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Dubya Tee Eff, Mate

May 4, 2008

First off, I don’t like writing articles that are inherently negative. On the other hand, I also don’t like articles that are hackey and attack blogs that provide legitimate analysis, like USSMariner. I don’t like that these hack-sites are tricking naive Mariner fans that stumble upon them.

I present to you the 5/3/2008 article from Detect-O-Vision, What Would Dr. D Do.

What Dr. D would do, right now, is put his two or three no-glove, bat-first benchies into the lineup.

Because the 2008 Mariner team is known for having all-D, no-O players.

Beltre – A ton of D, a ton of offense

Lopez – Some D, some good offense

Sexson – No D, no offense

Yuni – A lot of D, some offense<p>Ibanez – A DOV fit! no-glove, bat-first

Ichiro – A ton of D, a ton of offense

Balentein – Emerging D, developing offense

Johjima/Clement – Some D, maybe some offense, this being once Kenji comes around and as Jeff develops.

I’m left wondering who exactly DOV would remove from the lineup. There’s Richie, but replacing him isn’t exactly a new idea. Let’s read on to see if Doc explains.

Take the 1972 Orioles:  Bobby Grich (127 OPS+), Terry Crowley (112) and Don Baylor (119) on the bench.

Earl’s regular 9 were a mix of bat and glove specialists

The 2008 Mariners are not a team of bat and glove specialists.

He would flood his bats into the game, even if it meant bad defense for a little while.  This would include moving players to tougher defensive positions.  Earl would yank his glove wizard Mark Belanger from SS, putting a 2B in there (Bobby Grich), in order to maximize his offensive punch.

The defense might get ugly.  That was beside the point.

The defense giving up extra runs is beside the point.

Orioles would play 8-to-5 ball games for a week, and the slumping regulars would join in the festivities against long relievers, and boom.  The slump over, the glove players would go back in.

Interestingly, the 1972 Orioles did not win a single game by the score of 8-5.

Oakland is a modern example of the bench-bat model.  Last year they had literally 8-9 bat-first, no-glove players rotating in and out.   Cust, and Snelling, and Swisher, and Johnson, and Piazza, and Stewart, and Buck, and I forget who all.

I had no idea that many of those names were considered no-glove. Huh.

Anyway, a list of the following bat-first Oakland A’s benchies from last year, as well as their ’07 OPS+:

Cust – 147

Snelling – 131

Swisher – 128

Johnson – 108

Piazza – 96

Stewart – 101

Buck – 130

That’s a lot of OPS+ above 100! Then again, when you consider that Cust basically replaced Piazza as the every day DH at the start of May, that Swisher, Stewart, Johnson, and Buck were hardly bench bats that were truly “rotating in and out”, and that Snelling only had 20 AB for the A’s, the premise that the team was stocked with incredible bench bats is somewhat flawed. They had good bats period. It had nothing to do with a deep, slump-busting bench.

Defense is a wonderful thing and all that, but you guys are watching the downside to holding defense and versatility as an absolute.

I want to know what players Detecto is referring to exactly here. Is he saying we should sub out Betancourt? I also like his casual dismissal of defense.

What is the flippin’ big deal about losing your DH twice a year?  Why can’t Burke’s AND Cairo’s spots go to whatever the biggest sticks are that you can get your hands on?

Because Burke is awesome.<p>100% agree on Cairo.

What’s the big deal about switching positions around?  Betancourt to the bench, JLo to short, Raul to 1B, stuff like that.

He IS talking about moving Yuni to the bench! Because Betancourt’s 97 OPS+ is clearly what’s holding the team back.

And, um, who takes over at LF and 2B?

So it would be ugly when Jack Cust watched a ball bounce off the warning track four feet away from him.  Is that ugli-ER than what you are watching right now?!

Someone didn’t watch the Mike Morse start against Anaheim.

How many of these Mariners do you expect to win your next pennant with? 1. Ichiro 2. Beltre 3. Clement 4. JLo 5. Betancourt

Even though Betancourt ought not to be starting for the team.<p>Or does he mean that Betancourt ought not to start, until he busts out of his non-existent slump?

Put Brandon Morrow into the rotation and I don’t care whether this team wins or loses. 

Morrow is not ready for the starting rotation. DOV’s citations of Justin Verlander are not valid.

flip Sexson, Vidro, and Washburn for (1) a SU, for (2) Jr/Tex/rental/whatever and for (3) Morrow SP.  

Sexson, Vidro, and Washburn for Texeira? Brilliant. Let’s do Cairo + Reed for Pujols while we’re at it too.

I wouldn’t be about pleasing some invisible blog with 3,000 readers. 

I have no idea what he’s talking about here.

3.  11-man hitting rotation – Learn the lesson of a 5-man bench with 2-3 bats.   You might even address this in-season, with Eduardo Perez/Ben Broussard TYPE trades.

YEAH! Let’s repeat the Eduardo Perez trade! Because that move worked out so well in our favor.

Ugh.

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