NL Central Smackdown: Third Basemen
It may seem I've been a bit down on our Cubbies in the first three installments, but do not fret, the Cubs and Aramis Ramirez runaway with the third base honors.
The hot corner after the jump...
|Player||3-Year Warp-3 Average
||3 Year Warp-3 Projection
|Jose Bautista||3.1 (2 years)||2.83||6|
The Justification: Aramis wins in a landslide on this win, an under-appreciated bat and now steady defense all while just hitting his 30th birthday. The two and three spots I flipped a few times between Glaus and Encarnacion, Glaus with a better track record, Encarnacion with far more promise. As I mentioned, I did these rankings before the year started and I may very well switch the two considering Encarnacion's hot start and Glaus's seemingly HGH-less loss of power. Bill Hall can play a few positions and all, but his strikeout to walk ratio makes me think that 2005 and 2006 were a bit flukey and we're more likely to see something closer to his 2007 numbers. His defense at third is below average as well, sadly for the Brewers though, that's still better than Ryan Braun's defense at third base. Wigginton and Bautista are just waste of times. It seems pretty straight forward to me on this one, with just the 2-4 spots really meriting any discussion.
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5 HR in his last 5 games (3, 1 run...1, 2 run)
sure, 3 HR were in colorado, but 2 were in night games in SD. that evens out somehow.
My guy Addy
oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.
Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph
Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?
/Asking for a friend
my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.
bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*
real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.
It's highly unusual.
It does matter a little.
It matters much less than you think.
four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.
On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.
he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.
And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)
He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.