I figure with all the gloom lately over our putrid offense, that I would try to put a positive spin on things for once. Looking at things, I will say we actually had a very good offseason. Sure we didn't fill the big bat hole that has alluded us for........anyway way I said I'd make this positive.
So far this season
AJ Burnett. I readjusted his statics based on his one awful game. I figure you can't completely take it out of there because he did pitch it, but a normal coach would have pulled him before the 3rd inning. Taking out that 2/3 of an inning, he has the following stats.
3-2 3.20 era 1.26 whip 8.3k/9 2.4BB/9 Early season rating of the acquisition 8/10Eric Bedard. Once again the big question with him going forward will be if he can stay healthy. We have really leaned on our outstanding bullpen to date. Going forward, Bedard needs to be one of the guys to go deep into some games and give the bullpen some relief of it own.
2-5 3.52 era 1.39 whip 9.39k/9 3.5 BB/9 Early season rating of the acquisition 8/10
Juan Cruz. In general, I don't see how it is possible for our bullpen to pitch as outstanding as they have so far this season. Cruz has been an integral part of one of if not the best bullpens in baseball. He has jumped in to save games when needed and recently has slotted in nicely as the 7th inning stopper.
1-1 3svs 8hlds 1.02 era 1.52 whip 8.15 k/9 Early season rating of the acquisition 10/10
Rod Barajas. Turning things up of late, Hot Rod is showing that there is a good chance he will be worth exactly what we wanted from him. He is going to hit .230-.250, be just shy of .300 OBP and hit somewhere around 15 HR. This is exactly what we thought we were getting when we signed him. Defensively he hasn't done a good job throwing out runners, but you can't argue with his Cera. He has been a huge part of why this teams Pitching staff is as good as it is. Not to mention he is a good club house guy(for some this means a great deal for some this means nothing).
.223BA .662OPS 4HR 3.20 Cera Early season rating of the acquisition 6.5/10
Casey McGehee. He sure hasn't reverted back to his 2010 form. But there are some positives to take from this. Varas hasn't set the world on fire for the BrewCrew and really we don't have much room in our bullpen for him anyway. Almost a case of addition by subtraction. Also CM has been able to take a few walks, hasn't struckout at a very high rate and if he would quit swinging at the first pitch, he might just be able to turn into a serviceable hitter.
.184 BA .278 OBP Early season rating of the acquisition 2/10
Clint Barmes. He has hit as many homeruns as he has taken walks. He has almost as many SO as he does total bases(so does Pedro) He has been just ok in the field and an absolute disaster at the plate. I won't even bother putting down the stats. Early season rating of the acquisition 1/10
Nate McLouth. He is gone, no need to rate him anymore.
As bad as some of these players have been, it still looks like we have just as many gems as we do busts. The good thing about that, it is easier to get rid of busts than it is to find a gem.