It Sucks to Be Allen Craig....
My Cardinals invited 20 guys as non-roster invitees this spring. One of them is Allen Craig, a 25 year old who has banged around the low minors for nearly five years.
This spring, here is his line: AB: 20 SO: 3 BB: 4 OBP .583 SLG .750 AVG.500
So....he's 10 for 20, slugging .750, with 2 doubles, a homer, and 8 RBIs.
Oh, and they are showcasing him....at first freakin' base. The kid is having as a good a spring as anyone could ever have, and as a reward they are putting him at first behind...who is that guy? The first baseman for the Cards? A Latino name..... I'll think of it.
Anyway, it sucks to be Allen Craig. He has to hope that somebody notices, and they can trade him.
You know who is having an amazingly good spring? Our new shortstop, Khalil Greene.
You know who is really, really sucking? Ryan Ludwick. Yikes.
OBP .267 SLG .160 AVG .120
The "Mungowitz line*": If your slugging average is less than the weight of Mungowitz, you are not going to be playing in the majors for very long. I just went and weighed myself: 262. Careful, Ryan. Get your SLG back above the Mungowitz line before the end of spring training. And I'm only about two barbecue dinners away from catching your OBP. Sad, really.
And if your batting average is below the "Angus line" (I think Angus weighs in at about 135, but that's a guess)....well, you should follow the advice in the old Uranium Savages song: kill yourself, before someone does it for you. Poor Ludwick is below the Angus line.
*Yes, yes, like the Mendoza line. Exactly. What did you think I meant? Jeez...