My last post had a bunch of irrational trade scenarios. Instead, Sandy Alderson acquired Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard and Yoenis Cespedes. David Wright returned healthy and productive. The acquisitions night-after-night, Lucas Duda in dominating stretches, Daniel Murphy, Kirk Niewenhuis, Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores all provided magic. A staff full of aces commanded [...]
Mae Katrina Schwartz was born at 12:01 am on Tuesday, June 9th. Clearly (after 20+ hours of labor), she did not want to be born on June 8th. Maybe she knew that on June 9th, the Mets would be no-hit, and I needed to be so infinitely happy and tired that I wouldn’t care. She was right.
Here are the ballsy forecasts to date:
C, 1B, 2B, SS.
How ballsy have I been so far? Are the names Gomes, Morleand, La Stella, Mercer audacious enough?
And now for OF…
Here at the Banter we like to take into account our reader feedback and do in depth work to ensure that we give customized, focused content back when we’re asked. In light of that I wanted to highlight some more relief pitchers that some guys asked about during my last post. Remember, for this particular [...]
No meSSing around on this one. I’m calling both these guys top 8 potential…
First came the inevitable text: “But the .371 BABIP.” I responded with the fact that Freeman was a line drive monster last year and his expected BABIP (xBABIP) was relatively close to his actual BABIP – I think within .010 points away off hand. He also had an excellent 2.6% IFFB rate which dropped 5% from 2012. Further validation, none of his BABIPs on each ball in play type (GB/FB/LD) was that out of hand.
My follow up text to the ISO discussion is what started the idea for this post. I said, “Think Brandon Belt but more ISO.” What do you think his response to this was? …He said, “Dude, Brandon Belt had a better ISO.” I was bamboozled. Check this out…
Tonight with Patrick Despain from ShutDownInning.com, my favorite site for all things Texas Rangers—for whom I am a devoted ideologue, we were trading thoughts back and forth about our preferred “x-factor” candidates for the Rangers in 2014. For Patrick, Leonys Martin was his selection. For me I couldn’t help but think of Mitch Moreland. Perhaps [...]