Monday, August 4, 2008

What a first impression

Seems like every major trade done this trading season has worked out for everyone. Of course, it's been only a long weekend for most of these guys, but is it ever too early to declare a winner in these trades? Given how the MSM likes to declare winners before the players traded ever play for their new teams, I think not.

I'll probably miss one or two, but let's review:

  1. CC Sabathia: 5-0 after 6 starts. ERA of 1.88, 3 CG, 1 CGSO, 43 K's in 48 IP, averaging 8 IP per start. Oh yeah, hit a HR, too.

  2. Rich Harden: 1.11 ERA in 4 starts; 39 K's in 24 .1 IP!

  3. Mark Teixeira: Grand Slam yesterday against the Yanks masks a slower start as an Angel, 1 HR, 5 RBI in 5 games, .222/.391/.389 (sluggling lower than OBP?)

  4. Xavier Nady: 3 HR, 10RBI, .385/.467/.846 as a Yankee (who cares about small sample size?)

  5. Pudge Rodriguez: Hits first HR as Yankee; hitting .333/.400/.667 as a Yankee

  6. Jason Bay: Finished the weekend 4-for-11 (.364) with three RBI and six runs scored

  7. Manny Ramirez: 2 HR so far, equalling the LF output for the Dodgers season-to-date. Wants to finish career in LA, after only a weekend's worth of games. Batting .615/.615/1.154

  8. The Bounty landed by Pittsburgh for Nady, Marte and Bay: Brandon Moss & Andy LaRoche hit HR's, Karstens won his first game, Hansen's scoreless debut, Ross Ohlendorf tossed 7 1/3 impressively efficient innings for Triple-A. Karsten's debut: 6 IP, W, 5 H, 4 BB, 2K.

  9. Junior Griffey: A nice diving catch, batting .429/.500/.429 after 3 games.

1 comment:

Chris Heer said...

As a Cub fan, it's clear to me that Harden instantly became the ace of the starting staff.

That's not bad at all. If he doesn't break down, who would want to face Harden/Zambrano/Dempster/Lilly in the postseason? Yeah, I know Dempster's getting lucky, but even so...when Carlos Zambrano is your #2, things are looking good. And yeah, Harden's fragile...but Ben Sheets ain't exactly Iron Man, either.