Yoda wrote: wrveres wrote:
Yoda wrote:Rototimes $ value today:
MCab is only behind Arod at 3B. Utley is behind Upton and BRoberts at the moment.
a couple of stolen bases, and Chase makes up that deficit in nothing flat.
Lots of baseball left.
You are preaching to the choir. I'm just posting this for the Pirates guy who said there is no reason to take MCab over Utley this year. In the end, their value will be very similar and it won't have anything to do with Utley's position advantage.
Sorry, but it did then and it does now.
Among all 2B, there is no one even remotely close to him. And we knew it would be that way before the season started.
Brian Roberts? Roberts has 20 more SBs, but Utley has 10 more HRs, 8 more runs, and 41 more RBIs even with Roberts on what seems to be a career-year pace.
Dan Uggla? He's got 2 more HRs and a few more runs, but Utley's got him by 75 BA points, 16 RBIs, and 4 SBs.
Orlando Hudson? Ian Kinsler? Maybe Upton could've challenged him a bit if he'd stayed healthy, but he didn't.
Even with Brandon Phillips' great year, he's got 6 fewer runs, 20 fewer RBIs, and Utley's got him by almost 60 BA points and 80 OBP points.
After that, you want to drop down to the Aaron Hill, Kelly "stuck in a platoon" Johnson, or Placido Polanco level?
Utley's alone at the top, and there are very few players at ANY position as good as him and no one has anything close to his kind of advantage at their position. Heck, among full time 2B, only Upton (.545) and Uggla (.503) have slugging percentages within 100 POINTS of Utley (.578).
Miguel's been very good, as usual. But we're not going to see the huge breakout this year, either. What a suprise. But consider that he's not even the best at his position (A-Rod). David Wright's been fantastic since a slow start and Aramis Ramirez has been great too. BJ Upton qualifies at 3B too, and Garrett Atkins has finally started hitting like he did last year - even better - since June 1. And now we can add Ryan Braun to the list.