Re: Is the pitching a coincidence?
People overrate defense around here. It's mostly just Harang and Arroyo. Those two have given up more than 3 runs all of one time since the trade (12 starts). But Arroyo had things turned around a few games before Dunn left and Harang bounced back when he got the rest he sorely (no pun intended) needed with the injury rehab.
But look at the other starters: Cueto's been pitching a lot better, but it's not the defense. Outside of the Cubs game a few weeks ago, (which he lost) he's only given up 1 HR in 4 starts since the trade. Ramon Ramirez has been lights-out in his starts as well. Compare that to the garbage we got from Bailey, Belise, Fogg, etc. You can't tell me the difference between him and those guys (7+ ERA vs. 2.25) is defense.
You're talking about all of the sudden getting quality starts from 70%-80% of your starters. Guys who were putting up 5+ ERAs before.
But Volquez has been bad, at least for him, but even when he's pitching poorly, he's still giving you quality starts that keep you in the game. Fogg, of course, has been awful, but if the defense was the difference, those two should look better as well.
I might be inclined to think Hanigan has something to do with it, but supposedly Bako calls a good game and that didn't help much before. I don't think swapping Dickerson for Dunn has had that much effect.
Last edited by kpresidente; 09-18-2008 at 10:07 AM.