Wade LeBlanc got 21 outs with 94 pitches, facing 26 batters in his 7 innings of work. Our offense is regressing after that lovely 9-run display on Monday. Edgar Renteria continued his stellar season with a big, fat 0-fer. His $7 million 2009 line is .258/.316/.339 (BA/OBP/SLG). Yeah. That's the line--no joke. A .339 slugging percentage. And he gets a $2 million raise next year.
I actually thought we could get LEAGUE AVERAGE production from this guy. That's all I wanted--LEAGUE AVERAGE (.259/.331/.410). What we got was David Eckstein with more strikeouts. If you like the new metrics, The Rental's wOBA is .290, 6th worst in all of baseball, and he's worth about 0.6 WAR (about half of Andres Torres).
If you ever needed a reason to ignore ESPN and the rest of the goofballs who pen this sort of crap for the so-called "mainstream media," a gander a Jerry Crasnick's Barry Zito story will give you all you need to cut those ties. I'm glad Zito is pitching better this year (although not today!), but c'mon. He's been our 4th best pitcher all year, and now he's our fifth best. Get real, Jerry.
p.s. Here's a nice look at MadBum's debut on FanGraphs.