Hey all, stumbled across some tasty links over the past week or so and I thought I’d share them with you for your Tribe fix:
First off, this one’s a little old, but here Jayson Stark wants to start a major postseason award for relievers, and I’m inclined to agree with him. He cites that relievers are here to stay and are mostly afterthoughts on the MVP and Cy Young ballots. All of this is true, my problem is when you have relievers winning these awards (which will be awarded by the god-awful BWAA, meaning they are going to look at saves and nothing else) you’ll have players jacking up their asking prices in free agency because of where they finished in this proposed award’s balloting. However I do feel relievers have been a long ignored aspect of the game for some time now. They aren’t going away, might as well celebrate them.
Also in Stark’s article is this little nugget about Fausto:
Hope for Fausto: But the winter-ball reviews were much more positive on Indians reclamation project Fausto Carmona. The big stat: In three starts
in the Dominican Winter League, Carmona walked a total of zero hitters. You might say that’s a slight departure from Carmona’s recent work in the big leagues.
He issued at least one walk in all 24 starts for the Indians last season — even a couple in which he didn’t get past the second inning. And over the past two
years, his walk-to-strikeout ratio is a gruesome 140-to-137. Carmona and Jake Westbrook loom as two humongous figures for the Indians this year.
Like I said a few days ago, his walks are KILLING him. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come.
Keith Law, also of ESPN.com, posted his organizational rankings for 2010, and I suppose it’s good news that the Indians rank fourth. Here’s the blurb on the Tribe:
They continue to build depth without a ton of impact prospects, although Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall are exceptions to that rule, and they have a handful of low-A/short-season guys who could break away from the pack. There’s still value in a system that can keep pumping out average or fringe-average big leaguers, simply because it keeps you away from the Jason Kendalls of the free-agent market.
So we don’t have a ton of impact players, but we got a bunch of filler? Sweet. So now we can be consistently mediocre? Ugh.
It should be noted that only players eligible for Law’s Top 100 prospects are included as part of the farm system, so guys like Matt LaPorta, Justin Masterson, and Michael Brantley don’t count. So we could theoretically be even stronger had those guys been eligible.
In this article, a former Cleveland Indians manager whines that he doesn’t still have a former Cleveland Indians pitcher. Wah wah wah Charlie. Dry your tears with a Roy Halladay jersey (even though I think Lee will have the better season next year).
Chris Burnham over at the Bleacher Report blames Joel Skinner for why the Indians have fallen. I can see Chris’s points, but overall I think that’s a really harsh judgment on Skins. Yes, he definitely should have sent Kenny Lofton in that fateful game 7. But even if he had, there was no guarantee the Indians win that game. It’s all speculation, although I must admit that play still sticks out in my mind.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports puts the Tribe on a tee and takes a few swings in this spring training preview article. There’s really no new information in the article, just more bashing of the team for their “misjudgements.”
And finally, take some time to read Paul Cousineau of The DiaTribe’s excellent comments on Passan’s article, as he brings up a lot of great counterpoints to Passan’s article. He also speaks of the Indians place in the economic realities of Major League Baseball. It’s an interesting read with some good links so I highly recommend it.
One last link, not Tribe-related but great for anyone trying to educate themselves on better statistics, Michael Jong over at Marlin Manic wrote up a primer on saber-terms Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Metric. It’s an excellent read, one that is definitely on my bookmarks.
Hope you all are enjoying your Wednesday, feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments, or leave them in the comments section.