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Quest for Middle Infielder Heats Up for the Birds.

Per MLB Trade Rumors “The Cardinals want to upgrade with a utility infielder, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. They’ve discussed free agent Alex Gonzalez and trade options Chris Getz of the Royals and Steve Lombardozzi of the Nationals.”

All three potential infielders would make a nice fit in St. Louis.

Alex Gonzalez offers some pop, and a decent glove to the bench(Career UZR/150 5.8)

Chris Getz is a veteran presence that can come off of the bench and offer an ability to play SS, 2nd, and some third base as well. Who can also provide a solid glove at all three positions, and does a decent job of getting on base.

Steve Lombardozzi is a young 24-year-old who can play an above average second base, and a switch-hitter who can provide a little offense. All the while having the ability to occasionally back-up in the outfield from time to time.

Cardinals Off-Season needs are Few, but Still Plenty of Intrigue.

While the Off-Season needs are few this year, there is still plenty to divulge into with the Winter Meetings now underway. The needs are relatively simple for 2013. Find some bench help; preferably a right-handed hitter, with some pop, who can play some center-field who can spell Jon Jay every so often. Add a left-handed relief pitcher to take some of the pressure from”Scrabble”. Someone like a Sean Burnett, or a Manny Parra, both of whom the Cardinals have recently explored as options per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He also listed other options as J.P. Howell, Randy Choate, and Mike Gonzalez as seasoned veterans still left on the market.

EDIT: Looks like Randy Choate is their guy. The contract is for three years at 7.5 million dollars.

As it stands now, the Cardinals believe that Rafael Furcal will be healthy and ready to resume his place as starting shortstop in 2013. With the potential back-ups being Pete Kozma, and possibly Ryan Jackson as well. That said, to me, Furcal’s health is still a question mark. He hasn’t played more at least 150 games since 2009; injuries have been quite frequent throughout his career. Someone like a Jeff Keppinger could be some nice insurance if Furcal makes another trip to the D.L.. It would also provide a safety net for guys like Kozma and Jackson, if they were to falter at any time.

Another question mark for the 2013 season would be second base. There is a lot of negativity surrounding Daniel Descalso, and his poor season with the bat last year. It has also been suggested that Furcal move over to second base, and let another player(Kozma, Jackson?) play shortstop to try to limit potential injury and keep him in the line-up. However, the Cardinals do not seem to be too inclined to make such a move. Other moves suggested is to, barring a good Spring Training, is to insert prospect Kolten Wong at second base; however, there doesn’t seem to be any imminent desire to potentially rush his development. I would suspect a platoon of Delscalso, Shumaker, and Matt Carpenter to get some reps in at second base also.

It will be a very interesting 2013 season, to say the least.

B.J. Upton: Over-Paid? Or Right on the Money?

There is a lot that can be said of B.J. Upton. When he was drafted, he was a sure thing; he was a can’t-miss prospect. He was ranked the second-best prospect in baseball, and by age nineteen he had made it into the big-leagues. He was a rising star in the making. Here we are 9 years later, and no one can  legitimately say that he was come has become the mega-star so many had predicted previously. However, he has been a very good, consistent player that has earned his new 5-year $75 million-dollar contract that he has received from the Atlanta Braves.  Over the last frou seasons, Upton has produced a WAR of about 4. He was easily the best player the Rays had, despite all of the negative critique he was given in Tampa Bay.

He is solid defensively, but certainly not  in the upper-echelon of most elite defenders; however, he was hardly an albatross either. He can hold his own. Offensively, there’s been a tendency to be more aggressive over the last several years; his walks, and his pitch selection have equally gone down. Meanwhile, his fly-ball rate, his tendency to swing at pitches, and his power have all reason in the last four years. All the while, still not losing too much value. His value has only trended downward by a .5 a WAR. So, there’s still plenty of value to be had out of the now 28-year-old Center fielder. Even after his 2012 season where he posted a sub .300 OBP, in a hitter’s-suppressing park, in a hitters-suppressing league, he still managed a WAR of 3.3. And looking at all the other peripherals, there is little to no indication that he cannot be as good as he is now. Moving to a new team, in a new ballpark could, and probably will do wonders for him. All we have now is time to see if their investment comes to fruition.

