I am baffled by this situation.
You look at his #'s this season and see that 8.80 ERA and 1.826 WHIP and ask yourself "How can this be?". You look at the career #'s and they are horrible. Even though he managed 23 saves for the Giants last year, there is little if anything to recommend him.
I passed up Walker when I had an opening and he has now counted 4 saves, an ERA of 0.00 and a .857 WHIP for a rival in the past two weeks.
The meltdown is coming, isn't it? Or is this an example of a lot of people simply getting it wrong?
I think the answer might be that the major meltdown has already passed. Not that there won't be many other rough patches for him ahead, but his super-nightmarish start to '06 is not in line with his career numbers, as poor as they may be. Perhaps this stretch is him "rubberbanding" his numbers back to normal--an equally hot stretch to match his dismal stretch to date.
He entered the league in 2002 and has put up an ERA of 4.82 and around 1.50 WHIP to date. So he's not near
as bad as his 8.80 ERA indicates, but he's also not bonafide closer material with that ERA and WHIP. His minor league ERA was almost 4.00, so he doesn't have a high ceiling nor appears to have any great untapped potential.
But he sure as heck ain't gonna finish the season with his ERA as high as it is now.
I guess the only reason why Tampa chose him for a closer is that he had decent closer experience last year. Does anybody have his numbers for only when he was acting as closer?