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Mid-Season Report Card - Cards

Postby Mookie4ever » Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:26 am

Cafe veterans Pogotheostrich and SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote this quality report:

[quote]Catcher: Yadier Molina.
Fantasy Grade: D
Real Life Grade: B-

At Bat: To say Yadi started off slow is the understatement of the season. After a horrible April where he looked uncomfortable at the plate Molina turned it around in May hitting over .300, though has come back to Earth slightly in recent weeks.

In the field: Behind the plate is where Molina shines. He does a great job handling the staff and has a cannon for an arm. He leads MLB in runners caught stealing and has picked off quite a few runners too. His only defensive drawbacks are that sometimes he gets too aggressive trying to throw out the lead runner on a bunt and trying to pick a ball off the dirt -- instead of just smothering it -- in hopes of catching a runner off guard.

2nd half outlook: LaRussa has been using Molina a lot and this is his first year as the full-time catcher. He should see more time off as the summer wears on. He has little value outside of a NL only league or a deep mixed league.

Projected final numbers: .270 BA, 55 R, 5 HR, 60 RBI, 0 SB.

First Base: Albert Pujols.
Fantasy Grade: A+
Real Life Grade: A+

At Bat: Albert is a hitting machine. If you are lucky enough to have him on your fantasy team you are doing all right.

In the field: Pujols has quietly turned himself into one of the better defensive 1B in the league. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he wins a gold glove sooner rather than later.

2nd half outlook: Pujols has shown no signs of heel injury that slowed him last year. A healthy Rolen and an awakened Walker could make this Pujols’s best season ever.

Projected final numbers: .330 BA, 130 R, 45 HR, 135 RBI, 9 SB.

Second Base: Mark Grudzielanek.
Fantasy Grade: C
Real Life Grade: B+

At Bat: Grudz has been a very pleasant surprise this year. He doesn’t hit for much power but he has been contributing in all other categories. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t drafted in most leagues.

In the field: Grudzielanek has nice range, above-average glove, and a great arm. The Cards haven’t missed a beat having him playing 2B this year instead of Womack.

2nd half outlook: Depending where he hits in the lineup will affect his R/RBI numbers.

Projected final numbers: .300 BA, 70 R, 8 HR, 60 RBI, 12 SB.
Third Base: Scott Rolen.
Fantasy Grade: F
Real Life Grade: C

At Bat: Rolen was just starting to pick it up when he got hurt. He wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire before though.

In the field: Rolen has few peers at 3B.

2nd half outlook: As long as he is in the lineup he’ll have plenty of chances to score runs and drive runs in.

Projected final numbers: .280 BA, 80 R, 22 HR, 85 RBI, 6 SB.

Shortstop: David Eckstein.
Fantasy Grade: C
Real Life Grade: B

At Bat: Eckstein knows his role and it is to get on base, work the pitcher and score runs. Look for a good BA and runs scored and a decent number of SBs.

In the field: Eckstein has good range and his arm has been better than many expected.

2nd half outlook: More of the same, get on base and score runs.

Projected final numbers: .290 BA, 90 R, 5 HR, 50 RBI, 14 SB.

Left Field: Reggie Sanders
Fantasy Grade: B-
Real Life Grade: C

At Bat: Sanders doesn’t hit for a high average but he is always a threat to go deep. He thrives on mistake pitches and has been making pitchers pay so far this year. He should go 20/20 -- with an outside chance at 30/30 -- and have a good amount of R and RBI. He does strike out a lot and shouldn’t be expected to get his AVG much over .270 BA.

In the field: Sanders has decent range and a nice arm. On occasion he will misjudge a ball but most of the time he is a solid defender.

2nd half outlook: Even though he is in great shape, Reggie is 37 years old and as such, he should slow down in the 2nd half.

Projected final numbers: .265 BA, 75 R, 28 HR, 80 RBI, 22 SB.

Center Field: Jim Edmonds.
Fantasy Grade: B-
Real Life Grade: B

At Bat: Edmonds’ numbers are down a little from last year, though that is expected as Rolen missed significant time and ’04 was more than likely his career year.

