Many pundits and fans considered the Rays 2010 season as an "all in" year. We had something like 25,000 guys coming off the roster and could not possibly hope to approach .500 in 2011.
Well, 2011 is here now, so let's see how our graduates are faring. Do not forget to ask yourself: Where would we be if only we could have kept them?
Matt Garza -- 0-3, 30.2 IP, 4.11 ERA, 1.24 FIP, 1.94 xFIP
Garza has done his part to help the Chicago Cubs Curse by having the league's most crazy results: Despite striking out half the NL, Garza has no wins and a .400+ BABIP, a ~60% LOB rate, and just about the worst luck on earth. Once his fortunes level out, he'll probably have a great year.
Remember, we certainly didn't trade Garza because he was garbage -- we traded him for a hefty haul of awesome (including Sam Fuld). Seeing Garza "succeed" in Chicago should not surprise us.
Carl Crawford -- .163/.209/.233 (17 wRC+), 4 steals
Cahl Crafuhd has been other-worldly terrible since joining the Boston Red Sox. He has 14 hits in 96 PAs (including last night's 0 for 4) and has -- by all reports (including UZR: -2.1 in just 181 innings) -- adjusted very poorly to playing left field in Fenway Park.
It's very unlikely Carl stays this bad. But still, who knows? Maybe he got broke?
It looks like the Cubs are also moving towards platooning Pena with Jeff Baker -- not a bad idea because Pena has never hit lefties well. The problem is: Jeff Baker is a second baseman. The Cubs are so desperate for offense, they have given a second baseman playing time over Pena.
To his credit, Pena has looked strong defensively, which is about the lone bright spot for his season thus far.
For some reason, UZR gave up on Jason Bartlett a few years ago. Maybe he lost some lateral movement? Maybe he's just getting old? I dunno. Already, though, UZR has this once-defensive-maven at -0.1 runs, which extrapolates to, at best, league average defense for the year.
Joaquin Benoit -- 0-0, 9.3 IP, 0.93 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 3.88 xFIP
Whoa! Some positive news! Benoit, by my count, has had one bad outing (allowing a game-tying run to the Rangers on April 14th). The rest have all been scoreless appearances. In total, he has 2 shutdowns and only the 1 meltdown.
Dan Wheeler -- 0-0, 7.1 IP, 9.82 ERA, 4.95 FIP, 3.34 xFIP
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Dan Wheeler is giving up a bunch of home runs -- oh, you've heard it before? Well it's true. He has no shutdowns and one meltdown so far this season, and for some reason, the Red Sox seemed determined to un-ROOGY him.
Last year, Maddon had Wheeler face lefties only 22.5% of the time (and usually against super weak lefties or ones with reverse splits). This year, he has faced 15 lefties and 18 righties -- to generally disastrous results.
Rafael Soriano -- 1-1, 10.1 IP, 7.84 ERA, 5.55 FIP, 6.58 xFIP
Woof! Things could hardly go worse for ol' Shirt Untuck. He's walking more batters than he's striking out, and he's generally looking terrible.
Am I forgetting anyone? Fernando Perez? He's been caught stealing 6 times and is slugging .245 (he's getting on base at a nice clip, though) -- all in AAA. Oh, and Zach Rosscup has a 3.38 ERA in High-A for the Cubs right now.