“What about me?” A self-serving piece of writing from Derek Carty that’s barely worth his own time in readingJuly 28th, 2010 by Derek Carty in Standings Analysis, Whining or Bragging
I felt very left out when Eric failed to include me in his post on the remaining contenders yesterday. Granted, I'm in 8th place right now, but I'm not going to make excuses.No, I refuse to complain about my absurd rash of injuries. I mean, everyone has to deal with their second most expensive hitter playing just three-and-a-half games before going down for the season. And their most expensive hitter missing a month-plus. No, I'm not going to cry about the cruel irony of Travis Snider's injury, which was described by Yahoo!'s Brad Evans as "healing at a Brian Roberts-like rate" – and that was more than a month ago! Or the $70+ auction dollars that toiled away on my bench for months.
No, I won't be making any excuses today. I certainly won't complain about getting a combined 65 IP of 5.68 ERA ball from Rich Harden and Eric Bedard. Or Scott Baker's 1.25 ERA/xFIP disparity. Nope, I refuse. I won't complain about Frank Francisco losing his job after a two-week sample of bad luck. I mean, removing him was completely justified. He clearly isn't very good. Something was clearly wrong with him. It's not like he's been the fifth-most-valuable reliever or anything like that this season – including that two week stretch. I won't say that it was preposterous. I simply won't do it. Nope, no excuses for me. I'm above that. Try to bait me into making them by pointing out how Texas gave Chris Davis the Frank Francisco-treatment too, but I won't bite. Won't do it. Ask me how I feel about Ozzie Guillen continuing to play Mark Kotsay over Dayan Viciedo. You won't get an opinion out of me. Guillen is a bona-fide big league manager who unquestionably knows what he's doing. You can't question it – that's what "unquestionably" means, dummy. I'll defer to his judgment. No sir, no excuses for me.
Rather than make excuses, I've decided to spend the entirety of my post today tooting my own horn. Expect nothing of any substance going forward. To start, here's a side-by-side comparison of my lineup from Period 5 with my lineup from our current period, Period 9.
|J. Buck C||J. Buck C|
|G. Laird C||M. Napoli C|
|R. Branyan 1B||C. Pena 1B|
|R. Santiago 2B||B. Roberts 2B|
|B. Inge 3B||D. Viciedo 3B|
|Y. Betancourt SS||Y. Escobar SS|
|C. Izturis MI||M. Tejada MI|
|N. Punto CI||C. Davis CI|
|N. Cruz OF||N. Cruz OF|
|D. DeJesus OF||C. Crisp OF|
|J. Pierre OF||J. Pierre OF|
|A. Lind OF||T. Snider OF|
|J. Borbon OF||J. Borbon OF|
|D. Ortiz DH||D. Ortiz DH|
I think I've overhauled this roster quite nicely, going from a team half-full of Puntos and Santiagos to a team that's pretty well-set at every position, save maybe 3B where I lost Brandon Inge this week (not that I'm complaining, though). This roster has been almost completely turned over, holding over just five of the players from Period 5.
I've turned Laird into Napoli, Branyan into Pena, Betancourt into Escobar, Izturis into Tejada, and DeJesus into Crisp – all at the expense of swapping a disappointing Adam Lind for Travis Snider (and a couple even-ish pitcher swaps in Lewis/Scherzer and Braden/Masterson). Oh, and did I mention that I received two almost-closers in Mike Gonzalez and Chris Perez for my effort? And I don't even think I made many (or any) lopsided trades. I think I gave away quality pieces, and pieces that fit other teams' needs well – I just made a lot of trades (seven) with an eye on improving the overall quality of my team and thinking a few steps ahead. Maybe taking a step back in one trade if it set me up to take two steps ahead in another.
Maybe I'm out of the hunt for first place, and maybe I'm too narcissistic and delusional, but I wouldn't be counting my chickens yet if I were Eric Kesselman. I have a feeling this team is about to shoot up the standings.