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LaRoche, Bay, Paulino Flop in the First Half

LaRoche, Bay, Paulino Flop in the First Half

As I mentioned this morning, the goal here is to look at what we expected the Pirates to do in comparison to how they've actually performed through 88 games.
The bullet points refer to the ZiPS projection system made available by Dan Szymborski at Baseball Think Factory this pre-season. Current statistics are from Pirates.com.
Catcher

Paulino: 452 AB, .272/.327/.378, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 1 SB
Doumit: 290 AB, .252/.322/.438
Cota: 220 AB, .223/.267/.355

ZiPS thought Paulino's average would drop from 2006 to 2007. No one saw .234/.279/.348 coming, though. It's no secret that Ronny's play has been supremely disappointing.
We expected him to grow into his frame a little, maybe hit a few more home runs. We also thought that his defense would continue to improve; he's a work in progress after all. A year and a half ago, he was a no-name minor leaguer---suddenly, he turned into the catcher of the future.
After a slow start Ronny picked up the pace ever so slightly in June, putti...

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