Author Archives: Chip Buck

Weekend Round-Up – 5/29/2011

Tales from the Sweet Spot Mother Ship:

Tales from around the Sweet Spot Network:

  • The Platoon Advantage (MLB) – I his inaugural piece, Mark reminds us that even Greg Maddux had off nights; Bill explains why the Diamondbacks still stink; and the Common Man gives his take on John Harper’s hypocrisy
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Too Many Home Runs? Surely, You Jest!

Seattle Mariners (1997) – 90-72 (1st Place); 925 runs; 264 home runs

This Mariners team finished fourth in the AL in batting average, third in OBP, and first in SLG, so it’s pretty clear they found plenty of ways to score runs.  With Randy Johnson, Jeff Fassero, and Jamie Moyer all posting 197, 124, and 116 ERA+ respectively, the Mariners had a pretty strong front line of starting pitching.  Instead, their problem was their abysmal bullpen that consisted of Norm Charlton (7.27 ERA in 69.1 innings), Bob Wells (5.75 in 67.1), Scott Sanders (6.47 in 65.1), Bobby Ayala (3.82 in 96.2), Greg McCarthy (5.46 in 29.2), and Heathcliff Slocum (4.13 in 28.1).  Yikes!  I don’t care how many runs you score; when you’re bullpen is that bad, you’re going to lose some games you shouldn’t.

Texas Rangers (2005) – 79-83 (16 GB); 865 runs; 260 home runs

The 2005 Rangers had nine players hit at least 16 home runs. …

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Battling Irrationality…

Last month, while writing for my other gig with Fire Brand of the American League, I wrote a piece about the Red Sox and their early struggles.  (See Larry’s great piece on the same subject here.)  Here’s what I had to say:

“Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I’m not disappointed by the way the Red Sox started the season. I definitely am. It’s frustrating. As a resident of the DC-Baltimore metro area, I’m surrounded by Oriole fans who are gloating about their four game lead over my beloved Red Sox. Yes, you read that right. These are the same Oriole fans who’ve not only experienced 13 consecutive losing seasons, but also willfully concede their beautiful ballpark to Red Sox and Yankee fans any time their respective teams are in town. Is it irritating? Sure, but I’m letting them have their fun for now. Why? Because it’s been four freaking games! Four games!

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Should the Yankees Promote Montero; Replace Posada?

Jorge Posada

At first glance, the answer seems rather simple. Through May 8th, Posada’s posted a rather tragic .152/.257/.354 (.269 wOBA/65 wRC+) triple slash line. While he’s shown he can still hammer a pitch out of the park with relative ease, he’s shown little ability to do much else with the ball. To make matters worse, his ability to control the strike zone has started to falter (career low BB/K mark of 0.46); his line drive rate has fallen to a paltry 11.3%; and his move from catcher to designated hitter has robbed him of much of his value. When you factor his in age (39 years old), the idea his performance will rebound seems pretty bleak, right?

Ehhhh…not so fast. Like a lot of cases I’ve written about over the past few months, his outcome stat line makes his overall performance look a lot worse than he’s actually performing. Matt Imbrogno’s latest article over at Yankee Analysts, puts Posada’s performance into perspective.…

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Weekend Round-Up – 5/8/2011

Tales from the Sweet Spot Mother Ship:

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Weekend Round-Up – 5/1/2011

Tales from the Sweet Spot Mother Ship:

Tales from around the Sweet Spot Network:

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