The Paradoxical Scott Richmond
I went on the record at the start of the season stating that Scott Richmond wasn’t a major league starter. I took some heat but I defended my position. Now as the season winds to a close I have to admit that his up and down campaign leaves more questions than it does answers.
A quick look at his overall stat line of 6-9, 4.76 ERA and 1.38 WHIP screams out back-end starter or a long-relief pitcher.
But when taking a look inside his stats he looks like an front-line starter or a complete bum. There really is no in-between.
In the first half of the season he held opponents to a .246 BABIP. This is a very lucky rate. No pitcher in the MLB this season has a overall season BABIP lower than .246. No one, including Roy Halladay, Carpenter, Greinke, Lincecum, etc.
In the second half Scott has allowed an extremely unlucky .394 BABIP. To put that rate into perspective only three hitters in the entire MLB have a BABIP of .394 or above
While I don’t have the number in front of me Richmond is always in the top 10 lists over at ESPN at opponent swing and misses. His out-of-the-zone swing percentage is the 5th best in all of baseball (30%+), an elite stat. His K/9 is close to 8, and his overall K/BB ratio is over 2.
On the negative side Richmond has the fifth highest line drive percentage in all of baseball (22.6%). Also he’s allowed the seventh highest HR/9 rate in the majors at 1.46.
Where does he stand?
What do you think? What should Scott’s role be on the 2010 Toronto Blue Jays?