Aug
14

Was there any doubt that inherited runner was scoring?

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I absolutely cannot stand Ron Villone. Yes, he pitched well for us during a crucial stretch last year, but he turned putrid down the stretch. And when you consider his season numbers — 5.04 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, only 59 percent of pitches for strike, and only 49 percent of first-pitch strikes — you really have to wonder why he was brought back.

His numbers seem to be decent this year: 3.34 ERA, 6.12 K/9, 2.00 K/BB, 62% of pitches for strikes, 1.27 WHIP. However, at this point last year, he was sitting on a 2.26 ERA. So from August 15 through September 30, his ERA rose 2.78 points. That’s not what we need this year. Then again, at this point last year, he also had 64.1 innings under his belt, whereas this year he has just about half that, 32.1, though if you add in his Scranton numbers it’s 56, so he’s not that far off.

My biggest gripe with Villone this year, though, is his almost automatic way of allowing inherited runners to score. To date he has come in with 23 runners on base, of which he has allowed nine to score. That’s nearly 40 percent, and it’s completely unacceptable. Yes, we’re dealing with a small sample size. But we’re also dealing with Ron Villone.

This is the exact reason we need Britton and Edwar in the pen. Wouldn’t you feel much more comfortable with one of them coming into a game with a two-run lead and a guy on first base? I sure would. Lefties be damned, I don’t want Ron Villone on this team anymore.

Categories : Pitching
  • http://www.dapperdansofharmony.com Chuck M.

    I don’t know about that… Edwar has done great in AAA, but so did Jeff Johnson & Wade Taylor & Sam Milletelo & Christian Parker & a score of others that one can think of. There”s a reason why Edwar’s been in a bunch of different organizations over the past couple of years, and I have a hard time believing that he’s just “slipped through the cracks.”

    I mean, Farnsworth & Villone can let up six runs without getting an out just as well as Ramirez can, and they’re already being (over)paid by the team.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    It doesn’t matter how many organizations Edwar’s been with, he’s on a roll right now and can help the team. If he flames out and we never hear from him again after the year, then so be it.

    If used in a normal way (i.e. not every 2 fucking weeks), he’s be an asset.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Chuck, the difference between the Johnsons and Taylors — and even the Kamanickis — and Edwar is that Edwar’s numbers are disgusting. He’s struck out nearly two batters per inning pitched. The others had pedestrian strikeout and walk numbers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    Just to stress the point that Mike and Joe have already made, Wade Taylor’s Minor League numbers were awful both before and after he made it to the Majors, and Jeff Johnson’s were no better.

    Edwar, on the other hand, has 102 K’s in 56.2 IP, and he sports a nifty 4.6:1 K:BB ratio. That’s ridiculous.

  • The Scout

    Perhaps the answer to the Villone quandry is to use him, as with Chamberlain, only to start an inning, and use someone else when there’s already a runner on base. Not ideal, I know, but it should not be impossible to plan to bring in Villone to start the 6th or 7th inning.

  • mg

    Edwar is also not the same pitcher so many teams gave up on. That change up is disgusting and he didn’t have that before he came here.

  • http://www.dapperdansofharmony.com Chuck M.

    Hey – I really and truly hope that I’m proven wrong. This is one thing I don’t want to be correct about, and I also think that using a pitcher once every two weeks is wrong. (Vizcaino in a 9-2 game? Really?) He is killing batters in AAA this year, true.

  • Relaunch

    I do agree that Edwar and Britton should be up here instead of Villone. Last night though was more up with Torre’s stupidity with the pen. Wang shouldn’t have been out there for the 7th, he was shaky all game. Nothing was really hit hard on Villone and the run that scored was a wild pitch (obviously his fault)

  • kris

    I think Villone proved himself unreliable last night because of the two wild pitches. It is just deflating when a team gives up runs because of mistakes. It made it worse that the run turned out to be the difference when Baltimore came back to tie it. Imagine how deflating a loss last night would have been. Torre likes veterans, esp. veteran pitchers because they don’t usually beat themselves over. Villone this season is clearly shooting himself in the foot with walks (and wild pitches), and this is a understatement.

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