PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 04: Manager Kirk Gibson and Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate the Diamondbacks 8-1 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Chase Field on October 4, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The strikeouts are really the only number that draws down [Nova's] value, though the potential for him to continue piling up the victories should offset that. He’s going to be a later round option in 2012, so be sure to build a strong strikeout staff before selecting.
The strikeouts did spike from his minor league numbers, but not above the rates of similar power hitters. Goldschmidt's batted ball profile is especially encouraging. Goldschmidt managed to hit line drives on over 20 % of his batted balls while popping up just once in 177 plate appearances.
If you can, shop around to see if you can trade him to fill a need elsewhere, capitalize on his great year and let someone else take the gamble with him. If you need a first baseman or outfielder, unless the absolute worst case scenario hits, Berkman is going to give you above-average production — even in his worst year, his wRC+ was above 100 — so plan to keep him, but do be wary of potential disappointment.
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With a .344 BABIP, Castro hit .307, but he wasn’t necessarily lucky. He tends to have a slightly bloated BABIP, if the past indicates the odd future. He will give you a .300 average every day and twice on Muesday.
In 2008, 2009, and 2010, Choo absolutely mashed fastballs to the tune of 23.4, 26.9, and 18.5 runs above average. In 2011 that number was just 0.2. Additionally, Choo had a lot of success against sliders in 2010, hitting them for 10.4 runs above average. That number dropped to -3.9 in 2011. It's important to note that Choo didn't see any difference in the types of pitches he saw. Last year he saw 56.8% fastballs and this year he saw 57.5%.
So looking ahead to 2012, it is obviously extremely unlikely Romero posts another sub-3.00 ERA. However, he does have a very nice skills base and may have some strikeout rate upside. Assuming neutral luck next year, this could lead to an ERA around 3.50, which would be a bit better than his SIERA and xFIP marks of past years if a small skills improvement does materialize.
Two’s a crowd | The Hardball Times
Has anybody ever tried co-managing a team before? I did once, and we both ended up ignoring the team. I'm sure it's doable though. It might be an interesting idea to have a league where every team has two managers.
Previewing The Market: Shortstops | Beyond the Box Score
We're continuing our in-depth previews of this winter's player markets today with shortstops, and a market headlined by Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins.
The BP Broadside: The ALDS Goat Remains Masked and Anonymous | Baseball Prospectus
A perhaps different perspective on A-Rod's strikeout last night.
The New Miami Marlins Logo Is No Longer The Worst Thing Ever | Baseball Nation
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