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  1. Nice post Dave. However, I do wish the title was “Smoak em if you got em”

    Comment by drew — April 22, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  2. Or “Smoak and mirrors”

    Comment by Nick — April 22, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

  3. I was thinking “Smoak signals”

    Comment by Rob — April 22, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

  4. The Rangers offense seems to have done pretty well the last few games against Red Sox starting pitching.

    Comment by Judy — April 22, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  5. Their recent 3 game series against NYY skews it, I think, but nobody else is scoring off them, either.

    Comment by Judy — April 22, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  6. Smoak on the water – for me.

    Why start is service time clock this early when clearly the Mariners are going to run away with the AL West.

    Comment by xeifrank — April 22, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  7. Smoak has a .6e5 OPS against from the right side. That’s going to have to improve if they want to avoid a platoon.

    http://www.minorleaguesplits.com/cgi-bin/pl.cgi

    Comment by Juan — April 22, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  8. Forget Justin Smoak, it is Derek Holland time.

    Comment by Ryan — April 22, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

  9. They’re saving that one for when one of his stats is deceptive, or seems deceptive but is actually legit.

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

  10. And when/if he gets injured:
    “Smoak Break”

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

  11. this article should’ve been posted on 4/20.

    Comment by scott — April 22, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

  12. Which may say more about Red Sox starting pitching at the moment. Certainly it would help if the Red Sox pitcher/catchers were capable of throwing out a racing tortoise. At this point I think Oprah could steal second at Fenway without breaking a sweat.

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  13. That is so right on man.

    Comment by Jimbo — April 22, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  14. Uh….. right. Even Mariners fans like Dave don’t think that, though I’m sure they hope the Rangers follow your line of thinking.

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  15. And if he runs up great numbers on first being called up
    “Where There’s Smoak…”

    Really, this guy is a headline writer’s dream. The guys at the newspapers around Arlington must be salivating, when they’re not worrying about their jobs.

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

  16. “Where there’s Smoak, there’s fired Chris Davis taking his place in AAA.”

    Wow. That has a nice ring to it. It’s catchy . . . like Blur’s “Song 2.”

    Comment by Choo — April 22, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

  17. Or “Smoak Rings” like the phone rings when you call him up…

    Comment by Boots — April 22, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

  18. He, like, totally meant to do that. He just, you know, really really needed to get something to eat. Sorry about that, dude.

    Comment by Joser — April 22, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  19. “Smoaky and the Backbit”

    OK, I have no idea what that might insinuate, at least not without a little help from Marv Albert.

    Comment by Choo — April 22, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  20. I think Wyatt Earp said it best..
    “You skin that Smoak Wagon and we’ll see what happens”

    Comment by Randall — April 22, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

  21. That’s sure not because of Davis.

    Comment by philkid3 — April 22, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  22. Let’s not forget Cheech and Chong – Justin “Up in” Smoak

    Comment by Matt — April 22, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

  23. I was thinking something simple, such as “Time for a Smoak”.

    Or something more complicated: “Rangers Say ‘Can We Bum a Smoak?’ Off Triple-A”.

    Comment by MBD — April 22, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  24. My vote is for the Smoak Monster – LOST reference.

    Comment by alskor — April 22, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

  25. Funny, Rob Neyer voted for that one about half an hour ago, too.

    Comment by Kevin S. — April 22, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  26. My vote is for people to get over his name. Of course, I’m jaded, since at Rangers sites we’ve been through this already long ago.

    Comment by t ball — April 22, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

  27. Weak! Fortunately I’m on record proposing that and even photoshopping up something *last year* (Apr 23 2009):

    http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/4/23/850111/4-23-milb-thread#

    Comment by alskor — April 22, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

  28. There’s a law that this can only be raised with respect to Ike Davis.

    Comment by wobatus — April 22, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  29. +1

    Get him back in there already!!

    Comment by JackWeiland — April 22, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  30. Fair point. You know Sportscenter is going to go nuts with this when he’s mashing for the Rangers though, right? I hope you’re prepared for that.

    Comment by JackWeiland — April 22, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  31. Smoak Alarm

    No Smoaking

    Smoak Grenade

    Comment by max — April 22, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  32. Evan Grant just reported on twitter than Smoak is coming up to replace Chris Davis.

    You’re welcome, Rangers fans. I take full credit for this move.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — April 22, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

  33. Wow. Crazy timing.

    Comment by philkid3 — April 22, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  34. Yeah WTF dude? The only possible conclusions are 1) Fangraphs has infiltrated the Rangers organization or 2) The Rangers organization is making decisions based on the latest Fangraphs stories.

    Either way well done. Seriously that is impressive.

    Comment by JackWeiland — April 22, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  35. Or

    3) This was a pretty obvious move, and the Rangers are run by smart people.

    Go with #3. My post was totally in jest. The Rangers didn’t need to read FanGraphs to figure out that Justin Smoak was ready.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — April 22, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  36. Projections for Smoak?

    Comment by Alex — April 22, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  37. Let’s see…
    Smoak, versus minor leaguers in 130 AB: 15 BB, 25 K
    Davis, versus major league LHP in 217 AB: 11 BB 85 K

    I know where my bet is.

    Comment by philosofool — April 22, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  38. (Sorry, that’s versus minor league LHP for Smoak)

    Comment by philosofool — April 22, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

  39. Justin Smoaks Pole in Walk Off.

    Comment by skillings24 — April 23, 2010 @ 12:30 am

  40. Smoakin’!

    Comment by Train — April 23, 2010 @ 1:08 am

  41. .271/.351/.481 w/ 19 HR in 450 PA.

    I didn’t look at Smoak’s stats. That’s MLB average for a 1B in 2009. As a rookie 1B, he’s probably not that good, but Arlington is friendly, so I’ll be lazy and predict it washes out.

    Long term, at the plate, I think Smoak has Texeira as a ceiling and Milton Bradley as a floor. Indeed, given an injured history, I wonder how much the latter is a solid comp. He’s a 1B, but I think he might be a pretty good one.

    Comment by philosofool — April 23, 2010 @ 1:21 am

  42. I’m seriously thinking about dropping Peavy for Smoak. I simply just don’t see Peavy turning it around and would be willing to take the chance on Smoak. Thoughts?

    Comment by Sal — April 23, 2010 @ 1:32 am

  43. I wouldn’t do that. You don’t have anyone else on your roster that you can drop? The WS have a solid history of improving pitchers as the year goes on. They have a very underrated pitching coach and I’d bet Peavy is doing something wrong mechanically. Also if you look “inside” Peavy’s numbers last year you’ll see that when he did pitch, it was at an elite level. I fully support picking up Smoak as I feel he is a legitimate 4 category star, but not at the expense of Peavy.

    Comment by Smoaky — April 23, 2010 @ 2:31 am

  44. Fair enough.

    Comment by Kevin S. — April 23, 2010 @ 2:33 am

  45. And there it is!

    Yahoo Fantasy Sports Homepage: “Smoak signals”

    Comment by max — April 23, 2010 @ 4:33 am

  46. I guess Rangers coaches read Fangraphs.

    Comment by MX — April 23, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  47. Are you comping to Bradley as a LH or Bradley as a RH?

    Comment by Joser — April 23, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

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