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.
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 prog...
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