Thursday, December 13, 2007

More idiocy from Brian Sabean

Nothing like spending $60 million on Aaron Rowand to pump up a pathetic offense and then saying that you're keeping guys who can't get on base -- Molina and Feliz -- and batting Dave Roberts as your lead off hitter. Here's what Henry Schulman -- one of the few decent reporters on the Chron sports staff -- writes:

Sabean will continue to pursue a contract with free-agent third baseman Pedro Feliz, not for three years, but perhaps for two. The Giants are not talking to Detroit about available third baseman Brandon Inge. Dave Roberts will move to left field, with Nate Schierholtz, Rajai Davis and Fred Lewis destined to compete for backup roles if they are not traded. Sabean could deal Roberts but seems inclined to keep the only experienced leadoff hitter the Giants have.

Also, Bochy says he wants Molina to bat fourth, which makes the lineup an immediate laughingstock. You may wonder why all this seems idiotic. Let me explain -- Both Feliz and Molina have OBPs under .300; Roberts is at .331 while Rajai Davis is at .371 and Fred Lewis is at .374

My guess is that Lewis and Davis have to sit because Roberts is making $6 million a year. Yes, Sabean was stupid enough to overpay Roberts to the tune of $18 million for three years.


Blogger allfrank said...

Well, I think you cherry oick your numbers a little bit. Yes, Roberts, for the year, had an OBP of 331; that includes his injury plagued period and his recovery period. For the 200 ABs after the ASG his OBP was 362. He also is a bona fide leadoff man, something neither DAvis nor Lewis are. Davis, while he, as you report, had an OBP of 361, he fell off to 305 in Sep - without injury. Lewis did post an OBP of 374 - in 150 ABs.
Personally, I would like to see an OF of Lewis, Davis, Schierholtz. But they are definitley going to be up and down and their production is any one's guess. Clearly, Roberts, Rowan, Winn gives us very good D and very good (probably above league average) O for our OF. Honestly, with league average bats at 1b and 3b (yes, I know it is unlikely) we would be expected to win about 86-88 games - and a little luck, a little smart play and we could sneak over 90. One of the young guys (Lweis, Davis, Schier) are going to get some MLB ABs. One, maybe 2 of them are not. I think it is a matter of choice, not stupidity.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

Allfrank -- I really do hope you're right about Robert but the problem is that Roberts is at an age where he's going to break down. To expect that he'll stay injury free is not realistic.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I meant Roberts

7:26 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I would also dispute that an OF of Winn, Roberts and Rowand would be above average offensively.

7:28 PM  

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