Comparing Pete Kozma and Alexei Ramirez

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few days about Alexei Ramirez and Pete Kozma since a Chicago Tribune article indicated that the Cardinals have attempted to pry Ramirez away from the White Sox. Bernie Miklasz, Derrick Goold, and other writers have weighed in on their opinions. Most call Kozma the better defensive shortstop and Ramirez only slightly less worse than Kozma at the plate. And sure, I’ll admit that when you look at the numbers on the surface, Kozma does appear to be the better fielder.

Kozma has committed just 4 errors and an 11.0 UZR/150. Ramirez has 17 errors and an 8.5 UZR/150.

So yeah, when you look at the numbers, Kozma has better statistics than Ramirez. But what do those statistics really mean? [click to continue…]

UCB Radio: July 24, 2013

Kevin Reynolds and I host this week’s UCB Radio Siesta Hour as we talk about sleeping and who knows what else when we’re both ready to head to bed.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/07/25/ucb-radio

Hitting the trade markets

The second half of the baseball season is about to begin and the trade deadline is right around the corner. Already newspapers, blogs, message boards, and twitter feeds are rife with trade rumors as everyone has a keen eye on watching how their teams will perform in the second half. So where are the Cardinals and what could they be looking to add to shore up the team as they drive towards another playoff berth?

I think a good way to get an idea of where the team’s weaknesses lay can be found by a quick glance at the team statistics. With 462 runs scored in 93 games, the offense is currently ranked third in the majors and first in the National League. On the opposite side of the ball, the starting rotation finds themselves with a 3.33 ERA which is good for second in baseball behind division rival Pittsburgh. Their bullpen, on the other hand, has a 3.56 ERA and is only good for 16th.

So a quick glance points you towards the bullpen which has rebounded nicely from an atrocious start with thanks to Edward Mujica‘s step into the closer’s role which he has taken and held onto. Trevor Rosenthal settled into the 8th inning and has once again in the discussion for best relief pitcher in baseball. However, the rest of the bullpen has been a big question mark with most of the rebound behind fueled by great performances by rookie pitchers fresh out of Memphis. [click to continue…]

Boggs traded

The Cardinals trade RHP Mitchell Boggs to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for $206,000 in international signing money.

UCB Radio: June 26, 2013

Kevin Reynolds and I are on this week’s UCB Radio. We discuss the new shortened show format and Kevin’s love of long, wordy answers and the hate for Lance Lynn. Oh, and Mike Matheny. Always Mike Matheny.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivieleagueproductions/2013/06/27/ucb-radio-hour