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Friday, February 06, 2004

Neyer on Karros and the A's 

Rob Neyer has a very interesting article on how Eric Karros probably won't help the A's as much as the A's think he's going to. He talks about "y-t-y correlation" (whatever that is) and how you can't discount Karros' poor hitting against righties when figuring out his future hitting against lefties (Karros "mashed" lefties last year but was anemic against righties). The basic gist that Neyer is trying (and does) convey is this:

The next bit explains exactly what Neyer is trying to say:

So, the conclusion is that, yes, Karros WILL help the A's, but only because he's replacing Scott Hatteberg and his "ineffective" bat.

Very interesting. I never really thought about the "weak" split affecting the future of the "strong" split. If that's the case, doesn't that throw all the traditional talk about splits and platoons out the window? How about someone like Houston platooning for the Yankees. We know that he hits righties well, but according to what Neyer is saying, we shouldn't expect him to hit righties as well this year. Neyer also says this:

When you think about it some, of course it makes some sense. I think I just need to think about it some more.
# posted by shawn : 2/06/2004 07:05:00 PM -
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