I’m going to introduce a new topic that I will try to do once a week. It is going to discuss two players from around the MLB and how they matchup. Who would I choose. Who would others choose. Upsides, downsides. Better success. All that jazz. It’s going to be here. So here we go. For the first post of this kind, I will be talking about two recently called up youngsters who have been STELLAR so far this season.
Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen
Chris Coghlan: So far this season, this kid has only played in 44 games, yet has been tearing it up for every minute of them. He has been STELLAR. He is batting .265, which is respectable, has 2 homers, which is a good start for a leadoff speedy kind of guy. He has scored 26 runs which is outstanding. He has 11 RBI and 4 SB whichare also very good stats for a guy who’s only played 44 games so far. I have been very impressed with how easily he has meshed with the Marlins team. He has fit perfectly into the leadoff spot batting in front of the likes of Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu who make up the powerful middle of the lineup. Coghlan has also showed impressive defensive skill. He has played a solid left field with only three errors. That’s not all that bad but it could be a little better. But that’s why they’re called professionals. They can improve and fix their problems to make them better. I’m sure Coghlan’s defense will improve over his career. Certainly by next season, he will be shut down in the outfield. He can also play second base which gives the Marlins some flexibility. He is an all around great young player who has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.
Andrew McCutchen: Ever since the McLouth trade to Atlanta, Pittsburgh has been amazed at how well McCutchen has replaced McLouth in center. He has filled in with the same skill, mindset, and positive attitude that McLouth had, and maybe a little extra. He has been a speedy sensation in Pittsburgh and has made many Pittsburgh fans and many MLB followers forget about the loss of McLouth to the Braves. McCutchen has been tearing it up and has proved he is ready to be a professional. Right now, I think he may be the fastest guy in the MLB. You could make an argument for Emilio Bonifacio (Coghlan’s teammate in Florida), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox) or maybe a few others. But McCutchen’s speed is so essential to his game, that every time he hits it to the outfield, the thoughts that go through many minds is this: “If it falls he’s got two and he’s gonna try for a triple.” Yeah… he’s that fast. His defense is pretty good too. Now he’s only played 21 games but has not made an error yet and has played a solid centerfield. On offense, as I said, his speed is a huge asset. He has already legged out 5 triples (maybe not legged out because he made a few of them standing up… I told you he’s really fast). He has 4 doubles, a homer, and has four stolen bases. He’s scored 16 runs and overall, he has been one of the biggest parts of the Pittsburgh offense. He is also in the leadoff spot and will stay there for many years as the center point of the Bucs’ offense.
So who would I take for my team. Honestly, I would take either of them. They are both fantastic young players and could both fit into any offense at the leadoff spot. They are both good defensively (McCutchen is probably a little better) and they both are pretty fast. Overall, I think McCutchen may have the edge. He definitely has the edgo defensively because he has no errors and has played enough games to convince me he won’t be making too many over his career. His speed also pushes him over Coghlan because he can leg out triples to get an easy score. A hit with him on second would easily score but you never know. Third is safer than second. So in this debate of youngsters who are tearing it up so far, I take McCutchen with a slight edge. Coghlan, maybe next time. Work on your defense.
That’s all for this debate. I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did leave a comment so I know I should continue this and not be wasting my time. Thanks.
There were homers leaving the yard all over the place yesterday. And there were only a few games played. Very impressive.
I was watching the Yankees-Rays game on ESPN on Monday night and in that game alone, the ball was just jumping off every player’s bat that stepped up to the plate. Well, it was Yankee Stadium, the new home run heaven, but still, it was crazy. It was fun to see Mark Teixeira hit an absolute bomb to right and also to see Mr. Damon continue his homer surge this season. Derek Jeter also went yard to the opposite field and had himself a good game. Unfortunately, Gave Kapler, as great a player he is, hit one out too to bring the Rays back into the game. Oh well. We still won 5-3.
Here’s a list of all the players who went deep yesterday:
- Marcus Thames
- Alexei Ramirez
- Jim Thome
- Scott Podsednik
- Jermaine Dye
- Paul Konerko
- Jack Cust
- Derek Jeter
- Mark Teixeira
- Johnny Damon
- Gabe Kapler
- Adam Lind
- Chipper Jones
- Nate McLouth
- Brian McCann
- Troy Tulowitzki
- Brett Carroll
AT first glance, you might not think this is a lot of guys who hit it out. But for the amount of games, this is pretty impressive. Every time I was looking down on the scrolling bar at the bottom of the ESPN screen, I saw another guy who hit a homer. It was kind of something that is hard to explain but you kind of had to be there to understand how I’m feeling.
So the power surge yesterday wasn’t everything that is on my mind right now. Here’s something else: How about that Andrew McCutchen? He’s on fire.
Yesterday, McCutchen continued his STELLAR start to his MLB career. He went 4-7 in the Pirates’ game agaisnt the Braves. He was so good. He looked like a veteran. His stats for the game included 1 RBI, 2 runs, and 2 triples. He was just flying around the bases. Every time the ball was hit into the air, the commentators would say how if the ball got to the ground, McCutchen would be flying and would be on third. That’s pretty much what happened. He is just so fast, it’s ridiculous.
Now here’s something else on my mind today: The Yankees and Red Sox start a series tonight in Boston.
They will compete in a three game series in which the red hot Yankees will try to get their first wins against their rivals on the season. The two teams will be lead by their league leading offensive stars, Mark Teixeira and Jason Bay. Not to mention the rest of their powerful offenses. So far, the Red Sox have dominated the season series. But when the first games of the season series were played, the Yankees didn’t have a red hot Mark Teixeira, they didn’t have good pitching at all, and their offense was sub-par. They didn’t look like the Yanks at all. Now… well now is a different story. Just wait all you Red Sox fans. I think the Yanks take two out of three… IN BOSTON.
Final Thought on the day: The MLB Draft will be fun to watch for the first five picks, but after that… ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!
This draft is far too long, far too boring, and we don’t know most of the players our teams are getting. It’s nothing like the NFL and NBA drafts. They are more exciting and we see most of these players go through college. The fact that this draft is so long is because we need more players for this sport than the others. The teams are bigger and the need of players is bigger. The NFL is close, but as far as the NBA goes, the numbers are so much bigger. The draft will be fun to see until the top five guys go because we have actually seen them for the past few weeks leading up to the draft. We know who they are now. Obviously we know the Nats are taking Strasburgh, and the other top five prospects are most likely going where they are projected to be going. So despite that, it might still be fun. The rest of the draftees, well, good luck in the draft but I won’t be sitting on my couch eating potatoe chips waiting to here your name picked.
Well, that’s about it…