Article in today's Post about Dave Williams. Two paragraphs jumped out at me:
"I don't have that overpowering type of fastball or anything," he admitted. "By no means am I going to dazzle you or anything like that, but hopefully I can show these guys I can keep them in games, and with the offense they have here, I can kind of hold my own fate in my hands."
Doesn't he sound like the type of pitcher that needs to sit down and have a long, long talk with Tom Browning? I'd say the same thing for Eric Milton, even though he's not a lefty. I think Browning can teach these guys how to pitch smart.
The mention of the Reds' prolific offense isn't a cop-out on Williams' part; he'd just like a little more help when he's on the mound.
While the Reds led the National League with 820 runs last season, only two teams in baseball scored fewer runs that the Pirates' 680. Spread out over 25 starts, that extra offense is going to make a difference in wins and losses, and Williams hopes to tilt the balance in the other direction this year.
That's a 140 run difference between the Pirates and us and we just finished ahead of them. That's less than a run a game. I just checked the stats for last year - we gave up 889 runs - again, dropping a run a game and we're looking at a whole different ballgame. Pitching smart, playing smart, and this team can take care of itself. I know that's a tall order, but I would like to hope they're up to the challenge.