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However, "Protection" usually involves having strong batters BEHIND you in a lineup thereby forcing pitchers to pitch to you and thus avoiding better hitters LATER.
Pollock batted IN FRONT of Goldschmidt and therefore gave Goldschmidt increased RBI opportunities and distracted pitchers with his solid base running and on-base skills (a la Rickey Henderson).
As usual, Slappy...you got the cart before the horse.
These are awful. Truly awfu. It sounds like your leagues mates have about as much creativity as you do with your pseudo "p o r n" username.
A guy in my league has a team named: Yu Eaton Dickey
There is the old standby: Honey Nut Ichiros
There is new age: Tacoby Bellsbury
There is the pescetarian delight: Pollock Trout Carp
There Seinfeld's favorite: George CantStantonya
How about: Almond Piscotty
I play in a league with an NA spot and Matt Carpenter is on paternity leave but listed as DTD, while Tony Watson is also on paternity leave and listed as NA. I need to replace Carpenter for the weekend and can't do so. What's up?
Goldschmidt's best year was 2013, when Pollock played 137 games and hit .269 with 8 homers and 64 runs scored. That's a below average player, so I don't agree.
Yeah, and Jose Berrios shows you they can get crushed. He had better control in the minors overall than Urias does. Still got lit. Syndergaard is the exception, not the rule.
Care to explain why Goldschmidt had such good seasons in 2013 and 2014 (before injury), when Pollock was a complete non-factor?
He'll be doing some starting. Hybrid role to keep his innings down. Which is a horrible idea and makes him semi useless.
But he doesn't suck right now. Right now he's doing largely what you'd expect Pollock would be doing...and Goldy is still struggling.
If you owned Marcel Ozuna, which of these struggling players would you be willing to trade him for, banking on them producing better numbers than him from here on out? If it's a shorter list, name the players you "wouldn't" trade him for.
1) Justin Upton
3) Yasiel Puig
4) Michael Conforto
5) Prince Fielder
6) Adam Jones
7) Miguel Sano
8) Michael Brantley
Except you can't show that the decrease is BECAUSE Pollock is not there. Maybe Goldy is just having a bad year and that happens to happen when Pollock is out.
are such a wonderful thing!
It just would not be fantasy baseball at Yahoo without them.
The Boxberger glitch earlier in the week was a very nice one - the premature DL removal from his name mucked up several of my teams. (I was incapable of making a transaction without dumping a player and removing him from the DL slot) This simply means I had to dump two players instead of one (in some cases it was Colme - which I could not get back via waiver since I dropped him) to make the transaction I wanted.
How many more glitches are going to rock the game before the *big one* at the All-Star break?
- Reply to Dick Strong May 27, 2016 1:36 PM
Dave Cameron continues...EMPHASIS ADDED...
Stanton’s contact rates have always been low, but they’ve been on the low-end of the normal range. If you look at the guys who have run the lowest seasonal contact rates in the PITCHF/x era, you’ll see Stanton hanging out with a bunch of Ryan Howard‘s good seasons, some productive Adam Dunn stretches, Josh Hamilton‘s last valuable year, and the recent versions of Chris Davis. You can be a good hitter while making contact at around 67-68% of the time, as long as you have elite power, which Stanton obviously has.
But he’s currently at 62%. Here’s the full list of players who have posted a contact rate that low over a full season, since PITCHF/x allowed us to start tracking contact rate.
Contact Rates Below 63%
Player Season Contact% wRC+
Mark Reynolds 2010 61.7% 96
Mark Reynolds 2009 62.7% 127
Mark Reynolds 2008 63.0% 97
Mark Reynolds is not really the guy you want as your only comparison; those three seasons were his last as a semi-productive regular, and he’s kicked around the league as a barely-above-replacement-level player ever since. Of course, Reynolds doesn’t have Stanton’s power, and no one is suggesting that Stanton is headed for a precipitous cliff, but it’s worth noting that there are basically no examples of productive hitters who swing and miss this often.
Okay...not exactly Jack Handey but Dave Cameron from Fangraphs says...
Giancarlo Stanton?s Concerning Contact Rate
by Dave Cameron - May 25, 2016
Giancarlo Stanton has always had a lot of swing and miss in his game, offsetting all the whiffs with ridiculous power displays on his way to being one of the game?s elite sluggers. So when you look at Stanton?s 2016 numbers, it?s easy to just look at the overall line (which includes a 115 wRC+) and note the unsustainably low .256 BABIP ? he?s at .324 for his career, given that he hits the #$%$ out of the baseball ? in thinking that everything is going to be fine once that corrects itself.
And that?s mostly true, but probably not comprehensive enough, because beyond the BABIP, Stanton?s current struggles include one actually-concerning trend. Here are his contact rates, by season, for his career.
Stanton?s Contact Rate
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