Originally Posted by PuffyPig
That would certainly be a view that this board seems to decline taking, instead preferring the "He's pitching well, let's complain about it" approach.
Puffy, you and I are usually on the same page, but c'mon. No one is complaining about him pitching well.
Those of us that doubted Broxton had our reasons for doing so. There was nothing we could have seen that would have made us feel good about that trade when it happened. His peripherals were ugly. I've literally never watched a Royals game in my entire life, so I can't possibly see anything that would make me think that his peripherals may change. When he came over, he pretty much continued to be the same pitcher he was in KC for a while. I think of the first 28 batters he faced, he struck out like 3 of them. Since that point, Broxton has clearly, clearly improved. If I had known this is the Broxton we were getting, of course I would have signed up! But with what I (and others) knew at the time of the acquisition, and with what we saw those first few weeks, can you blame us for being skeptical of him? The fact that he's turned it around to this point doesn't make me that much more confident in him during the playoffs than I was when the trade was made. Obviously I feel more comfortable than I would if he was performing horribly at this point, but aside from the possibility that a mechanical change was made to turn him around, I don't feel that comfortable saying we're seeing a brand new Broxton. He could have been rejuvenated by the playoff team, or a myriad of other things, but he's had stretches similar to this one (aside from the walk rate) as recent as June and April.
Conclusion: Ecstatic about the way he has pitched lately, both results and actual performance wise. Sincerely hoping this maintains. If so, I will gladly admit I was wrong. As of now, I can't admit that. Yes he was acquired to pitch a small sample of innings, so the small sample size argument is a tough one to lean on, but I'm just not entirely positive that he's turned it around for good going forward due to the fact that we're looking at a small sample of innings where he has put up this run. Again, I emphasize that inherently, we look at all relievers with a small sample size. I'm just saying I don't think it's safe to conclude anything, on any pitcher in a 20 inning sample.