Sunday, August 10, 2008

Weekly Cleveland Indians Lineup Analysis

Once again, this is the weekly series where I plan take the top 9 Indians in terms of OPS and feed them into Dave Pinto's Lineup Analysis Tool to determine the theoretical ideal batting lineup.

This Week's Results
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This Week's Ideal Lineup

Changes From Last Week
For the first time in this series, the players and order remains exactly the same.

Theoretical Runs Per Game
5.113, down 0.198 from last week. Since the players are the same from last week, their overall performance has decreased slightly.

Theoretical Improvement
The Indians are currently scoring 4.661 runs per game. That's an improvement of 0.452 runs per game, which in turn leads to 73 runs over the course of the season, or 7 more wins. Coincidentally, the team is exactly seven games below their pythagorean win-loss record right now.

Defensive Plausibility
In this theoretical world, Sal Fasano probably has enough third base experience to qualify for that position on your fantasy team.

Fan Believability
Fasano seemed to handle first base well, so why not third?

My Take
This is the same lineup as last week, so I'll say the same thing. I like Sizemore in the two hole, but I'd probably move Peralta to cleanup and bat Shoppach fifth.

Random Indians Thought of the Week
It's a case of small sample size, but Michael Aubrey's season OPS with the Indians is currently higher than Ryan Garko's - and Aubrey was only hitting .181 with the Tribe.