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Old 04-08-2007, 12:26 PM
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Default Backup Catchers

Today is the first full Sunday of MLB action in the 2007 season, so it is a good time to be cognizant of one particular factor in teams' depth charts: backup catchers. Traditionally, a backup catcher plays in a day game when the team played a night game the evening before. Often (but not always) that day is Sunday. Inserting a backup catcher can change the value of an offence dramatically - and if you can anticipate the day a backup catcher plays before the lineups are posted, you can sometimes get a good jump on the line.

So here is the current list of backup catcher run values (includes offence only) relative to the starting catcher, taken from the numbers that I use. The numbers represent the difference in expected runs scored for the team with the backup catcher rather than the starter.

Arz Snyder:Montero +.02
Atl McCann:Pena -.28
Bal Hernandez:Bako -.42
Bos Varitek:Mirabelli -.24
ChC Barrett:Blanco -.19
ChW Pierzynski:Hall -.12
Cin Ross:Valentin -.09
Cle Martinez:Shoppach -.18
Col Ianetta:Torrealba -.17
Det Rodriguez:Wilson -.09
Fla Olivo:Treanor -.11
Hou Ausmus:Quintero +.15
KC Buck:LaRue -.05
LAA Napoli:Molina -.25
LAD Martin:Lieberthal -.06
Mil Estrada:Miller -.03
Min Mauer:Redmond -.35
NYM Lo Duca:Castro -.05
NYY Posada:Nieves -.44
Oak Kendall:Melhuse -.13
Phi Barajas:Ruiz +.04
Pit Paulino:Cota -.19
SD Bard:Bowen -.10
SF Molina:Alfonzo -.07
Sea Johjima:Clement -.18
StL Molina:Bennett -.12
TB Navarro:Paul -.17
Tex Laird:Ojeda -.13
Tor Zaun:Phillips -.34
Was Schnieder:Flores -.05

As you can see, sometimes it makes a big difference.

Hope this helps.
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