Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Meanwhile, Alfonso Soriano is bettering his career numbers in every batting slash category except batting average, but he is getting paid a gazillion dollars, he sometimes hops when he catches a flyball, and Bob Brenly doesn't like him, so people might give him a low B or even a C for coming in under expectations that may have been too high in the first place. How fair is that?
So I'm not going to try to come up with an objective grading system. I'm just going to try to say one good thing about every player and one critical thing about every player and leave it at that.
Good: He provided some good internet fodder by alledgedly burning his ass while lighting farts.
Bad: He has exactly one hit in 36 at-bats against right handed pitchers this year. That is only one more than I have.
Good: He was the lone Cubs All-Star and is having one of the best seasons of his career. Everyone but Joey Votto loves Marlon Byrd.
Bad: He still thinks that the Cubs can turn things around. That is dangerous to say around Jim Hendry and the Rickettses because they'll want to believe him and not trade anybody.
Good: We no longer have to watch Ryan Theriot "play" shortstop.
Bad: He might already have 20 errors if there was someone besides Derrek Lee receiving most of his throws.
Good: The kid has put on some weight and really started smoking the ball with power.
Bad: He is striking out at almost the same rate as Adam Dunn.
Good: He isn't as bad as he was last year.
Bad: He isn't as good as he was in 2008.
Good: Kosuke was one of the few players that started out hot when the year began.
Bad: He is still not good at hitting in months that don't rhyme with Bapril.
Good: Seems like a good guy and his teammates like him.
Bad: His hitting line of .213/.253/.281/.534 is getting dangerously close to the .185/.224/.242/.466 line put up last year by Aaron Miles.
Good: Remember last year? Last year, Derrek was awesome.
Bad: He's been so bad that the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim would rather play two catchers in their lineup than trade for him to play first.
Good: He kind of has a cool name.
Bad: Everything else about him.
Good: In the last couple of weeks, Aramis has put up a slash line of .361/.395/.806/1.200 which is more like it.
Bad: It's pretty much too late to make a damn bit of difference.
Good: He has rebounded nicely from a horrible season last year and is actually having the best season in OPS+ he has had as a Cub.
Bad: Even with his production, his contract is still virtually untradeable.
Good: Statistically so far, he is having as good a year or better than his breakout 2008 season.
Bad: He apparently pissed in Lou's Cheerios at some point because he keeps losing at-bats to Three Finger Hill far more often than makes logical sense.
Good: He didn't win his arbitration case, so the Cubs are paying him less money than they would have had he settled or won.
Bad: He has surpassed Dwight Smith as the all-time worst baserunner in the history of the Cubs.
I'll work on the pitchers later. Trying to think of good things to say about Ryan Theriot and Koyie Hill broke my brain. I have to go lie down.
The pitching good/bad post is here.
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