ruled that out. I think they view AA as athletic enough to easily hand 2B or CF and lead off. I do like the fact they have let him play since calling him up.
   310. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4761988)
I don't know why, but I have a weird fetish for those sort of super-utility guys who can play everywhere - INCLUDING catcher...

I used to as well - Scott Hemond types.
   311. JE (Jason) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4762003)
But when you put yourself in a position of your own making where you "have to trade" someone, you get fleeced.

Again, Snapper, I don't see the return as a fleece. Franklin almost certainly replaces Zobrist at 2B in '16; Smyly is likely to be a 3+ WAR pitcher moving forward. As for Adames, who knows but he's certainly not drek.
   312. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4762008)
The Pirates stood pat and I'm pretty happy with that. The current team COULD take the division if Cole and Liriano both turn up healthy down the stretch; it's a very unlikely 'if' but it's in play. If not, they'll end up around 83-85 wins and be well positioned to be a better team in 2015 and better still in 2016. I actually would have welcomed most any Lester trade that didn't involve Gregory Polanco, but I'm OK with this result too.
   313. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4762009)
At the moment it almost feels like Stephen Drew is a washed-up has-been playing out the string -- since he wasn't even in the majors in April or May, since then has been playing terribly for a last-place team, and has now been traded for nothing and is about to join his fourth team in three years.

But I'm guessing the Yankees are thinking seriously about giving him a big-money deal this winter to replace Jeter. And getting him on the team now to show him what it's like to be a Yankee makes a lot of sense.
   314. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4762013)
Again, Snapper, I don't see the return as a fleece. Franklin almost certainly replaces Zobrist at 2B in '16; Smyly is likely to be a 3+ WAR pitcher moving forward. As for Adames, who knows but he's certainly not drek.

OK, you like the package, I don't. We disagree.
   315. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4762016)
So, it's 5:15, that's it right? Any deals made today we would have heard of by now?
   316. Astroenteritis Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4762020)
The Astros seem to be trying to get a 25man roster of all players being paid the major league minimum.


The Astros have certainly set themselves up for the usual snark reactions to any move they make, but there's nothing about the Cosart trade that merits these responses.
Cosart seems to not get much out of his stuff, and he's been a malcontent since his time in the minors. The Astros are obviously counting on Moran developing into a ML regular. The other pieces are mostly filler, though I'd taken a liking to Kike Hernandez. Also, the Astros could have 4 of the top 40 picks in next year's draft (insert snark about not signing picks here).

The Astros payroll was approximately $22 million in 2013, is around $44 million this year, and will certainly be over $60 million in 2015. Admittedly this is slow progress, but it's disingenuous to say they are just trying to limit payroll.
   317. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:19 PM (#4762024)
I'm wondering what BBQ sauce Davo Dozier is considering to go with his shoe, now that the Marlon Byrd trade turned out to be a hoax???
That was my one saving grace. "He's not an everyday player, he's platooning with Ichiro Suzuki!"

Alas...
   318. SteveM. Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4762029)
The Astros payroll was approximately $22 million in 2013, is around $44 million this year, and will certainly be over $60 million in 2015.


No offense, but I will believe that only when I see it.
   319. Dale Sams Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:24 PM (#4762030)
At the moment it almost feels like Stephen Drew is a washed-up has-been playing out the string


Drew has an .806 OPS in the last 28 days. And is a superior defender.
   320. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4762033)
The Astros payroll was approximately $22 million in 2013, is around $44 million this year, and will certainly be over $60 million in 2015.

How is that going to happen? They're currently committed to $17.8M. Give Fowler $10M and Castro $5M, and they're at $33M. No one else figures to get much of an arb award.
   321. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4762034)
Ben Cherington is certainly getting some practice at deconstructing high-payroll last place teams.
   322. steagles Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4762039)
ruben amaro on why ruben amaro didn't make a trade today:

'we were offering quality players and the most anyone offered in return was prospects'
   323. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4762051)
#322: That is a perfectly rational stance for Ruben Amaro, whose job isn't going to be saved by prospects.
   324. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4762056)
That is a perfectly rational stance for Ruben Amaro, whose job isn't going to be saved by prospects.

