Monthly Archives: August 2012
I don’t get why Joe Girardi isn’t using his platoon splits to their fullest advantage. Sure, he pitch hit Casey McGehee for Eric Chavez last night, and that’s great, but there were so many other moves he could have made that would have given the Yankees a better chance to win yesterday’s game that it’s silly. In case he left his match up binder in the Bronx, I thought I’d refresh Joe Girardi on the roles of his players as after last night, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know.
only faces right handed batters
only faces left handed batters
only faces left handed batters
only faces right handed pitchers
only faces left handed pitchers
You got that, Joe? Stop screwing around and letting Boone Logan face right handed batters or letting Raul Ibanez face left handed pitchers when you’ve got players in your bullpen and on your bench who can help you out.
Well, yeah… if you know what you’re doing. But as of Aug 16, when comparing wins with money spent, it looks like most teams are coming up short when it comes to return on investment. Check out these four teams that are all in the top 20 for 2012 salaries but have records under .500:
Boston Red Sox
These clubs are not exactly getting bang for their buck. The Phillies and the Brewers are separated by nearly $77 million (or as we Yankee fans say, two and a half A-Rods) in payroll, yet the Phillies are only two wins better than the Brewers. Go figure.
As for folks who are squeezing every last bit out of each penny, it’s all about the following three clubs:
Tampa Bay Rays
These clubs are all under $75 million in total salary and they’re both scratching at the playoffs and sporting records over .500. As Darth Vader would say, that is impressive – most impressive!
Here’s the money spent/wins tables, sorted for your convenience:
|sorted by total payroll||as of Aug 16, 2012|
|1||New York Yankees||$197,962,289||70||47|
|3||Boston Red Sox||$173,186,617||57||61|
|4||Los Angeles Angels||$154,485,166||62||56|
|8||San Francisco Giants||$117,620,683||64||54|
|9||St. Louis Cardinals||$110,300,862||64||53|
|11||Chicago White Sox||$96,919,500||64||52|
|12||Los Angeles Dodgers||$95,143,575||65||53|
|14||New York Mets||$93,353,983||55||62|
|23||Toronto Blue Jays||$75,489,200||55||62|
|25||Tampa Bay Rays||$64,173,500||63||54|
|27||Kansas City Royals||$60,916,225||51||65|
|30||San Diego Padres||$55,244,700||52||67|
|sorted by wins|
|3||New York Yankees||$197,962,289||70||47|
|6||Los Angeles Dodgers||$95,143,575||65||53|
|7||San Francisco Giants||$117,620,683||64||54|
|8||St. Louis Cardinals||$110,300,862||64||53|
|9||Chicago White Sox||$96,919,500||64||52|
|13||Tampa Bay Rays||$64,173,500||63||54|
|14||Los Angeles Angels||$154,485,166||62||56|
|17||Boston Red Sox||$173,186,617||57||61|
|18||New York Mets||$93,353,983||55||62|
|20||Toronto Blue Jays||$75,489,200||55||62|
|25||San Diego Padres||$55,244,700||52||67|
|26||Kansas City Royals||$60,916,225||51||65|
As you already know, former Yankee, Brave, Royal and current Giant Melky Cabrera was suspended for PED use. This makes sense in hindsite – his career was in the crapper and then suddenly he’s an all star? There’s having a breakout season, and then there’s coming back from the dead, and frankly, I’m not sure Melky was ever alive in the first place…
Oh well. Hopefully, he’ll find a way to get through this, but I’m always shocked people think they can still get away with this shit.
This new one game play-in to get to the post season as the official wild card team has now placed a premium on the division title that there hasn’t really been before. Still, despite their injuries, the Yankees look primed to run away and hide with the AL East title and leave everyone fighting for scraps as they continue to plod along into August with their 6.5 game lead over the surprisingly +.500 Baltimore Orioles. So unless something happens between now and the end of the season, the wild card will keep more teams in the hunt longer (and really, just avoiding the inevitable), but perhaps has also altered the trade market in ways that we should have seen coming.
The wild card standings are tight. As of today:
- Detriot and Oakland tied
- Angels .5 games back
- Baltimore 1 game back
- Tampa Bay 2 games back
- Boston 4.5 games back
- Toronto 5 games back
and so on. And I think it’s worth mentioning that the shockingly bad Boston Red Sox as well as the Jose Bautista-less Toronto Blue Jays are both under .500, so it’s tough for me to consider them viable playoff teams. Still, with 2 months to play and about 4 games back, why would the Red Sox want to be sellers at the trade deadline? Crazier things have happened, and they have the talent to make a serious run. I don’t think they will, but who knows. It’s easy for a club to have that attitude, and ultimately, this second wild card has turned sellers to buyers and brought in these other so called contenders who will stand pat, as they’re probably not good enough to make the playoffs but not bad enough to count themselves out.
And that’s what I’m saying – ultimately, with less sellers, the good teams will have a harder time getting better. With a bigger marketplace for sellers to make a trade, they’ll crank up the asking price, and teams won’t pay the outlandish rates, so everybody loses. The crappy teams keep the good player and the good teams go forward with what they have. This wasn’t much of a problem for the Yankees, who don’t have a lot of giant holes, but I’m sure this hurt somebody, somewhere. I believe I read that the Red Sox and Texas Rangers were talking about a blockbuster deal that fell apart because the Red Sox got prospect greedy, and I think that’s going to be the lay of the land going forward. Whether or not this is good for baseball is too early to tell, but I don’t think that keeping false hope alive for a team like the Red Sox does a service to anyone, nor does thinning out the trade market.
It should be noted that the Marlins and the Dodgers did a big deal, and the Yankees did land Ichiro (who is something of a shell of his former self, but still… ICHIRO!)… oh and the Angels got a big pitcher, too…