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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

A Ribbing For Robby? Mo Praises Pedey, Fuels Debates For Decades to Come...


I've never made a list of my favorite baseball players, and I won't be doing that right now. But were I too jot one down, I'm pretty sure the following players would all appear in the top 20. With 2 of them likely appearing in my top 10. And those players are Mariano Rivera, Dustin Pedroia, and Robinson Cano. Now, why is that remotely important or relevant? Well, it's important because in Mariano Rivera's new book, he pulls no punches when saying that he questioned Robinson Cano's passion, and that he'd take Dustin Pedroia as his 2nd baseman if given the chance...

Now, that's all well and good. And I'm sure it will help move a few extra copies of that book. But, at best, it's a forest through the trees/grass is always greener type of situation. One where Mo knows he can pick a nit, or two. And come out looking like some sort of baseball intellectual that sees through jerseys and rivalries like he were some sort of cyborg. Which, maybe he can. I mean, he certainly pitched like h was a potential cyborg. But, cyborg or not, it would be nice if he had a little more than the dirt on Pedroia's cap to back up his opinion...



Because that's the thing, friends. Robinson Cano has better offensive numbers than Dustin Pedroia. Plain and simple. And as for defense or base running? I'll evoke "Braddy Beane" in that Moneyshot movie by telling you that, in the grand scheme of things, those two things "don't really matter!" So, we're left with offense. And here's a look at each player's "average" year statistically, in what basically amount to two careers that have been identical in length. (stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and are listed average/OPS/runs/RBI)

Pedroia: .301 /.820 / 104 / 78

Cano: .309 / .857 / 94 / 97

So, yeah. Sorry, Mo. But the numbers just don't back you up. You say Cano "could be" a Hall of Fame player? I say he's already well on his way. At least as well on his way as Pedroia. As the numbers clearly show. Now, is Dustin Pedroia more fun to watch? Does he make you want to run out in the yard and start tossing around the bean with childlike abandon? He sure as Hell does. He's just more fun to watch. At least for most. Which is why I'm going to remain ecstatic for every day he's on "my" team. At the same time, I wouldn't be all that unhappy to have the guy with the higher OPS manning the 2-bag, either...

But that's just like my opinion, man. And there are no wrong answers in this one. A fact that's easy to decipher just by lookin' at the numbers...



Oh, and just to be clear. My unabashed love for all things Cano isn't my attempt to be some holier than thou baseball class warrior, either. Matter of fact, it's the effortlessness with which he plays that's always been what I've found some intriguing and impressive. Rivera says he lacks passion? I say JD Drew lacked passion. Robinson Cano is just smooth as Hell. He's like the Pootie Tang of this shit. Super suave, incredibly dangerous, yet often tough to fully understand. Well, tough for some...

But baseball arguments are fun, and this one is about as close as it gets. So it's probably better off for the future of this no doubt everlasting bar debate that Mariano has thrown is hat into the ring on a controversial side. Should keep things nice and spicy for things to come. Or should I say, "It should help cole down a panny sty or two". Yep. Sa da tay, friends. Sa da tay...


Now, onto a succinct summary or of sorts...


Boston Red Sox
Overall: 16-17 (1.5 games back in AL East)
Last Week: 4-3

The Good News

Lester and Buccholz are coming off their best starts of the season. 15 Ks for Lester (that potential long term deal is getting more expensive with every pitch), and a second consecutive quality start into the 7th for Clay. Would like to see Buccholz striking out a few more guys, himself (averaging just 6.75 Ks per 9). But he seems to be settling in, so I'll give him a few more weeks on that front...


The Baddish News

David Ortiz is lucky the "Ha Guys" are continuing to dominate the headlines with their seemingly neverending playoff campaign. Because otherwise, people might have actually noticed that he's only hitting .250. The power is still there, and I'm not even hinting at any sort of panic. But when the Big Man comes around (his OPS is 100 points shy of career averages, as well) then this team could really start to score some runs. Which they'll obviously need to do at better than their current 4.15 runs per game. I don't expect them to get quite to the 5.25 runs per game that they averaged a year ago (Ellsbury factor, mostly). But a happy medium more towards the 5 side should suit them quite nicely. Especially if the starting rotation can too continue on its upward trajectory...


Oh, and props to Andrew Miller, who should have received a good news nod. Dude's been filthy, and a lot of fun to watch. Just nice to have a filthy lefty in the pen. Especially one that throws in the upper 90s and looks like he just walked out of the woods...or a smoke filled fan in the parking lot of Coachella...

Either way. Here's to you, you crazy bastard. And keep that fimth comin'...



You too, friends. You keep that filth comin', as well. Or don't. Either way, I'll catch you Teds next week. Where I'll attempt to work Pootie Tang into the Patriots' picks in the NFL Draft. Mostly because Pootie too good, friends. Pootie just too damn good...

OK, I'll catch you next time...


#BAGSMUNMAN

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