The Morning Edition (July 1, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth


From Last Night:

  • Cuddyer extends the streak to 27 in a loss to the Giants
  • Martin walks off in the 14th to beat the Crew
  • Jeff Mathis walk off grand slam
  • Puig’s big day lifts the Dodgers
  • Darvish beats Latos
  • The Royals take a wild one from the Twins 9-8
  • Masterson shuts out the White Sox, Sale takes ANOTHER 8+IP, 10 K loss
  • Wheeler gets shelled, loses to Gio and the Nats
  • Sox walk off on the Jays

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Zimmermann tries to quiet the Brewers (7p Eastern)
  • Jose Fernandez versus the Padres (7p Eastern)
  • Matt Moore faces Houston, strikeout watch in effect (8p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • What’s a realistic season for Puig?

The legend of Puig grows by the day as he had a 4 hit day on Sunday to lift the Dodgers. He’s currently 43rd among position players in WAR, which doesn’t sound impressive until you realize that he has just 107 PA and most of the people around him have 300+. Puig gets some flack for his plate discipline (3.8 BB%) but he did walk more in the minor leagues and you can’t really fault a guy for hacking when he seemingly can’t miss. In 107 PA he’s hitting .436/.467/.713 with 234 wRC+ and 2.1 WAR. That’s ridiculous. He’ll come back to Earth, but he’s on pace for something like a 12.6 WAR season extrapolated out to a full season. One shouldn’t project out like that, but just for reference, that would be the 5th best season in baseball history behind four of Babe Ruth’s best seasons. That’s pretty cool. I have no idea where he’ll settle in, but the skills are there for him to sustain himself as an impact player.


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