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I agree this is a good thing - but mainly to give Napoli (and his knees) a rest and to get Torrealba (who also started getting hot at the end of the year) into the lineup. As for Moreland, however, it's a bit ironic that the forum and comments elsewhere on the site are full of condemnations of Moreland and demands to bench him mixed in with condemnations of other people for suggesting that Cruz should be benched as a result of his epic slump prior to Saturday.
That said, I'm in favor of this move.
And get Young out of the 4 hole..put Beltre there!!
@ Dan Good comparison of internet suggestions. There have indeed been calls to bench both "cold" hitters. I just want to add to that by pointing out the difference. Moreland has been cold since June 1 while Cruz hit 29 homers in less than 3/4th of a season. Cruz meanwhile ranks as an above average fielder (at least if he is running normally) while Moreland... ummm... not so much.
I look forward to seeing who we look at to patch our 1B hole next year. Easily the biggest problem amongst our positions.
@djcTo paraphrase Tony Romo, If Mitch is your biggest problem, you have a pretty good team.I'm not giving up on him yet.
Where are you now when your boy does terrible Ricky In Fort Worth?
I'm with RangeRover, it's not time to knock Moreland. His play at first, other than last nights error, during these playoffs has been solid. I bet some of you wanting to tar and feather Moreland also raised stink over Cruz's lackluster hitting since his return. Be patient with Moreland. Give him another year.
Not that Wash is ever a huge matchup guy, but Yorvit is 3-6 with a pair of doubles against Fister lifetime while Mitch is 1-11. That could have had a little to contribute to this decision.
Mitch is going to be back for other playoff games. I doubt Wash will keep him there and let Young man 1st base for the rest of the postseason.
Everyone comparing Moreland's struggles to Cruz are way off-base and i seriously doubt they watched a majority of Rangers games this season. Moreland hasn't been good at all since May!!! Cruz hits 30 HR's a year for us every year and only plays in 75% of the games. Cruz has been a huge clutch hitter for us for several years and is a STAR in the playoffs, and while Moreland had a fairly successful post season last year, his leash isnt nearly as long as Cruz's is. He looks lost at the plate now, and to add insult to injury he made an error in the field lastnight. Our best lineup RIGHT NOW is with Moreland out.
Joey referenced this stat during the game yesterday, but of the 32,000+ post-season, individual game performances, Moreland's yesterday was the 17th worst WPA (-.419). And that doesn't include his brutal error.
Moreland's a good dude. But he had a terrible year in his first full season. The Rangers can do a lot better at 1B.
I want Moreland to do well so bad. But I think a big problem is he wants the same and is pressing. Yesterday was not good for him. One of those strike outs was due to a ridiculous strike zone. He laid of two pitches that were way outside yet were called strikes. I had no problem with that at bat. Later though he completely swung over and through balls up in the zone. And his double play ball was a back breaker that we somehow was able to weather and get another chance to win that game. I was hoping Wash would pinch hit Gentry or Chavez just so we could potential stay out of double play with either of those. Moreland needs to sit...lets see Yorvit as he could get hot too. Plus Napoli needs to get out front behind plate for a game or 2...he's swinging and missing a lot more lately.
Really Angry Trey? Do you really want to start this "Moreland hasn't been good at all since May" crap?
He was great in April, amazing in May, bad in June, terrible in July, pretty good in August, and finally really sucky in September.
His best offensive month that include production is August.
Mitch didn't play in 2 games in August and played a little over half of September. Think about it.
I make a vow to not speak of Moreland until the offseason, it upsets people.
But hey, maybe there is something to us winning big while unnamed first basemen plays poorly. July and September were dominating months of Ranger baseball.
(this post is not serious, I don't believe in jinx etc)
I don't know about Ricky but I am not giving up on Moreland. He is having a brutal time right now, but as we've seen with pretty much every good player, they go through stretches where it looks like they've forgotten how to hit.
I don't think that Mitch will ever be awesome. But I do think he will return to being a good hitter. Don't write him off now or you will regret it when he is knocking the cover off the ball in someone else's organization.
There is no doubt that Mitch can hit. A #8 or #9 hitter with 16 HR (which will likely continue to increase annually), and is inexpensive and under team control? I'll take that, especially due to the line-up we already have. Apparently many of you endorse a high average, high HR guy at every spot in the line-up, despite the costs. That is not only unrealistic, but fiscally irresponsible. Especially with so many key arb and contract guys soon due. 11 arb guys this year alone!
Mitchmoreland in the 2010 play-offs, combined for a .348 Avg. and .400 OBP.
He just turned 26 YO. In his first full year on the team? .259 Avg., .320 OBP, and 16 HR's in 134 games, deep in this order.
