Monthly Archives: June 2012

Analyzing trends: broken pitchers

Here are the (qualified) starting pitchers since 2005 who have posted a K/9 greater than 9 and BB/9 greater: Continue reading


Obligatory Trevor Bauer post

It’s official: Diamondbacks pitcher Trevor Bauer will make his major league debut on June 28, 2012.

His path to the bigs has been a relatively quick one; he’s thrown just 118.2 innings between single, double, and triple-A. He’s stepping into a shorthanded Arizona rotation, recently ravaged by injuries to Joe Saunders and Daniel Hudson, just 12 months after being selected third overall in the 2011 draft out of UCLA.

And he’ll be the first player from that 2011 draft to make his MLB debut, crowning him one of the most hyped prospects of the year, even drawing comparisons to two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.

Trevor Bauer, future ace? Future franchise starting pitcher? Future Cy Young? Not so fast.

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Chase Utley, left fielder?

A few days ago, we mentioned that Chase Utley is currently scheduled to become a free agent in the fall of 2013. The Phillies must decide to resign him or let him walk away, a difficult decision since recent chronic knee issues have called Utley’s durability and all-around effectiveness into question. Continue reading

Chase Utley, free agent?

Just a few years ago, Chase Utley was the MLB’s premier second baseman, and was one of (if not the) best players in baseball. He compiled a stunning 39.2 fWAR, second only to Albert Pujols’ 43.1, from 2005-2009, despite playing at least half of 2008 with a torn labrum in his hip. He made his home in the heart of the Phillies’ juggernaut offense, one lineup spot ahead of Ryan Howard, and led the team to a World Series title in 2008. Since then, well-documented (well, more like well-publicized) chronic knee issues have put a damper on a once-Hall of Fame-bound career, forcing him to miss significant time at the start of both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Continue reading

Johan Santana: enjoy it while it lasts

Is Johan Santana back? His 2.38 ERA and 2.72 FIP sure make it look so.  Not to mention he threw a no-hitter against the Cardinals a week ago, the first in Mets history. After missing all of 2011 with a devastating shoulder injury, he’s returned with a vengeance, seemingly eager to earn every penny of the $23 million he’s owed this year. He’s led New York to a 32-26 record, a far better win-loss ratio than most expected them to own in June. So, can the former two-time Cy Young winner contend for a third award this year? Continue reading