Time to do this again. There's no better freude than schadenfreude.
Adam Jones has a .679 OPS and a career line of .267/.311/.415. He appears to be an ~average defensive center fielder.
- Jeff Clement has a .600 OPS and a career line of .228/.291/.377. He is a first baseman.
- Wladimir Balentien has a .731 OPS, in AAA Louisville. His career line in the bigs is .221/.281/.374.
- Jones, Clement, and Wlad have combined for a Major League BB/K of 138:527.
- Brandon Wood - Baseball America's #3 overall prospect in 2006 and #8 overall prospect in 2007 - posted a .435 OPS in April and a .312 OPS in May before getting DL'd with a 'hip flexor strain.' Says the LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna: "How convenient." Wood is out of options and this was the only path the Angels could take to make Wood go away without losing him.
- Nelson Cruz continues to fight the hamstring problem that's plagued him since camp.
- The Mariners have a combined OPS+ and ERA+ of 192. The Angels have a combined OPS+ and ERA+ of 183.
- The Milton Bradley-less Cubs are on pace to finish five and a half games lower than they did a year ago.
- John Lackey - in the first year of a $82.5m/5yr contract - has pitched like an absolute pile of crap, while Josh Beckett - whose $68m/4yr extension has yet to begin - has been both mediocre and injured.
- Among 16 A's with at least 20 plate appearances on the year, the highest OPS belongs to Daric Barton, at .793.
- Including baserunning, Raul Ibanez has a WAR of 0.