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November 22, 2007

Weekend Photo


Zion National Park, Utah, 3 Nov 2007

Posted by Lucas at 02:50 AM

In The Year 2525...

...okay, not that far off.

But in the year 2011, the Angels will be paying 36-year-old Gary Matthews (career OBP+: 99) and 35-year-old Torii Hunter (career OBP+: 96) a combined $25 million (barring a trade or other event).

Better them than Texas.

Posted by Lucas at 02:39 AM

November 21, 2007

Vazquez Signs

Texas signed infielder RAMON VAZQUEZ to a one-year contract for $810,000. Vazquez was arbitration-eligible.

Last year, Vazquez was a fifth infielder who started 85 games and had 345 appearances subbing for various injured infielders, mostly Hank Blalock. Ideally, he’s a sixth infielder regardless of whether infielders #1-#5 are healthy, and not a terrible signing as long as he’s limited to 25 starts and/or 150 plate appearances from the bottom of the order. And if Texas pulls a “sign and cut” a la John Wasdin and Rick Bauer, well, who cares.

Posted by Lucas at 05:29 PM

November 19, 2007

Texas Rule-5 Eligibles

Pitchers
Kevin Altman (2003 draft)
John Bannister (2002 free agent)
Kendy Batista (2008 free agent)
Bear Bay (2002 draft pick by Cubs)
Jesse Ingram (2004 draft)
Jose Marte (2004 free agent)
Brandon Puffer (2008 free agent)
Julio Santana (2002 free agent)
Scott Shoemaker (2004 fee agent)
Steven Rowe (2002 free agent)

Catchers

Kevin Richardson (2002 free agent)

Infielders

Casey Benjamin (2003 free agent)
Jim Fasano (2004 draft)
Adam Fox (2003 draft)
Emerson Frostad (2003 draft)
Micah Furtado (2003 draft)
Ian Gac (2003 draft)
Nate Gold (2002 draft)
Mauro Gomez (2003 free agent)
Tug Hulett (2004 draft)
Drew Meyer (2002 draft)
Ryan Roberts (2008 free agent)
Freddie Thon (2004 draft)

Outfielders
Ben Harrison (2004 draft)
Keven Mahar (2004 free agent)

Posted by Lucas at 08:56 PM

40-man Roster Additions

Texas added pitchers THOMAS DIAMOND and MATT HARRISON, catcher MAX RAMIREZ, outfielder BRANDON BOGGS to the 40-man roster.

No surprises. Teams might sniff reliever Jesse Ingram, utlility infielder Tug Hulett, or perhaps 1B Nate Gold, but I doubt anyone will take the bait.

For a list of Rule-5 eligibles, look up.

Reviewing the Rundown archives, I see that four years ago, Texas added pitchers EDWIN MORENO and NICK REGILIO, 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ, and 2B JASON BOURGEOIS. That didn’t work out so well.

Texas also designated outfielder VICTOR DIAZ for assignment.

Texas appears to think less of Diaz than Freddy Guzman or Nick Gorneault. Ouch. I don’t know about that, but, sad to say, his loss won’t affect the team’s short or long-term outlook.

The 40-man is full.

Posted by Lucas at 08:55 PM

November 17, 2007

Weekend Photo


Route 66, Amboy, California, 15 Nov 2007

Posted by Lucas at 10:12 PM

November 11, 2007

Meh!

T.R. Sullivan notes that Texas hasn’t “had a Rookie of the Year since 1974” (Mike Hargrove).

To which I say: “meh.”

2003 ROY: Angel Berroa
5th Place: Mark Teixeira

2002 ROY: Eric Hinske
4th Place: John Lackey

1998 ROY: Ben Grieve
5th Place: Magglio Ordonez

1995 ROY: Marty Cordova
2nd through 6th: Garret Anderson, Andy Pettitte, Troy Percival, Shawn Green, Ray Durham

1994 ROY: Bob Hamelin
2nd Place: Manny Ramirez
3rd Place: Rusty Greer

1992 ROY: Pat Listach
2nd Place: Kenny Lofton

1984 ROY: Alvin Davis
6th Place: Roger Clemens

(though Davis had a solid, if not lengthy, career)

1982 ROY: Cal Ripken, Jr.
6th Place: Dave Hostetler

(just kidding)

Posted by Lucas at 01:14 AM

November 09, 2007

Weekend Photo


Observation Point, Zion National Park, Utah, 3 Nov 2007

Posted by Lucas at 07:46 PM

November 01, 2007

Ranger Pitcher Rate Lines and Hitter Counterparts

Here’s a fun little game: turning every pitcher’s performance into a comparable batter. Below are the opposing batting lines for Ranger pitcher who faced at least 100 batters. The three hitters who most closely match that line are listed to the right. If none of the three qualified for the batting title, I listed a fourth who did.