Furcal and St. Louis Express Mutual Interest in Possible Return Engagement.

Yesterday it was reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the St. Louis Cardinals and Rafael Furcal have expressed a mutual interest in a return engagement for the 2012 season. While Furcal’s twelve-million dollar option will not be exercised, it’s reasonable to suspect that a deal may fall in place before Furcal hits the Free Agent market. While some might greet the idea with some skepticism; including this guy. It’s hard for me to not see this as a potentially wise move.

Consider his two most healthy months July(21 games played) and August(26 games played).

July: From left-to-right: OBP/SLG/OPS/ISO

.289/.222/.511/.042

August: Reads same as above ^

.292/.375/.667/.135

His swing percentages/pitches taken are roughly the same as his career averages at pitches he swings in or out of the strike zone, but his BABIP is way down to .212. Looking at these numbers, and hinging mostly on health for next year, 2012 could be a very nice comeback year for Furcal.

Sure, the numbers aren’t eye-popping this season, by any stretch, but they’re definitely on the rise.While the offensive numbers haven’t been great, Furcal has undoubtedly shored up the defense.
Which St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Derrik Goold’s has already aptly illustrated that here.

Well, why not Tyler Greene? Yeah, sure, he’s put up some pretty good numbers, and is worthy of a look. However, color me unimpressed….  In 143 games at the Major League level has produced, to put it lightly, less than spectacular results.  A .303 OBP., a .306 SLG., a .609 OPS, to go along with an ISO of .092 is far from appealing, to go along with his barely above average defense; at least at the MLB level. Give me an aging Furcal over Greene any day, at least to this point……

What are the Odds?: What are the Chances the Cardinals make the Postseason, and what to potentially watch for in the Offseason

  Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts as he stands on third base after teammate Matt Holliday hit a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in St. Louis. Pujols scored later in the inning. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

In the midst of much jubilation over beating the Milwaukee Brewers in a mid-week three game series sweep, a question begs to be answered; just how much of a chance do the Cardinals actually have?
The answer, while obvious to most who’ve paid even a modicum of attention since June,of their chances of competing for a playoff spot, as of now, seems like an insubstantial world of complete unfounded exuberance.
So, how much of a chance is that again?

Well, as of today the Cardinals are on pace to be an 86-win team. Whilst the Brewers are on a 93-win pace. Every year Baseball Prospectus releases a daily annual report which calculates each teams chances of making the postseason, and a calculation of their “expected” win total for that year.
Anyway, this chart, as of today, gives them a 1.5% chance. It ain’t lookin’ good, is it?

