August 11, 2005
This Mauer Kid
Sorry for how tardy today's entry is. I stayed up late to watch last night's 14-inning win over the Mariners and then had to get up bright and early this morning to do my ever-increasing number of writing gigs. So today's entry, in addition to being late, will be short and sweet.
Combined with what he did when not on the disabled list last season, Mauer now has 496 career plate appearances in the majors, spread over 125 games. That's about a full-season's worth of playing time for a starting catcher, so it's a good time to take a look at what Mauer has done:
G AVG OBP SLG 2B HR BB SO SB
125 .301 .373 .466 28 14 52 63 10
Not a bad first "year." Mauer has a very modest 62 RBIs, but that's not really his fault, as he's batted .314/.411/.453 with runners on base and .349/.433/.523 with runners in scoring position. He is also 10-for-11 stealing bases (91%, although I'd rather he was 0-for-0) and has thrown out 39.7% of stolen-base attempts against him.
And yes, for those of you keeping track (hi mom!), you can now find my writing at AaronGleeman.com, The Hardball Times, Insider Baseball, Rotoworld, and Fox Sports. By my count that adds up to around 15-16 columns per week, plus MLB and NFL news blurbs each morning. As I've heard said about playing poker many times, it's a hard way to make an easy living.
Today at The Hardball Times:
- The Fall and Rise of Jason Giambi, Part One (by Larry Mahnken)
- Circle the Wagons: Running the Bases Part III (by Dan Fox)
Today's Picks (86-72, +$1,310):
Detroit (Bonderman) -130 over Toronto (Downs)