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Typically I poke fun at the inaccuracies, poor grammar and just weirdness on the backs of these cards. However, I can’t do that with C.J. Wilson’s – it is that spot on.
Wilson has a phenomenal twitter and blog presence. He has also done a ton of stuff with the creators of Lost – a show that got as esoteric as any show in history. He is also into racing. By the way, I wrote this entire paragraph from memory – that is how (scarily) well I know Wilson.
Well whatever Wilson is doing, I’m cool with it. He was a pretty out-of-this world reliever last year – way beyond LOOGY status. He pitched 73.2 innings and posted a 10.26 K/9 rate. He actually had a better K/9 rate against righties (10.96) than lefties (9.11). Adding those innings, k-rate and ability to work against righties and lefties made him a super valuable reliever in 2009.
But that wasn’t enough.
In 2010, C.J. would transition to starting. How would that go? He’d pitch 199 innings, post a 7.51 k-rate and a 3.35 ERA. Sure he benefited slightly from a .271 BAbip and a lower HR/FB% than he normally does, but we’re still looking at a 3.60 FIP guy.
In short, C.J. is one of (if not the most) interesting starters in all of baseball. Hat tip to Topps for identifying the interesting aspects of Wilson in his 2010 card.
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Buddy Garrity sales time (sell now)
When it is Buddy Garrity sales time, you should be moving players immediately. These are players that will likely regress to means or not perform as well as they have been (i.e., sell high candidates). In addition, they include guys I don’t think will perform well at all during the rest of the season. These are players you are best cutting your losses with.
Jose Bautista, John Buck, Rod Barajas, Jon Garland – Not surprisingly, I don’t think any of these guys will sustain their pace. It’s not like you can get much for them though, unless you are swindling a newcomer. So, if you are in a league with newcomers, go ahead and offer these guys around. None will maintain their current AVG/ERA/WHIP. Buck, Barajas and Bautista do have some power, so this isn’t a complete aberration, but they’ll accompany it with horrid averages. Continue reading »