Wednesday, July 21, 2010

FJM Returns Again

A one day show on September 22nd. So says Mr. Tremendous:

Attention, Fire Joe Morgan fans: happy to announce that FJM will ride again, this September 22, on Deadspin. #FJM

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saw that "Interception" movie this week.

People sneak into Brett Favre's brain, try to convince him to retire. It was brilliant.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ah Crap.

From Bedard on Twitter:

Packers DE Johnny Jolly is suspended by the NFL indefinitely. Will miss at least the 2010 season.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Melvin's 2010 Moves: FA Additions

At the half way point of the season, it's worth taking a look at how Melvin's big additions (and subtractions) have panned out for the Crew in this dismally predictable season. (For simplicity sake I'll focus on WAR when comparing players.)

Additions:

George Kottaras (0.7 WAR) - A significant upgrade at catcher, to be sure. He is playing better than Kendall or Rivera. Rivera is muddling around the minors somewhere and Kendall is sporting a 0.5 WAR compared to Kottaras at 0.7. A better, younger player with a ton more pop for cheaper? Win. B

Greg Zaun (0.6 WAR) - Bad. I understand that the Brewers didn't want to rush up Lucroy or Salome but Zaun (even before his injury) was a flat bust. He was contributing about at a Kottaras level (0.6 WAR) but was making $2 million more and keeping the cheaper player on the bench. It might be a little unfair to call him a total mistake though, had the Brewers been in contention I can see the value of a solid signal caller. The signing made sense if you thought the Brewers would be good. C-

LaTroy Hawkins (0.1 WAR) - Atrocious because of the contract. 2 years and $7.5 million and Hawkins is sporting a 44 ERA+. He's been unlucky (BABIP is over .400) but he's also been very, very bad. The Brewers will be saddled with his $4 million contract next season as well. Terrible. The best the Crew can hope for is continued injury rendering him unable to pitch. F

Randy Wolf (-0.7 WAR) - 1.504 WHIP, 84 ERA+, 1.6 HR/9, 9+ H/9, 6 inning per start. 3 years $30 million. In 2009 Jeff Suppan pitched his way to constant boos and derision. He sports a -0.7 WAR. Doug Melvin extended the "Suckpan" legacy for 3 years and $30 million. F-

Kameron Loe (0.4 WAR) - Smart signing. This is what Melvin made his reputation on. Junk heap has-been or never-was relievers. The best part about Loe? 19 appearance, 22.2 innings pitched. Macha has not been afraid to keep him out there and Loe has, for the most part, delivered. As a middle reliever brought up after the season was essentially over, however, his impact has been minimal. B

Doug Davis (0.0 WAR) Yep, Doug Davis is hurting the team less than Randy Wolf. He is sporting a sparkling-in-comparison 53 ERA+. It's also pretty clear that the only reason for this is that he has not had as many starts. Davis is atrocious this season. He is averaging under 5 innings a start. Yes, this season he is not averaging enough innings per start to be considered for a win. Not that it really would matter. He cost the Brewers $5.25m this season and his buyout will be another million next year. F

Joe Inglett (1.0 WAR) - Based on performance (remember when Melvin tried to claim performance was the only thing he looked at...why was Wolf never considered for bullpen duty?) there is no reason Carlos Gomez should ever see the field. In absurdly spotty duty, Inglett is sporting a .923 OPS (.416 OBP/.507 SLG). Gomez has been a liability in the field and at the plate, yet Inglett gets zero chances to perform. Hopefully Melvin's pride cometh before the firing. Inconclusive

Jim Edmonds (1.4 WAR) - Excellent signing. A one year deal for under a million. Melvin was able to find real value here. His performance is likely keeping Inglett off the field (both lefties) but you can't really complain about that. When the Brewers trade Fielder I would love for the next GM to resign Edmonds and play him at 1B and RF in 2011 unless, of course,they sign an actual bat at first which is doubtful since they will yet again need to rebuild the pitching staff for 2011. A

Overall (excluding the Inglett incomplete) that gives Melvin an excellent GPA of 1.66, or a C-. Of the free agent acquisition, only four were signed with the idea of having an every day type of impact. Zaun, Hawkins, Davis and especially Wolf were brought in to make a young underachiever into a real contender. Each signing has been, for one reason or another, a miserable failure. Obviously three of those players got injured, but based on their performance to that point their subtraction from the lineup was a GOOD thing. Yes, the best outcome for high-priced Doug Melvin free agent signings in 2010 is that they get hurt so they can no longer hurt the club.

Pathetic. I'm a strong proponent of having a stronger alternative before firing a guy. Based on his recent performance, however, I am not sure how a guy could do worse! I ask you, had Attanassio simply thrown darts at a board with free agent names on it and signed random players, would they have been worse? Are there two multi-million dollar free agent pitchers who are performing worse than Davis and Wolf? Where is Chris laughing at Bean for signing Ben Sheets (he of the 137 ERA+ and high trade value at the break?) The 2010 off-season acquisitions have been an absolute train wreck where it matters. Doug Melvin is completely unable to evaluate starting pitching, and it has crippled this franchise at a time when they have some of the most promising young offensive talent in all of baseball. It's an outright travesty and every day Melvin is allowed to steer this sinking ship is a slap in the face to Brewers fans everywhere.

Later on I'll look at the sole trade that has impacted this squad and how the jettisoned players are performing in their new digs. (LOL whiny bitch Scott Schoenweis)







Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bulls + Carlos Boozer + Max Deal = Hilarity

1. By all accounts (and this has already changed like 15 times, but let's just go with it) Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are going to sign with Miami.

2. Since Lebron James declared that he will announce his new team on Thursday at 9:00 in a 1 hour ESPN special, which, by the way, is asinine, he is telegraphing that he will re-sign with Cleveland. From Tyler Cowen:

The firm announcement date means that LeBron will re-sign with Cleveland, and intrade.com spiked up to 65.0 (+24.9) for that event.


3. Joe Johsnon, who isn't very good anyway, is signed.

4. Amare Stoudamire is signed.

5. The Chicago Bulls look very likely to end up as the big losers in this thing. If you are anything like me, this is good news. I heard some pundit in town mention that maybe David Lee and Ray Allen wouldn't be so bad. Ha!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Where should Lebron James Go?

This is my favorite opinion so far.