Posted tagged ‘All-Star game’

More “Epic Fail” by MLB

July 8, 2011

Shane Victorino gets hurt. NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen gets ready to pack his bags for Arizona.

Andre Ethier is chosen to replace Victorino.

WTF? I hate baseball so much right now.

ASG Rosters fixed: NL Edition

July 8, 2011

Post by Treker. Enjoy.

 

Following the rules in place that is every team is represented. 34 players on each roster including a DH for each team and at least one back up for each position player. I will ignore the fan vote because although it wasn’t awful this year it needed some fixing. Before the two of you who read this get up in arms, the game is meant to introduce and market its best players to the fans. So if two guys are close and one is a star who might have missed some time or had a not so good first half they’re getting the edge over the guy playing way over his head. If I really mess up the rosters based on this tell me, but I doubt I will.

NL:
Starters:
C – McCann
1B – Fielder
2B – Weeks
3B – A. Ramirez
SS – Reyes
OF – Kemp, Braun, McCutcheon (not being on the roster was the biggest failure of this years ASG)

Bench:

C – Miguel Montero
1B – Votto, Gaby Sanchez
2B – Espinosa**, Phillips
3B – Headley (Polanco starting with his .306 OBP what a joke)
SS – Tulowitzki
OF – Victorino, Bourn, Upton, Berkman*, Beltran

Pitchers:

Halladay, Hamels, Lee, Kershaw, Daniel Hudson, Lincecum, Cain, Jordan Zimmerman, Hanson, Kimbrel, Venters, Axford, Marmol, Heath Bell

*Starting DH only because no one wants to see him in the field
** Player that may re-enter the game if need be

The NL roster was easier to construct then the AL team this season. The only real issues are the bullpen and 1-2 of the starting pitchers, but Zimmerman going with the young star that fans don’t know but should get the nod.

ASG Rosters fixed: AL Edition

July 8, 2011

Post by Treker. Enjoy.

Following the rules in place that is every team is represented. 34 players on each roster including a DH for each team and at least one back up for each position player. I will ignore the fan vote because although it wasn’t awful this year it needed some fixing. Before the two of you who read this get up in arms, the game is meant to introduce and market its best players to the fans. So if two guys are close and one is a star who might have missed some time or had a not so good first half they’re getting the edge over the guy playing way over his head. If I really mess up the rosters based on this tell me, but I doubt I will.

AL:

Starters:

C- Alex Avilla
1B – Adrian Gonzalez
2B – Pedroia (If you back out the half season of defensive metrics which is something one might want to do since it’s still a small sample you end up with 3-4 guys who could be here but because Pedroia has a history of being a great defender he gets the benefit of the doubt and the start).
3B – Alex Rodriguez
SS – Peralta (Really close but we can all agree this is one that is very wrong on the real roster)
OF – Bautista, Granderson, Ellsbury (These three made this really easy, sorry Hamilton you were hurt way to long)
DH – David Ortiz

Bench:

C- Carlos Santana
1B – Miguel Cabrera , Paul Konerko
2B – Cano
2B – Kendrick , Zobrist**
3B – Youk (Sorry Beltre, take your .318 OBP and have a 3 day vacation)
SS – A. Cabrera
OF – Alex Gordon, Matt Joyce, Cuddeyer (Span might be more deserving but he can’t play 22 less games and make it).

Pitchers:

Verlander, Weaver, Sabathia, Gio Gonzalez, Felix Hernandez, Beckett, Price, David Robertson, Rivera, Papelbon, Zach Britton (fits the Oriole need and the rising star that people should know), Sergio Santos, CJ Wilson, Jordon Walden

**Zobrist is denoted as the guy who can re-enter the game because he can literally play any position on the field.

That’s my AL team.

Four levels of FAIL

July 5, 2011

Andrew McCutchen has a 4.7 fWAR. That is third best in baseball. He is a legitimate MVP candidate. He can hit, get on base, run, and field.

Andrew McCutchen was not voted into the ASG by fans. He was not voted into the ASG by players. He was not voted into the ASG by managers. And he was not included on the Final Vote. WTF MLB?

Andrew McCutchen is a 24 year old, exciting, and really good baseball player. He is exactly the type of player MLB should be marketing. Especially since as a minority, McCutchen should appeal to the black demographic, which is growing smaller in baseball.

But instead he gets dirt kicked on him.

Embarrassing.

 

 

ASG team

July 4, 2010

Fuck voters, fuck coaches, fuck players. Here is my team.

Many stat heads believe you should vote on true talent. I understand that given the SSS of a single half season, but for some people, it may be their only shot at an ASG. I would like to reward the Angel Torres’ of the world, rather than give it to a player who is better, but not for the first three months of a season.

