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Pretty low projection for Crawford.
Am I missing something? Couldn't find Dan Haren at all.
Interesting that of all the team games baseball is probably the most individualistic. The primary conflict involves just two men, the pitcher and the batter. Maybe this is why your thought game doesn't work the same in other sports. I think a lot of people could just as quickly think of the five best football teams as the five best football players.
Too slow. Nice Simpsons reference Russ.
97 was just that specific situation (man on third, no one out). When he referenced the 4 runs left on the table, he was referring to ALL sacrifice fly situations, regardless of the # base-runners/outs.
Player Injury Evaluations
Great article Steve. I'm with jwschaefer, this article should be labeled free, its a great representation of the quality of writing and minds available at BP.
A few observations of my own after my initial browsing:
1)Lowrie is ranked 9th in OPS for SS (below the immortal Jerry Hairston?). Its his lack of projected playing time that knock his VORP value down.
2)PECOTA loves Jody Gerut. 2nd in OPS and 4th in VORP among CF\'s. Between that and the Guzman projection, it seems like there isn\'t enough regression to the mean taking place for older players with limited PA the last 3 years.
3)I traded for Adam Jones in two leagues this off-season, and was pumped when I read Kevin\'s comment about him in the Orioles top prospects article. Top 3 comparables are Dawson, Burks, and Evans. Sweet.
4)Does anyone else think that if Mussina saw his projection (3.67 ERA, 18th in VORP for SP), he\'d rethink his decision to retire? Looks like Jeff Kent made the right decision however.
5)Good news for Rany and all those other Royals fans out there. Billy Butler has one of the higher break-out and improve percentages among players already in the majors, and his top comparables seem to imply the power is coming eventually as well.
Brewers, 6/150, 12/01