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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Padres Lose Game 1 & Peavy

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The Padre defense handed the St. Louis Cardinals roughly three extra runs today. Compare that to the less than half a run the Cardinals handed back. The Padres have suffered from lousy fielding all year. Part of the problem is that our better fielders are either perceived as less effective hitters and/or are less effective hitters. Sweeney, Loretta, Randa, Klesko and Roberts are for the most part better hitters than their would-be replacements, but have not fared as well in the field. There isn't any clear cut solution and that may actually be more frustrating than if there were.

Juan Pierre?

I caught the Werndl Wire this afternoon and he was mentioning that some team or another is talking to the Marlins about Juan Pierre. He went on to say that the Padres should be talking to the Marlins about Juan Pierre. Maybe someone should point out that Juan Pierre isn't very good. He's a below average player. A quick look at his career NRAA numbers:

2000 149 0.208 51 -10.98 101 -20.53 -0.205 -33.26 -10.47
2001 447 0.257 156 -2.2 99 -2.41 -0.024 -3.91 -3.76
2002 442 0.234 152 -17.64 103 -8.61 -0.086 -13.94 -13.08
2003 502 0.272 162 10.33 91 -2.62 -0.026 -4.25 -4.25
2004 498 0.276 162 13.82 93 1.53 0.015 2.48 2.48
2005 492 0.256 162 -3.22 97 -4.99 -0.05 -8.08 -8.08
Career 2530 0.258 845 -8.34 97 -3.99 -0.04 -6.46 -33.69

If all the negative numbers (average is exactly zero) aren't good enough, take into account that not even being .140 runs below average per game in the field was enough to tip the scales in Pierre's favor when comparing him to Dave Roberts this year. That's how lousy Pierre is when it comes to producing offensively. Juan Pierre is 27, has played six seasons and has only managed to crack the "average barrier" one time. What the hell do we need that for?


Blogger Marc Normandin said...

I bet Bochy would love Juan Pierre. That porn stasche with that French name...oh man. everyday centerfielder time. I bet he hits him in the cleanup spot.

9:53 PM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger Dex said...

I agree with marc. And having a quick little outfielder named Pierre would totally make Brian Giles want to stick around. Any time a ball gets hit to the right center gap, we'd get to see a makeout session on Channel 4.

9:00 AM, October 05, 2005  
Blogger Geoff said...

Doesn't Pierre have the smallest hat size in baseball? That would make an amusing contrast to Bochy.

1:13 PM, October 05, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Juan Pierre is Gary Pettis, without the Gold Glove defense.
Why don't we just get it over with, and coax Mickey Rivers outta retirement?!?

1:15 PM, October 05, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

From the age of 25 to that of 27, Pettis was 37.20 Net Runs Above Average better than Pierre.

7:57 PM, October 06, 2005  
Blogger Lance Richardson said...

Pettis was BETTER than Pierre!?!?
I guess I should heve used a different comp. Maybe Shawn Abner?

12:25 PM, October 08, 2005  
Blogger Richard B. Wade said...

From the age of 22 to that of 26, Abner was roughly one net run above average per 100 games worse than Pierre, but because he played less, his total NRAA was higher over that period.

5:10 PM, October 08, 2005  

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