- 01/28/2012, 01:36AM ET
Marlins Fan said 01/28, 01:36 AM
Make a team of MLB players, but only use players whose last names start with vowels. Try to make a team that could compete right now, if possible. Follow my format as far as how many pitchers and whatnot. Keep players at the positions they mainly play; guys that play multiple positions can obviously be moved wherever you like. No DH's, unless they also play a position.
Oh, and go ahead and use "Y" if you want. I guess this TD is one of those "sometimes". (I bet only a handful of people get that...)
C- Alex Avila
1B- David Ortiz
2B- Dan Uggla
3B- Michael Young
SS- Elvis Andrus
LF- Yonder Alonso
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury
RF- Justin Upton
UT/IF- Omar Infante
UT/OF- Andre Ethier
SP- Roy Oswalt
SP- Alexi Ogando
SP- Jake Arrieta
RP- Alfredo Aceves
RP- Eric O'Flaherty
RP- Darren Oliver
CP- John Axford
There aren't enough baseball TDs on FanNation. I aim to change that. I don't know why you fools don't like MLB more, but that's your loss, I guess. I'm still going to TD about this ****.
For anyone who wants to complain about baseball TDs; deal with it. Better yet, get on board. Aren't you itching to get off the short bus, anyway?
JdsJets: Trade up for LUCK! said 01/28, 03:36 PM
Alright, I have two changes for you. I wont argue them because you didnt.
First change: Erick Aybar OVER Omar Infante
Second Change: koji uehara OVER Darren Oliver
At first, I though your SPs were awful, but the more I looked at it, those were the only three since Brett Anderson got hurt earlier in the year.
Marlins Fan said 01/29, 01:46 AM
Infante over Aybar
At first glance this comparison is almost a wash. Both guys can hit a little bit, both guys sort of suck at getting on base, as evidenced by their career stats:
Infante: .275 BA, .318 OBP
Aybar: .276 BA, .319 OBP
Both guys can play multiple positions, too, but the big difference is that Aybar is a middle infielder and Infante is a true utility players, as evidenced by their career games-played by position:
Infante: 2B, 486 games
SS, 225 games
3B, 101 games
OF, 101 games
Aybar: SS, 548 games
2B, 48 games
OF, 8 games
So although both guys can play more than one position, Infante is the only one his coaches trusted enough to give significant playing time at more than one position.
Infante gets the nod for versatility.
Oliver over Uehara
Did you see Uehara in the postseason last year? No? Yeah, that's because he was God-awful.
The main reason I picked Oliver is because he's a proven left handed reliever, and those guys are good as gold. You just can't throw Uehara out there against a lefty. The bullpen needs versatility.
JdsJets: Trade up for LUCK! said 01/30, 11:21 AM
Infante vs Aybar
I am looking right now at the stats, and not career. This is because I am assuming this team is not for the past, or future but for right now. Here are some stats:
Doubles: Aybar 33, Infante 24
HR: Aybar 10, Infante 7
RBI: Aybar 59, Infante 49
SB: Aybar 30 Infante 4
OBP: Aybar .322 Infante .315
SLG: .421 Infante .382
OPS: Aybar .743 Infante .697
AVG: Aybar .279 Infante .276
These two players are overall very close offensively. However, as this shows, Aybar will give you a bit more of everything except, many more steals. He has the offensive advantage.
Infante may be a bit more versatile, but aside from his main position, 2B, his FPCT is worse in his secondary positions than Aybar's is at 2B, his secondary.
I cant give Infante an edge in fielding because he has performed weak outside of 2B. Not the best utility
Overall, a very small advantage to Aybar.
Uehara vs Oliver
Uehara may have been awful in the postseason, but his RS stats were much better than Oliver. The bullpen has its LRP in O'Flarhety. His postseason was only 3 appearances. They have similar ERAs but Uehara has a much better BB/K, WHIP and OPP BA.
Marlins Fan said 01/31, 01:26 AM
Infante over Aybar
You say you're building the team for right now but then you use last year's stats, so in my opinion it's safe to say that we're both building a team for right now based off recent history and what we can safely expect from those particular players.
That said, Infante and Aybar are dead even at the plate, but Infante can field way more positions which increases his value as a utility player.
Oh, and neither one has a lot of power, but Infante once bashed 16 homers in a season while Aybar's career high is 10, so Infante gets a smidgen of extra credit for having home run capabilities.
Oliver over Uehara
Darren Oliver has proven himself to be one of MLB's most reliable left handed specialists over the last twenty years or however long he's been playing. Thing about Oliver is he just never shows his age. Actually, Oliver's been getting better as his gray hair count increases. Last 5 years:
2007: 3.78 ERA, 2.22 SO/BB
2008: 2.88 ERA, 3.00 SO/BB
2009: 2.71 ERA, 2.95 SO/BB
2010: 2.48 ERA, 4.33 SO/BB
2011: 2.29 ERA, 4.00 SO/BB
Uehara's more unknown than Oliver, and I'd rather know exactly what I can expect.
JdsJets: Trade up for LUCK! said 02/01, 07:49 PM
Aybar vs Infante
I will give Infante an edge in versatility, but he does not play positions other than 2nd base well at all.
FPCT for 3B, SS and OF from 2008-2010
2008: OF- .980 3B- .944 SS- .935
2009: OF- 1.000 3B- .938 SS- 1.000 (only 10 games)
2010: OF- .960 3B .925 SS- .960
In 2011 he played only 2B. Sure, he may be more versatile, but I would never trust him playing other positions in the IF just like Aybar.
Stats from this year
Aybar has an OPS+ of 109, Infante had 90
Aybar had 30 steals, Infante had 4
Everything else if even. Advantage Aybar.
Uehara vs Oliver
I will admit, Oliver has been much more consistent throughout the years. However, if we are building a team for right now, Uehara is the choice.
Here are some very important stats for MRPs in comparison:
ERA's are very simalar
Even though Oliver is getting better as he gets older, he is 41 right now. I would not assume he will keep improving. Uehara is 5 years younger
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