It won't be saved by another 72-90 year either!
   325. Into the Void Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4762063)
Can someone explain to me why Amaro hasn't been fired yet?
   326. PreservedFish Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:13 PM (#4762071)
Quote in #322 is amazing.
   327. kthejoker Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:14 PM (#4762073)
Eh, the Astros aren't really pushing out the win cycle that much from what it was (2016 will be their earliest legit shot at the playoffs), the 2016 team will still be pretty impressive even without any more upgrades over what they have now and in the pipe.

C Jason Castro / Max Stassi
1B Jon Singleton / AJ Reed
2B Jose Altuve / Tony Kemp
SS Carlos Correa / Jordan Villar / Marwin Gonzalez
3B Matt Dominguez / Colin Moran / Rio Ruiz
LF Preston Tucker / Robbie Grossman
CF Jake Marisnick / Delino Deshields, Jr.
RF George Springer
DH Domingo Santana / JD Davis / Derek Fisher

SP Dallas Keuchel
SP Colin McHugh
SP Brett Oberholtzer
SP Mark Appel
SP Michael Feliz
RP Nick Tropeano
RP Lance McCullers
RP Mike Foltynewicz
RP Josh Hader

With tons of good prospects still knocking on the door, 4 top-40 picks in this years' draft, payroll flexibility to shore up the pen and sign extensions. It's a pretty impressive haul for basically a #3 starter.
   328. kthejoker Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4762074)
The Astros payroll was approximately $22 million in 2013, is around $44 million this year, and will certainly be over $60 million in 2015.

How is that going to happen? They're currently committed to $17.8M. Give Fowler $10M and Castro $5M, and they're at $33M. No one else figures to get much of an arb award.


I don't know if they'll get to $60, but their payroll this year is actually closer to $50 million, presumably that's sustainable and they'll put those dollars work shoring up the league's worst bullpen in the offseason and maybe finding another starter to replace Cosart.
   329. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4762076)
Cherington sounds like he's committing to a Craig-Bradley-Cespedes OF, depending on how Cespedes handles RF. Not sure why they're wasting time on Middlebrooks at 3B. Play Betts there and see how he handles it. That gives you a pretty solid lineup:

C Vazquez
1B Napoli
2B Pedroia
SS Bogaerts
3B Betts
LF Craig
CF Bradley
RF Cespedes
DH Ortiz

Not sure how Victorino fits into the picture, but they're only a couple of SPs away from looking like a playoff contender.
   330. Sonic Youk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4762078)
Yea, I have no idea what this all means for Betts. Hes gone right back to crushing the minor leagues since being sent down. 321/401/478, and a walkoff bomb this afternoon.
   331. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4762082)
By far the most important development today is that the Stephen Drew trade vastly increases the chances of Brock Holt starting another game at shortstop, thus gaining him short-stop eligibility in Yahoo Fantasy leagues.
   332. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4762086)
Steve Lyons looks like Super Macho Man from Mike Tyson's Punch Out.
   333. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4762088)
By far the most important development today is that the Stephen Drew trade vastly increases the chances of Brock Holt starting another game at shortstop, thus gaining him short-stop eligibility in Yahoo Fantasy leagues.


He will be like a modern day Bill Hall. Truly these are blessed days!
   334. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:45 PM (#4762090)
Not sure how Victorino fits into the picture


If you factor injuries and estimate 120 starts each for Victorino, Napoli, Ortiz, and Craig - there is room for everyone.... as long as everyone gets injured one at a time
   335. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4762100)
Regarding the Astros, twitter says Lunhow and co. couldn't decide between Colin Moran and Mark Appel for the #1 overall pick last year. If Cosart is the price for a guy you love that much, I think you do it.
   336. Dan Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:54 PM (#4762148)
Doesn't look good for Cliff Lee. He knew immediately his elbow was the issue. Wonder if he just tore his UCL and it's time to add another to the TJS list.

