Mark DeRosa, Jim Edmonds, and Alfonso Soriano all tied for MVP last week, each with 14 votes. Having three playes who all had great weeks - that's a good thing. Edmonds and Soriano had good weeks again, but it was Aramis and Sot who joined DeRosa this week in greatness.
A. Soriano 31 PA, .286/.355/.500, 4 R, 3 RBI, 21 Outs (DP)
D. Lee 25 PA, .250/.280/.292, 4 R, 2 RBI, 18 Outs
K. Fukudome 24 PA, .238/.333/.238, 2 R, 2 RBI, 17 Outs (DP)
M. DeRosa 26 PA, .368/.500/.632, 8 R, 6 RBI, 14 Outs (DP)
R. Theriot 26 PA, 350/.500/.350, 3 R, 2 RBI, 13 Outs (CS)
J. Edmonds 19 PA, .143/.368/.429, 4 R, 4 RBI, 10 Outs
M. Fontenot 12 PA, .182/.250/.182, 0 R, 1 RBI, 9 Outs
R. Johnson 13 PA, .385/.385/.462, 2 R, 1 RBI, 8 Outs
H. Blanco 8 PA, .143/.250/.571, 2 R, 1 RBI, 7 Outs (DP)
G. Soto 18 PA, .533/.611/.867, 5 R, 6 RBI, 7 Outs
A. Ramirez 18 PA, .571/.611/1.000, 7 R, 6 RBI, 7 Outs
R. Cedeno 5 PA, .200/.200/.400, 0 R, 2 RBI, 5 Outs (DP)
D. Ward 6 PA, .250/.333/1.000, 1 R, 4 RBI, 4 Outs
Alfonso Soriano has essentially the same line as he ended the year last year (by triple slash stats). His walk rate is up a tick, but as we stare down his long deal, and have persevered through injuries, it's nice to see him putting up consistent numbers, close to what we expected when signing him.
It's become a little too common to hear this line: "Micah Hoffpauir is essentially a cheaper version of Daryle Ward; they're the same kind of hitter." They are not the same kind of hitter at all. Ward has exceptional plate discipline. Micah has hardly any at all. Ward can still put up a decent SLG, even without a good AVG. Micah's stats are all AVG driven. That's one of the things which stands out about Micah. Right now in the PCL, you've got a quartet of 27-29 year olds having huge SLG years - besides Micah, there's Paul McAnulty, Jason Dubois, and Nelson Cruz. The other three guys have had their chances and not been able to make it (McAnulty hit .207/.341/.341 for the Friars up through the beginning of July this year). Each of those three guys has an OBP .100 pts or so higher than their AVG. They aren't just hitting balls all over, they're controlling AAA pitchers. Micah's OBP is only .029 pts higher than his AVG. He isn't walking unless it's intentional. To find a player whose AAA line actually looks like Micah's (high AVG, little extra OBP, high SLG) you have to go over to the International League to look at Jerry Hairston Jr. Jerry's been able to translate that line this year to the majors - that is until August this year. And Jerry also has a history of being a patient hitter when he's not on a Dusty Baker team, so even he's different. Jerry also points out the biggest difference between most of these other guys and Hoffpauir - Jerry has defensive value. Really, that's the only thing similar between Hoffpauir and Ward beyond where they stand in the box - their defensive inability. But the larger point here is that Micah isn't alone in getting "passed over" despite AAA mashing. There are better AAA-mashers than him without jobs. And honestly, if you were going to bring up one of Micah and Dubois right now, Dubois has a lot more utility for the 2008 Cubs.
Definition of a good platoon: Jim Edmonds OPS splits (v. RHP / v. LHP) .875/.484; Reed Johnsons OPS splits .705/.959. So, Jim Hendry's put together a real nice platoon out of spare parts. But Hendry's also seeing some of the spare parts he let get away blossom this year. Jody Gerut's hitting .293/.353/.479 in San Diego this year for a 126 OPS+. Away from San Diego, he's hitting .302/.375/.550. Omar Infante is hitting .304/.357/.461. He's just 26 and given the scarcity of SSs, nevermind the performances of Ohman and Ascanio it looks like the Braves really won that trade. We mentioned Jerry Hairston before, too, although his line is suspect as August is showing.