Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some Rivera fundamentals:
Let the record show that this man racked up 31 postseason saves in which he got more than three outs. Only 32 other closers in the wild-card era even saved one postseason game like that. The closers for all the other AL teams in that time have saved 21 games like that combined.
But Rivera’s managers also knew better than to save him just for save situations when it came time to take the October stage. So in total, he made 58 postseason appearances of more than one inning—and allowed an earned run in exactly six of them. His ERA in those games: 0.53.
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OK, one more postseason nugget before we move on. This man faced the best hitters on the best teams in baseball in 98 postseason games—and held them to this microscopic slash line: .174/.212/.227. Now here’s what that means, essentially: In the most important games of his life, he turned the best hitters on earth into Houston Jimenez—only not that good. (Jimenez’s career slash line: .185/.221/.234.)
. . .
For those of us who care about numbers, this is a big, big week—because Rivera still has a shot to become the only pitcher in the live-ball era with a WHIP below 1.00—even if it’s only microscopically below 1.00. He heads into the final days of his career with 998 hits allowed and 286 walks. Which totals up to 1,284 baserunners (via hits and walks) in 1,282 1/3 innings. So, if he just has two or three more perfect innings in him, he can still wind up with fewer baserunners (via hits and walks) than innings.
Much more in TFA.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Looks like former Milwaukee Brewers closer John Axford will be turning around and heading back to PNC Park.
Axford, who packed his bags along with his former Brewers teammates last night and appeared headed for the charter flight back to Milwaukee, is set to join the Cardinals back at PNC Park for the start of this three-game series this morning.
The Cardinals acquired Axford this morning in exchange for a player to be named later.
Axford, 30, will move into the bullpen.
He has experience as both a setup man and a closer, and the Cardinals were able to acquire him after the righty cleared waivers. Axford led the National League in saves with 46 in 2011.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Basically, of the 13 multi-year deals for free agent relievers, you could point to four of them that seem like good ideas in retrospect: Grilli, Choate, Peralta, and Soria. You could also maybe throw Gorzelanny into that mix if you wanted, especially given his service in the rotation. All of them were low salary guys, getting a second year (or a third in Choate’s case) at a rate that wasn’t so far above the league minimum that the risk was still minimal, and each one has performed pretty well overall, with Grilli being one of the steals of the winter.
The high cost guys, though, have been pretty much atrocious across the board. League has been perhaps the worst relief pitcher in baseball. Broxton was bad and is now hurt. Adams was bad and is now hurt. Affeldt has been okay, but nothing special. Soriano has been mediocre and wildly overpaid, plus he cost the Nationals a draft pick. Burnett and Fujikawa both got hurt and have hardly pitched. The failures clearly outweigh the success stories.
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 08:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Oh where, oh where has Willie Hernandez gone?
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