Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III
posted at 9/1/2013 3:01 PM EDT
In response to ampoule's comment:
J. Lowrie: age 29, salary: 2.4M
avg: .294, hr: 10, rbi: 57, runs: 63, obp: .352, slg: .441, games: 127, 2b: 39
S. Drew: age 30, salary: 9.5M
avg: .248, hr: 10, rbi :53, runs: 47, obp: .333, slg: .428, games: 101, 2b: 22
Sometimes I wonder how things would have been if he hadn't had the broken wrist and mono when he was with us. Unfortunately, we ran out of patience.
He's healthy now and doing a whale of a job for the A's.
and he is putting those numbers up in Oakland, a notoriously bad place to hit. Good for him.
I have just caught up with this thread after being gone for a while. Looks like you caught a few games in SF Amp. With 2, count them, 2 pretty women no less. Man, life must be good!
I honestly can't remember what I projected earlier in the year but I think it was around 93 wins. I took a chance and thought Lackey might come back strong. He had lost a lot of weight and the guy was real consistent for many years before getting hurt. It was a calculated risk but to me it made sense. He is a big part of this.
Buchholz was a mega stud for awhile there. That definitely helped also, but he was a megastud for a while a year or 2 ago also and has shown some ability in his career. He was coming into his prime and I thought he would be good. He turned out even better but he did get hurt and that affected us also.
I projected an even better year from Ellsbury but he has been fine overall. I have to agree with Moon that we have had some luck also but we also have had our share of injuries and I didn't see Middlebrook's swoon coming. It hasn't been all luck. We just had better than expected pitching but it wasn't crazy to think guys like Lackey, Lester and Buchholz could trend back above average. We always seem to hit.
I had no freaking idea that Ortiz would come back this strong. And I can't explain it. But i will be happy to take those numbers considering the alternative.
Gotta say that every time I see Iglesias make an outstanding fielding play I miss him bad. I don't care if he was projected to hit .220. I thought he was better than that and he is proving it. He always had the bat speed and the fundamentals and the guy can absolutely pick it with the fastest hands in the history of baseball. As good as Xander looks to become, I'd move him somewhere else and still want Iglesias as our SS. When we play Detroit in the playoffs, we will get reminded of it regularly. For years to come.
I don't dispute the trade though. Peavy was an excellent value. The best of the available starters at the break. And we do have Xander but Iglesias was a tremendous value also with 4 more years of control than Peavy. Everyone got value in that deal and to me, Detroit got the best deal of all.