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  1. 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.

    Comment by Maverick — May 2, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  2. 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.

    Comment by B N — May 2, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  3. Towles belongs in the small house in the burbs group.

    Comment by Dandy Salderson — May 2, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  4. 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.

    Comment by Seth Walder — May 2, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Over 500 at-bats… .294/.347/.479 isn’t good enough?

    Comment by descender — May 2, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

  6. 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.

    Comment by descender — May 2, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

  7. You know who I wouldn’t have anywhere near the top tier? Mauer.

    Comment by descender — May 2, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  8. If you can’t figure out when a guy will play or not, how are you going to collect those “better counting stats”?

    Comment by descender — May 2, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  9. 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.

    I’m just not sold on him at this talent level.

    Comment by Maverick — May 2, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

  10. Conger is really blossoming. It’s too bad it will probably take at least two of Jeff Mathis’ limbs falling off before Scoscia would start to mistrust him enough to give Hank full-time at bats.

    Comment by Bodhizefa — May 2, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  11. Trying to pick out small sample BABIP streaks is lunacy.

    Comment by descender — May 3, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

  12. Why? because he was dumped by the team that knew him best. Although misjudgments do occur, I wouldn’t invest in a player Colletti threw to the curb for a few million saved.

    Beware the SSS

    Comment by Nat Haniel — May 4, 2011 @ 9:08 am

  13. A 5 year career with 1 injury shortened season is not a small sample.

    I wouldn’t read anything into a team with no ownership and no money letting someone go.

    Comment by descender — May 4, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  14. 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.

    Comment by Nat Haniel — May 5, 2011 @ 8:37 am

  15. 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.

    Comment by RENE — May 9, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

  16. Mike Napoli gets starts vs lefties and the occasional righty….. for years now. Just play him vs lefties since that is when he smokes the ball.

    Comment by Ray — May 10, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

    Comment by RiverAce — May 11, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  20. 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.

    Comment by B N — May 23, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  21. Start him against lefties and bench him otherwise. Take one look at his career splits and you’ll be thankful that Washington doesn’t play him much against RHP.

    Comment by Alan — May 29, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  22. Really good thread on Jersey Shore. this show much I dont even know why LOL, I most certainly will come back for lots more post later.

    Comment by jersey shore mtv — August 25, 2011 @ 3:35 am

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