I was just about to say that the Dodgers must be planning on getting him in a waiver trade since they missed out on Lester, Price, and Lackey.
   337. Bourbon Samurai Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4762171)
This is by far the craziest deadline i can recall
   338. Al Kaline Trio Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4762182)
Gonna need a new name around here.
   339. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4762187)
Doesn't look good for Cliff Lee. He knew immediately his elbow was the issue. Wonder if he just tore his UCL and it's time to add another to the TJS list.


Yes.

Jeff Luhnow has been in the Astros' booth for the past inning and he comes off very well on TV, at least.
   340. chisoxcollector Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4762202)
Jose Abreu now has a .992 OPS, which leads the AL. Chris Sale as a 1.88 ERA, which leads the AL.

When was the last time a team had the ERA and OPS leader and finished below .500?



   341. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4762206)
They moved Baez to 2B a week or so back -- not sure I understand that... unless they're thinking Alcantara in CF or a super utility guy. I think Baez has a better arm than Alcantara so he'd seem to be the logical guy for 3B. IDK... arb clock be damned, I think I want to see Bryant.

Time to accept Bryant is staying at 3b. That's why Baez is trying 2b; so SS is either Castro or Russell.
   342. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:44 PM (#4762208)
340. They are a good offseason away from being a legitimate contender. Dunn coming off the ledger. Could be sleeper candidates for Lester or Scherzer.
   343. zonk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4762214)
'we were offering quality players and the most anyone offered in return was prospects'


In fairness to Ruben, if all your scouting reports are 5 years old, trading for prospects is awfully hard.
   344. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4762218)
When was the last time a team had the ERA and OPS leader and finished below .500?

The 2011 Dodgers came damn close. And they did it without any other players really having bad seasons, except Juan Uribe and Dioner Navarro. Weird team.
   345. DKDC Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4762229)
What's up with Mike Trout? He has looked awful in this O's series, and I don't recall ever seeing a player watch fastballs right down the middle as much as he has this series. He's been passive and off balance the entire series.

Maybe he's just fooling the Orioles with the long con and will crush a meatball for a go ahead HR in extras.
   346. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4762230)
A Javier Baez call up would make some sense. He has picked his season up off the turf in Iowa beginning around the time of Manny's arrival. (wink!)

The Cubs will have to resist their urges of cheapness and start calling up some of these guys to get a look at their defense and see how they handle major league pitching. Rizzo will be at first base, third base will be left open for Bryant next May and everything else seems to be up for grabs as I am unconvinced Castro will be a Cub come April.
   347. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4762260)
Unless I'm mistaken, wade davis let up his first extra base hit of his season tonight
   348. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4762268)
Teheran pitching well, but when you're facing Kershaw, "well" isn't enough. Puig continues to smack around Braves' pitching.
   349. bookbook Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:59 PM (#4762269)
+Jose Abreu now has a .992 OPS, which leads the AL. Chris Sale as a 1.88 ERA, which leads the AL.

When was the last time a team had the ERA and OPS leader and finished below .500?+

Did the Mariners ever do it?

They lost a lot of games with Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey/A-Rod/Edgar. Most of those years, Pedro led the league in ERA, however.
   350. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:05 AM (#4762272)
Ken Griffey Jr. never led the league in OPS. Alex Rodriguez did so only twice, both with the Yankees.

I believe the answer to the question is the 1996 Marlins. Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, 80-82.

I believe the 1996 Marlins are the only team that has ever accomplished the feat, at least in the modern era. It's a rare accomplishment, once a decade or so, and teams that produce the ERA and OPS leader almost always are pennant-quality teams. The second-worst team I could find that pulled off the feat was the 1958 Giants (Stu Miller, Willie Mays, 80-74).
   351. Astroenteritis Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4762279)
The Astros payroll was approximately $22 million in 2013, is around $44 million this year, and will certainly be over $60 million in 2015.


