Here are the top 10 startling Jays stats. (ie odd internal stats, not ALind is hitting .200 & Jose Bautista has 23 HR type stats)
Keith Law Quote (Bold Added)
Toronto had another questionable selection in John Buck, who’s hitting .270/.306/.509 in a great home run park
Last night Ricky Romero pitched 8 innings of scoreless ball, scattering 8 hits (seven singles), striking out 5 and walking one.
Cito lifted Ricky after 107 pitches and handed the ball over to Kevin Gregg. Gregg hasn’t been horrible in non-save situations (around a 4.00 era heading into last night) but he ended up allowing three hits and the game’s only run.
I realize that Romero is on pace to shatter his previous career high in IP. In-fact, he leads the AL in IP.
However, I do believe that once he’s on a roll he should be allowed to finish what he’s started.
Romero has gone over 100 pitches in 13 of 15 starts, yet he’s gone over the 110 pitch count just three times.
Recently Cito has done a good job in giving Ricky an extra day, with three of his past four starts coming on 5+ days rest.
And building upon the extra days rest (it doesn’t change his performance):
4 days of rest: .242 BA overall, .652 OPS
5+ days of rest: .221 BA overall, .677 OPS
6+ days of rest: .232 BA overall .569 Opponents OPS
In the meantime why not let Ricky go a little deeper into games?
Supportive Ricky Romero Endurance Stats:
Opponents 3rd PA in Game: .206 Batting Average
4th+ PA in Game: .185 Batting Average
Innings 7 – 9: .151 Opponents Batting Average
Pitch Count 101+: . 154 Opponents Batting Average
Oddly enough Romero’s in-game success makes sense. He continually works his the change (3rd in AL change-up % thrown). As Trevor Hoffman can attest, batters can sit on a change and still not do anything with it.
Perfect World Scenario:Ricky is allowed to throw 110-120 pitches when he’s on a roll and is given an extra days rest as often as possible.
Say what you will about George Steinbrenner (that he ruined baseball with his spending, he’s a jackass, etc) but the fact remains that he paid the price to field a winning product.
In today’s game, with revenue sharing profit models such as the Marlins, Pirates, Indians, etc and teams holding down premium talent (rightfully so, but still…) in de-facto Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg and Indians current #3 hitter Carlos Santana, an owner that put his money on the field has to be respected to some degree.
With friendship status and insider access, New York sportswriter Bill Madden has written an entertaining study on George Steinbrenner’s reign in the baseball world.
I wouldn’t necessarily call the book a biography, it’s more of a tabloid style account of Steinbrenner’s baseball life, featuring numerous wild stories and inside gossip, while coming up short on life outside of baseball. (for example, the births of his various children are presented as an afterthought mid-way through the book).
Nothing groundbreaking regarding George (outside of his philanthropy to various charities) is presented. Past opinions are ultimately confirmed: He’s a media whore that spends what is needed to win. George had the foresight and personnel to take advantage of the media juggernaut in NY (in print, radio, advertising and television) that helped finance his spending sprees and increased overall franchise value. He butted heads with whomever resided in the commissioners office. At times he trusted outside sources and his gut instead of hard facts. And he had numerous, sometimes comical run-ins and demands for his numerous managers.
Again, nothing new, although the tabloid fashion in which the material is presented makes rehashing history an enjoyable experience.
At the end of the day the book delivers on its promise. It’s a light, entertaining read (even at 450+ pages) that sheds light on what it must have been like to be a Yankees fan from the mid-70′s to present day.
Scott Richmond is on the comeback trail.