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Mitch is 10/13 in WAR among AL 1B. .767 OPS. He is better than Smoak though and Davis. So there's that.
I have a question about WAR calculation. Does it make a big difference in Moreland's WAR that he doesn't play everyday at 1st?
Mitch Moreland is just a guy. Nothing too bad, nothing great. Serviceable MLB 1st baseman. Any one hoping for more than that is thinking irrationally. Mostly i say this, because he is miserable batting against lefties, and is average at best with the glove.
He's probably actually hurt by the time he spends in RF. If he played everyday at 1B, it's likely his WAR would be higher because he has awful range in the outfield.
Mitch needs to get back to grinding out at bats and forcing the opposition to throw him a mistake. It's a technique that worked well for him last season, in the WS, and early this season. He's kinda going through an impatient phase, and it's starting to cost him. He will get it together, every good hitter goes through slumps, see Ian Kinsler.
@TheNatural: Agreed, MM does indeed need to be the same pain-in-the-ass foul off machine he was last year. That will result in seeing more good pitches to hit.There is indeed impatience in his game this year. But he is a very good hitter and will figure it out.
I'm not an expert, but I think TheNatural is right about RF hurting Mitch. It does also hurt that Mitch is replaced by Napoli and Young which lowers his "importance" or "contribution" which is crucial to WAR interpretation. The numbers still show he is average as Trey said. 1B should be a number producing position though which is a bit concerning for the future. Generally a poor fielding player that can hit would learn 1B or LF. See Fielder, Cabrera..it's certainly not a premium position therefore a team needs to get offensive production from that position. Elite 1B like Tex and Agon are hard to find. You certainly wouldn't want to trade one for a player such as Adam Eaton or anything.
Without even looking at the stats, I was right.
Last season, Mitch's walk rate was 14.5%. This season: 7.1%.
Case in point, he isn't grinding at-bats. His K-rate is actually down a tad from last season. He is generally pretty good at making contact, and his BABIP is up almost 20 points from last season. This tells me that he is swinging at more pitches, and voila hist swing percentage is up from last season, but only about 1%.
Mitch will figure it out, just give him a little time. Once he gets back to making the pitcher work to get him out, you will start to see him draw more walks, and find better pitches to drive.
TheNatural - Good stuff. I've been wondering about this in regards to several players. I think this team misses the influence of Clint Hurdle. Coolbaugh is more of a Rudy Jaramillo kind of coach whereas Hurdle focused much more on working the pitcher. I think Hurdle just balanced out the things that Wash didn't do well. Clearly he's a guy that maximizes what he has...see Pitt...
He's cheap, but as far as I can tell, that's his chief strength. His OPS and wOBA against lefties are .564 and .262 (yikes!). His UZR/150 at 1B is -4.7. He had a good May and a mediocre June. July and August have been terrible.
Unless he kicks it into gear, I would imagine in the playoffs that he will play first against righties, with Napoli at catcher. Against lefties, Napoli at first and Moreland on the bench.
Too bad we didn't have somebody like him in 09. That black hole of suck cost us the division. Still, going forward he either needs to improve or else will have to watch his back as his position will be open to upgrades.
Hard to think of Moreland and not think of: 1. C. Pena 2. T. Hafner 3. M. texieira4. A. Gonzalez 5. J Smoak
Well, so far anyway, Moreland has been better than #5, Smoak, and I think it is fair to say that Hafner is a 1B the way MY was a SS. Scratch that, MY was probably better than Hafner defensively. There is a reason that Hafner has played less than 70 games at 1B in almost a decade.
Also, when I see Teixeira, I think of Elvis, Harrison, and Feliz.
Unfortunately, when I think of Gonzalez, I think of a trade that may have been in the neighborhood of the Bagwell trade in terms of awfulness.
Maybe Mitch read this thread yesterday. He did a great job grinding at the plate last night against CLE. Fouled off some good pitches and had a timely hit and drew 2 walks. Let's hope he keeps it up.
Mitch is what he is. A cheap placeholder at 1B until we can get something better. You can't have Josh Hamilton's at all position. It's not like we had alternatives in the farm, and don't say Chris Davis. I'd be surprised if we see him conquer his K problems enough to be significantly better than Mitch.
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