I was at work today and to keep my brain occupied from the repetitiveness I often contemplate random sports situations. Todays thoughts: Man our AAA squad is loaded, That chick is freaking sexy, and i wonder how the bats would do in a series against the pirates?(not necessarily in that order)
So now that Ive returned to my house I decided to mess around on my computer to unwind a bit before I went to bed; I noticed Justins post of Reds vs Cubs and it reawakened the pirates/Bats thoughts. Well here we go..
Lets start by comparing positions
C. doumit vs denove advantage: Pirates
1B. Clement vs Alonso advantage: Bats
2B. valaika vs Iwamura advantage: Pirates
3B. Frazier vs LaRoche advantage: Bats
SS. Cedeno vs Cozart advantage: Bats
Lf. Milledge vs Francisco advantage: Bats
CF. McCutchen vs Heisey advantage: Pirates
RF. Jones vs Dorn/someone on a minor league contract advantage: Pirates
So 4 for each, a lot closer than I thought as i assumed that a Major league team would be the clear winner. I still have to give them the overall advantage because Jones and Doumit are huge improvements over their counterparts.
Now another question, If the Pirates offered their starting lineup for the bats starting lineup would you accept that trade? We would lose pretty much all of our non pitching prospects, but it would definitely push our big league club to the next level. With Doumit taking over the catching duties, McCutchen/Jones for LF. Iwamura and cedeno would take over the utility spots, LaRoche could wait in AAA and take over 3rd if Rolen gets hurt. The rest could be in AAA until we needed them. I know I would ( though I would talk to them and try to keep Cozart/Alonso and they could keep Milledge/Clement)