I guess now would be a good time to apply the Chicago Cubs’ unofficial franchise slogan of, “Wail ’till next year!”. With that in mind, and little to look forward to for most Cardinals fans; except for Pujols chase for .300/30/100 for the eleventh straight year in succession. Or perhaps want get get an extended look at Brandon Dickson? WatchMatt Holliday reach the twenty home run milestone for the sixth consecutive season, or watch Lance Berkman’s pursuit of his first 100 RBI season since 2008. Or maybe you just love the simple joy of watching the games can provide? All that is left is watch the remaining 23 games, all the while hoping; possibly in vein, that this team could possibly make it. Or if you’re more of a pessimist, I suppose you might already have a keen eye on the quickly approaching off-season–O.K., maybe it’s not as close as I make it seem, but you get the idea. Oh, by the way, ….Speaking of the off-season, it will probably one of the most intriguing off-seasons in recent memory; perhaps in St. Louis Cardinals history…well, one could suppose other events have been of greater magnitude than this, but I digress…. However, I do know this, the Cardinals off-season will revolve around one singular mesmerizing, gravitational force that all of Cardinal Nation can’t but help to succumb to. That force is none other than Albert Pujols; and his upcoming pending Free Agency. Let’s take a flashback somewhat, shall we? Let’s go back to Febuary early to mid-Febuary. A time when the contract negotiations of Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals were under the scrutiny of every microcosm in the known universe, or so it seemed, anyway. Basically the two sides couldn’t really come to a reasonable agreement with one another over the length and salary demands of Albert Pujols. Fast forward seven months later, and it looks apparent that the Cardinals probably have the most leverage in the possibility of procuring Albert’s services beyond 2011. Most of that leverage has been granted to the Cardinals through Albert’s play this year. How can one argue that a man who puts up numbers like this in a given year .296 .369 .555 .924, including 34 home runs and 85 RBIs to date is not worthy of the contract of his desires? Especially considering what he has done the past ten? The logic is pretty simple: 2011 has not been an atypical year concerning his offensive production. He BB% has taken a hit,( something Albert has alluded to himself as a reason for his struggles earlier) his career average is at 13.2%, while currently he has a 10.1 BB%. His ISO is also down, too, .259, but still performing well against his counter-parts. However, his BABIP has taken a hit(Currently .270; Career .311), as has also his OBP and his OPS, as well. Despite the potential for putting up great numbers yet again in 2011, any slight discrepancy in his numbers will presumably raise a red flag to many teams interested in the soon-to-be thirty-two-year-old first basemen. Which, obviously, will most likely tilt the leverage in the Cardinals favor, or at least one might think.
So, once the dust has been settled from the Albert Pujols conundrum, you’ll get a munch better sense in which direction the Cardinals will head in 2012.
A lot of players will be off the books next year, and a lot of pertinent decisions must be made.
Starting with: Albert Pujols(Who has already been discussed.
Chris Carpenter: He does have a Club Option worth 15 million, but I would suspect the Cardinals to buyout that option, and try to re-work a deal for the backside of Carpenter’s career.
A two to three year deal around 15 to 20 million, that is also heavily incentive laden wouldn’t be too surprising. Maybe a little more, but I wouldn’t suspect too much more than that.
Lance Berkman:By every indication, the possibility of Berkman returning to St. Louis seems to be all but an absolute formality. Another deal similar to last year’s, but with a higher base salary. I would suspect somewhere between 10-12 million on a one or two year deal. Alas, that is purely speculation, of course.
Rafael Furcal: I highly doubt St. Louis has any interest whatsoever in picking up Furcal’s $12 million dollar club option for 2012. He becomes an inriguing part of the equation. Whille offensively the numbers haven’t been great in his time in St. Louis(Although he has looked better the past eleven games: .300 .333 .550 .883; including three home runs and five driven in), there is little denying that he hasn’t helped improve the middle infield, where lack of defensive prowess in that area has crippled the team. As far as Short Stops are concerned on the open market, the pickings are slim indeed. With the most recognizable names being Jose Reyes, Jimmy Rollins,. Hardy would may have probably been the best alternative of possible Free Agents if you’re looking for an offensive upgrade, but the O’s ended all possibility when they extended him for three more seasons at 7.5 million annually. It will be interesting which direction the Cardinals might follow with one less option to look at. Perhaps the trade market might be best, depending on who is available. That, however, remains to be seen.
Ryan Theriot: Ryan was brought in to replace another Ryan to, hopefully, make a more marked improvement offensively; that didn’t happen, at least not as much as the Cardinals had hoped for, especially how much it hurt the team defensively. I suspect the Cardinals in a different direction with Theriot, and have little faith in a return visit for next year. Overall his defensive short-comings couldn’t transcend over what would only be h slight improvement the Cardinals saw on offense. Overall, the trade was a wash.
Skip Schumaker: His defense has been bad enough that even improved offensive numbers can barely produce a WAR of 1.1 for him. It’s time to end this experiment, and go a new direction. However, I do like him as a versatile utility player, and could serve very well on an MLB bench. Certainly a player to at least consider keeping around. That said, the potential list of Free Agents doesn’t really offer that much appeal. I wouldn’t be too surprised if a trade might be worked out, or someone from the system might receive an opportunity. I could see an open competition next year for second base. With Schumaker, Descalso, Tyler Greene(Who has played well, and probably deserves one last shot, but at 28, time is running out), and maybe a ST look at Zach Cox, but I wouldn’t list him as anywhere close to being a front-runner at this point in time.

