Re: Ervin Santana Optioned To AAA
A classic case of "if you can't locate your fastball, not much else matters".
What's interesting with pitchers is that it's consistency that matters as much, if not more than raw skill. You can be a hall of fame pitcher by simply never screwing up. Ask Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine. Pitchers lose when they make mistakes. They win when they don't make mistakes. Often it's really that simple.
Sure, some guys can use their skill to to that much better, it's the difference between Maddux in his prime and Maddux now. But the best stuff in the world won't save you if leave a half dozen pitches a game thigh high over the plate. Ask Kyle Lohse... Ask Felix Hernandez.
With the right pitching coach, Santana could be a Cy Young contender. The Angels would be smart to let him work back in to form while not accruing service time.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 07-19-2007 at 06:51 PM.