New Zealand Fan wrote:
JoeSoCal wrote:Kendall is too high. So, he hits for average...big deal.
I didnt think the Pirates could get any worse...but a high school squad could compete with them.
JK looks to be on the decline as far as SBs are concern. His 8 SBs last year was a fall off, but he raised his average last year. If you need SBs...then I can see a case to be made.
But Ill take Varitek and his one or two steals and lower BA any day of the week...cuz i know i am getting about 20 more homers and a lot more RBIs.
There is no way Varitek should be rated ahead of Kendall in roto 5 x 5. For a start with Kendall you are guaranteed close to 600 AB's which for a catcher is very high and especially valuable when you take his career average into account. Varitek will bat 150 less times a season and hits from the 9 hole most of the time which has to affect his overall numbers. Sure the 20 odd homers are nice but that .265 avearge is a major handicap.
Varitek no better than 10th in my opinion. Same level as Ra Hernandez
While batting 9th means fewer ABs (and Varitek also sits every fifth game when Wakefield pitches), he is batting 9th on the Red Sox, which means he's on a better team and is followed by the top of the order.
Still, last year was the only year Varitek out-homered Kendall by 20 and had close to 30 more RBIs. In their average season, it's usually more like 5-10 more homers and 10-15 more RBIs for Varitek. And even with the team defense, Kendall scored 22 more runs, offsetting the RBI difference. Kendall's SB advantage is likely to disappear (onlt successful on 8 out of 15 last year; doubtful he'll continue to run much if that continues).
So you basically get Kendall with big advantages in BA and R, and a narrow one in SBs. Varitek with modest advantages in RBIs and HRs.
Seems pretty clear.