OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: Kendall vs. Melhuse
Does anyone out there think that Melhuse should be starting over Kendall? Kendall has the worst slugging percentage in the American League and Melhuse has been hot lately. Kendall can't throw anyone out either. I think we could stick Ellis in the leadoff spot and it would make our lineup that more dangerous with Kendall in there.
I think Kendall brings toughness to our team that has been sorely lacking the last few years.
toughness worst money spent period 11 million no power or defense.
no. no. no. no. Who would you rather have up with bases loaded, two bottom of the ninth, down by one. I think most people would say Kendall, just because you know he's gonna put the bat on the ball.
I totally disagree. I'm sure that you've read Moneyball. The reason the A's have been so successful is that they ignore intangibles like "toughness" or "calls a good game." All they care about are the numbers. And Kendall's suck. The play he made against Texas was the best I've ever seen by a catcher, but that doesn't compensate for a .318 slugging percentage. Pathetic.
Moneyball states that obp is worth 3 times the value of slugging. Kendall's obp of .350 is good. His primary value has been the handling of the three first year starting pitchers. Let's hope he does another great job today.
It's a tough call. I get really down on him because he can barely even get a fly ball deep enough in a sac fly situation (last night was a welcome exception) and can't throw anyone out, and he can usually be counted on for a weak infield ground out. But I do appreciate what he has done in working with the pitchers and I know he usually gets his bat on the ball. Overall, though, I come out on the negative side and would not be sorry to see him go.
I think Beane learned something last year with Miller. In contrast to Hernandez, Miller was a disaster. I think JK has been a stabilizing force of the young staff. Maybe he wouldnt be so valuable if he pitched for a team like the Red Sox, but I think he's helped this young team. You ever wonder why we are so good this year compared to last.
Kendall's BB/K ratio makes up for his abysmal OPS in my opinion. Not to the tune of $11mil/year but enough to keep his starting job.
Hey look at kendall now, being alert and steal home, can't argue with the big W's. All you Kendall haters drop a couple more balls. I dare ya
Exactly, drummer. I think Kendall's presence has elevated everyone's game on this team.
When evaluating what Kendall is making keep in mind that the A's dumped two contracts and Players that they really didn't want in aquiring him.
Forgot to add, I expect the A's to call up a catcher come September 1st which will give them the flexibility to give Melhuse more AB's.
I really like my Kendall bobblehead and don't want to have to but it in the closet with Tejada,Dye,mulder,hudson and well you get the picture.
Were lucky SactoD is not the GM. You just can not measure monetarily the X factor he brings to our pitching staff, plus as others have stated he just brings balls to this team.
Perfectly put Washfan.
Washfan, I disagree because as I said in one of my earlier posts, Billy Beane does not care one bit about intangibles. That is why they are so successful. He looks at one thing: stats. So to talk about an "X factor" is just spitting in the face of everything the A's organizations believes in.
Beane doesn't care about intangibles? Not at all true from what I can tell. He's not interested in a good clubhouse guy who sucks, true. But he's very interested in mental makeup from what I can tell.
Hey, I Just listened to the mlbradio interview with David Frost, assistant to beane, and he was talking about how they not only scouted for stats and crap, but also look for guys with the stats who are competiters and winners. A la Huston Street (College World Series), Nick Swisher (PCL Champs), Dan Johnson (PCL MVP), etc.
The X factor totally is part of Moneyball.
Back to Kendall, I can't help blaming him for the Friday night loss to the Twins. A single is as good as a double with him behind the plate. So a single, stolen base, and single and that's the ballgame.
I blame Santana he pitched pretty good:-)
True enough. Don't press me or I will blame Chavvy for not driving in the run in the 9th. (In fact, I think both Crosby and Chavvy were trying to kill the ball instead of just putting the bat on it like Kotsay the man did.)
man, you guys are tough. i am not complaining about anything. santana was sick last night -- this guy is a great pitcher who has an amazing night! our guys have been playing well, were trying,...and this is baseball. you can't win every single night.
sactofan, I posted the same thing on another thread. If Ford were held at 1B, that run doesn't score. But Santana was indeed amazing.
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