Re: Jonathan Broxton's splits KC/Reds
Brox was a good closer for KC in April, May and June. Sub-.700 OPS against in all three monts. Good K rate in April and June (8.2, 9.0), fell off in May (3.8). Walked 12 guys in those three months in about 30 innings, too much.
Hardly pitched in July, five outings. In August, allowed an .814 OPS against, but he did change leagues on July 31. I give him a pass for July and August.
Spectacular September. 15 outings, 14 Ks, 1 BB, OPS against was .501.
So we really have a tale of three seasons. First part, a solid but not spectacular closer with KC. Second part, ineffective probably due to lack of use and then a trade to a new league. Third part, in September, excellent numbers as a set up man.
I agree with Doug that Broxton's September K/BB rate is not sustainable. However, I do think he can be a bit better than the solid closer from April, May and June because his walks were unusually high then and he should be healthier with the passage of time from 2011 injury.
My hope is that he is a bit better than the April, May, June 2012 closer for KC, which would be just fine.
Last edited by Kc61; 12-17-2012 at 02:51 PM.