As the team heads east for two series against contenders Washington and Pittsburgh- yeah, no misprint- I said “contenders”, I’m doing my midterm report card early. The scores are generally high, reflecting the team’s performance- but I think they’re fair. What do you think?
Blanco- been up and down at the plate. I think he got a little Vungo-itis after popping some long ones. The Cain catch moves him up to a solid B, though.
Theriot- along with Belt and Crawford turned three very iffy spots into assets by the end of June. Another B.
Melky- what more need be said except A+ ?
Buster- I don’t think many expected he’d be this good this quickly- B+
Panda- tough to rate.He’s up, he’s down, he’s lunging, he’s.. an All-Star! C+
Pagan- still iffy in the field but much better. A rough June put him right about at his career numbers- which are pretty darn good. B
Belt-his big June solidied his job, then a mini-slump raised some more doubts. Looks like he’s baaaaaacccck and that would be huge for the second half C+
Crawford- has hit better as the season has progressed and has recovered from some real shaky defense early C+
Hector- unpolished defensively, a real hacker- but who misses Whitey? C+
Burriss- gee, I hate to give him a grade. Can I just say he seems like a nice guy and he’s perservered and I hope he has a nice time being back home this week? Oh, alright-D-
Nate: well, he even lost his defensive relacement gig. About the only things keeping him here are probably the uncertainty about Pagan and Melky for next year and Kieschnick’s injury. C-
Arias- been a sold defender and respectable at the plate C
Huff- I want to say incomplete, and I’m very sympathetic to his illness.I’m also skeptical that a couple weeks on the DL cured it if it was serious enough to sideline him in the first place. D- because I honestly don’t remember any significant contribution.
MadBum-it’s strange to feel that a guy with his record has under achieved a bit. But he still has a tendency to get too much of the plate. 6 games with 4 or more runs allowed. In between he’s brilliant B+
Vogie- I think Nicole keeps him mean and fit, Seriously, I couldn’t figure the reason for his success last year but that’s it- he’s just a mean, focused SOB- we’ve got our Jack Morris B+
Cain-the Horse. Perfecto. The former Dixie Headcase is now the rock and a team spokesman. A
Zito- I’m sorry, still waiting the other shoe to drop -but he’s even a little more than “serviceable” B
Tim-simple. If he’s back, we’re laughing. If not-lotsa Lonely Teardrops D
Otero, Edlefsen- separated at birth. D-
Loux- had pitched well, then woke up and remembered he was in the bigs C-
Kontos-Been the best of the long guys. His was the trade we hadn’t a clue on. The Yankees evidently really wanted Stewart and we woudn’t give him to them unless we got Kontos C+
Hensley-pitched well at first, fallen lately.He’d been pretty much the 7th inning guy, no surprise if Penny grabbed that soon C
Affeldt- been solid, all around better than Lopez. B
Lopez- despite today, still gets LHers out. Rhers over .450 BAA. C+
Romo- as I noted yesterday responding to a great post by “I don’t know who it was”, Sergio is really a “roogie” more than a true set up man. But he’s the best roogie A
Casilla- we’ve been waiting and now we got it- torture B+