July 28: I wonder if JP Ricciardi’s self imposed deadline of
July 28th is designed to give him time to do other things. Maybe he
wants to know whether or not he should keep players such as Scott Rolen
and/or Lyle Overbay. Because moving Halladay would most likely allow
JP to feel more comfortable moving the other two as well. That would
free up loads of money, giving him some room financially, serious room
if I may add. And they would acquire a plethora of young talent in
doing so. Well, not much for Overbay and Rolen I would assume, but
something, and of course getting rid of contracts that they would feel
more comfortable not having. But I know that keeping Halladay means it
is more logical to keep everyone and make some kind of run in 2010 with
what Ricciardi has. And that means the additions of Dustin McGowan and
Shaun Marcum, when they return next season.
WARP: ‘WARP’ is a bit of a mystery to me. I am still torn
as to whether or not I should rely on that, rather than ‘WAR.’ I think
I am more comfortable using WAR, but WARP can be used for historical
pusposes. WAR cannot. So I tend to use it for that purpose. For
example: I can check Wade Boggs’ career WARP, but cannot check his
career WAR. So this matters to someone who likes to throw in players
of the past, and/or research players of the past.
Abreu: Bobby Abreu is having a near-great year. A 2.7 WAR.
121 OPS+. Twenty stolen bases (caught five times). To put it all in
perspective, his WAR last season with the Yankees was 1.2–for the
entire season. So we can see that Abreu is either having fun with the
AL West, or simply had a down year in 2008. Anyway, as he has regained
power, his line has been upped to .310/.405/.442. His BB% is back up
to 14 percent, as it had declined each of the past two seasons. And
he’s swung a tad less than last season. For $5 million? That is an
absolute bargain of a player.
Ricky Nolasco unlucky?: When does a 3.44 FIP = a 5.42 ERA?
In a world where balls in play fall in 35 percent of the time. Nolasco
has suffered from a .353 BABIP this season. And his LOB% is 60
percent. If luck exists, then this is it. Because Ricky has had
everything possible go against him this season. Now, I cannot say that
BABIP and LOB% make up a pitchers performance, but I definitely believe
that these type of numbers are showing everyone that he is a lot better
than his ERA indicates, even this season.