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Monday, May 02, 2005


Surprise! Mark Mulder Is A Good Pitcher!

Kruk's biggest surprise: Mark Mulder

"After last year's debacle at the end of the season, I thought he was done. I didn't think he had anything left. I think he's proven me wrong."

Let's all stand up and applaud Mr. Kruk for his bravery in admitting that a 27 year old lefthander who, in his first four complete MLB seasons averaged 18 wins with a 3.62 ERA, wasn't quite "done" after all.

Sure, Mulder had a pretty shitty second half last year. But he also had an pretty dominant first half. In April, May, and June he was 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a .229 BAA. He started the All Star game for crissakes.

I guess the lesson for major league players is this: even if you've established yourself as one of the games most promising young pitchers, DO NOT have a bad half season or John Kruk will pronounce you "done."

posted by Murbles  # 12:12 AM
Big fan of your work. I'd like to add an item from John Kruk's "April Awards" that was a awesome exercise in nonsensibility. In this segment, JK named as his "Most Improved Player" for the young 2005 season a spry up-and-comer by the name of Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones. A career .304 hitter, Jones was apparently not alone in believing that he had yet to reach his ceiling despite being a 5-time All-Star, averaging 31 home runs a year and winning the 1999 Award for Most Value, National League. Jones scuffled through the 2004 campaign with a paltry .248/30/96/.362 stat line, and Kruk again pronounced this cornerstone player dead. After a .369/4/14/.505 month however, Jones has surpassed the likes of Brian Roberts(!?), John Garland, John Patterson and Derrek Lee as Most Improved Player for the month. All because, as Kruk says, "He hit in the .200's last year. Now he's up over .300 and has to be a big bat in the middle of that Braves lineup for them to win ballgames."
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