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nate
08-11-2009, 12:49 PM
A pretty interesting article (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/pirates/s_637691.html?source=rss&feed=14) about how the Nats have really turned their run production around. Teaser:


But I think it all began June 30, when the Nats acquired Morgan and reliever Sean Burnett from the Pirates. Or rather, on July 3, when Morgan made his first start for the Nats. Pre-Morgan, the Nats were 21st in the majors in runs scored. Since Morgan's arrival, they're third. Their on-base percentage has increased 18 points. They were 23-54 when he arrived. They are 17-18 since.

nate
08-11-2009, 12:50 PM
I can't believe I didn't post this quote:


"The leadoff position is a real challenge," interim manager Jim Riggleman said recently. "It takes a special guy to handle that role and get on base and make the other pitcher work and give information to the other players about what the guy is throwing, and at the same time, cause havoc to the other team.

Homer Bailey
08-11-2009, 12:51 PM
All speedy leadoff centerfielders are the same right? At least we have Taveras.

nate
08-11-2009, 12:57 PM
All speedy leadoff centerfielders are the same right?

No.


At least we have Taveras.

And he has us!

Bumstead
08-11-2009, 01:05 PM
Taveras...Dusty is just relieved that he isn't 'clogging the bases'...how is that 'times in scoring position' stat working out Dusty??? :p:

flyer85
08-11-2009, 01:17 PM
Morgan has been hot (.360BA and 410OBP) since coming over. Will that continue?

nate
08-11-2009, 01:20 PM
Morgan has been hot (.360BA and 410OBP) since coming over. Will that continue?

Even if he regresses, he's probably average to above average at the plate and good to really good in the field.


Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2007 26 PIT NL 28 118 107 15 32 3 4 1 7 7 3 9 19 .299 .359 .430 .789 105 46 0 1 1 0 0 8
2008 27 PIT NL 58 175 160 26 47 13 0 0 7 9 5 10 32 .294 .345 .375 .720 94 60 0 3 1 1 0 78/9
2009 28 TOT NL 106 473 416 66 127 13 6 3 36 36 15 37 69 .305 .369 .387 .756 103 161 9 8 7 5 2 *78
2009 28 PIT NL 71 321 278 39 77 6 5 2 27 18 10 29 49 .277 .351 .356 .707 92 99 6 5 5 4 2 *7/8
2009 28 WSN NL 35 152 138 27 50 7 1 1 9 18 5 8 20 .362 .407 .449 .856 125 62 3 3 2 1 0 8
3 Seasons 3 Seasons 3 Seasons 3 Seasons 192 766 683 107 206 29 10 4 50 52 23 56 120 .302 .362 .391 .753 101 267 9 12 9 6 2
162 Game Avg. 162 Game Avg. 162 Game Avg. 162 Game Avg. 162 646 576 90 174 24 8 3 42 44 19 47 101 .302 .362 .391 .753 101 225 8 10 8 5 2

PIT (3 yrs) PIT (3 yrs) PIT (3 yrs) PIT (3 yrs) 157 614 545 80 156 22 9 3 41 34 18 48 100 .286 .351 .376 .727 95 205 6 9 7 5 2
WSN (1 yr) WSN (1 yr) WSN (1 yr) WSN (1 yr) 35 152 138 27 50 7 1 1 9 18 5 8 20 .362 .407 .449 .856 125 62 3 3 2 1 0

flyer85
08-11-2009, 01:31 PM
i would say average at best as far as offense. Seems to me that 720-750 OPS is likely who he is.

RedsManRick
08-11-2009, 01:35 PM
It's amazing the impact a .400 OBP at the of a lineup can have. Morgan is basically a better defending version of Juan Pierre. When the singles are falling in, he can be a very dangerous player. When he they aren't, he's pretty useless. I imagine his career will follow a similar trajectory unless he continues to improve his plate discipline.

RichRed
08-11-2009, 01:44 PM
It also helps that he's been a 78% base stealer since joining the Nats, as opposed to the 65% success rate he had in his time with the Pirates. He needs to keep that up to maximize his value.

flyer85
08-11-2009, 01:50 PM
Morgan has been hot along with Willingham, Dunn and Zimmerman.

TheNext44
08-11-2009, 02:38 PM
Morgan is the son Dusty never had. :cool:

cumberlandreds
08-11-2009, 02:41 PM
Morgan has been hot along with Willingham, Dunn and Zimmerman.

You are exactly correct. Morgan has made a 100% difference in the Nats. He's been great,offensively and defensively. He's been able to get on base consistently for the middle of order guys and they have produced big time. How did the Reds let Morgan slip by? Put him at the top of the Reds order and they would look so much different. I don't know if Morgan can keep this up but if he does the Nats have a steal.

nate
08-11-2009, 03:03 PM
i would say average at best as far as offense. Seems to me that 720-750 OPS is likely who he is.

720-750 OPS for this Reds fan would feel like something that feels really good after having something that didn't feel really good for a long time.

I think.

Check my work.

nate
08-11-2009, 03:05 PM
I guess another way to look at it is, if the Reds had a Morgan as opposed to a Patteras, they could focus their limited resources elsewhere.

And I agree with TN44 that Morgan is what Dusty wants Willy T to be.

Bumstead
08-11-2009, 05:09 PM
720-750+ OPS out of the leadoff spot playing solid CF...hmmm...sounds like Dickerson...surely this can't be so? This couldn't slip right by Dusty unnoticed could it?

CaiGuy
08-11-2009, 05:35 PM
Morgan has put up a +25 UZR so far this season and he has a +28.6 per 150 games for his career.

That is tops in the majors.