Cutnpaste: - New Stat: RAF, RISP, R.A. Dickey, Emary Frederick... and Zach Lutz

New Stat: - RAF:

7-26 from: - link  - To be clear, RAF proposes that a player has a hand in any run he bats in or scores himself. While this admittedly leads to some double counting among teammates, since one player can score on another man’s RBI, I think it’s a good way to make relative comparisons between players of different eras and compensate for those who played on worse teams than others. RAF rates players, past and present, who were most-indispensable to helping their teams score runs. The stat also rewards good base running, an underrated offensive skill and correlates strongly to OPS, a combination of on-base and slugging percentage. In fact, I used the lists of OPS leaders to seek out possible candidates for here.


7-26 from: - link  - The Mets and Dodgers played seven scoreless innings before Russell Martin doubled home Casey Blake in the bottom of the eighth inning with two out. That proved to be the only run in the game as the Dodgers won 1-0. The Mets out-hit Los Angeles 7-4, and each team drew a walk. The Mets even picked up three doubles, but went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, two of those failures coming off the bat of Carlos Beltran and one from David Wright. The Dodgers were 0 for 3, as Martin’s hit showed the importance of power as he was able to drive in a runner from first. The Mets are average two runs a game over their last 16 games, while the Dodgers are averaging 2.3 runs per game over their last 11 contests.

R.A. Dickey:

7-25 from: - link  - R.A. Dickey will have his strained hip examined in New York Monday by the Mets medical team at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dickey strained a muscle while fielding a grounder Sunday and may need to skip a start or two to ensure that the injury is not made worse. He's been consistently excellent this season for the Mets and currently holds a 2.55 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through 13 starts. He is considered day-to-day for now.

Emary Frederick:

7-24 from: - link  - The Rockford RiverHawks have added a pitcher and released another. Rockford’s only professional baseball team has announced on Thursday that it has signed right-hander Emary Frederick. The RiverHawks made room with the release of Couri Benz. Frederick, a former New York Mets prospect, was 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 35 relief appearances between Advanced-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this season before he was released by the Mets. Frederick is in his fourth year of professional baseball, and has a 7-11 record with a 4.70 ERA.

Zack Lutz:

7-13 from: - link  - What does Zack Lutz have in common with Fernando Martinez & Reese Havens? That's right, he can't stay on the field either; Lutz has been out since May 20 with a fractured left foot. In 2007 it was a broken foot on opening night, in '08 it was a whole mixed bag including a back strain, a quad injury and an ankle injury, in 2009 he had a month-long case of food poisoning. And to make matters worse, he's probably been passed on the Mets 3B prospect totem pole by the 2010 dynamo that is Eric Campbell. Many people consider health/durability a skill and clearly Lutz doesn't possess it which is a shame because when he's on the field the kid can clearly hit. He's always had excellent contact skills and good power but in the first month+ of 2010 he seemed to take a step forward, blasting eight homers in just over 30 games, on pace to crush his career high of 11 bombs in '09. At the Double-A level, this definitely portends well for his ability to cut it in the bigs. He's also always had very strong plate discipline leading to high on-base averages, it's his defense that needs work and has probably suffered most from his various DL stints. Lutz definitely resembles a solid, if unspectacular, major league piece but to seal the deal he'll have to stay on the field and a big second half like he had in '09 certainly wouldn't hurt.


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