No offense, but I will believe that only when I see it.


None taken. I'm obviously assuming they will hit the free agent market for a much needed bat or two, or some bullpen help. Just got back from the Astros-Jays game and some bullpen help looks pretty good right now!
   352. bobm Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:20 AM (#4762282)
When was the last time a team had the ERA and OPS leader and finished below .500?

1996 Marlins

YEAR  TM FINISH RECORD
2014 CHW      ?      ?
2013 DET  1-ALC  93-69
2009 STL  1-NLC  91-71
2003 SFG  1-NLW 100-61
1996 FLA  3-NLE  80-82
1995 SEA  1-ALW  79-66
1989 SFG  1-NLW  92-70
1969 SFG  2-NLW  90-72
1958 SFG   3-NL  80-74
1956 NYY   1-AL  97-57
1954 NYG   1-NL  97-57
1952 NYY   1-AL  95-59
1950 CLE   4-AL  92-62
1948 STL   2-NL  85-69
1946 STL   1-NL  98-58
1943 STL   1-NL 105-49
1943 NYY   1-AL  98-56
1939 BOS   2-AL  89-62
1938 BOS   2-AL  88-61
1937 NYY   1-AL 102-52
1936 NYG   1-NL  92-62
1935 PIT   4-NL  86-67
1934 NYY   2-AL  94-60
1932 PHA   2-AL  94-60
1927 NYY   1-AL 110-44
1921 STL   3-NL  87-66
1920 NYY   3-AL  95-59
1915 PHI   1-NL  90-62
1904 CLE   4-AL  86-65
1903 PIT   1-NL  91-49
1903 CLE   3-AL  77-63


http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/onbase_plus_slugging_leagues.shtml
http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/earned_run_avg_leagues.shtml

ETA: Coke to Zeth @350
   353. boteman Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4762288)
#347 - @WholeEffeinShow: @cantpredictball Kurt Suzuki just got the first XBH against Wade Davis this SEASON

Kurt f@ckin Suzuki, of all people.
   354. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:33 AM (#4762291)
Nothing says "rally" quite like, "Leading off for the Braves in the top of the ninth against Clayton Kershaw is pinch hitter Gerald Laird."
   355. boteman Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4762293)
I went to the Phillies @ Nationals game this evening. Great weather for baseball, but really lousy play on the field, just sloppy play. Gio was cruising into the 4th, then a beat reporter noted that he did his little tic where he stretches out his shoulder and the walls came a-tumblin down. 5 runs crossed the plate with the help of some OOOPSIES by otherwise great Nats defenders Desmond and Espinosa. It just went downhill from there.

Sorry about Cliff Lee. Initially they were saying a strained pronator flexor, but whatever it ends up being he's done for the year by all accounts. I thought his departure would allow the Nats to break through, but ill-advised bunting, some poor baserunning, and just plain good pitching kept them at bay. Ken Giles can really bring it!
   356. boteman Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4762299)
#345 - I noted that about Trout, too, watching these Baltimore games. I saw him hit a solid single, but otherwise looked a bit out of whack at the plate.
   357. SteveM. Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4762301)
Eh, the Astros aren't really pushing out the win cycle that much from what it was (2016 will be their earliest legit shot at the playoffs), the 2016 team will still be pretty impressive even without any more upgrades over what they have now and in the pipe.

