The Grand National Championships

June 2, 2010

Jim Joyce has officially become an Icon.

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Haddix'd,______ is baffling me — by Andrew @ 8:36 pm

And he is feeling terrible about it. Not that he doesn’t deserve some sympathy because he owned up to making such an egregious cock-up. But still, how can you make that call in that situation? Okay, backstory for those who’ve stumbled upon this website off of an inadvertant search for Kim Kardashian’s ass.

Armando Galarraga retired 26 batters. 26 up, 26 down. He was one out away from a perfect game. He got Jason Donald to ground out for the 27th out. Any cursory glance at a replay would tell you so.

Excepting for the fact Jim Joyce called Jason Donald safe.

There are so many reasons why this is should not have happened. I am the sort of fat out of shape guy who would be considered the target of the insults of a Ravishing Rick Rude and I would have made sure I had a decent look at the play if I was at second or working at home. It’s the scenario that’s tailor made for instant replay. And for crap sake? Any NBA referee would have protected a moment of history.

The scorekeeper can still at least give Armando something. All you have to do is make the call an error. It gives him a no-hitter. I dunno. I haven’t been here in like a month.

I guess you have to be a cool name to become a pitching footnote.

March 23, 2010

Can I do 200 words on a spare parts trade?

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Boring Homerism,Trader Drew's Trading Post — by Andrew @ 1:43 pm

Because someone has to discuss this Ray Olmedo and Matt Treanor trade. And that someone will be me.

Ironically, this does have some sort of value for the Brewers. Treanor was going to have to walk away. They had no room for him in Triple-A and George “the Animal” Kottaras looked like he was going to be the stop gap as the back-up catcher. There was no room at the inn for him.

But that being said? The Brewers signed a player to a minor league deal in Luis Cruz who mangled his leg during winter ball. He was the good defense triple A middle infielder glove who we would break the glass to grab in case of emergency. But yeah. That didn’t work. So, enter Rainer Olmedo.

To expect anything of any offensive value from Olmedo is naive. His age 27 and age 28 years had Triple A OPS hovering around Jason Kendall territory. His defense is pretty good as a middle infield glove. But you know what? It’s okay. It’s a warm body that if it all breaks right? He’s in Nashville.

An inconsequential trade. But they got something for someone who was going to force an issue for the Brewers and walk away on Thursday. And that’s cool. I guess.

Dollar tree middle infielder for the win.

January 28, 2010

Inglett and Edmonds.

While the dreams of Frank Inglett and Tom Edmonds becoming a modern day Loggins and Messina reside in the ashbin of their Pooh Corner cover? The Brewers have smoothly made some attempts at filling out their roster with excellent skills at low costs.

Joe Inglett has been a solid righty masher (for a middle infielder) who’s served time at four positions, even though he really can only defend three. A career line of .298/.351/.407 versus righties is a valuable asset to have. I know he’s already in his early 30’s, so this may be the exact ceiling of his usage. But here’s the deal.

He’s Weeks insurance. We know that he’s not going to play nearly as much on the roster if Weeks can manage to get himself 500 at-bats. And to get a low cost asset to use mostly at second base as good as Inglett in back up terms? It’s not a bad thing, it is most definitely a good thing.

Now, in the Wildcard category? We have Jim Edmonds comeback attempt. The guy spent 2009 in the unwanted bin of Free Agency. One would assume that he demanded to roam Center Field or a multi-year deal and no team really wanted to have to deal with all that. Because his 2008 was great as a Cub, but you know what else?

He was unlucky. For the year, his BAbip was a ridiculously low .249. But even as a Cub, when it seemed as if he was hooked up to a juvenation machine? His BAbip was .257.

But that’s not where Edmonds makes his money. Where Edmonds makes his money is as a righty masher. He had a .998 OPS versus righties as a Cub. So yeah. That’s where last we left him. Put it simply, if he’s useful, all he has to do is slug .500 as a Brewer versus right handed pitchers.

And get 400-450 plate appearances.

But lets be honest. If Corey Hart was actually able to be trusted? I wouldn’t be nearly as excited by the signing of a 39 year-old who skipped 2009.

January 21, 2010

DOUG. DAVIS. HAS. COME. HOME.

