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April 9, 2008
BASEBALL: Welcome To Florida, Kid

Andrew Miller's first two starts:

HR/9: 1.17
BB/9: 3.52
K/9: 10.57
ERA: 12.91

Why? With a DER of 0.444, the Marlins defense is turning less than half of balls in play against Miller into outs. Granted, THT's numbers say that 25% of those are line drives, which will usually mostly be hits, so Miller's not entirely innocent here. But while some of that is just unusually bad luck in a small sample size (7.2 IP), I suspect he will not enjoy pitching before the Marlins' defense, which is already second only to the Giants for the worst in the majors thus far.

I expect Miller to be a good pitcher in time; he has the tools, once he masters his control. But he'll need a better defense behind him before you see that reflected in his results.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:05 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

The Marlins may stink at the moment, but they have a great record of recovery due to their excellent minor league operations and young player development. I'll never understand why the ownership keeps breaking them up. As a fan, I'd have become irretrievably frustrated years ago (as many appear to be).

Luck and defense are always a vital part of a pitcher's ERA. I knew that this was yet another place where the Giants absolutely stink this year, but I had not yet seen this metric of defensive efficiency. I am confident that most if not all teams will eclipse the Giants on this stat as well as all of the other important ones this year. They used to excel in this area.

Posted by: NRA Life Member at April 9, 2008 3:16 PM

I'm more willing to cut the Giants some slack; it's early. The Marlins basically have to show that they can improve on last season.

Posted by: The Crank at April 9, 2008 6:29 PM
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