Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
I agree. I don't like this personal catcher business.
Unfortunately, starting pitchers probably DO insist on certain catchers. And teams probably try to accomodate them.
That's another reason why I favor giving Devin more seasoning and then at some point (say April 2014) declaring him the starting catcher. When Mes is deemed ready, he's the guy most of the time, no negotiation.
It's just a question of picking the right moment.