Moving on………….

To the Bullpen:
You can’t look back on this season and not attribute some of the lack of success due to the failures of the bullpen this year. The bullpen, as a whole; without divulging into the some of the painful numbers they have produced, has been very mediocre throughout most of the season. Especially in the earlier part of the seasons. However, the acquisitions of guys like Dotel and “Scrabble” (See: Rzepczynski, Marc) have solidified the bullpen, and would be very content with the bullpen, but a few pick-ups to further bolster one of their biggest weaknesses of 2011 would certainly increase confidence. Certainly some intriguing names out there, such as Heath Bell, and Johnathon Broxton, to name a few, but don’t look for any type of acquisition like this to become a reality, by any means. Expect more of an acquisition in the form of a well-traveled veteran or two.

A lot of questions to be answered, and a lot depends on the decisions of Albert Pujols. This off-season will more than likely be thedefining moment in John Mozeliak’s tenure as General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. A lot of people want to judge a G.M.s’ abilities on how what moves worked, and which didn’t. This off-season will most definitely be the best barometer you’ll ever get to gauge him from, undoubtedly. The question is, will he pass the grade? As always, time will reveal the answers. As will be revealed John Mozeliak’s mettle.

Animosity displayed towards Rasmus is unfounded.

Ok, I plan on being a lot more active on this site now that I have some free-time.

Now that that is out of the way, I just can’t fathom the almost borderline malevolence displayed towards him by a select few, or maybe more than that. Colby Rasmus has been placed with gargantuan expectations from the day he was drafted in 2005. A lot of talk as to whether Colby has fulfilled those lofty expectations to date, or if he’s even come close, for that matter.

Since his inception into pro-ball Rasmus has been pegged as a player who is as multifarious as anyone, as far as skill-set is concerned.

Offensively, he’s improved; say what you want about his strike-out rate, or his perceived “ineptitude” in centerfield. However, if you take a step back from your perceptions of the player, and really look into the numbers, you’ll see he’s a top five centerfielder in Major League Baseball offensively.

Last year gave us a glimpse into what he could become, and by the look of things, Rasmus is on the rise.

Over the last two seasons Colby has produced an OPS of .846, which is good for second best in MLB( Major League Baseball). The best OBP in the majors the last two seasons at a .366 clip, not to mention being top three in the majors amongst centerfielders with a 6.7 combined WAR. Also, add to the fact that he ranks 7th in wRC (115.3) over the last two years, and sixth in ISO (.204). The man has been one of the best in the game, and is only going to get better. In some aspects, as far as a year-to-year comparison goes, he has improved markedly. Especially his K% going from 31.9% to 22.6%, while his plate discipline has remained much of the same.  Meaning, he’s still swinging at the same amount of strikes, and is going out of the strike zone at a similar rate to last year. All in all, the numbers have been there, and they’ll most likely improve, so, what’s not to like?

One could argue that defensively, he hasn’t been as good as projected to be. However, despite the ” ‘ole eye-test”, and last year’s struggles, he’s been solid. He’s sporting a 7.4 UZR/150, and a UZR of 2.4. and he has an OOZ of 35. He hasn’t been elite, but he’s been a far cry from terrible this year. So, I guess this begs the question, when are we going to give the guy a break? He’s young, he loves the game, and he’s improving. Sounds like a winning combo to me.

Oh, and for those of you not familiar with all the alphabet soup I posted, there’s a nice site witch documents all these statistics; which you can find here., and, of course, Fangraphs, too.