In the field: Edmonds is a gold glove CF. Only a handful of other players make the same kind of defensive contributions to their team.

2nd half outlook: Health is always a concern with the way Edmonds plays. He is a gamer and won’t spend time on the DL unless it is serious but the bumps and bruises could affect his swing. Rolen’s return should give him the boost he needs.

Projected final numbers: .290 BA, 95 R, 32 HR, 100 RBI, 5 SB.

Right Field: Larry Walker.
Fantasy Grade: D-
Real Life Grade: C-

At Bat: Walker doesn’t look like his old self. He is obviously frustrated with the way he has been hitting. The BA and HR are down but he knows how to take a walk and if continues to hit second, he will score tons of runs.

In the field: Larry is older but he is still a great defensive RF.

2nd half outlook: Health is a major concern with Walker, as is the case with most of the Card’s OF.

Projected final numbers: .270 BA, 100 R, 21 HR, 75 RBI, 3 SB.

SP: Chris Carpenter.
Fantasy Grade: A+
Real Life Grade: A

On the hill: Last year’s “fluke” season isn’t looking like much of a fluke so far. Maybe he missed the memo but Carp is acting like a strikeout pitcher and right now he is on pace for well over 200 K’s. He has without question been the staff ace so far with Mulder scuffling and the rest of the rotation, at times, lacking consistency.

2nd half outlook: While health is a major concern for every pitcher, it is even more so for Carpenter since he broke down late last year and has a history of arm troubles. The former not appearing to be related to the latter however, is hopefully a good sign.

Projected final numbers: 20 W, 3.30 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 225 K

SP: Mark Mulder.
Fantasy Grade: C+
Real Life Grade: C

On the hill: Mulder has been inconsistent to say the least. His wins give him an extra fantasy boost but you never know which Mulder is going to show up. There has been talk of him opening up more to the direction of pitching coach Dave Duncan, which will hopefully stave off another second half melt-down.

2nd half outlook: Historically Mulder has not been as good in the 2nd half of the season.

Projected final numbers: 15 W, 4.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 120 K

SP: Jason Marquis.
Fantasy Grade: B
Real Life Grade: B

On the hill: Marquis looks like he is putting it together this year. Occasionally he will lose focus but most of the time he is putting up some nice numbers. Like most of the Cardinal pitchers he doesn’t have high K numbers, instead working for the ground ball, but the wins make up for it.

2nd half outlook: As long as he keeps his cool/focus and listens to the coaches he should continue this success.

Projected final numbers: 16 W, 3.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 125 K

SP: Jeff Suppan. 5
Fantasy Grade: D+
Real Life Grade: D+

On the hill: To ask Suppan to recreate last year’s numbers would be asking a lot. He hasn’t been horrible this year but he hasn’t been good. The main problem is that opponents are hitting .296 off of him so far.

2nd half outlook: He wore down as the season went on last year but had good starts in the playoffs, so fatigue wasn’t the sole reason for that. He’s an option in NL only leagues but probably shouldn’t be owned in standard mixed leagues.

Projected final numbers: 11 W, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 100 K

SP: Matt Morris.
Fantasy Grade: B+
Real Life Grade: A

On the hill: Morris still doesn’t have his old fastball back but he does have his old curve. He’s cutting down on HR and walks allowed this year and getting ground balls. He is also getting some of the best run support in the majors. It is all paying off and Morris looks more like the Matty Mo of old rather than the 2004 version.

2nd half outlook: Morris got a late start this year because of off-season surgery and has only started 10 games. His arm has seemed stronger lately, as he is picking up some more pop on his fastball and going later into games. The stronger his arm gets the better he will be.

Projected final numbers: 18 W, 3.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 140 K

CL: Jason Isringhausen.
Fantasy Grade: A+
Real Life Grade: A

On the hill: Izzy is walking too many batters but the save total will make up for that real quick.

2nd half outlook: Izzy missed out on some saves when he was on the DL. As long as he stays healthy he will be great asset.

Projected final numbers: 44 SV, 2 W, 2.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 50 K
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