Thursday, September 10, 2009

Three Comparisons

One: Half-Season MVP Division
Through their first 42 games with their new, National League teams:
Manny Ramirez, 2008: .395/.478/.743 (1.222 OPS), 29 R, 14 HR, 43 RBI
Matt Holliday, 2009: .379/.437/.702 (1.139 OPS), 33 R, 12 HR, 41 RBI
(thanks to the StL P-D for that one.)

Two: I Told You So Division
Orlando Cabrera, since August 1: .256/.283/.353 (.636 OPS), -6.2 UZR (yes, -6.2 runs in 34 games. I mean, what?)
Nick Punto, season: .220/.320/.275 (.595 OPS), +1.4 UZR

Three: Obviously, They're Just Being Cheap Again Division
Since June 3:
Nate McLouth: .264/.353/.439 (.792 OPS), -5.2 UZR
Andrew McCutchen: .278/.355/.470 (.826 OPS), +2.4 UZR


  1. I wouldn't make to much of the Cabrera UZR. Sample size is small.

    Same with McLouth and McCutchen. Although, McLouth is an aweful fielder.

  2. True, but it's worth noting that that's not a rate stat (like UZR/150)--the system thinks that, in those 34 games, he's actually, literally cost the Twins more than six runs compared to an average shortstop. That's hard to do. It's essentially the same as if he were batting .100 after 34 games--it doesn't mean he's actually that bad, but what has actually happened on the field has hurt his team nonetheless.

    That's if you believe in the stat itself. I don't think it's perfect, but I think if it reads -6.2 after 34 games, it means he's been pretty awful.