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May 8, 2003
BASEBALL: Gather No Moss

I have to disagree with The Mad Hibernian on this one, and I stand by my initial skepticism of the Moss deal for the Giants. Look at the numbers: Moss has walked 24 batters in 42.2 IP (more than 5 per 9 innings), while striking out 26, a terrible ratio. He's allowing 1.45 baserunners/IP, which is hideous. Granted, he's allowed just 3 home runs compared to 20 in 179 IP last season. But if Moss has an ERA below 3.50 this season while walking 5 men a game, I'll eat my hat.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:07 PM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

I'm with the Crank on this one. I think Pac Bell Park -- being a massive pitcher's park -- has disguised Moss' weak peripherals to some extent, but unless he shows better control, that ERA is going to rise fast.

However, Russ Ortiz was not that good of a pitcher either, so this may be a case of teams exchanging promising but mediocre pitchers. Except Moss is younger and cheaper and has suffered less abuse of his arm.

Posted by: Tung Yin at May 8, 2003 8:45 PM

I agree that the low strikeout/walk ratio is a cause for concern as is the high number of walks. However, Moss is young, doesn't give up many hits and is backed by a very solid team. He may correct his control problems.

It will be interesting whether he turns out to be another Jack Armstrong but, if not, I will keep a hat handy for the Crank.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at May 9, 2003 8:49 AM
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