Now I know I was talking noise about the whole Doug Davis signing. I said that they needed Jarrod Washburn to form a lefthanded innings eating Voltron, right? But that was initial reaction. Doug Davis is a good soild #3/#4 guy.

Think about it like this. In context of recent Brewers starter signings? Dougie D. is a cheaper pickup than Braden Looper. And if you consider the ERA+ of Doug Davis in recent years? You actually get someone who can give you 25-30 good starts a year for a little over 5 million dollars.

Also, we know that Doug is a pitcher who can get wild. He’s averaged a walk every two innings in recent seasons. The fact that he’s managed to be a solid pitcher despite this glaring weakness only tells me one thing. If he can shave his BB/9 down simply to 4 walks for 9 innings? He will likely be an under 4 era starter. And considering what the Brewers had last year? Even if he’s not a sexy signing, he’s a real live upgrade.

With the offense that the Brewers generally have? Doug Davis could be 13-9 with a 3.80 ERA. For five and a quarter million dollars. Initial reaction? B+.

I like it. I like it a lot.

December 12, 2009

The Bill Simmons Corollary

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Boring Homerism,Pitchery — by Andrew @ 8:31 pm

I know that Bill Simmons would be thrilled if he ever read the blog. But there’s an obvious theory. If you believe that the National League is the weaker league, it stands to reason that you can find success with reclamation projects in the American League. How does this work?

Because Chien Ming-Wang got non-tendered by the Yankees. His arm was noodles last year. And he struggled. He probably would not be ready for war right off the bat. His agent would say that he would be ready by May 1st. The Brewers are likely in a situation with a one, a three, and certain amount of uncertainty.

I’m not pitching this as a cure all. I’m not pitching this as a necessity. But for someone who was looked upon as lacking the due dilligence? I feel like it warrants mentioning that he could help.

December 8, 2009

I sense doom for my feelings about Randy Wolf.

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Boring Homerism,Dougie Melvin saved the day,Pitchery — by Andrew @ 4:16 pm

Strictly speaking, as a fan? I’ve always liked Randy Wolf. He was a pretty good lefty for the Phillies during the dark period in the early aughts and he holds a place in rock and jock history for his Pedro Martinezesque relief outing in the last rock and jock game in history. So yeah. I’ve been a fan.

That being said? If the rumors are true. I’m going to find myself losing faith in the Wolf. Randy Wolf has lost that mojo that made him good. Now, I’m not saying he didn’t have a good year last season. It’s just that for luck not to be a factor? His batting average on balls in play should reside between .280 and .300.

Randy Wolf had a .258 average. And a correction is not exactly going to be the sort of thing that leads to one hit a month. I’m not saying that young Randall is not a pitcher worthy of being in a rotation. Not by a longshot. But we’re looking at 10 wins, a 4.20 ERA and WHIP around 1.300 sort of an average pitcher.

So what I’m saying is this is the sort of experince we had with Jeff Suppan when we first signed him. Look how well that turned out. I don’t want to hate Randy Wolf, but circumstances may lead me down that road.

December 7, 2009

We got Luis Cruz y’all!

If I was a narcisstic paranoid man? I would think this was a smokescreen. Doug Melvin knows the strength and power of my 110 reader army. He wants to bring Craig Counsell back. He knows we would riot like we were watching John Cena win in the New Alhambra arena.

So? He has to find someone worse. And Luis Cruz? Fits that bill whole hog.

But that would be if I was all narcisism and paranoia? I’m lazy. I fall off the cliff for days and now weeks at a time. And this signing is merely that of a warm body.

Just try to sign someone before you return to Counsell, okay? Don’t feed this fevered ego.

December 4, 2009

You know what?

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Dougie Melvin saved the day,Utility Dross — by Andrew @ 5:45 pm

I am sorry. I am. But twitter can kill your will to blog. And on that not, let’s smoothly segue to Craig Counsell.

Why?

