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..although, Jacobs has been better so far than anyone thought he would be. His OBP isn't that bad and he's hitting for power. Better than Ross Gload.
I'm fine with Dayton Moore acquiring Jacobs for one year while making Kila prove he wasn't a fluke..but Kila simply has to be the DH on Opening Day 2010....
Hochevar's mid 4s FIP from last year (4.48? off of memory) combined with how he has performed in AAA so far this year make the decision to stick Ponson in the rotation for NO REASON extremely dumb. If the Royals lose the divison by two games....there's gonna be an awful lot of angry KC fans.
Loses the scoreless inning streak at 38 thanks to an unearned run. WOW, that's brutal. Through 40 IP without an earned run allowed though...that's servicable.
I'm pretty sure Greinke can dial it up to 97 when he really wants to....at least he did at times last year...but it's his 61 mph curveballs that really make him special..and the changeup he tried to "perfect" in Spring Training. Now that he has all this hype, he'll probably give up a run in the 1st tonight..but regardless, he's a legitimate Cy Young candidate for the forseeable future.
The Indians are the least flawed? Their rotation is Lee (who isn't exactly a sure thing himself) and four major question marks. That's a pretty significant flaw...and their offense isn't SO good that it can overcome bad starting pitching. The Twins are the favorite. If the Royals could just get either Gordon or Butler to be a force...their pitching is good enough to hang around, Ponson and HoRam are on short leashes.
I'm not saying PECOTA is completely useless or anything because of this, but a 60+ point drop in OPS from his normal seasons at the age of 29 seems pretty extreme, considering the one bad full season he had in 2007 can be attributed to a 40 point drop in BABIP that year compared to his three good seasons ('05, '06, and '08). Those three years are almost exactly the same...I can't see a 60 point drop in OPS at the age of 29, that's too extreme, I think.
IT'S TWO FOR TUESDAY! ON A WEDNESDAY!! WOWZA!!!
...they have him having career lows in batting average, OBP, and SLG. What can possibly account for this?
What is up with the DeJesus projection? They have him completely crapping out....that seems odd. In 2005, '06, and '08, he was incredibly consistent with OBPs of .359, .364, and .366 and SLGs of .445, .446, and ..452. 2007 was his only bad year...and even then only in the SLG department, as his OBP was just a tad lower than usual. It seems almost certain that 2007 was a fluke and I see no reason why DDJ won't put up his normal .800ish OPS year in his age 29 season. I just can't see anyway he regresses so much......seems odd.
..and Teahen has a ZERO percent chance of winning the 2b job. He's a 4th OF/roving regular type.
Mark Teahen's problem isn't that he doesn't pull the ball enough. His problem is that he pulls the ball too much. He is the king of the groundout to 2B, all of his HRs this spring have been to CF or opposite field..and many of them were last year. Ever since he had shoulder surgery a few seasons ago, he has hit best when taking the ball the other way. He struggles when he pulls the ball b/c he RARELY makes good contact when pulling the ball.
That's the perception anyway, maybe there are some stats that prove me wrong..but that seems to be the consensus of everyone who watches him play regularly.
Wonder how the Juan Cruz signing helps KC\'s chances. Obviously he helps the pen....Cruz >>>>>> Farnsworth. I think the Royals are a legit 80 win team with a chance to get a little lucky and be a surprise contender. d