Just in case you're curious, I determined comparability by ranking the sums of the squares of the differences in average, on-base percentage, slugging, homer rate, walk rate, and strikeout rate between each Ranger pitcher and every hitter in baseball with at least 200 appearances. Now that I’ve put you to sleep with the previous sentence, the list:

Pitcher
Opposing
AVG / OBP / SLG
-- OPS
Opposing
AVG+ / OBP+ / SLG+
-- OPS+
HR% -- BB% -- SO%
Most Comparable Batters ('07 Stats Only)
A. Otsuka
.218 / .269 / .277
-- .546
80 / 79 / 65
-- 44
0.0% -- 7.0% -- 18.0%
Nick Punto,
Erick Aybar,
Adam Kennedy
E. Gagne
.192 / .271 / .275
-- .546
71 / 80 / 65
-- 45
1.5% -- 9.1% -- 22.0%
Adam Kennedy,
Mark Kotsay,
Nick Punto
C. Wilson
.208 / .314 / .288
-- .602
77 / 93 / 68
-- 61
1.5% -- 12.1% -- 23.1%
Robert Fick,
Nick Punto,
Abraham Nunez
J. Benoit
.225 / .293 / .348
-- .641
83 / 86 / 82
-- 68
1.8% -- 8.5% -- 26.4%
Gerald Laird,
Carlos Quentin,
Royce Clayton,
(Brandon Inge)
W. Littleton
.262 / .327 / .410
-- .737
97 / 96 / 97
-- 93
3.0% -- 8.0% -- 12.1%
Scott Rolen,
Mike Sweeney,
Carlos Ruiz,
(Melky Cabrera)
J. Wright
.259 / .361 / .381
-- .742
96 / 106 / 90
-- 96
1.9% -- 12.9% -- 12.2%
David DeJesus,
Johnny Damon,
Esteban German
E. Volquez
.262 / .342 / .408
-- .750
97 / 101 / 96
-- 97
2.8% -- 10.3% -- 20.0%
Jim Edmonds,
Jose Bautista,
Tad Iguchi
F. Francisco
.258 / .370 / .385
-- .755
95 / 109 / 91
-- 100
1.2% -- 14.7% -- 18.9%
Scott Speizio,
Willie Harris,
Esteban German
(Tad Iguchi)
B. McCarthy
.278 / .355 / .428
-- .783
103 / 105 / 101
-- 106
2.0% -- 10.7% -- 13.2%
Luis Gonzalez,
Jose Reyes,
Brian Giles
K. Gabbard
.265 / .371 / .424
-- .795
98 / 109 / 100
-- 109
2.9% -- 13.2% -- 14.9%
JD Drew,
Kevin Millar,
Cliff Floyd
K. Millwood
.301 / .366 / .446
-- .812
111 / 108 / 105
-- 113
2.5% -- 8.6% -- 15.9%
Edward Encarnacion,
Billy Butler,
Randy Winn
K. Loe
.295 / .362 / .448
-- .810
109 / 107 / 106
-- 113
2.1% -- 9.3% -- 12.9%
Mike Lamb,
Andre Ethier,
Randy Winn
V. Padilla
.299 / .373 / .438
-- .811
110 / 110 / 103
-- 113
3.0% -- 9.3% -- 13.2%
Mike Lamb,
Orlando Hudson,
Randy Winn
W. Eyre
.291 / .368 / .451
-- .819
107 / 109 / 106
-- 115
2.7% -- 10.7% -- 14.0%
Mike Lamb,
Orlando Hudson,
Andre Ethier
A. Murray
.238 / .328 / .505
-- .833
88 / 97 / 119
-- 116
5.0% -- 12.5% -- 15.0%
Paul Konerko,
Justin Morneau,
Jermaine Dye
S. Feldman
.284 / .411 / .419
-- .830
105 / 121 / 99
-- 120
1.6% -- 17.1% -- 10.2%
Joe Mauer,
Brian Roberts,
Brian Giles
J. Rheinecker
.295 / .382 / .473
-- .855
109 / 113 / 112
-- 125
3.8% -- 11.9% -- 17.0%
Russ Martin,
Manny Ramirez,
Travis Buck
R. Tejeda
.290 / .390 / .499
-- .889
107 / 115 / 118
-- 133
3.9% -- 13.7% -- 15.7%
Manny Ramirez,
Ken Griffey,
Frank Thomas
M. Wood
.321 / .373 / .533
-- .906
118 / 110 / 126
-- 136
4.0% -- 6.6% -- 11.0%
James Loney,
Aramis Ramirez,
Carlos Lee

What stands out is the remarkable similarity between Vicente Padilla and Kam Loe. In 2008, one will be entrenched as Texas’s #2 starter, while the other will fight for a middle-relief role. Such is life.

Last year's list.

Posted by Lucas at 11:00 AM