Originally Posted by flyer85
Cormier in the first half of 2006 was nothing more than a complete fluke basely more on good fortune than anything else ... his peripherals(extremely low K rate, extremely low BABIP) pointed to a regression to the mean was coming and it was going to be a hard fall.
He was an excellent bet to fall of the planet in terms of performance and he did ... who knew.
Personally, I agree with you. I think acquiring Cormier wasn't a very good idea. But your argument goes both ways. If he performs horribly, then he should follow that up by doing well. Cormier's WHIP as a Red was 1.76. His career WHIP was 1.28. He had a 3.71K/9IP as a Red, but for his career, it was 5.60. His ERA as a Red was 5.29, and for his career, it was 4.03. That would imply he should've started pitching well at some point this year. There was nothing he did in St. Louis that implied he had lost whatever it was that had given him success for over ten years. Like I said, if he had been used at better times, I think you would've seen much better results. I don't think he was a good acquisition, but I don't think it was as bad of an acquisition as a lot of people are saying.