Re: Time to Bench Salty
posted at 6/9/2013 11:29 PM EDT
In response to redsoxdirtdog's comment:
I documented how Salty began turning around his performance with the staff after April 21, 2012. The staff's ERA was about a half run lower after that date, but most fans just looked at the yearly overall CERA and shrugged.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Sox4everghed when I said we should extend him before his price tag gets too high.
I haven't followed this thread in quite some time, but I would have agreed whole-heartedly. Even in April or May.
His high OPS & Pop are way under-rated.
I raked Salty's ability to call a game over the last 2 seasons, but it certainly seems that the problems with pitcher were far more complex.
They should extend him SOON!!!!!! We will regret not doing so!
Salty still has some weaknesses, but there are so many parts to a catcher's total package that not many do great at most of them. Salty has improved at some, while others got worse. Then he has done better in the areas he was weak in, but got worse in the areas he had just improved in. It's been a bit frustrating as we wait to see if he can pull it all together for a long stretch, but he is still younger than VTek was when he became an all around quality catcher.
Salty is now at a .341 OBP and .515 SLG%. The .856 OPS is the highest starting catcher OPS we've had in a long time.
2012: Salty .742/Shoppach .798
2011: Salty .737/VTek .723
2010: VMart .844/ VTek .766
2009: VTek .703/ VMart .912 (in 237 PAs after the trade)
2008: VTek .672/.Cash .647
2007: VTek .787/ Mirrabelli .637
2006: VTek .725/ Mirabelli .603
2005: VTek .856/ Mirabelli .721
2004: VTek .872/ Mirabelli .893