The Morning Edition (June 16, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

 

From Last Night:

  • Felix throws 7 shutout innings to blank the A’s
  • Lance Lynn gives up 7 runs in 5 innings to the Marlins, gets a W
  • Cobb is struck in the head with a line drive, Rays win
  • Freeman walks off on the Giants
  • The bullpen coughs up a Kershaw gem, but wins in extras

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Strasburg comes off the DL to face NERD darling Corey Kluber (1p Eastern)
  • Lester tries to get back on track versus the O’s (130p Eastern)
  • Greinke against Cole in Pittsburgh (130p Eastern)
  • CC and Weaver face off in LA (330p Eastern)
  • Iwakuma and Colon in Oakland (4p Eastern)
  • Ian Kennedy tries to go an entire game without committing a felony (4p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • Do we live in a world where Iwakuma and Colon is the most intriguing pitching matchup? 

So I’m pretty up and up on which players are having the best seasons and wasn’t expecting to be surprised, but here we are, with Hunter Pence at #12 among position players with a 3.0 WAR. Now Pence isn’t a bad player, but he’s generally been a 2-4 win player in his career with a high water mark of 4.4 in 2011. He’s already 2/3 of the way there in just 67 games. He’s had this type of offensive season before (139 wRC+) but he’s never hit this well during a good defensive season and he’s never run the bases this well according to the advanced metrics. If he keeps this up, he’ll get a nice lump of money from an organization that doesn’t care about a below average walk rate. And…the Phillies have already signed him to a 5 year deal…

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