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Any chance on Appel being up this year? Effectiveness?
Thoughts on Wilson Ramos?
For 1st base, you could take a look at Mitch Moreland of the Rangers. It appears he's going to get a shot for the full time job.
Molina won't be starting tonight. Matt Treanor will be run out there as he's become CJ's defacto personal catcher.
Minor note: you have Edwar Ramirez listed twice among the long relievers. Once with 25 IP and once with 40 IP.
In the AL West the Rangers are (by the depth charts) predicted to go 43-61 the rest of the way. The Angels are predicted to go 51-55 the rest of the way (not counting the June 10th loss). As these two teams have 16 games left to play against each other, how much are those head-to-head matchups influencing the strength of schedule numbers? I'd be curious to see their SoS numbers for the rest of the season with those 16 games left out.
Metcalf was lost from waivers to the KC Royals.
During Young's recent injury, Vizquel handled the starts at 3rd (leaving Andrus at short) and the Rangers called up Joaquin Arias as a backup.
Can't wait to see how these numbers change when the already completed games are taken into account...
I notice that the projection seems to have the top team OBPs from 2008 mostly dropping back down. Ranking the teams based on their final 2008 OBP, and then comparing that list to this projection, it looks like 10 of the top 11 teams are projected to drop... many significantly so (the Mets are the exception as they are projected to be at .340 once again).
The top team OBP is Boston at .347, but .347 hasn't been high enough to lead the league this decade.
Is this something to be expected from a "safe" projection? That is tends to bring everyone back to the pack? Or do you believe that the projection is accurately showing us a league where offensive levels (at least as measured by OBP) are dropping? (Although I suppose "dropping" isn't accurate... more like "flattening" by it being removed from last year's top teams and being added to the last year's bottom teams)
A couple of minor pitching comments here:
1. Washington has announced his planned rotation already and it matches what you have except McCarthy is in place of Nippert (unless, of course, you\'re predicting McCarthy gets injured enough that Nippert ends up as the defacto 3rd starter?)
2. This may be beyond the scope of the depth charts, but Harrison\'s 6.31 ERA and 23 games started really stands out to me. If Harrison is pitching that badly, is he going to get 23 chances?
10 catchers on the list and not one of them with the Rangers. Is it Teagarden\'s bat and Ramirez\'s defense keeping them off the list?
Wow, looks great. Quick problem spotted - Jason Botts is no longer with the Rangers. He\'s playing in Japan.