My last blog topic on catcher defense was last November. The trade of Butera has prompted a revisit.
Through July 26 while Ryan Doumit was catching, 46 out of zone balls were called strikes and 205 in zone strikes were called balls. They convert it to a ratio which for Doumit would be 0.22 extra strikes/lost strikes. That ratio is the worst in baseball and the next for a current catcher is twice the ratio at 0.44. The data is from Baseball Prospectus.
How much difference
Updated 07-31-2013 at 09:03 PM by jorgenswest
I have a little different format for this one as much has been written about Perkins. Dave Schoenfield's article recommending the Twins trade Glen Perkins in "Another Reason Closers are Overated".
As I read his article is whether he was asking the right questions. The question should really be what happens to closers the following year. It should be how many teams have the same closer. How effective can we expect Perkins to remain in the next 2-3 years?
Updated 07-12-2013 at 04:50 PM by jorgenswest
The Twins signed to veteran back of the rotation starters last winter. Is it possible they might flip them in a midseason trade?
Kevin Correia whose best skill might be his reliable health has performed at an ERA+ of 99 (essentially league average) this year. Mike Pelfrey is coming off injury and started poorly. He needs to put up a string of good starts in order to show that he is healthy. Neither player has a contract that is going to scare off a team.
Earlier I look
Updated 07-10-2013 at 05:03 PM by jorgenswest
One of the players this board has discussed trading is Brian Duensing. The thought is other teams might look to him as a left handed LOOGY.
His line 5.06 ERA, 41g, 32in, 29k, 14bb (over his career left handed hitters have a .580 OPS)
Why trade him?
Brian is 30. He will be eligible for arbitration next year. He would likely be non-tendered. Caleb Thielbar appears to be the better option with Pedro Hernandez providing depth.
Why keep him?
Another post suggested the Twins flip Diamond for Hendriks if he doesn't turn it around by the end of the month.
It has been on my mind as I listened to the Gardenhire show yesterday morning and the post game conference following the game.
If Diamond is to get a handful more starts before flipping him for Hendriks, can he at least have a different catcher.
Doumit doesn't catch often but he has caught 11 of 16 Diamond starts. Gardy quoted ERA as a reason. Hopefully
Updated 07-08-2013 at 04:38 PM by jorgenswest