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  1. FYI re: Cliff Pennington, the A’s are third in baseball in SBs since the beginning of 2010. Pennington was a big part of that last season (29 SBs in 34 attempts), but not so much this season (8 for 17). He has a good approach at the plate, but not so much in the field (last year was the lone exception for him as far as having good defense). I hope that you are right, but I really don’t see it.

    Comment by adborok — August 23, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

  2. Wow. Good to know!

    Thanks for the response. I like the skill set (as I noted), but sometimes the jump doesn’t always translate as well for some guys.

    And if not, oh well. Worth taking a shot anyway.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 23, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

  3. No offense, but can a light-hitting, questionable-fielding B/C prospect who already posted a 4.0 WAR last season really be considered a “Breakout candidate” moving forward?

    I would personally have to say Pennington broke out in 2010, and now merely has a chance for a rebound season. That is, if he can get back to his league-average range production at the plate and improve his running and defensive results.

    Comment by Darkstar — August 23, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

  4. Damn, I’ve owned Pennington in fantasy since 2009, but can’t keep him next year.

    Comment by Corey — August 24, 2011 @ 12:42 am

  5. While I’m not exactly sure of Pennington’s numbers “since the break”, he is nowhere near the .324/.400/.467 slash line you wrote. His July/Aug numbers are .294/.360/.412 and his Aug numbers are horrible, .222/.323/.315. He has not put up any numbers close to a .400 obp (or .467 slug) at any time in his MLB career.

    Comment by EK — August 24, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  6. Since July 15:

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  7. I see the same splits you do, but when going through game logs, that’s what gives me when I use the range of July 15-today. Could it be that his early July was so bad….yeah, that’s probably it.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  8. Pennington, July until the break:


    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  9. Bud Norris is a joke. he is always a first half pitcher, than people start to figure him out and he gets destroyed. I actually traded him for Drew Stubbs straight up. Than I traded him away from my team along with Heyward and Johnathan sanchez for the Injured Cole Hamels. I think both of our teams suck now. But at least I got rid of bud norris!!

    Comment by Telo2 — August 24, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

  10. Wow – you are a moron. Unless you are joking about your joke.
    On another note, I, too, have been following Cliff Pennington because of that lovely plate discipline and extra base hit profile. The speed is a bonus, but if he can put his ducks in order and put together a full season it could be good. Certainly worth a late flier in 2012 re-drafts.

    Comment by Luke — August 24, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  11. Oh absolutely. I think he could be a .780-ish OPS guy, which at SS is quite a value.

    Now if he can get those darn stolen base rates up.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  12. I stand corrected on the splits. In the end, it does boil down to a good (excellent) two weeks from Pennington, surrounded by two months of poor production.

    Comment by EK — August 24, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

  13. Good to note.

    I still like the line drive rates.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

  14. “Begs the question” does not mean what you think it means. Begging the question — petitio principii — is a logical fallacy where you include the point you’re trying to prove in your original assumption when making a (failed) logical argument. “It’s wrong to commit murder because killing people is wrong” is an example of begging the question — the proof and the conclusion are identical, so it’s not an argument. It’s an example of question-begging.

    Whenever I see somebody use the words “begs the question” when they actually mean “raises the question” or “invites the question,” I die a little inside.

    Comment by JimNYC — August 24, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  15. Better you than me, I guess.

    But no seriously, I do appreciate it. I like learning about things which don’t actually mean what people think they do.

    Like “for all intensive purposes”…..etc.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  16. isnt it “For all intents and purposes” ?

    Comment by Cidron — August 24, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

  17. Right. Another one people botch all the time.

    One I don’t get? “Mind as well” or “mine as well” instead of might as well. What the heck?

    Comment by Brandon Warne — August 24, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  18. “Beckon call” instead of “beck and call.”

    Comment by Beasy Bee — August 24, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  19. wow jimNYC this is a baseball nut website take the english class somewhere else

    Comment by tony — January 10, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  20. this isnt to advertise your website , go somewhere else

    Comment by tony — January 10, 2012 @ 1:29 am

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