General Message Board
Just in case you weren't paying attention - Polanco went 3-5 Tuesday with 3rs, 4bi, his 3rd homer and his 3rd stolen base. He is now hitting a ridiculous .419. At some point after May 1 he's likely to make Tabata and Snider redundant and form a tremendous OF for the Pirates. I've got him as an NA and you should too if you can do it.
The first thing you should understand is that you should figure out what your team needs and not pay any attention to what someone trading with you is saying. They are not interested in making you competitive - they are only interested in obtaining your best players for as little cost as possible. The American way. In both trades the guy is trying to take your all star catcher for two players he picked out of the free agent pool two weeks ago. I would instantly reject both of these and, if I were you, I'd be very careful the next time this turkey makes you an offer.
1) he sees plenty of pitches per at bat
2) his BABIP (which you wanted to talk about) for his career is .338
3) career OPS+ is 127
4) career OB% is .353 (not elite, but a good amount above league average)
5) career ISO is .181 (again a good amount above league average)
i dont see any number that screams regression besides his RISP avg....and SOME guys do perform better in pressure situations....ask michael jordan or mo in the playoffs....maybe he is a guy that chokes up with runners on and tries to hit bombs with bases empty (or he just takes the AB less serious without guys on base)...all i can say is in 1/2 of his AB guys are on base....thats over a full season of ABs....hardly a small sample size....in those ABs he hits .329.....ill take those numbers every day for my squad
H2H , 12 teams
Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)
Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Complete Games (CG), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)
1B- Edwin E
SP- Jose Fernandez
SP- Max Schrzer
SP- Anibal Sanchez
DL - M.Latos
Craig is not a patient hitter. His career BB rate is just 7%. Further, his career line drive rate of 23% is good-not-great. For example, his line drive rate was below that of Nick Punto, James Loney, Alex Avila, Junior Lake, etc.
So he is not a patient hitter, and his line drive rate is not a big deal. I think his most reasonable comparison is in fact James Loney - low HR totals, but good BA, a few RBI's due to the good BA.
who says he has to hit 28 HR to be one of the best 2B in the game? and i believe i saw something that said all of his HR but 2-3 would have gone out of SAFECO field....he will still hit over .300 and drive in runs and score a ton too....all this from a person who traded cano and marco estrada for kipnis earlier in the year (deep dynasty league) bc i think kip will finish the season as the top 2b....but i also think cano will be top 3 at least...probably 2nd.
he was being a douche, but size of the league does matter....in a bigger league, you should keep your guys bc their replacement would be garbage....in a "normal" size league (12) id say its pretty fair....
Projecting Cano for his usual 28 HR, 100 RBI, 100 R's is optimism on steroids. The conditions and park in Seattle are not going to have him produce that way. His best HR months in his career have been (1) August and (2) April. His start suggests that the park factor is significant. (Had this discussion in March with a guy who insisted that Seattle's park and very bad hitting conditions would not affect Cano's production ... what the ??)
Walker is a better hitter than Gyorko for 3 reasons.
(1) He is a switch-hitter, whose very poor hitting right-handed suppressed his totals. He worked on his righty hitting and so far is raking from the right side.
(2) He has a better eye, walks more and K's less than Gyorko. OBP actually matters in fantasy. BB's mean runs, not out that lower BA.
(3) Gyorko's value comes from HR's and RBI's. RBI's are batting-order dependent, and Gyorko's terrible hitting thus far means he is batting 6th. So his value comes from HR's ... but he is not Chris Davis or Miggy. His likely HR total of 24 has how much value compared to Walker's 16-20 HR's, better BA, more R's, and more RBI's?
ill take the over on all of those numbers....i admit i am a cardinals fan, but some guys "create luck" with line drive rates and patience. plus in that lineup, 65 R and 70 RBI is some sort of joke?
He is not going to hit .400 with RISP. You know who hits .320 and higher with RISP? Guys who hit .320 on the year. For heaven's sake, fluke occurrences are not predictive.
Or do you seriously believe that Allen Craig is a .260 hitter without RISP, but suddenly becomes better than Lou Gehrig in his best season with guys in scoring position? Seriously, you think he is such an amazing hitter once guys get into scoring position, and it is not a fluke occurrence due to small sample size?
Ehh, yeah, sure, then maybe he should hit that way all the time and set every record for BA and OBP, ever, in the history of baseball.