This week's Free Agent Fantasy Team update actually contains a few roster moves. First, I signed Rick Ankiel to the big league team with the Mets. I am assuming that it is for league minimum prorated over the rest of the year. For now, we will assume he is owed 367,500 dollars. This brings my payroll up to 99.9785 million for the season, meaning I have about 8.02 million dollars for the rest of the season. I also had to move David Ross to the minors/inactive part of the team as he is on the 7 day concussion DL. To make room, I released Mitch Maier, who has played all of 8 games in the minors this year. Here is the numbers for my team:
Since most teams have played 42 games so far:
7.2 fWAR, 19.548 wins, 22.452 losses
9.7 rWAR, 22.048 wins, 19.952 losses
7.3 WARP, 20.74 wins, 21.26 losses
2.1 WAA, 23.1 wins, 18.9 losses
Again, WAA likes my team the best, but we are over .500 by two metrics now, with Fangraphs liking the team the least again.
Jeff Keppinger has been the most frustrating player on the team (if you don't count Ryan Madson's ever evolving injury situation), getting a 3 year contract after a good season with the Rays and hitting .188/.190/.208 through a month and a half. Keppinger finally drew his first walk this year earlier this week, which even for his contact happy ways is amazing.
This graph shows where pitchers are pitching him on average by count:
Here are the pitches he is taking:
Since pitchers are throwing him so much strikes, you wonder if bat speed is a problem (after all, he isn't making them pay), so here are the locations and results on fastballs over 95 MPH:
2012: 173.864 feet on average
2013: 162.152 feet on average
Of course, there is a catch/no-catch bias in these numbers, so if he is having a large amount of balls just hit right at people, then it is going to show up in batted ball distance.
Here is Keppinger's spray chart (Texas Leaguers) at this point last year: