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Postby The Jury » Sun Jan 30, 2005 10:56 pm

Just noticed that RJ gave up 44 walks last season.

Year/GS/BB

1999 35 70
2000 35 76
2001 34 71
2002 35 71
2004 35 44

I disregarded 2003 as he appeared in only 18 games due to injury.

What's up with that improved control last year? Abberation?

It resulted in his first ever WHIP under 1.00. He posted a 0.90 last year.

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Postby LBJackal » Sun Jan 30, 2005 11:10 pm

Pitcher's usually improve their control as they get older. But that's quite a jump. I'd assume he'd be back to normal (Meaning 2002 and before) since he'll regress to the mean and he's now facing a DH instead of a pitcher.
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Postby The Jury » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:16 am

Thanks LBJ, making me feel look like a douche by posting this question :-D :~(

Actually, I just wanted to throw that walk total up for everyone to take note of. Should be an abberation.
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Postby Pedantic » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:27 am

How hard was he throwing back in '02? I didn't follow baseball back then, but if he was throwing harder back then, perhaps his reduced speed has something to do with the improved control. Just a thought. :-)
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Postby Tavish » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:33 am

His walk rate has gradually improved in each of the last 5 seasons. I wouldn't expect him to repeat his 04 season, but I wouldn't expect him to go back to his Seattle numbers.
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Postby blankman » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:50 am

I don't know what to make of it, but its a great observation. Hopefully its a sign of more good things to come ;-D
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Postby daweasle » Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:24 am

Maybe it also has to do with the fact that when you're the best the umpires give you a bigger strike zone.

(besides I'm sure they all keep in mind what he did to that bird when he tried to get in the way of his pitching - they probably don't want to succomb to the same fate.)
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Postby The Jury » Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:04 am

daweasle wrote:Maybe it also has to do with the fact that when you're the best the umpires give you a bigger strike zone.

(besides I'm sure they all keep in mind what he did to that bird when he tried to get in the way of his pitching - they probably don't want to succomb to the same fate.)


Heh, but he's been on of the best for a really long time now.. :-?
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Postby The Jury » Mon Jan 31, 2005 9:05 am

Tavish wrote:His walk rate has gradually improved in each of the last 5 seasons. I wouldn't expect him to repeat his 04 season, but I wouldn't expect him to go back to his Seattle numbers.


I'm not really down with that :,-(

He made the 70s his mean for quite a stretch, then to plummet to 44 was pretty drastic.
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Postby Tavish » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:51 pm

The Jury wrote:
Tavish wrote:His walk rate has gradually improved in each of the last 5 seasons. I wouldn't expect him to repeat his 04 season, but I wouldn't expect him to go back to his Seattle numbers.


I'm not really down with that :,-(


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2001 2.56
2002 2.46
2003 2.13
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