Monday, May 26, 2008

How'd We Do?

Last week, we looked at some players who we thought were on the verge of breaking out. It's only been a week and a half since, but admittedly, patience is not one of our strongest attributes here at Pseudo let's take a look to see how they've done since.

CC Sabathia: In 2 starts since the post, Sabathia has yet to register to a win (he's 0-1), but has racked up 13 Ks in 14 innings while only allowing 3 ERs for a 1.93 ERA. The loss came in a 4-1 duel with Jose Contreras where Sabathia left after 7, trailing 2-1. The no decision came in a game against Cleveland that wasn't decided until the 10th inning. Sabathia left in the 8th in a 1-1 game. Even though Sabathia didn't get a win, he's performed well in all other categories since our endorsement, so we'll call this one a win.

Ryan Howard: In the 10 games since our post, Howard has struck out 17 times. Nothing new from someone who set the single season strikeout record last year and will probably establish a new mark this year. But in those 10 games, Howard blasted 5 HRs and picked up 12 RBIs while batting .275. He also had an OPS of 1.081 over these 10 games. Howard's been hot and has been putting up the numbers closer to what everyone expected in the preseason. Yes, the strikeouts are high and the average isn't stellar, but did anyone expect anything different? You draft Ryan Howard for power numbers and he's been producing those over the last 10 games, so count this one as a win.

Robinson Cano: We were reluctant to say Cano was officially out of his season long slump, but felt the signs were there and the end was near. So how did he do? In Cano's 8 games, he batted .345 with 7 RBIs and even threw a stolen base into the mix. He had hits in 5 of the 8 games and put up an OBP of .412. 5 of his 10 hits were doubles, meaning he's finally starting to make solid contact and hit the gaps. That has been something that's made him so successful in the past. Cano is a nice buy low candidate right now as he and the Yankee offense seem to finally be coming out of their funk. Outcome - win.

Ryan Braun: Braun was already on his way by the time we made the post, having hit 5 HRs in his previous 5 games. Since then, he's slowed down a bit, hitting 3 more HRs but with just 7 RBIs while hitting .270 in 9 games. He has an OPS of .857. Nothing stellar. These numbers are certainly on the lower end of what you'd expect from Braun, so we'll call this one a loss.

Carlos Beltran: Beltran's line in the 9 games since the post reads: .289 , 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB, & 6 runs. Pretty solid all around numbers for Beltran while his Mets are struggling mightily. If Beltran can continue to put up numbers like this throughout, his owners will be satisfied, though not overly thrilled. He still needs to produce a bit more in the power department. This one is a push.

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