Originally Posted by Plus Plus
Do Bailey, Latos, Cueto, or Chapman dominate because they are significantly above-average pitching talents, or because they are typical pitchers who have the opportunity to pitch to Hanigan?
Hanigan isn't doing the pitching, the pitchers are. If pitch framing is the issue, then coach Mesoraco to better frame pitches. If pitch calling is the issue, then call pitches from the dugout.
Verlander put up an 8.3 fWAR season in 2009, while throwing the brunt of the time to Gerald Laird, who is horrible. Is Laird the answer to any sort of question in the same way that Hanigan is?
Well, Homer at the very least improved last year in the stretch run once Mesoraco was demoted and he started pitching to Hanigan.
And Chapman absolutely needs to be pitching to Hanigan while he's developing as a starter. He needs to be put in the very best position to succeed in that spot.