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  1. “To be perfectly clear, if Mike Morse is on your waiver wire still . . . ”

    Your league is a joke. Come on now.

    Comment by bartleby — June 13, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  2. i traded morse and jonathan sanchez for a guy that had soured on ryan howard and also got madison bumgarner.

    Comment by sean — June 13, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  3. Uh, lot’s of leagues are different. 8-10 team league with no Util and he should probably still be on the wire. I agree with Eno, Morse is shaky going forward.

    Comment by Telo — June 13, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  4. How do you sour on a guy whose third in the majors in RBIs? I need to join ur league sean

    Comment by Ton — June 13, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  5. If Morse dips to .260, and hits 25 HRs the rest of the way, I would still trade about 80% of ML outfielders for him straight-up. He has OF eligibility.

    As a starting 1Bman? Nope, not in a twelve-team league. His K-rate is Dunn-ish, which points to a ~.320 BABip with a ~.260 BA.

    BTW, Dunn’s CAREER GB/FB ratio is 0.52.

    Comment by Noah — June 15, 2011 @ 1:59 am

  6. Need to trade him to open up roster spot for guys coming off DL & minor leaguers…

    Worth trading Morse and Beltran for McCutcheon? our league -1 for KOs but gives 1, 2,3,4 pts for singles, doubles, etc….

    Comment by Rob — June 15, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

  7. Yes I’d do that for sure.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — June 15, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  8. Michael Morse makes better contact (40% O-swing, 67% O-contact, 85% Z-contact, 77% total contact, 11.4% strike swinging) than Josh Hamilton (39% O-swing, 55% O-contact, 82% Z-contact, 71% overall contact, 14.9% strike swinging). I chose Hamilton here as the comparison because 1) He’s generally regarded as both a power hitter and .300+ hitter and 2) His O-swing of ~40% is very similar to Morse’s. Now, Morse’s career BB/K rate (6.6% BB / 24% K) is not as good as Hamilton’s (8.3% BB / 21% K), but is Josh’s advantage in BB/K really enough for us to say about Hamilton “Oh yeah, he’s a .300-type batter” and then relinquish Morse to the .260-.270 range? Especially considering that Morse makes up a modest amount of the gap in “classic” plate discipline (BB/K) by having better all around contact rates? I think it’s incorrect to make a direct correlation between strikeouts and batting average; sure, it’s a component, but I’d doubt that it’s any more meaningful in impacting BA than contact rates or batted ball profile. In fact, I’d say 1) Contact rates 2) Batted ball and 3) Strikeouts.

    Comment by kid — June 27, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  9. 1) and 3) are so inter-related that separating them out is almost irrelevant. Also, you missed 4) power. Power is a part of batting average as well. Oh, and 5) speed. Hamilton’s speed advantage over Morse is a significant part of his ability to put up high BABIPs.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — June 27, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

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