Another well-known firstbaseman played his first full year and hit .260 Avg., .315 OBP, and 12 HR's in 104 games at the age of 23. At age 26 that same player hit .282 Avg., .338 OBP, and 18 HR's in 160 games.That first baseman was HOF'r Tony Perez.
Pete Rose in his first year? .273 Avg., .334 OBP, and 6 HR's in 157 games.
No, Mitch will more than likely never be an HOF player. But he is a a kid who has produced in the play-offs before and did in his 1st full-year. You don't give up on a kid so early, so quickly, as many of you are so prone to do. The "take Cruz out of the line-up" types. The guys who criticized Colby and Young and Holland and Kinsler, yet then turned into a lynch-mob when I defended them. All the haters that disappeared.
I come on here to discuss logical baseball with other intelligent people, and will continue to do so. I will also ignore those who just have a negative insult, especially those who do so yet never talk baseball at all. Those of you who know your stuff, know who you are. The rest can find another pinata, cuz I ain't your huckleberry. If I want to teach a bunch of juveniles baseball, I'll go coach another championship little league team with kids eager to learn.
2011 wOBA1) Miguel Cabrera .4362) Prince Fielder .4083) Adrian Gonzalez .4064) Joey Votto .4035) Michael Morse .3876) Albert Pujols .3857) Paul Konerko .3838) Mark Teixeira .3619) Ryan Howard .35410) Carlos Pena .35411) Michael Cuddyer .35412) Casey Kotchman .35113) Carlos Santana .34914) Mark Reynolds .34815) Freddie Freeman .34516) Eric Hosmer .34217) Gaby Sanchez .34218) Carlos Lee .33919) James Loney .32920) Mark Trumbo .32721) Mitch Moreland .31722) Adam Lind .31523) Juan Rivera .30824) Aubrey Huff .294
Why don't you list the salary, age, and where they hit in the line-up next to each player?
Let's see now--Rick'y accomplisments. 1, HOFers in his family 2. played baseball at a 'high' level 3. coached championship little league teamI know this certainly makes me wanna know what he thinks. And I don't think anyone thinks he is a huckleberry--more like a DINGLEBERRY.
Why don't you list the salary...
Because I already noted that his replacement level performance in 2011 makes his league minimum salary no special value. Pretty much what he deserved. I'd rather the Rangers spend more money and get more production if they can.
He was 25 this year. 27-28 is the peak of the MLB age curve for position players.
A replacement level season at 25? Bad news.
...and where they hit in the line-up?
Because wOBA is independent of lineup position.
I suspect 1Bs don't deteriorate from their peak as fast because speed isn't a big part of playing the position.
for his salary, those #s ain't bad. Not great, but that really out to presented in Salary/production.
I've heard he's had an injured hand, so let's not break out the coffin and the nails just yet. This guy has serious power and a good eye, and his defense is at least average, and plays a decent RF. Certainly better at 1B than MY.
Yesterday, the ump screwed him with a ridiculously huge strikezone. It's not just 1 or 2 bad calls. When he;s getting those pitches called strikes, it effects him in every pitch of an AB; and the DP he hit into, he did hit it hard, just straight at someone. 6 feet to the left and he's the hero of the game.
#1 - You stated his replacement level how? A stat that assumes replacement. Replacement by who and at what cost. If cost was not a factor? The we'd all have an open check-book. Worked for Hicks, right?
#2 - Several players have blossomed late, and it is not too late for him. Cruz, albeit a RF, developed slowly.
#3 - Line-up position can effect an array of offensive stats.
Look, I am not saying he is the answer or the future stud or the next All-Star. You just don't quit yet on him, UNLESS you have or obtain a better, proven option that fits within a certain fiscal parameter. Fielder, Pujols, and Votto do not fit that criterion. I am simply defending what is best for this team, more so than I am Mitch. I hope you can appreciate that.
Do you think the Rangers will keep C.J.? And if not, where do you think they will invest in the team.
From my perspective, they will try to keep C.J. but if/when he rebuffs them they will look elsewhere. There is not one place on the field besides CF and 1B that will be upgrade-able. Since they signed Leonys Martin, and have shown before they have a short leash for struggling first basemen like both Davis and Smoak you have to admit its possible they look to replace him. When Lee chose Philly they looked to a position that could raise the bar. I am not sure how you feel the need to defend it. Are you paying for the payroll? Do you realize the Rangers revenue is growing? What do you care what the size of the payroll is, if they can pay it? The Rangers are 13th right now in money spent on salaries, its reasonable to think they will be in the top 10 going forward. Either your nuts or I am completely missing your perspective. I get the impression you fear the Rangers won't retain Cruz or Hamilton if they were to take on more salary. I don't necessarily think that is the case. It would still be a baseball decision primarily because I have faith in the people running the Rangers. They are audacious.
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