It’s a Friday morning (well, afternoon now), and normally I probably wouldn’t bother digging around in whatever newfangled stat FanGraphs has decided to roll out, but it’s also October, and there’s not a whole lot going on, and the new stat in question relates entirely one of the Jays biggest, most noticeable issues during the 2012 season: stolen bases.
In an announcement this morning, FanGraphs revealed that they have split baserunning contributions out from wOBA, wRAA, wRC, and wRC+, giving us a fancy new number to digest– wSB– that tells us “how many runs above or below average a player is at stealing bases.”
Remember like three weeks ago when Brett Lawrie tumbled headlong into a concrete pit in New York? Remember how we all thought he was dead and/or broke his leg? Turns out he was fine and, after a single day off, he was right back into the lineup.
Seemingly broken bones might not stop Brett Lawrie but strained obliques do, as Brett Lawrie is officially headed to the Disabled List. Lawrie hasn’t played since Friday so the team can backdate his DL stint if he’s ready to play again in a few weeks. No corresponding move announced but Shi Davidi thinks it could be another pitcher. More pitchers, throw them on the pile!
Brett Lawrie, while not quite the .550 slugging percentage animal he was in 2011, he having a fine season in 2012. Nine home runs, 13 steals and league-average offense to go with his superlative glove and stellar baserunning make him a fine addition to any team, especially when we note he is still just 22.
At least this gives us all a good, long look at Adeiny Hechavarria, right? If there is one thing this season needs more of, it is unrealistic hopes taking a savage beating at the hand of reality.
Evidently thanks to some kind of campaign for SportCheck, Brett Lawrie is responding, via video, to questions tweeted at @BLawrie13. And while I’m kinda loathe to give them the publicity they crave (especially since they’re ripping off something Old Spice did two years ago), the results are… um… interesting.
And by interesting, I mean mostly kinda dull, sometimes better executed than you’d expect, and occasionally unintentionally hilarious.
Take this response to the “accusation” that Lawrie and his ever-increasing media presence (thanks, Rogers!) is giving Canadians more swagger:
If you haven’t seen it, Brett Lawrie dove over a short fence in an attempt to catch a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to leave the game after missing the ball and taking a scary looking fall down some kind of pit of death in the bottom on the third inning.
He was removed from the game with a “right calf injury” and will receive precautionary x-rays, according to the team.
Update: The club’s official Twitter account gives us some good news: the x-rays came back negative, and the injury is being called a right calf contusion. Lawrie is day-to-day.
Bad news for Brett Lawrie’s agent came fast and furious this week. First he hears his boss come out against buying up the arbitration years of young players. He then sees his client’s Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement number take a tumble when Baseball Info Solutions announced a new way to handle shifts in their Defensive Runs Saved metric.
The new calculations drop Lawrie’s season dWAR (defensive Wins Above Replacement) from 3.5 to 1.9, a stinging blow to whatever contract conversations revolved around WAR. (aka not a stinging blow at all.)
BIS has tweaked how Def Runs Saved handles shift plays.Brett Lawrie (still great) is no longer #1 in WAR. Replaced by Mike Trout.
Brett Lawrie might have fallen off his historical defensive pace but the Jays defense is still winning games. Taking advantage of a fortunate vantage point for Friday night’s game, I took note of the Jays shifts in action.
So, if you haven’t heard, apparently Brett Lawrie got himself into a bit of a minor swearing controversy last night, stemming from his alleged response to some heckling fans at Miller Park.
Parkes has a recap of this bit of business over at Getting Blanked, in which he quite rightly notices that, judging by a change in tone about the events, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt may have found himself lost in an all-encompassing cloud of maple-defensiveness, as a slew of Twitterspherians fell over themselves to insist that there are other people whose fault abso-fucking-lutely must be pointed out in order to spare to whatever degree possible the good name of the Golden Brett.
Never heard of anything like that happening before, have you?
Anywho… not one to be outdone by whoever was running to Haudricourt with their point-missing petty technicality of a defense, Twitter’s deliciously over-the-top fake Lawrie, @HelmetTosser13, came running to the rescue of damn good sense…
HERE’S THE THING, FUCKSTICKS. IF U & YOUR PUSSY KIDS CAN’T HANDLE A FULLY DIMED CARPET BOMBING OF FUCKS, YOU’RE GONNA FUCKING LOSE. IN LIFE.