|On 1st Pitch||16||.313/.313/.688||x:x||4-1|
K:BB Ratio: 2.38
K/PA %: 25%
XBH/H %: 53.1%
So that's interesting. As Footer tells us:
Before everyone blows a gasket on the Michaels signing, consider his second half #s -- .311 (19x61) with 3 HR and 10 RBIs.
We've considered his second-half numbers. And I'm more impressed with his August 5-9. Four games in which Michaels went 6x13 with 4XBH and a slash line of .462/.500/1.077. Michaels raised his average 32 points. Then it was back to a .222 average in September/October (though those walks were nice enough to push him over a .400 OBP.
I like Michaels return. He's cheap, relatively speaking, can play all 3 OF spots, had a good 2nd half and has good makeup.
Brad Mills had this to say about Michaels:
He was in the minor leagues when I was in Philadelphia, and he was highly thought of. His reputation in baseball is very solid as being a very solid clubhouse presence and a solid player.”
And Ed Wade:
He is a solid guy. We’ve lost some guys through free agency, and the leadership element is important.”
The leadership element. There it is again.
So I won't blow a gasket, and $800,000 is baseball peanuts (just don't do the math on how long it will take you to make $800,000. It's 100 of something, but it ain't games. You'll just depress yourself.). But I won't be jumping up and down like Mariners fan today.
In another note, the Astros signed Gustavo Chacin to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. As The Crawfish Boxes astutely note:
The Astros also get a very interesting project in Chacin with previous experience under Arnsberg.
Chacin posted the best season of his career in 2005, Arnsberg's first year with Toronto, Chacin went:
13-9 (34 starts), 203IP, 3.72 ERA/1.39 WHIP, 121K:70BB, finishing 5th in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting.