Originally Posted by edabbs44
One huge difference is that these guys aren't coming off subpar seasons. Everyone understands your point, and it is valid. But there is more to assessing ST performance than just stats.
I'm of the opinion that simply ignoring spring training stats altogether is for the best. Such a small sample of such different competition than what will be faced come the regular season.
I'm not saying this to suggest there is no reason to assume that Harang will bounce all the way back to his pre 2008 form. But spring training evidence is not in the least compelling in suggesting that there's reason to be concerned he's about to repeat 2008 all over again.
I think that spring training is a good place for observations. If Harang was getting negative reviews about the quality of his stuff, I'd be somewhat concerned about his status going into the season.
If I were to consider looking at stats, I think that peripheral stats would be the best possible indicator of a how a guy is doing. It's the reason that I think Owings and Bailey are starting to look interesting, and on the same token, perhaps a sign that Harang is far from sharp right now.
But I wont be worried about Harang until he shows the same types of struggles in the regular season. Anything else is completely premature IMO, considering the dozens of reasons of why spring training sucks as a predictive tool. Until then, I believe we have just as much reason to label Harang as a question mark today as we did at the end of the 2008 season. No more, no less.