Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
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.
Homer Bailey's career: April-August ERA is 5.50. September it is under 3.00. Hanigan happened to catch Bailey in September.
Bailey had an ERA of 3.50 through July with Mesoraco. Then Bailey hit a rough patch. Was that on Mesoraco, who had done very well with him up to that point, or was that on Bailey?
Good pitchers pitch good. Bad ones don't. When pitchers get traded, they tend to perform as expected. It isn't because the catchers are going with them, it is because they are what they are. Catchers can make a difference, but it is not nearly as big as some people want to make it out to be.