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May 22, 2008
BASEBALL: 1-2 and Lights Out

It never ceases to amaze...the Red Sox are firing on all cylinders at this point, from the offense (1st in the AL in scoring, batting, slugging and OBP, with Julio Lugo the only player with at least 10 at bats who is below the league average in OPS), the rotation (I, for one, am very happy to have drafted Dice-K on all three of my Rotisserie teams this year, and the 4.24 ERA for Lester and Buchholz combined beats the heck out of 8.70 for Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy), but the most amazing thing is still the front of the bullpen - here's the career combined numbers for Papelbon and Okajima: 1.79 ERA, 6.10 H/9, 0.73 HR/9, 2.32 BB/9, 9.94 K/9, 300 K compared to 254 baserunners. Wow.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:46 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)
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Okajima has, right now, one of the most misleading ERAs that you'll ever see. He's only allowed 2 earned runs in 20 innings, for a .90 ERA. But he's allowed something like 11 of 14 inherited runners to score. He's actually been a big part of the pitching problems thus far.

Posted by: Lyford at May 23, 2008 7:55 AM

As a Yankees fan, I will patiently wait for the late summer Sox collapse. The Sox are overdue to resume their historical pattern. The Yanks have won two in a row and are turning the corner . . .

Posted by: MVH at May 23, 2008 10:46 AM

MVH,

Sorry but you are WAY too optimisitic about the team full of geezers, chokers and unproven pitching making any sort of a run this summer. If I recall correctly the Red Sox won the division last year and the World Series. The Sox are the team of this century. The Yankees are old news. Really old.

Posted by: jim at May 23, 2008 11:27 AM

Lyford makes a good point, but is that just bad luck? It's not like Okajima is getting shelled, but in a way that the runs aren't attributable to him. He's only allowing one baserunner per inning and he's struck out 17 in 20 innings.

It would be interesting to see if there are relief pitchers4 who, all things being equal, are better than others at not letting inherited runners score. Let's say X and Y have identical stats, but X has let a lot more inherited runners score. Is that luck or not? Do some relief pitchers pitch better when they come in with inherited runners than they do when they start an inning fresh or come in during an inning with nobody on base?

Posted by: Alex at May 23, 2008 11:36 AM

It's not optimism; it's the "Audacity of Hope". :)

Posted by: MVH at May 23, 2008 11:46 AM

Okajima is definitely a guy more comfortable starting his own inning. Some guys are like that. The problem is more that Delcarman/Aardsma/Lopez/Hansen/Timlin can't finish their inning without some help.

He probably won't cop to it but madirish went double down again yesterday with a 25-1 kicker for 2 grand slams.

Posted by: jim at May 23, 2008 2:00 PM
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