C Jason Castro / Max Stassi
1B Jon Singleton / AJ Reed
2B Jose Altuve / Tony Kemp
SS Carlos Correa / Jordan Villar / Marwin Gonzalez
3B Matt Dominguez / Colin Moran / Rio Ruiz
LF Preston Tucker / Robbie Grossman
CF Jake Marisnick / Delino Deshields, Jr.
RF George Springer
DH Domingo Santana / JD Davis / Derek Fisher

SP Dallas Keuchel
SP Colin McHugh
SP Brett Oberholtzer
SP Mark Appel
SP Michael Feliz
RP Nick Tropeano
RP Lance McCullers
RP Mike Foltynewicz
RP Josh Hader

With tons of good prospects still knocking on the door, 4 top-40 picks in this years' draft, payroll flexibility to shore up the pen and sign extensions. It's a pretty impressive haul for basically a #3 starter.
328. kthejoker Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#476207


Ok, first TINSTAAP. And you cannot plan on all the prospects panning out. I see ero reason to believe that the Astros will be competitive in the next five years if they are being run like the Texas Jeff Loria's.
   358. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4762302)
Oooh, Kershaw loses the shutout with 2 out in the 9th on a bang bang play. We'll see the review.
   359. boteman Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:44 AM (#4762303)
Declared safe. 2-1 Dodgers. Ho boy.
   360. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:44 AM (#4762304)
Safe, wow it's 2-1 now. Gattis up now.
   361. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:46 AM (#4762306)
This has really been a great three game series of baseball.
   362. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:46 AM (#4762307)
I liked it that much. (double post)
   363. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:00 AM (#4762310)
I think the call of safe was correct. Uribe's throw had more arc on it than it needed to which cost the shut out, but Kershaw still got a complete game win. That's 3 CGs in 4 starts. Also 9Ks and 0 BBs.
   364. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:08 AM (#4762315)
When was the last time a team had the ERA and OPS leader and finished below .500?

1996 Marlins


I got the pitcher right away, but drew a blank on the OPS leader. A great hitter, but I didn't know he actually led the league in OPS during Bonds reign in the NL.
   365. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 01, 2014 at 02:09 AM (#4762322)
SportsCenter dug up Kenny Mayne to tell us all about the trade deadline. Geez, I haven't seen him in many years. Now he looks like James Woods in "White House Down".
   366. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:53 AM (#4762335)
Not for nothing, but the Mariners were actually pretty good during most of A-Rod's tenure there. During the brief period when Johnson, Griffey and Rodriguez were all on the team, they made the playoffs twice in four(ish) years, and the only losing season was the last one, in which Johnson was mysteriously crappy for half a season and then less mysteriously in Houston for half of it. The M's had #### pitching, other than the top three starters, including an hilariously bad bullpen and a total inability to fill the back two slots in the rotation with any consistency. Most spectacularly, they gave 24 starts to Jeff Fassero and his 7.38 ERA.
   367. chisoxcollector Posted: August 01, 2014 at 06:43 AM (#4762339)
Thanks for figuring out the OPS/ERA leader question guys!

It's a rare accomplishment, once a decade or so, and teams that produce the ERA and OPS leader almost always are pennant-quality teams.


And it's not like the two guys are having fluky seasons, or that their stats are somehow misleading. Jose Abreu has almost certainly been one of the two best hitters in the AL this year (along with Trout), and Chris Sale is almost certainly one of the two best pitchers in the AL (along with King Felix).

Abreu has even gotten himself into the top ten in batting average in the AL. It seems like he is adjusting to pitchers, rather than they adjusting to him. If Trout keeps struggling (by his standards), and Abreu keeps raking, I wonder if he has any shot at the MVP. Probably not, unless the Sox go on a tear and at least contend for a Wildcard spot.
   368. zonk Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:49 AM (#4762354)
A Javier Baez call up would make some sense. He has picked his season up off the turf in Iowa beginning around the time of Manny's arrival. (wink!)


This is what is most encouraging to me about Baez -- IIRC, didn't he get off to a rough start at Tennessee last year, too?

He's probably never going to be a complete hitter -- but he seems to make adjustments faster than pitchers and of course, the quickness of his swing is legendary. People also rave about his ability to hit bad pitches -- a mini-Vlad playing 2B or SS would be extremely valuable, even if he's striking out a fair bit and seldom walking. I say mini because yeah - he's probably not gonna hit .300...

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