Re: Psst...We have a really good well rounded Playoff quality offense this year. Y/N?
posted at 1/20/2013 11:38 AM EST
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
OPS is way more important than average. Check FG to see what their projected OPS' are.
Use whatever stats you want - it doesn't change the fact that the line up posted (12 names) has 50% MAJOR question marks
But one of the three holes you mentioned finished 3rd in his position in HRs. I mean, if the average OPS for an AL catcher is .710, and Salty is at .742, is that really a major hole? Or put another way, the NYY, Detroit, and Oakland have two things in common. They all finished 1st, and they all had a huge hole at catcher, since all 3 catchers had a lower OPS than Salty.
As I said - I am hopeful for Salt. I like him and think he still has upside as a player and will improve. Salt is a ? - but I am hopeful for him.
Drew, Gomes, Napoli - are massive question marks - and just not great signs.
Let's remember the OP asked do we have a playoff offense? 4 of 9 huge questions marks - and Victorino is a small question mark. Middlebrooks - I hope he is not a question mark.
Only Ells, Pedroia, and Ortiz can be expected to play at a high level. The rest is a complete crapshoot.
It is still a playoff offense, just not a guaranteed playoff offense. Right now, we project to have the best offense in the league. We project to have a better than average offense at all 9 offensive positions. Just for fun, I will list last year's OPS by position-
- 1B .778 (Napoli was .812 last year, primarily as a catcher and injured)
- SS .674 (Drew was .657 last year, coming back from a major injury)
Which position would you expect us to finish behind league average?
Plus neither is old and both are on one-year contracts so are playing for multi-million dollar, multi year contracts. Only an arch complainer would see those glasses as half-full.
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