Bergman Gets Ball for Potential Fish Fry

The one-two punch of Arenado/Dickerson will be on display again today, only you won’t have to wait as long to see the main event.  While the two combined to put away the Marlins last night in extra innings, they were in the 4th and 5th slot in the lineup.  Today they’ve been moved to the illustrious setup/cleanup spots where they rightly deserve to be.

Unfortunately all Morneau gets for leading the league in batting (.314 being the lowest leading average since Gwynn in ’88) is a spot on the bench.  Guess Sunday lineups are alive and well in Roxville.

Bergman will take the place on the 25 man roster of Cuddy, who is being moved to the DL against his wishes.

1. Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
4. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
5. Michael McKenry (R) C
6. Matt McBride (R) 1B
7. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
9. Christian Bergman (R) P

 
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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Winning a series = All Happy Thoughts: 1. Arenado. Now already a 3.2 WAR player even after missing a lot of games, and with a month left. An average starter is considered to be about a 2 WAR player. He’s made the jump we were hoping for. 2. Dickerson. Now has a full season of plate appearances, and guess what? He’s pretty good. He’s a 2.8 WAR player, playing about 70% of the time. I think we found a plus… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I would add Tommy Kahnle.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag…short and sweet.
Your reflection/assessment of “OUR” team was exactly, positively correct.

Nicely done, as always.

P.S. I too would keep Kahnle. Trade Cargo. I’ve been saying for 6 months that Tulo is gone(Yankees).

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

Ag, I won’t say you’re drinking the Purple Kool-Aid, but I will say you had a mighty big sip.

Can you figure out Arenado’s stats since July 25th, the day he was pulled from that game? I haven’t figured out where or how to see his stats at that time. My guess is that it’s pretty darn good.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Bob, you can do that on baseballreference — just highlight the “game logs” from the start date to the end date, then right click and it’ll do the custom time period for you. But for whatever reason, I keep messing it up, so for now, I’ll just give Nolan’s August stat line (pretty close to what you’re looking for): .382/.455/.658 — that’s a 1.112 OPS. So yes, he’s been red hot since that benching! No, a two-game win streak hasn’t… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Thanks, Ag, I’ll bookmark that site for future use. Don’t worry though, your expertise will not be challenged. If I did it right, I have Nolen at .374/.447/.682 with a 1.129 OPS starting the day after he was benched. Yes, that is hot. It’s better than his .360/.383/.568 during the hitting streak. You described a terrible team in 2003. As bad as that was, the current team will have to go 22-11 the rest of the way to match it.… Read more »

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Wow. I haven’t heard this much optimism in a while. Ag, have you seen enough of either Lyles or Bergman to have a thought as to whether either of them has a future as a major league #4 or #5 starter? I enjoyed watching Stubbs play center field yesterday (a beautiful day at the park). In the outfield, we keep Blackmon and Dickerson for sure. Do we resign Stubbs for a year? Do we offer Cuddyer a one year contract?… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

You guys are right — I should have included Kahnle in the “bring him back in ’15” bullpen list. Julian, I’m pretty confident about Lyles settling in as a 3rd/4th starter type. Main reason? That groundball rate. I don’t think he has the stuff to be better than that, but if you keep the ball on the ground and avoid walks you can get by without a strikeout pitch. Ask Aaron Cook. I’m not confident about Bergman, who just seems… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You and I differ on Rutledge (and LeMehieu). I agree with the metrics, Rutledge is a defensive liability, a big one. I will say this (and I don’t have stats to prove it) – it does seem like many of his errors are lack of concentration type things. Not looking ball into glove, not thinking ahead, etc. So it may improve. LeMehieu is offensive milquetoast, but he can play D. Look at virtually every playoff team and they have a… Read more »

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