Inspired by my feisty friends over at Another Cubs Blog, I decided to do a little comparing between Mark DeRosa and Jeff Baker since they joined their new teams.
It’s a pretty good comparison, because DeRosa has played 47 games since being traded from the Indians to the Cardinals, and Baker has played 46 games since the Cubs got him from the Rockies.
.244/.313/.425 for an OPS of 738. His OPS-plus is 93 and his BABIP is .273. With the Cards, DeRo has 8 homers and 19 RBI.
.328/.383/.500 for an OPS of .883. His OPS-plus is 126, and his BABIP is .420, which suggests a lot of hits are falling in and a lot of grounders are finding holes. He’s got 3 homers and 13 RBI for the Cubs.
If you’re into Weighted On-Base Average, or wOBA, which uses linear weights as each type of hit has a different value, DeRosa’s wOBA for the season combined is .336. Last year with the Cubs, the wOBA was .376.
Baker has a combined wOBA between the Rox and Cubs of .353.
Interesting stuff. What it means is that DeRosa has had an OK, but not great, season, especially for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over his departure. It also suggests that Baker, an arb-eligible player, will play some sort of significant role with the Cubs next year. I’m not ready to anoint him the starting second baseman (and neither are the Cubs), but he could fill a DeRosa-type role for the Cubs next season.
Word coming to me from Pittsburgh is that Jeff Samardzija has joined the team from Class AAA Iowa. The Cubs will announce his recall a little later today, and Jeff may get a spot start down the line, as may Esmailin Caridad.
Speaking of the minors, Peoria opens its Class A Midwest League playoffs Wednesday at home against Cedar Rapids. Austin Bibens-Dirkx will pitch for the Chiefs.
Class AA Tennessee and manager Ryne Sandberg will open the Southern League playoffs Thursday at Huntsville. Jeremy Papelbon gets the start for the Smokies.