'Robinson Cano' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Baseball is full of wonder. Baseball is full of overachievers. Baseball is full of failures. Baseball is full of punks. Let's see which guys fit in which category shall we?

Michael Brantley does nothing extremely well so he's a boring add on draft day an a somewhat boring play throughout the year. He's still a really solid player, even if he doesn't stand out. Thanks to a scorching .486 average the past nine games (he's had a hit in each one), Brantley is batting .286 with 10 homers, 71 RBIs, 66 runs and 17 steals. There are only four outfielders in baseball who have hit all of those numbers: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Carlos Gonzalez and Brantley.

Robinson Cano told the Yankees he wants a $300 million deal. I want to date a Playmate. Neither is likely to happen.

Scooter Gennett, I absolutely love that name, is batting .328 over 198 at-bats. Over his last five games he had two hits four times and he's batting .359 with a .924 OPS over his last 48 games. The Brewers aren't missing Rickie Weeks at all.

Carlos Gomez is a big time punk. These guys just have no respect for the game anymore. It's bad enough that the majority of players in the game have no idea who Eddie Mathews or Ralph Kiner are, but these guys don't respect the game of baseball. There's a right and wrong way to play the game. Clearly Gomez was never taught the right way.

Jedd Gyorko hit a homer Thursday, his 21st of the season. I guess that's good for a rookie, but when you add in his .245 batting average and .296 OBP it's not been a great season.

Cole Hamels allowed two runs in his last start and fittingly he picked up a no decision. He'll finish the year at 8-14 as this year's Cliff Lee. Hamels ends the year with a 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 202 Ks in 220 innings. He started slow but he finished looking like – Cole Hamels. Draft him without worry next season.

I have a teddy bear. He doesn't have a name. Don't know which is worse. That I have a bear or that he doesn't have a name. Or perhaps the worst part is that I just told the whole world I have a teddy bear. That's almost as bad as me admitting that I like romantic comedies.

Phil Hughes is awful. I've been telling you for, what, two years? Will you finally listen? Wednesday was the 14th start of the season in which he failed to last five innings. That ties the most such terrible outings for any hurler since 1969.

Hisashi Iwakuma tossed eight shutout innings Thursday to wrap up one hell of a season. A 2.66 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 185 Ks from a guy you drafted as your 5/6th starter in mixed leagues is pretty damn good ain't it (the WHIP is the lowest ever for a Mariners arm who threw at least 162 innings in a season)? Adding Iwakuma this year was a league winning move.

Ian Kinsler... can't remember the last time someone asked me about him. Wonder why? Kinsler is batting .276, a solid mark, with 70 RBIs, 80 runs scored and 15 steals. He's been caught on the base paths 10 times. He's also hit only 13 homers. It's been a solid season, but well below expectations.

Ricky Nolasco flipping folded in the end. He killed how many of you in the process? Over his last three starts he permitted 17 earned runs over his last three starts, seventeen, as his ERA went from 3.14 to 3.72. Just awful.

You don't hear many talking about him, but Sergio Romo continues just flat out get it done. He's slowed in September, but he's still picked up 37 saves with a 2.62 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.

Ervin Santana becomes a free agent at seasons end, and he's gonna get paid. Over 32 starts and 211 innings, Santana gave the Royals everything they could have hoped for with 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161 strikeouts. Too bad he only went 9-10 because of a lack of support.

Mark Trumbo doesn't have a hit in seven games. He's hitting .212 in September, a third month this season in which he has failed to hit .215. Face it folks, this is the new Adam Dunn – minus the ability to get on base. Over his last 62 games Trumbo is batting .215 with a sickly .265 OBP (that OBP is a catastrophic failure for Dunn). This also continues an extremely troubling trend of second half collapses for Trumbo. Here are his career numbers before and after the break.

Pre All-Star: .266/.324/.518 Post All-Star: .226/.267/.413

By Ray Flowers




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