Mesa did in fact "explode" a few years back with the Phillies, had two great years actually, 42 and 45 saves, much to the surprise of some owners. However, last year he was horrid. I just dont know how he can finish camp with no competition?
I mean, Acevedo and Corey were both sent down. I guess it is the Pirates, but cmon!
The Jury wrote:Implode typically gives the sense of a player screwing up big time, while explode can be seen as a positive stretch of huge stats usually for a hitter.
Heh that was kind of stupid blurb, but I tried to answer a stupid question that was posted
Hey hey! I resemble that remark!
It was a tongue in cheek comment (no, not him) (yeah that's the one) but the question stands. I understand that implode (to collapse inward violently) would be a bad thing for a pitcher. But why is explode (to burst violently as a result of internal pressure) a good thing?
Maybe the answer is an individual thing. Mesa may implode but Clemens would certainly explode. Is that the difference? (notice emoticon!)
Totally right. I'm a reluctant Mesa owner (will drop him for a set-up guy or someone who takes over for an injury if I can) but looking at his past 3 years, there's a chance he could perform really well. Have a look:
So numbers like a 3.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, .8 K/IP and 30 saves are not unrealistic. The WHIP trend and the K/BB trend is something to be concerned about, but if he can rebound, there is an upside of 40 saves with a decent ERA.
Without Beimel and Guthrie, their only two experienced left-handed relievers, the Pirates will go into the season with rookie John Grabow (0-0, 5.14 ERA in seven innings this spring) and either rookie Mike Johnston or Oliver Perez in the bullpen. Johnston has never pitched above Double-A but has impressed the Pirates with his velocity and a sharp-breaking slider.
Johnston's closed in the minors and the Pirates have not been shy about promoting guys from AA. Might make a good reserve round pickup