I’m not sold on Posey being the hitter most think he will be. Outside of that 20+ game hitting streak, he is a .250 hitter. I know you can’t take away what he did over that 3 week period, because he did do it, but everything he has done outside of that 3 weeks isn’t all that impressive. I’m still waiting to see what he can do over a full season.
Definitely a good round-up. I wish somebody could figure out Napoli’s usage pattern though. As someone who owns both Napoli and Martin, I’ve been mainly stuck trying to do a platoon situation with Napoli at home and Martin otherwise. Though had I known Martin would have been this good, I’d have kept him in the whole time :) With that said, on a per-game basis, I think you still have to expect better counting stats out of Napoli going forward.
But when you can’t tell if he’s going to play, per game kind of goes out the window.
Towles belongs in the small house in the burbs group.
Comment by Dandy Salderson — May 2, 2011 @ 2:05 pm
I don’t think I agree with making rankings based on “current level of performance.” Expected return for the rest of the season is what matters, which is why I would question how high you have Russell Martin.
And why is that? because you believe he has an “injury history” that is not real? The guy got hurt once, and that led to a second injury which was surgically repaired… all in one season. Other than that the guy is the epitome of an everyday catcher.
His 3 week hitting streak last year makes those numbers look much better than they might otherwise. I’m not saying it should be taken from him, because you can’t do that. However, he had a .445 BABIP in that 3 week period, and I don’t expect him to have a streak like that too many more times in his career. His July ’10 was incredible. The rest of his ’10 season was mediocre. He hit something like .260 outside of that month last year.
McCourt insistent on dropping Russell for a couple million saved? Sure, fair enough. Anything’s possible. But what of every other team not presently employing McCann, Posey, Mauer, Wieters or Soto? They passed too.
Russell may be fine, as Swisher is, but I wouldn’t count on it. The odds would not be in your favor.
Hi, I got Posada as my Catcher, and I am getting tired of waiting for him to wake up, but it is a deep league and free there are just catchers from the next tier Hundley, Arencibia, Suzuki, Torrealba and Lucroy. Should I wait? I am in first place thanks to my OF´s.
I would maybe wait a little bit more. Depends on what will improve your team the most. Do you need BA or OBP? If so, then making the switch to someone like Suzuki or even Torrealba wouldn’t be too bad. But I’d think about giving it another couple of weeks before I just cut him loose.
Comment by Howard Bender — May 10, 2011 @ 11:38 am
I am disliking Napoli more and more. It is more of a dislike for Ron Washington for not playing him more at DH, but Napoli didn’t preform well against the Yanks at home either when given the chance to deserve his roster spot
Comment by Jacksonville's Biggest Rays Fan — May 10, 2011 @ 11:40 am
Maverick: WAY OFF. Anyone can twist statistics to prove whatever point they want to make.
Separating someone’s hot streak or hitting streak, or whatever, from his other stats is lunacy and ruins your cred.
I thought my point was relatively obvious, but to clarify, Napoli’s PER GAME counting stats I would expect to be better than Martin. (Though with Martin’s play so far, I’m starting to wonder if that is even true).
And thank you for exactly re-iterating my point- there is no way to optimize the use of two catchers if you have no idea when they’ll play or not. Hence why I asked for input.