Baseball Primer - A's Season Preview
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| By whoknows77 on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 01:04 pm:|
Always great insight from the Primates:
| By orangeman on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 01:55 pm:|
That's so weird, I just went on their website this morning and couldn't find an A's preview. It must have just been put on there
| By whoknows77 on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 02:07 pm:|
it was just added shortly before I posted it
| By goldtymer on Thursday, April 01, 2004 - 03:24 pm:|
Tim Hidson, Mike Mulder?
Is Selig writing this?
At least he didn't call him "Fox."
The most interesting observations:
"Letís dispense with the silly stat you keep hearing about Rhodes Ė that heís only 17 for 44 in save chances. Thatís a dumb way to look at setup men. If he comes on in the 8th with a one-run lead and gives up a run, he gets charged with a blown save. If he holds the lead, he gets taken out and the closer gets the save while he gets a hold. If you want to look at anything, look at his number of holds plus saves versus his number of blown saves (blown holds usually/always mean a blown save). Heís got 127 career holds to go with his 17 saves and just 27 blown saves, so heís held the lead 84% of the time that heís been asked to. For comparison, Mariano Rivera has done it 88% of the time. Rhodes will be fine as the closer."
144-for-171 sounds a heck of a lot better than 17-for-44.
"According to the last reports I saw, Harville had the inside track on the 11th pitcher slot after a great spring (13 IP and 1.38 ERA) and good AAA season (57 IP, 2.05 ERA, 57 K, 21 BB)."
Harville's a keeper.
"I wouldnít be surprised if neither of these guys [Mulder & Zito] had a particularly good long-range projection, so maybe they should trade them both!"
Dissing Mulder and Zito! That don't sound right.