Because the Brewers are doing it wrong! I have made myself patently clear that Craig Counsell has been a blight on the Brewers roster on several occasions. But you know what? He proved me wrong last year. He had a great season. A league average season, but let’s look back at the decade previously in terms of OPS+ where 100 is league average

2000: 104
2001: 82
2002: 78
2003: 61
2004: 69
2005: 89
2006: 70
2007: 65
2008: 77
2009: 105

So when you consider the fact that Counsell’s age 29 season was 2000? Can you see that there’s a regression to the mean afoot? I know you can. And as such? Consider yourself lucky you got the good season.

(Sure, the Brewers had to take three years of crumbs to do it? But stay with me.)

For you see? His defense was never truly great in that whole I know he sucks, but his glove keeps him being above replacement levels sort of way since he became a Brewer. Not even when you add the fact that he can play three positions.

He can take a walk. But that’s it. And you can find a minor leaguer with a good eye and little else for cheap. I mean, somebody rolled up and said Ruben Gotay, get in my spring training after all. I mean, who but superfans and the hardest of the hardcore have made mention of Brock Bond or Esteban German’s plate discipline?

In fact? As I research reasons why the potential Craig Counsell resigning is flat out insane? I wounder why don’t we go with German instead. He’s 8 years younger, comes with speed as well as plate discipline at anywhere from two-fifths to one-sixth the price, and if he sucks? You don’t have to stick with him because of loyalty or defensive rep.

…George, so to speak? Is upset.

Apologies for stealing the picture go to: Right Field Bleachers

November 26, 2009

Interesting Pieces…

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,Dougie Melvin saved the day,Free Agency,Pitchery — by Andrew @ 2:53 am

Rumors are flying for Doug Melvin as he looks for pitching. You know about Lackey, you’re fired up for the Halamalocalypse. But amidst that are two things that interest me. People. Two people that interest me?

The first? Justin Duchsherer, or as I would call him, the Arch-Duke. 2009 was a lost year for him. He had a second hip surgery, an elbow surgery, and a bout with depression. I’m not going to speculate on the whys and wherefores of a mans head when my head can go off on its own tangent, but if he’s healthy?

His approach is off the charts. Not many righthanders are deemable as crafty? But the Arch-Duke is in spades. He led the AL in ERA for most of 2008. I know staying healthy is a skill. But if he is? The Brewers would be a great for him.

I mean, the National League is the supremely inferior league right?

(You don’t want to know my reaction to that opinion.)

Anyway. Kevin Correia? He’s probably not going to be as good as he was in San Diego last year. But so long as he doesn’t let his solid command go down the drain? He’s a fine fit for the end of the rotation. He’s got around a 2 to 1 K/BB ratio. Nothing wrong with that.

Not at all. And then again? When Correia has been healthy? He’s been quite good in the past three years as a starter. Yeah, I’ll say it. He may be able to rock out a stronger year than last year.

If you bring these home Dougie? I’ll start to trust you again. I know I’ve been hurt by recent events. But this would be a nice way to fill out the end of the rotation and in a worst case scenario? Add kickass middle relief.

August 23, 2009

David Eckstein is a Shapeshifter

Filed under: BAYSBALL!,David Eckstein is a shapeshifter.,Dubassery — by Andrew @ 5:45 pm

Or the Norse God Loki, because I’m confused.

Okay, here’s the thing about moneyball. It’s about hitting them where they a’int, to borrow a phrase. Nobody holds OPS on regard? Get the guy who walks. People too protective of the stat guy? Load up on the toolsy prospects. It’s all about zigging where the other guy zags. And it makes perfect sense.

Not to say you can’t old school your way into contention. The Brewers and Twins have been interesting teams based on old school scouting and savvy trading. But here’s the one true common sense fact in baseball.

If you make moves to extend veteran mediocrities? You’re doing it wrong.

I mean, the Padres have made an effort to clear the decks and start a youth movement. Not a fun thing to do, but sometimes it just has to be done. You load up on new prospects. And it’s going to be fun?

But then you go and extend David Eckstein? Forgive me, but that does not make sense. I mean? He brings nothing to the table. He’s stopped running, he doesn’t get to as many balls as your average second baseman, and he doesn’t even walk. Obviously, he deserves more work as a baseball player.

I mean fuck. Casey McGeehee fell out of the sky for the Brewers. You can’t trust your scouts?

This is making my head hurt! Christ! I want answers, Kevin Towers! I want answers!

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