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I ran to check the numbers on Dotel over the last 4 years (and boy am I tired):
2001: 105 IP, 12.4 K/9, 3.1 K/BB, 2.66 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
2002: 97.1 IP, 10.9 K/9, 4.4 K/BB, 1.85 ERA, 0.87 WHIP
2003: 87 IP, 10.0 K/9, 3.1 K/BB, 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
2004: 85.1 IP, 12.9 K/9, 3.3 K/BB, 3.69 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
2005: 15.1 IP, 9.4 K/9, 1.5 K/BB, 3.52 ERA, 1.37 WHIP
I'd agree that he was "lights out" from '01 to '03, when he was the setup guy for Billy Wagner in Houston.
Last year, he wasn't that bad statistically, but everyone remembers the 9 blown saves (out of 45 chances). And it seems like when Dotel blows one, he blows it in an ugly, and often memorable, fashion.
This year, he was good in April (10 IP, 10.8 K/9, 2.0 K/BB, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, with 5 saves). In his first blown save, he came into the game with the bases loaded and one-out in the 8th, with a 1-run lead. He got out of that inning without letting a run score (no easy feat), then gave up a run in the top of the 9th to blow the save.
His second blown save came against the Yankees on May 6. He came into the game with a 3-2 lead, 1 out, runners on first-and-second. A double steal put runners on second-and-third. Matsui was intentionally walked. Posada grounded out for a fielder's choice but the run scored, tying the game and giving Dotel his second blown save. He didn't allow a run but let one of the two runners who were already on base score.
Then comes the infamous Boston series, where Dotel flat out blew it two nights in a row. Both times he came into the game in the 9th with a 1-run lead, allowed a walk and gave up a game-winning homer.
His control looks to be a problem this year, with 11 walks in 15.1 innings, which could be attributed to his elbow pain.
Because of the two game-winning shots he gave up in Boston, it looks like Dotel's had a terrible year, but he hasn't been as bad as you might think.
One problem is the A's haven't had many save opportunities because they aren't winning like they have in the past few years.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'