Andy Pettite? A Hall of Famer? I’m not sold.

…..Nor do I think he should get in five years from now, or beyond, for that matter. However, he may eventually get in someday, but he’s, obviously far from a lock.  Skimming over some of the basic numbers( 240 wins, 3.88 ERA, 2251 SOs), he looks like he compiled a pretty, if not, very good resume, but is it Hall of Fame worthy?  Of course, there are other statistics in which are more beneficial in determining his Hall of Fame candidacy, or his unworthiness. OF course, how else is one supposed to judge a pitcher, but rank them against the men who are already there, right? It would mean comparing him to other Hall of Fame left-handed starting pitchers, naturally, I would assume.*

* I’ll also include Randy Johnson as well. No, he’s not a Hall of Famer yet, but we all know he’s going to be.

I decided to hand-select 9 current Hall of Fame left-handed pitchers, and one who is a soon-to-be first ballot Hall of Famer.

Lefty Grove (1930s)

Sandy Koufax (1960s)

Warren Spahn (1950s)

Randy Johnson (2000s)

Carl Hubbell (1930s)

Steve Carlton (1970s)

Whitey Ford (1950s)

Eddie Plank (1900s)

Hal Newhouser (1940s)

Rube Waddell (1900s)

These are the ten that I decided to go with, if you’re going to compare, why not compare the best of the best? Of course, the generational gap varies greatly, you’ll just have to go with it anyway, OK?

Of course, we’ll get to that in a minute.

For now, we’ll take a look into where Andy Pettite ranks all-time for pitchers in some statistical categories:

Wins Above Replacement:

49.7 Career. (249th all-time)

WAR for Pitchers:

50.2 (77th all-time)

Win-Loss%:

.635 (43rd all-time)

K/9:

Career 6.631 (133rd)

Innings Pitched:

Career 3055.3 (123rd)

Games Started:

Career 479 (60th)

Base on Balls:

Career 962 (124th)

K/BB:

Career 2.340 (127th)

Adjusted ERA+

Career 117 (171st)

Adj. Pitching Runs

Career 209 (72nd)

Win Probability Added (WPA)

Career 22.9 (48th)

Now, amongst some of the top ten greatest left-handers of all-time, where does Pettite stand?

We’ll start with former Yankee great Whitey Ford.

-Stats in which Pettite leads when compared to each individual player will be in bold.

498 G, 438 GS, 3,170.1 IP, 2.75 ERA, 133 ERA+, 236 W,  7.9 H/9, 1.22 WHIP, 45 SHO, 4.1 SHO/40, 1,956 K, and 1.8 K/BB

Now for Andy Pettite, we’re going use a more side-by-side comparison of each player.

489 G, 479 GS, 3055.1 IP, 3.88 ERA, 117 ERA+, 240 W, 9.4 H/9, 1.357 WHIP, 4 SHO,

I’ll contiue with the other nine tomorrow, and explain in detail why Andy Pettite falls short of Hall of Fame criteria.

Is a Triple Crown Award in the Cards for Pujols in 2011? Bill James thinks so.

While 2010 MVP Joey Votto may grace the cover of Bill James’s latest Handbook, but it is another fellow first basemen who is projected to overshadow, well…everyone else on the planet. That player would be none other than Albert Pujols. If you are of the many who scoff at projections, and dismiss them as nothing more than  fantasy tripe, you, my friend, are sadly mistaken. As Bill James writes in his introduction to the projection section( That rolls off the tongue nicely, doesn’t it?) of this year’s Handbook: “As Fantasy Baseball is America’s fourth-largest business, this section of the book could be considered business consulting. Got a hot tip for you, boss: This Albert Pujols, he’s pretty good.” He’s also absolutely right. He’s also right in calling it “business consultation”. Major League Baseball(MLB) has a very stock market-like feel to it. Especially when applying that sense to Free Agency. Projections are for more than just Fantasy Baseball Geeks, but are frequently used for good, sound financial moves in the baseball world. I mean, if you have a projection based on past performances, and what could be expected in the future, does that not give you an investment edge for a future contract, and if you’ll truly get the “bang for your buck”? Not too long before Matt Holliday signed his 7 year 120-million dollar deal, he was projected to put up these numbers according to Bill James Handbook.

