GSes wrote:That makes my list of one of the top 10 dumbest posts or statements I have ever seen on these threads over the lasy year+ and I have seen some pretty bad stuff.
Haha, I guess in this forum it pays to be literal, as sarcasm or overstatements tend to be missed. I thought the "mischievous" smiley would do the trick, but apparently not. Next time I'll add in the obligatory "j/k" at the end.
Of course I agree that he shouldn't be dropped, unless it's a really shallow league. But you can't deny his current problems:
The 3.08 ERA is really misleading. You're talking about 7 games. If I say, in June (and June is almost over), he has an ERA of 3.9, you'd probably say, well, that's not enough games. Well it's only 1 fewer game than "last month". It happens that the May game was an 8 inning shutout.
Plus, the last game he allowed 6 runs, only 1 of which is "earned", but he allowed 2 home runs! They're clearly "unearned" in name only. If all those runs counted, his ERA'd be 4.5. That's Todd Van Poppel territory there! If I really wanted to make things look bad, I'd say, "His run average in June is 5.7!" And we'd all go "Gah! Dump him now!" Right? Right?? (Obligatory j/k about here...)
I'm sure you'll say, "Well but those runs aren't earned. etc etc." So let's look at a statistic that's a little more sensitive and better with the small number of games we have the past month, Zito's WHIP the past month is 1.45. It's not terrible but it's clearly MEDIOCRE. Looking only in June, it's 1.6. Not such great stuff now is it?
As for having the last laught, I'll take my Santana and you can have your Zito. At the end of the season if Santana doesn't beat Zito in ERA, WHIP, and Ks, I'll eat crow.