Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
However, HR rate isn't the only or even the best way to evaluate how hard a pitcher gets hit.
Now the last two years, Marshall has been hit the hardest in highest leverage situations, by a significant amount.
High Leverage: .260/.316/.325/.641
Medium Leverage: .189/.250/.203/.453
Low Leverage: .226/.253/.286/.539
High Leverage: .276/.349/.398/.747
Medium Leverage: .212 /.241/.269/.510
Low Leverage: .195/.247/.230/.477
There are a lot of reasons to explain this, and many of them point to him doing better in high leverage situations in the future. But the facts do demonstrate that during the last two years, he hasn't been reliable closer material.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
Sometimes, even if you can identify the problem, the next question always has to be "can you do anything about it?"
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
I already liked Hanigan. After reading this article, I like him even more.
With Choo coming aboard, I don't think he will be hitting at the top of the lineup this year, but I could think of worse things.
Mes could learn a lot, hopefully he will be a permanent backup this year and post some decent numbers. If not, a few more years of Hanigan ain't bad.
I've never seen anything that made me think Corky was manager material. On the other hand, reading this sure made me think Hanigan might be. And he won't have made so much money that he'll feel the urge to just sail off into the sunset when retired.
Hanigan also remains one of my worst calls. I remember watching him in a day game here in Jax when the temp was about 100 and he would come off the field just pouring in sweat. I remember thinking, 'working like that, and the guy never will ever see the big leagues'.
Well that was fantastic. Love reading about his rapport with the pitchers and how aware he is of every aspect of their pitches. I agree with whoever said he has been more of a benefit to Homer than anyone, and I have a lot more faith in Broxton closing with how quickly Hanigan was able to pick up on his best assets. I don't think we'll ever understand his importance to the team's recent success. Here's hoping Mes is an eager learner.
"I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski
Geez, word is out about Hanigan's awesomeosity:
edit: For the record, I think the author sort of missed the point, though much of what he says has merit.
Last edited by vaticanplum; 02-04-2013 at 05:05 PM.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.