- If you total up the WAR contributions of Yuni, Junior, Joh, Rob Johnson, Loafie and Beltre to the season so far, you get a grand total of -1.5 WAR.
So... what this boils down to is
55% of the Mariner lineup for 2009 the performance of 55% of the Mariner lineup so far this year wouldn’t make a particularly good core of your team in AAA, let alone the majors. In light of that, being somewhat under .500 but not in the cellar is actually kind of nice.
- On a similar note, ZiPS projections think Beltre and Lopez have some bounceback coming to them but it thinks Joh, Yuni and Junior are varying shades of toast, and Rob Johnson is terrible. This pretty much corresponds to what I think. Yay confirmation bias.
- Oh, and of those players, only one of them (Griffey) is Zdurencik's "fault"- and he's arguably the easiest to replace in the organization for next to nothing (pick one or more of Clement/Nelson/Wlad/Carp/Shelton/LaHair/Redman). This would be a great time to thank Bill Bavasi for more of his GM acumen.
Anyone see anything else interesting in Fangraphs?