The thing I most like about him is his .089 batting average against. That really tells you something. But that wouldnt mean anything if he walked a lot of guys (see Rick Ankiel (sp?)), but he doesnt, at least not enough to be alarming.
I dont think that hyping Riley on the Cafe has ANY effect on his play. THis is a great place, but how many MLB pitchers visit this site to see how they are doing? I would bet my Bloody Nipples that 99% if MLB players dont even know this place exists, and the only one who does is Pete Rose, once again trying to get a hand up on his moneymaking practices. As for supernatural forces, jinxes and curses, I dont think that the Cafe has THAT much influence in the world.
Wrong on both accounts