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Friday, July 14, 2006

 

John Donovan Doesn't Understand Numbers.

Even when he himself uses them.

Here's one of the things he thinks "went right" for the Boston Red Sox in the first half:

Josh Beckett (11-4, 4.75) has delivered.

Here's one of the things he thinks "went wrong":

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (7-8, 4.05) has been only OK.

Class? Why is Mr. Donovan a dummy?

(For the record, if you want to look deeper:

Wake: 4.17 DIPS, 19.8 VORP
Beck: 4.65 DIPS, 12.6 VORP)

As a bonus:

What's next: If Jon Lester (4-0, 3.06 ERA) is as good as he's looked, the Sox have arguably the best pitching in the division and a better-than-good chance to earn their first AL East title since 1995.

Lester has worked his way out of a ton of jams. He has also been in a ton of jams, because he has 25 BB in 37.3 IP.

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posted by Ken Tremendous  # 12:41 AM
Comments:
Thanks to reader Ironman for this follow-up:

Just thought that I'd point out than in his AL Central grade for the White Sox, he thought something that "Went Right" for the White Sox was this:

"...and the rest of the by-now-familiar rotation -- Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia and newcomer Javier Vazquez (9-4, 5.07) -- is ever-steady."

Garland: 5.37 ERA (42nd out of 46 qualified AL starters) 1.42 WHIP (36th) .297 BAA (40th) and 39th in DIPS

Garcia: 4.91 ERA (35th) 1.39 WHIP (33rd) .283 BAA (39th) and 38th in DIPS

Vazquez: 5.07 ERA (39th) 1.35 WHIP (29th) .273 BAA(31st) but at least he's like 11th in DIPS.

That's "ever steady?" I would say "bad" would actually be more appropriate.

 
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