The Value of a Good Catcher

Or, the Cost of a Bad One

Barry Rozner today on former Cubs’ catcher Michael Barrett:

Cubs with Barrett: 32-37 (.464). Cubs after Barrett: 32-24 (.571).

The Padres before Barrett: 41-28 (.594). The Padres with Barrett: 25-30 (.455).

The Padres with Barrett starting: 8-17 (.320). Padres all season with anyone else starting: 58-40 (.592).

And on Koyie Hill (now designated for assignment):

From June 3-July 16, when the Cubs were 26-12 and the best team in baseball: With Hill catching 13-4, Barrett 5-5, Geovany Soto 2-0 and Rob Bowen 6-3.

Since Jason Kendall arrived: 4-3 with Hill, 12-14 with Kendall.

Going into the week, Kendall’s catcher’s ERA was near 5.00, while Hill’s was 3.02, though Kendall’s was a terrific 3.38 with Oakland this season.

Just one more: Carlos Zambrano’s OPS against was .523 with Hill, .801 with Kendall and .965 with Barrett.

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