If we could mosh off that "Mini Carlos Peguero" thought for just a moment?
1. Dr. D hasn't seen anything to dissuade him from his impression that we are talking about a 67 OPS+ for King Leonydas. Granted, he's only "seen anything" for like two at-bats. But as you know, two at-bats for the Mainframe is like a Lou Gehrig career's worth for a lesser computer. Even if those two at-bats occurred in the dead of winter.
1a. We did upgrade mightily in the offense, from Mike Zunino's 50 OPS+ to Chris Iannetta to Steve Clevenger. We can't just spit it all away with a 50 OPS+ in center field; Austin Jackson was around 90 for us last year. You'll wind up with a push at best between CF/C the two years.
Nori Aoki is only a stylistic change in LF. The whole offensive upgrade becomes Adam Lind, if Martin gets slaughtered like a hog at Oscar Mayer this April.
2. It hadn't really hit us, for some reason. Franklin Gutierrez wakes up in the morning -- EVERY MORNING -- and tells an M's manager whether he is available that day. Now, it is true that the M's manager will not email the opposing manager with this information. But that would suggest, that many mornings our heroes are playing a man down. Dr. D watches soccer. He knows it is not desirable to play a man down.
3. Let's see what's on the bench here. :: ticks off on fingers :: backup shortstop ... backup catcher ... Dae-Ho Lee ... and the "fourth outfielder" is the platoon between Seth Smith and Franklin Gutierrez. Who on any given day is a good bet to call in sick. :: blinks :: How is this going to work?
4. Luis Sardinas went to CF for an inning on Wednesday. He changed speeds three times before he centered himself under a skyball. I don't know what that translates to in UZR terms, but I think he's leading Florida by -16 points.
Even IF Leonys Martin bounces back, he's still going to be useless against left hand pitchers. If Guti's sick what do you do?
Boog Powell looked pretty cool the other day. 's a good thing.