The Royals are last in the AL in walks with 15 through seven games (2-5). Boston, on the other hand, has already notched up 44 (6-2). I was hoping Teahen, being a Moneyballer, would help the Royals preach patience at the plate. Instead, Teahen leads all AL third basemen in strikeouts in this young season with 11.
Our bottom of the order is getting it done. Both John Buck (1.09 OPS) and Angel Berrora (1.11 OPS) are getting on base and getting hits and are not showing the mistakes that hindered them on both sides of the plate.
I fully expect to see Teahen join the list shortly.
A lot of people were wondering what Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi must’ve been smoking to sign relatively untested closer B.J. Ryan to a lucrative $47 Million Dollar deal. Many more nights like this, and it will look like Ricciardi drove a pretty hard baragin:
Another high priced free agent signee, Paul Konerko isn’t faring well at all going posting meager stats through his first two games:
AVG .000 | HR 0 | RBI 1 | OBP .000 | SLG .000
The wonderful Hardball Times has a great read about Bill James Indicators for the future year.
Who has the most positive indicators? The Royals!
What are those six indicators? Not to blantantly rip off their website, but …
1. Pythagorean Record. Teams that outperform their Pythagorean
record (their predicted won-lost record based on runs scored and
allowed) tend to improve the following year. …
2. The "Plexiglass Principle". Simply put, teams that improve in one season tend to decline in the following year, and vice versa.
3. The "Law of Competitive Balance". Baseball teams tend
to return towards a .500 record. Teams with a winning record tend to
decline, teams with a losing record tend to improve. In these less
straightforward times, we usually call this "regression to the mean".
4. Age. Young teams get better; old teams decline. Because
baseball-reference.com lists team ages this way, I split this category
into two (age of position players and age of pitchers) and gave half a
point for each.
5. AAA performance. Teams with good Triple-A teams tend to improve; teams with bad Triple-A teams tend to decline.
6. Late-season performance. Teams who play better in the
second half than the first half, will tend to improve the following
season. (And, of course, vice-versa).
The Royals hit all of them! Well almost all of them:
The team with the most positive indicators is the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals underperformed their Pythagorean record by two games. They
were the worst team in baseball. They had declined by two games from
the previous season. Both hitters and pitchers were quite young
(youngest pitchers and fourth youngest hitters). They also performed
better after the All-Star break. The only non-positive indicator was
their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, who finished exactly at .500 to earn
the Royals half a point. The Royals score 5.5 out of 6.
At least there ought to more one upgrade over last years team: Defense.
But now the Royals have added veteran stalwarts Dougie Mienkiewicz & Mark Grudzielanek who not only bring gold gloves to the first & second base positions, they put the Royals in the position to corner the market on "Z’s"