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  1. I’d pay to see a catcher “pull a Rube Goldberg” to get the ball back to the pitcher.

    (I think you meant Rube Baker.)

    Comment by jfpbookworm — May 13, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  2. Yes, that would be interesting. In my defense, I had just read something where the writer referred to a Rube Goldberg machine, so it clearly stuck in my craw.

    Comment by Joe Pawlikowski — May 13, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  3. The K rates you quote for Davis are calculated as a percentage of AB, not PA, so you may want to edit that sentence. I’ve never quite understood the reasoning for this, as it punishes high BB rate guys, but that’s really neither here nor there. Just thought I should point it out.

    Comment by Alex — May 13, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  4. We need another lefty in the pen. Harrison could be tremendous in that role when he returns on May 22. His increase in velocity, from 90-93 last year to 92-97, this year could plug the hole left by CJ moving to the starting rotation. Of course this depends on Hollands ability to pitch to the level he is capable of, but he did look strong last night.

    Mathis has to go down when Harrison returns. The only thing he is useful for, IMO, is eating up innings in meaningless mop up situations. Thats what Nippert, who has WAY better stuff, is for anyway.

    Comment by jahowa — May 13, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

  5. In Mathis’s defense, I failed to mention that he has roughly half the ERA that Nippert does to this point. Nippert is 18:12 in K:BB while Mathis is 8:8, both in roughly 17 IP’s.

    I just personally would rather have Nippert’s power arm and K ability over Mathis’s ability to get a lot of grounders. If both are pitching to optimal levels Nippert is simply a better option, IMO.

    Comment by jahowa — May 13, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

  6. The ONE, and only, thing I’ll say in defense of Chris Davis is that his defense at 1B never suffered during his prolonged offensive struggles. He’s definitely an above average fielder.

    I haven’t been that impressed with Smoak’s glove, as of yet, as he’s had trouble digging out low throws, which seems to be a chronic Michael Young problem. With all the talk of his offensive prowess in the minors I never heard any detailed discussion of his defense. Anyone know how he fared, defensively, in the minors?

    Comment by jhatton — May 14, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

  7. I guess I’m the only person bothered by this? I know there are plenty of people out there that mistakenly quote fangraphs K rates as a % of PA instead of AB. Now, you have a writer on this very site perpetuating that error and not correcting it after its pointed out. I just think its something you guys need to make more clear to your users.

    Comment by Alex — May 14, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  8. Smoak is a slightly above average Major League 1B. He only had 10 errors in 2 seasons in the minors. You are right that he does not scoop it like Davis. But, if you noticed Davis wasn’t playing nearly as good of a 1B this season, as he did throughout the year last season. That was part of the reason that he was sent back down.

    Thank god they finally sent down Mathis, get healthy soon Harrison, the pen needs you when you return!

    Comment by jahowa — May 15, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

  9. Correction, he had 10 erros in 3 seasons, not 2. And, 7 of those errors occured in his first season. He only had 3 errors during the last 2 seasons.

    Comment by jahowa — May 15, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  10. If the Rangers can find an option that works at C, Smoak can live up to his potential somewhat, and the other outfielder not named Hamilton, Cruz or Guerrero will start producing something at all at the plate, They may be legitimate contenders this year.

    The rotation is going to be just fine, they may even be making a play at Roy Oswalt evidently. We just need to quit giving up 3 innings a game for 7-9 hitters that couldn’t hit a beach ball on a tee.

    Comment by NattyHammy — May 25, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

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