Blowing out your opponent by 10 in the sixth? Who needs to see further offensive futility for the next three innings? Just end the suffering. Live to play another day. It saves pitchers’ arms for the next game, and everyone gets to go to Applebee’s for half-priced appetizers.
My final choice came down to Guerrero or Larry Walker. Guerrero has the better traditional stats, Walker has the better advanced metrics (he was a better base runner/defender). I went with Guerrero, for a large part because he was, at the time I submitted my ballot, right near the 75 percent line and I hoped my vote pushed him over the edge.
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If Edgar was just a really, really good DH (like Harold Baines, for example), he wouldn’t have made the cut over the other guys on the ballot. But he’s arguably the best DH of all time, so he’s an easy choice.
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It’s not the rotation stars. Noah Syndergaard has a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts with zero walks! in four starts. Jacob deGrom has a 2.55 ERA and is averaging 11.7 strikeouts per nine. Heck, even Matt Harvey has been solid in his return from what was essentially a lost season, with a 2.84 ERA in his four rotation turns.
The bullpen was pushed hard with closer Jeruys Familia serving a suspension to start the season, but the core of that group Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas has been solid. Not dominant, but decent. No, the relievers aren’t the big problem, either.