Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
September 16, 2002
BASEBALL: The Smoking Gun

Well, to give one of the main answers to my question about the Red Sox:

John Burkett, April-July (Red Sox 13-5 in his 18 starts):

10-3, 3.77 ERA, 6.24 IP/G, 1.2 HR/9, 2.48 BB/9, 6.49 K/9, .299 balls in play avg.*

August-September (Red Sox 2-7 in his 9 starts):

1-5, 7.86 ERA, 4.96 IP/G, 1.81 HR/9, 2.82 BB/9, 6.04 K/9, .362 balls in play avg.*

*-((H) - (HR))/(Balls in Play). Number of Balls in Play approximated from ((IP*3) + (H)) - ((HR) + (K)).

In other words, Burkett's game has deteriorated in every respect since August 1, but most dramatically in the area where he has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball history throughout his career: frequency of balls in play becoming hits.

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