2010( Projected)

155 games, 605 AB, 105 R, 191 H, 43 2B, 3 3B, 27 HR, 109 RBI, 66 BB, 112 K, 14 SB, .316 BA, .531 SLG

2010(Actual)

158 games, 596 AB, 95 R, 186 H, 45 2B, 1 3B, 28 HR, 103 RBI, 69 BB, 93 K, 9 SB, .312 BA, .532 SLG

It was the second-best projection of that year, trailing only Raja Davis. (He was expected to steal 50 bases; and he did just that.)

Before we get to Pujols, there are other Cardinals that favor well in Bill James projections.

One that leaps out is recent Free Agent acquistion Lance Berkman. Who recently signed a one-year 8 million dollar contract.

His projected line: .275/.393/.486 line with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs. That would be a very nice bounce-back year for the current starting right fielder, and certainly better than the then current favorite to win the position Allen Craig. Whose projected to have a .796 OPS with 6 homers in 152 at-bats.

Holliday is expected to do what he does (.313/.390/.537) and Colby Rasmus isn’t expected to run much( 10 steals in 15 attempts) or match last years power (19 home runs)

The projections predict third basemen David Freese to have a breakout year, barring another season-ending injury, of course.

.295/.353/.452 … .805 OPS

16 HR, 85 RBIs, 83 runs created, 32 2B

You may be wondering where all of this is headed, other than giving you a glimpse into The Handbook, well–back to first base.

There probably isn’t an easier player in the major leagues to predict than first basemen and three-time MVP Albert Pujols. He is the epitome of consistency, and an unstoppable force offensively, and among many ways to measure his ungodly production is and how it rarely strayed from his career averages. Baseball-Reference.com calculates a player’s season average over the course of 162 games, and as Sports Illustrated senior writer Joe Posnanski pointed out on his Twitter feed, there are less than 10 players who have had one season equivalent to Pujols average year.

Here’s the range from Pujols’s career lows and highs.

Batting Average
career .331 … low: minus-19 (.312, 2010) … high: plus-28 (.359, 2003)

OBP
career: .426 … low: minus-32 (.394, 2002) … high: plus-36 (.462, 2008)

SLG
career: .624 … low: minus-63 (.624, 2002) … high: plus-47 (.671, 2006)

OPS
career: 1.050 … low: minus-95 (.955, 2002) … high: plus-64 (1.114, 2008)

Home Runs
career: 42 … low: minus-10 (32, 2007) … high: plus-7 (49, 2006)

Runs
career: 123 … low: minus-24 (99, 2007) … high: plus-14 (137, 2003)

RBIs
career: 128 … low: minus-25 (128, 2007) … high: plus-9 (137, 2006)

As you probably noticed, the year-to-year variances are minute, and his extremes, aren’t all that extreme. If you were to delve deep into the numbers you’ll notice that not only is Albert pegged for another Pujols-esque year, but a possible Triple Crown run.

If you figure in his career lows, medians, and highs the numbers will look like this:

.336 BA, .428 OBP, .616 SLG, 1.034 OPS
41 HR, 118 runs, 120 RBIs

Of course,  who couldn’t have predicted those types of numbers for Albert Pujols? It’s as elementary as counting your 1 2 3′s or your A B C’s.

The Handbook projects that Pujols will have the best batting average in the NL, the most homers and the second-most RBIs. Going back to 1969 in the National League, the same player has not won those two Triple Crown jewels in the same season.

“A lot of players, it turns out, are pretty consistent,” James writes before digging into the projections. “It’s just more notable for Albert because he is consistent and a beast.”

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