Friday, May 24, 2013

Comparing Pete Orr and Michael Martinez


With Chase Utley headed to the disabled list, the Phils faced a decision: who to call up to fill the utility infielder role? Conventional wisdom had it down to two options- Michael Martinez and Pete Orr. Here's ZWR's analytical analysis analyzing the situation (analytically):

OFFENSE

Orr:
With a career OPS of .621, Orr clearly surpasses Martinez's output (yeah, think on that). In the small sample/what have you done for me lately department, Orr hit .315 for the Phils in 57 plate appearances in 2012.


Martinez:
Michael Martinez is dead.

DEFENSE

Orr: Orr has played many positions over the course of his career, both in the infield and outfield. His numbers aren't terrible, but I'm not going to lie- I don't understand anything about baseball defensive stats. But I think he's pretty good.

Martinez:
Michael Martinez is dead.

SPEED

Orr: You'd think this wouldn't be an advantage for Orr, as he's (a) white and (b) Canadian, but he's actually quite swift. Pete had seasons of 25, 19, and 18 stolen bases (with three more in excess of 15) in AAA.

Martinez:
Michael Martinez is dead.

INTANGIBLES

Orr: Once walked into the middle of a sausage race (so charmingly Canadian!):



Martinez:
Michael Martinez is dead.

THE DECISION

Naturally, the dead guy.

2 comments:

  1. Orr: Has good Canadian manners. Probably said "Sorry!" when he bumped into the sausage.

    Martinez: Still dead.

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  2. I guess the quota on Hispanic players on the roster wasn't met so that's why Mini Mart is up.

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