Friday, March 07, 2008

Signs You Lack Control

Baseball Reference's stat of the day blog gives us all 69 4-pitch bases-loaded walks from last season.

Aaron Fultz led the majors with three. But the Nats had two pitchers who pulled the horror twice: Matt Chico and Levale Speigner. Throw in the ones by Jesus Colome and Billy Traber, and the Nats accounted for about 9% of the MLB's total. Way to go, guys!


  • Don't forget Lannan....because Chase Utley's hand sure won't. (Actually, I know, he just had that one really bad game, but plunking both Utley and Howard in consecutive innings is a perfect anecdotal example for a team with control issues.)

    We just need to find another one of Bowden's moral arbitrage guys who happens to be a pitcher to complete the tableau of thugs and control-issue tossers. I've heard that the California Penal League has this guy named Rick Vaughan....

    By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 3/07/2008 12:34 PM  

  • I demand an inquiry -- how can Joel Hanrahan not be on that list?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3/07/2008 12:37 PM  

  • Lack of opportunity. The stat is biased against pitchers who walk the first two and then give up a homer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2008 12:47 PM  

  • Note that Mike Bacsik never did this. (Gotta take the sweet with the bitter, Chris.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2008 1:08 PM  

  • Given all the homers he allowed, I'd be shocked if he ever pitched with more than two runners on!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/07/2008 1:08 PM  

  • Just looked it up...

    He had the bases loaded in just 6 Plate Appearances. 4 groundouts, 1 popup, and 1 bases-clearing double, for 4 total runs allowed.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/07/2008 1:12 PM  

  • Why would they prefer to send Jesus down to double A Harrisburg for more at bats as opposed to triple A Columbus?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/07/2008 1:21 PM  

  • Hey, don't sweat it! Traber's off throwing perfect games for the Yanks, Speigner will have to beat out Jim Ed Warden to get back to the majors, and while Chico was about a league average starter last year, if he continues his poor pitching this spring he's destined to walk in runners at Colombus instead of the District. That just leaves Jesus! 'I broke my butt' Colome...
    So, we'll have a whole new group of inepts to watch roll that ball across home plate... Katsuhiko Maekawa, I'm talking to you! Just don't be surprised when Bowden pulls off a midseason blockbuster to bring back Traber to help out the bullpen. I'm sure Ladson will do a "where are they now?" piece on Billy if he makes New York's pen out of spring training chock-full-o' "he plays the game the right way" and repetitive sentences that make Jason LaCanfora's editor cry, thus prompting Bowden upon reading it to trade away one or two Vermontsters in order to get him back to D.C.

    By Blogger HB3k, at 3/07/2008 2:24 PM  

  • "He had the bases loaded in just 6 Plate Appearances. 4 groundouts, 1 popup, and 1 bases-clearing double, for 4 total runs allowed."

    - That's pretty clutch! If he doesn't make it back to the big leagues for the Nats, at least he has a future as a pitching coach...

    By Blogger HB3k, at 3/07/2008 2:31 PM  

  • "I've heard that the California Penal League has this guy named Rick Vaughan...."

    - Already signed with the Braves for $1 mil under the recommendation of Albie Lopez. They're hoping to ressurect his career in spite of being age 42 (didn't it work for Steve Bedrosian?)
    By the way, anyone ever checked out the Talking Chop Braves blog link? They talk mad smack about the Nats, which is curious for a team that pulls the trigger on some of those turds they call trades... Have fun in '08 with Mark Kotsay in CF!

    By Blogger HB3k, at 3/07/2008 2:43 PM  

  • Chris, did you realize that you rank 72nd on Wikio's list of sports blogs and that you gained 42 ranks since last month?

    Just thought you might enjoy knowing that people actually care about your rants and your passion for what you do.

    By Blogger Michael Taylor, at 3/07/2008 11:58 PM  

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