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…. Maybe not the best

Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young Award today, edging Roy Halladay. I think it’s pretty obvious that Halladay had a better season. Let’s not forget

that Kershaw pitched against the Triple AAA Giants six times, going 5-0 against us, with a line that reads out of a high school newspaper: 42 IP 29 Hits 5 ER 49 SO 0.93 ERA.

I think it’s safe to say that pitching against the Giants pretty much won him the award.

…. Clueless, Part II

You know, I was gonna start this post by saying, “with all due respect,” but since I’m addressing the handful of backtalkers who felt that it was OK to show me no respect, I’ll forgo the kind words.

I wrote an analysis of the Sanchez trade that was based in fact. I backed up my words with actual statistics. If people think this is a forum where they can call me names, I want to make it clear that I will actively moderate, and delete any such comments.

I’ve been writing about the Giants for ten years, and have been the recipient of accolades from some of the preeminent baseball writers in the country. You disagree with me, write something, and back it up. I put it out there, in my name, and if you don’t think I’m worth reading, go the fuck somewhere else.

“Do you watch a lot of baseball? New to the sport? Hang in there, you’ll get it.”

Um, I not only watch a lot of baseball, I read tons of baseball writing, I research the things I write about, and I’m pretty sure I’ve already got it. Have you noticed the 10 years of archives? You got ten years of writing about baseball for me to read, with your name attached to it?

Take this post as you will. I’m not gonna sit here and have a bunch of fucking kids call me names.

…. Clueless

Once again, the Giants make a move that baffles:

…. The Royals traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on Wednesday

Um, yeah, that’s pretty much a joke. The Yankees would’ve given consideration to trading Jesus Montero for Sanchez. Jonathan Sanchez is one of the top young left-handers in the game. If you’re trading a guy with a no-hitter to his credit, (really, a perfect game), a lefty who tops out at 96 MPH; you absolutely have to get more for him than a career .275/.331/.398 .729 OPS hitter. But, of course, Cabrera just had the best year of his career -by about 50%- for the Royals, so Brian Sabean had to have him. And by the way, the best year of his life included a staggering 35 walks.

A really, really bad trade, one that makes sense only for the Royals. This is an epic fail, once again, for the Giants brain trust. One more mediocre hitter to add to the string of outs this team makes, and we gave up one of the most promising left-handers in the game.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying don’t trade some pitching for a hitter. I’m saying that we just traded probably the 6th most valuable left-handed starter in the NL for maybe the 40th best outfielder. In ’09, Sanchez was second in all of baseball among left-handers in K/9IP. In ’10, he was second again. This past season, battling injuries and inconsistency, he had a poor season, but still; Cabrera just had his best season ever, by a mile. Sanchez just had his worst. So, once again, Sabean overpays for a guy who, just like Rowand, is probably never gonna be that good again. Only this time, instead of $55 million, he trades away a 28-year old pitcher who’s already had a no-hitter, who is among the most unhittable guys in all of baseball.


UPDATE: For those of you questioning my logic, let me just mention that historically, lefty’s have blossomed late. In his age 26, 27, and 28-year old seasons, Cliff Lee’s WHIP were 1.22, 1.41, 1.52. During his 26, 27 and 28-year old seasons, Randy Johnson walked 120, 152, and a 144 hitters. His WHIP? 1.34, 1.50, 1.42. Sanchez’s career WHIP is 1.39. Sure, Randy Johnson was virtually unhittable. You know what? Sanchez is a pretty damn difficult pitcher to get solid contact against too. His numbers compare quite favorably to Johnson’s (and are better than Cliff Lee’s at that point in his career). Six seasons, 708 innings, 607 hits, 726 strikeouts, 376 walks. Johnsons’ first six seasons? 976 innings, 796 hits, 948 strikeouts, 615 walks. Pitchers who strike out a hitter per inning are few and far between.

Sanchez for Cabrera is a virtual throw away trade. A trade like this is perfectly in line with the Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano trade, front-line arms for a middle of the pack, completely replaceable bat. It is part and parcel when you

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