DID YOU KNOW THAT?!?!?!?

Woo, been awhile.  With the snowpocalypse upon us (seriously New England, WTF) and my entrapment in the house, I thought I’d throw together some random facts for my amusement.  You can read along…

 

Your leader in triples since 2008?  Stephen Drew (35).  C’mon, you knew I was coming back with a triples stat.  (I love how I write like we have regular readers)

 

Brian McCann, J.D. Drew, and Carlos Pena all reached base 100% of the time they bunted for a hit.  Seriously.  You can look it up.  Sure, they all in all attempted a grand total of… three bunt hits… you caught me.

 

David Ortiz hit a stellar .222 versus LHP in 2010 (and .212 in 2009) with just 2 homers in 200 plate appearances (6 homers in 2009)?  Yet Tito Francona seems insistent that he will bat him versus more lefties this year… we shall see how that works out (hint: I’m not Nostradamus-ing when I predict not well)

 

Since the start of 2007, Roy Halladay has completed 26.35% of the games he started.  For fantasy purposes, figuring he starts about twice a week that means he’s been throwing a CG every other week for 4 years.  Is that thinking simplistic?  Maybe, but Doc has still completed over a quarter of the games he started n 4 years.  Outstanding.

 

In that time he has 11 shutouts (32.35% of his complete games).

 

In the last 3 seasons, Jonathan Broxton has appeared in 207 games.  he has blown 21 saves in that span.  That’s 10 percent.  One out of every ten times he stepped out there, he cost his team and likely yours the game.  When I put it like that, wouldn’t you heed my warning about closers?  I hate them, for fantasy purposes, in case you couldn’t tell.

 

Both Michael Stanton (hmm, duno why I got all formal there) and Mark Reynolds (my homeboy this year) are ranked lower than Carlos Lee (who I won’t even link to) in terms of ADP (via MDC).  Stanton: 131 Reynolds:132 Lee? 130.  Am I missing something here or is that bananas?  Reynolds is a safe bet for 35 bombs or more.  Stanton conservatively could hit 35 homers (BJames has him for 38!).  Carlos Lee is, well, Carlos Lee.  The Astros offense kinda stinks and Lee is on the decline.  Sure, Stanton might not hit .270 and Reynolds might not crack .260, but when you’re at that spot of the draft, don’t you go with upside?  Maybe I’m alone in this…

 

Ted Lily induced a fly ball 52.6% of the time.  This resulted in him giving up 32 gopherballs.  If these numbers seem high to you, they are.  In fact, he was 3rd in baseball in homers allowed, but only because Rodrigo Lopez (who recently signed to play with a real live team) gave up an astounding 37 homers (followed by James Shield’s slightly-less-ridiculous 34).  How in the world Lily managed a sub-4.00 ERA is beyond me.  Dude’s got (fly)balls.

 

Mark Ellis batted .405 in September and October.

 

Sin Soo Choo had a 20-20 season with a .400 OBP.  Why isn’t he talked about more?  Is Cleveland that far gone?

 

 

As always, Mark Reynolds had a 42.3% K rate…sigh… and I drafted him.

 

Carlos Gonzalez scored a run every 5.73 plate appearances.

 

Jonny Venters‘ ADP is 308.  He will likely be closing in ATL.  These are not stats so much as alerts.

 

 

 

There’s lucky-number 13 facts.

That’s all.  If nothing else, I have proven that given time, you can make the numbers say anything.

Go out and treat yourself to a mock draft, you’ve earned it.

 

And as always, enjoy the Black Keys.

 

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “DID YOU KNOW THAT?!?!?!?

  1. Chris

    Very interesting… I agree with you whole heartedly when it comes to the Stanton and Reynolds vs Lee. Likelihood of Lee being an above average fantasy first baseman seems slim, though he did have a random power surge in 2009. I guess the downside is significantly less, perhaps if you took more risks earlier you might want a more reliable player later, but even then, LaRoche has an ADP of 183 and could realistically outperform Lee.

    And just because I love CarGo here’s this tidbit:
    CarGo either scored or knocked in a run every 2.79 plate appearances or every 2.54 at bats. He hit a HR or stole a base every 10.6 PA, or 9.63 AB. His K rate has never been above 26% for a season and has been dropping since 2008, but the funny thing about that is that people complain that his K rate is too high despite the fact that for all qualified OF’s Gonzalez only had the 22nd highest K% behind the likes of Austin Jackson, Jay Bruce, Andres Torres, Matt Kemp, Chris Young, Corey Hart, Jayson Werth, and Nick Swisher and Colby Rasmus. His 23% K-rate was tied with Bobby Abreu and Cody Ross and between the two of them, only Abreu was close to Gonzalez in any stat, and that would be SB with 24 to Gonzalez’s 26.

  2. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you bring your A game to a comment…

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