Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tuesday with Questions (Also Known as "In the Sheets")

- Sheets Not Part of Melvin's Long Term Plans?
In an interview, Doug Melvin said that he's probably going to see how Ben does this year and let him reach free agency. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

"More than likely we'll ride out the year with him," Melvin said of the pitcher's future with the team, "and he'll become a free agent and we'll decide then."
Personally, and yes I'm a Ben Sheets apologist, I hope he stays a Brewer. When he signed his last contract he stated that the Brewers have been his only team and that he was glad it could stay that way. Even Ben Sheets haters have to admit that when he's in the rotation, the whole staff does well. You want stats? I'll try to be like Stat Man Jared.

During the first half of the year Sheets pitched 116 innings. Villanueva was 6-0 with a 2.83 ERA, Capuano was 5-6 with a 4.78 ERA, Dave Bush was 7-7 with a 4.86 ERA, and Vargas was 6-2 with a 4.52 ERA. Sheets pitched only 25 innings during the second half of the year. During this time, , Villanueva was 2-5 with a 5.17 ERA (Was sent to Minors also), Capuano was 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA, Dave Bush was 5-3 with a 5.47 ERA, and Vargas was 5-4 with a 6.07 ERA (also lost his starting job)

Before the All-Star Game, the teams ERA was 4.15 with an opponents BA of .259. After the All Star Break the team ERA was 4.85 with an opponents BA of .281. The year before was the same thing: Before the All Star Game, when Sheets was out for most of the year, the team's ERA was 5.04 with a .270 opponents BA. He finally came back for some 80 innings after the All Star game and the team's ERA went down to 4.56 with opponents batting .258

Even Further, Ben Sheets last healthy month last year was probably June. He pitched 41 innings (more than anyone else) with an ERA at 2.16 and a 5-0 record. The team's ERA was 4.02, held opponents to a .261 BA and was 17-9. In July, Sheets pitched only 9 innings. The teams ERA was 4.63. In August, Sheets pitched only 6 innings and the team's ERA ballooned to 6.04 and opponents batted .306 off of the team. Sheets came back in September, however limited, and the Team's ERA went down to 3.99 with opponents BA at .276.

Am I saying Ben Sheets is personally responsible for all of that? No. But you have to admit that when he is in the rotation, the team does better as a whole. He still has the stuff to be a dominating right hand pitcher and while other fans are already foaming at the mouth to pick him up, I sure hope he can be one of those players that stays in Milwaukee. Now if the Brewers could just get someone to follow him around to make sure the guy doesn't hurt himself...

- Cubs and Angels Interested in Khalil Green?
The Spicoli -Esque Infielder is reportedly being shopped by the Padres. The Padres are interested in both Matt Murton (Cubs) and Reggie Willits (Angels), who could fill in for newly aquired Jim Edmonds if he decides not to come back. This trade makes much more sense for the Angels, who could use an infielder after dealing Orlando Cabrera, than the Cubs, who just seem to want to be in on EVERYTHING!!!!

- Friday's Weekly Bunts Canceled?
Yep. But do not fret. Jared has been a blogging machine catching EVERYTHING, which is great don't get me wrong. All the excellent content on the site has been excellent. So if there's nothing to catch, there's no reason for it. No Biggie, but there's the explanation as to why you won't see it very often.


Blogger Jared said...

I think Khalil Greene would actually make sense for the Cubs. The weakest spot on the field for the Cubs is SS with Ryan Theriot. He's not a high OBP guy, but he brings some pop, which the Cubs could use.

January 22, 2008 11:10 PM  

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