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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Diamondbacks - Acquired the White Beauty

Arizona Diamondbacks - Acquired P Scott Schoeneweis from the New York Mets for P Connor Robertson

Schoeneweis, unlike Embree in the previous entry, is a player of much utility as he turns left-handed hitters into pitchers.  The Mets let him face righties too often, so he leaves New York less popular than Ed Whitson.  I don’t care what the game situation is, you keep Schoeneweis away from right-handed batters as much as possible even if you have to place a sniper on the roof.  If ever there was a candidate for the old Herzog ploy of doing a defensive double-switch and sticking the pitcher in the outfield for a batter or two, this fellow is it.

On the plus side, the Mets are throwing in $1.6 million.  Which is a good thing because given the financial picture Arizona’s been painting, they had no business paying $3.6 million for Schoeneweis.  I’m not sure that they should even be paying the $2 million, but it’s less clear-cut than the non-subsidized version.

Robertson’s kind of a meh reliever and will probably not have a big impact on the Mets.

ZiPS Projection - Scott Schoeneweis
        W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA   ERA+
2009     2   3 67   0   52   55   27   6 24 31 4.67   101
Top Comps:  Rich Rodriguez, Mark Guthrie


ERA   %
Top 1/3 5
Mid 1/3 45
Bot 1/3 50

ERA+  %    BB     %
>150   1

<9 0

140   3

<12 0

130   7

<14 9

120   15

<17 17

110   29

<20 28

100   51

<23 49

90   75
>80   93     HR     %
>70   100   <4 11
<6 34
K % <8 71
>52   0     <9 98
>46   0
>40   3
>35   19

Dan Szymborski Posted: December 14, 2008 at 03:17 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. thetailor (Brian) Posted: December 14, 2008 at 07:25 PM (#3028755)
I am not understanding the nickname for Schoeneweis up there.

I'm also tired of these Mets with impossible to spell names leaving town as soon as I learn how to spell them.
   2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 14, 2008 at 07:31 PM (#3028759)
It's the literal German translation of his last name. Schön = pretty; weiss = white.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: December 14, 2008 at 09:21 PM (#3028813)
I'm also tired of these Mets with impossible to spell names leaving town as soon as I learn how to spell them.

c'mon now, Kazmir wasn't that hard to spell. :-)

Also, you'd prefer the old days when they got rid of guys with easy names like Seaver? :-)
   4. fret Posted: December 15, 2008 at 12:06 AM (#3028869)
Mike Myers in his career had 1255 PA against LHH, 1130 against RHH. Is it reasonable to expect a better percentage from Schoeneweis?

I guess many of those PA against RHH came when the game was already out of hand and the team just needed someone to eat innings. Really what we want is to weight each PA by leverage.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 15, 2008 at 12:23 AM (#3028876)
That o with two dots above it is way hard to pronounce.
   6. thetailor (Brian) Posted: December 15, 2008 at 01:10 AM (#3028892)
You said splits, so I had to go check them. Some are illuminating, some are weird coincidences. OPS Against in each scenario.

Overall: 751

Vs. Left: 520
Vs. Right: 955

Home: 642
Away: 849

First Half: 679
Second Half: 873

First Batter Faced: 646 (the important # for a LOOGY)

To Schneider: 635
To Castro: 1053 (!!!)

Pitching to a lefty, who was the first batter, at home, before the all star break, with Schneider behind the dish--- it appears that the hitter has zero % chance of success.
   7. ugen64 Posted: December 15, 2008 at 11:53 PM (#3029878)
"That o with two dots above it is way hard to pronounce."

round your lips like you want to say "oh", but say a short "e" instead (like in "bet"), keeping your lips rounded.

it's the same with the French "u" - round your lips and say a short u.

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