AL Starting Lineup:

C- Joe Mauer, 2.1 WAR

1b– Justin Morneau, 4.8 WAR

2b- Robinson Cano, 4.5 WAR

3b- Adrian Beltre, 3.5 WAR

SS- Alex Gonzalez, 2.3 WAR

OF- Carl Crawford, 4.2 WAR

OF- Josh Hamilton, 3.9 WAR

OF- Ichiro Suzuki, 3.1 WAR

DH- Vladimir Guerrero, 2.5 WAR

SP- Francisco Liriano, 4.2 WAR

AL Bench:

C- Jorge Posada, 1.3 WAR; Mike Napoli, 1.8 WAR

1b/DH- Kevin Youkilis, 3.2 WAR; Miguel Cabrera, 3.1 WAR

2b- Ian Kinsler, 2.1 WAR

3b- Evan Longoria 3.2 WAR

SS- Derek Jeter, 2.0 WAR; Elvis Andrus, 1.8 WAR

OF/DH- Alex Rios, 3.1 WAR; Brennan Boesch, 2.4 WAR; David DeJesus, 2.5 WAR; Franklin Guitierrez, 2.4 WAR; JD Drew, 2.6 WAR

SP- Cliff Lee, 3.5 WAR; Jon Lester, 3.5; Jered Weaver, 3.2 WAR; Felix Hernandez, 2.9 WAR; Justin Verlander, 2.8 WAR; Ricky Romero, 2.7 WAR; Zack Greinke 2.3 WA; Phil Hughes, 2.0 WAR

Notes:

– Carlos Santana can replace Posada or Napoli. He has been raking. But through 86 PA.

– The last OF spot came down to Drew, Swisher, and Gardner. I took Drew. If one wants Swisher for the best offensive season, or Gardner for defense/pinch running in a close game that’s cool.

– Francisco Liriano is filthy. So mad we missed what he could do for the past couple seasons.

– Picking the last pitcher was hard. It came down to Hughes, Morrow, and Floyd, just ahead of Buchholz, Price, and Lewis.

– Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria can go either way.

– I took Boesch because he has been a tremendous hitter thus far. I am starting Ichiro over Rios since Ichiro is the total offensive and defensive package- only OF with double digit batting runs and fielding runs.

RP- Matt Thornton, 1.5 WAR; Mariano Rivera, 1.1 WAR; Neftali Feliz, 1.0 WAR

NL Starting Lineup:

C- Miguel Olivo, 2.5 WAR

1b- Joey Votto, 3.6 WAR

2b- Martin Prado, 3.1 WAR

3b- David Wright,  3.9 WAR

SS- Hanley Ramirez, 2.6 WAR

OF- Matt Holliday, 3.5 WAR, Marlon Byrd, 3.2 WAR, Josh Willingham, 3.1 WAR

DH- Albert Pujols, 3.1 WAR

SP- Josh Johnson, 3.9 WAR

AL Bench:

C- Brian McCann, 2.5 WAR; Geovany Soto, 1.8 WAR

1b- Adrian Gonzalez, 3.1 WAR, Adam Dunn, 2.3 WAR

2b- Brandon Phillips, 3.0 WAR; Ricky Weeks 2.4 WAR

3b- Scott Rolen, 3.0 WAR, Ryan Zimmerman, 3.0 WAR

SS- Rafael Furcal, 2.8 WAR

OF/DH- Andres Torres, 3.0 WAR; Jayson Werth, 2.1 WAR; Colby Rasmus, 2.1 WAR; Aubrey Huff, 2.6 WAR

SP- Roy Halladay, 3.9 WAR; Ubaldo Jiminez, 3.3 WAR; Yovani Gallardo, 2.9 WAR; Tim Lincecum, 2.9 WAR; Adam Wainwright, 2.8 WAR; Matt Latos, 1.8 WAR; Clayton Kershaw, 2.3 WAR, Stephen Strasburg, 1.6 WAR

RP- Jon Broxton, 1.6 WAR; Luke Gregerson, 1.4 WAR, Carlos Marmol, 1.3 WAR

Notes-

– I know Ubaldo will end up starting, but it should be J-Johnson. Anything Ubaldo can do, J-Josh can do better (so far, in 2010).

– David Wright went from another slow start to passing Zimmerman and Rolen for best 3b, to leading the NL MVP race. He’s the first NL player to crack the WAR top 5 like all season.

– It was tough not to start Furcal, but you gotta give it to Hanley. He is picking up steam right now.

– How would have thought Angel Torres and Josh Willingham would be NL starters back in March? I HAD to include Willingham the way he is hitting.

– NL OF was very tough to pick. You can replace almost all of them minus Torres with the likes of McCutchen, Upton, and Soriano.

– Yes, I know there is no Oswalt, Haren, or Cain. They are close. Like reaaaaaally close. But after consulting their numbers, FIP, xFIP, and tRA, I feel like I brought the best pitchers.

– Stephen. Strasburg. Pumps. Ched. 1-2-3 inning with 3 K’s and everyone is happy. I want him to close the game if the NL is leading.

– Marmol with a 16.34 K/9, LOL. 42.1 K%.

Now here are the subs I’d make if I had to follow the rules:

– Carlos Santana to replace Posada for AL reserve C

– Nick Markakis to replace Franklin Guitierrez for AL reserve OF

– Gio Gonzalez to replace Phil Hughes for AL SP

– Roy Oswalt to replace Stephen Strasburg for NL SP

– Andrew McCutchen to become NL reserve OF and Adam Dunn off the team OR Evan Meek to replace Carlos Marmol for NL RP

– Kelly Johnson to replace Ricky Weeks for NL reserve 2b