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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A’s Jim Johnson sinking into a rut

Johnson has faced 26 batters so far and 16 of them have reached base. He’s walked six and struck out four. Batters are hitting .529, albeit with no extra-base hits and a .600 BABIP.

He’s probably the worst pitcher in the A’s bullpen, and he’s really got more of a starter’s repertoire anyway.  Maybe that should be the plan at this point?

theboyqueen Posted: April 09, 2014 at 11:40 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Traderdave Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4683665)
Why the #### did they cut Balfour loose??

   2. SoCalDemon Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4683668)
he’s really got more of a starter’s repertoire anyway. Maybe that should be the plan at this point?


"what you've just said... is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul"

JK, but Melvin, please don't let Johnson anywhere near the 1st inning, or the 9th inning ever again. I know its only 4 innings, but wow.
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 10, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4683674)
I wanted the Orioles to try him in the rotation for the last couple years, and I thought Beane might have traded for him with that in mind. I thought he could have been the next Derek Lowe.

But it sounds like his confidence is shot.
   4. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM (#4683713)
Beane screwed up when he didn't let the market shake out. When free agency began, Balfour was looking for a three year deal, which Beane wasn't going anywhere near, but had he waited, he might have been able to re-sign Balfour or gotten another "closer" on a a very reasonable two year deal.
   5. Rants Mulliniks Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4683720)
I couldn't believe it when I heard Oakland was getting Johnson.
   6. theboyqueen Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM (#4683762)
Also, Reddick has looked absolutely lost at the plate for a year and a half now. And Barton is still a waste of space. And the A's are in first place again. I love this team!
   7. Danny Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4683768)
He's overpaid, but that doesn't explain why he's sucking so badly.

After allowing two unintentional walks in his final 30 innings last year, he has five unintentional walks in his first 3.3 innings this year. He's allowed hits on 9 of 15 BIP (.600 BABIP) compared to a .255 BABIP for the rest of A's pitchers. But at least he hasn't given up an extra base hit yet?
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:51 AM (#4683793)
If he loses the closing job or goes on the DL, would the closer job go to Gregerson or to Cook?
   9. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4683796)
Per Melvin, via Susan Slusser, he has lost the job. At least for now. Committee angle, so don't get excited about hitting the FA wire in a fantasy league.
   10. escabeche Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4683797)
Why the #### did they cut Balfour loose??


Maybe they saw something on his physical they didn't like.
   11. Danny Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4683818)
would the closer job go to Gregerson or to Cook?

Cook was the closer when Melvin demoted Balfour, but I'd think Doolittle and Gregerson are both in the mix now.
   12. theboyqueen Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4683826)
The bullpen they have is pretty versatile; I don't think naming a closer makes a whole lot of sense. I would trust Melvin with this.
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4683846)
Reddick has looked absolutely lost at the plate for a year and a half now.

From August 9 2013 to the end of the season, he was 284 / 357 / 514.
Spring training, he was 333 / 373 / 574.

He's a terrific fielder; he doesn't have to hit nearly that well to be valuable.

(also, offense is down?!? Cespedes is at 226 / 286 / 484, which right now is good for an OPS+ of 117)
   14. A triple short of the cycle Posted: April 10, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4683863)
And I thought Balfour was difficult to watch.
   15. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: April 10, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4683913)
In my unscientific loo at closers 2011-201 (all guys with 40 or more saves over that span), out of 32 closers Johnson has the lowest k/9 6.13
Brandon League is at 6.15

those 2 are outliers, the next lowest is Valverde at 7.75
27 of the 32 are over 8/9
19 are over 9/9
11 are over 10/9
   16. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 10, 2014 at 02:13 PM (#4683926)
Johnson had a similar stretch last May. 3.1 IP, 10 hits, 8 runs. The control thing is a new wrinkle that would have me concerned as that seems to often be a precursor to an injury revelation. We are dealing with 3 1/3 innings though. It wouldn't shock me if by the time October 1 rolled around his season looked very much like 2012 or 2013.
   17. Curse of the Andino Posted: April 10, 2014 at 03:29 PM (#4683994)
Oof. I liked him with the O's, but he was clearly not the pitcher he was in 2012 last year. Lousy K rate has been noted. Jemille Weeks is currently the loser in the battle for O's utility infielder (behind Steve "Pride of Atholton High" Lombardozzi and Ryan "Rule 5" Flaherty), but I guess Baltimore made the right decision...

... at least until Tommy Hunter blows up.

Hope Johnson gets it together somehow.
   18. Cooper Nielson Posted: April 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4684212)
Oh wow. I was going to make a joke about how the Tigers would be thrilled to swapped closers, but Johnson's been even worse than Joe Nathan. Johnson has a 18.90 ERA, 4.50 WHIP. Nathan has a relatively sparkling 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP -- and he's 2-0!
   19. escabeche Posted: April 10, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4684242)
I had no idea Lombardozzi was an Athol!

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