Mood Music - Someday Never Comes by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bill James' projections for the 2011 season are now available on Fangraphs. I skimmed through and will highlight some of the Sabr-Wizard's Sabr-guesses below:
Robinson Cano - 161 games, .308/.356/.502, 24 HR, 133 wRC+
Alex Rodriguez - 144 games, .284/.381/.530, 35 HR, 148 wRC+
Mark Teixeira - 159 games, .282/.383/.532, 36 HR, 149 wRC+
Derek Jeter - 158 games, .295/.365/.410, 13 HR, 115 wRC+
Curtis Granderson - 152 games, .264/.341/.471, 25 HR, 123 wRC+
Brett Gardner - 151 games, .275/.377/.371, 5 HR, 50 SB, 119 wRC+
Jesus Montero - 126 games, .285/.348/.515, 21 HR, 137 wRC+
CC Sabathia - 18-8, 236 IP, 3.32 ERA, 3.34 FIP
Phil Hughes - 12-7, 177 IP, 3.56 ERA, 3.76 FIP
A.J. Burnett - 12-9, 191 IP, 4.01 ERA, 4.05 FIP
Mariano Rivera - 5-2, 62 IP, 1.89 ERA, 2.52 FIP, 33 SV
Joba Chamberlain - 5-3, 76 IP, 3.79 ERA, 3.45 FIP
I would be over the moon about getting that type of production from A-Rod, Tex, Jeter, and Montero, but I don't think it's very likely. I would expect Robinson Cano, however, to blow by his somewhat meager projection. James' formulae expect a regression towards Cano's career averages in BB% and BABIP. Given the fact that he'll be hitting in the middle of the lineup again this year, I don't think that's going to happen.
Other baseball related things will be discussed with no discernible pattern after the jump.
The official Yankee bowling ball hurler in years past, Chien Ming Wang, will be returning to his native Taiwan this off-season. After recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2010 season, Wang has pitched in two instructional league games, and the Washington Nationals have informed his agent of plans to resign him for the 2011 season. After watching the stupidity of NL baseball seemingly ruin his career (along with the hopes of the 2008 Yankees), it would be nice to see him make a comeback.
Jorge Posada went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. More and more, the writing seems to be on the wall that he is going to be spending the bulk of his time as a DH in 2011.
Hardly news worthy, but it appears the Centaur and Cameron Diaz are no more. Oh well, she never really had Kate Hudson's magical "make A-Rod awesome in the playoffs" powers.