Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_
Thank you. A bit of optimism. I agree that .308 is very poor, but it's also been his worst season to date.
Are any of those great? No, but considering his other attributes, I'd take it for a 2 year FA signing.
But what are his other attributes? Especially from the offensive perspective?
Jocketty stated that he is hoping
Willy returns to form. But lets take a look at that form, especially as a lead off hitter
The guy has a career .668 OPS, as well as averaging 35 BBs/season, a BB/PA of .054, a #P/PA of 3.58. He's a hacker with no plate discipline aka Brandon Phillips.... yet without the Slg %.
I just want to see what kind of money they gave him.
And the defensive improvement can only bolster the development of our young pitching.
IMO, his defense cannot come anywhere near offsetting the run differential. Our offense scored 704 runs last season, while our pitching allowed 800. I look at this offense going into '09 and I don't see any great improvement as far as runs go. Maybe a slight jump. We're hoping our pitching will improve with Harang returning to form, Arroyo repeating his 2nd half performance (not the 1st), Cueto improving, and Volquez at least matching his '08.
We're counting on a lot of hope and finger crossing going into this new season.
All I know is that Dusty is sitting at hope and salivating in his egg nog with a roster of speedy players who can "make things happen". And that "thing" is giving up a helluva lot of outs IMO.
We might lead the majors in stolen bases, but our attempts will probably quadruple with Baker experimenting with all types of situational hitting to force the issue and produce offense.