Secret Avatar wrote:"Weathers did not do a bad job. I fail to see why everyone thinks this guy is some total stiff. If Coffey stinks the place up Weathers could very well get the job back."
Why so much love for Weathers? While I do admit his surface stats are servicable for the year -- 3.48 ERA and 1.35 WHIP -- they hide poorer skills underneath. He has walked 16 batters to 20 K. His WHIP has been over 1.5 for both May and June, with BAA of 277 and 292 respectively. With underlying numbers like that, Weathers is lucky his ERA isn't much higher -- as I've no doubt it would have been had he stayed in the closer job longer.
A 20/16 ratio, 1.5+ WHIP, and 277-292 BAA are simply terrible numbers for a closer, no matter how you look at it.
I have no love for Weathers. I simply have no dislike for him either and can read a stat line. He was a serviceable lower mid-tier closer. No one said he was Mariano Rivera. He did do a serviceable job for quite some time last year and this in the role.
People talk about him like he was Reistma and has absolutely no shot of ever getting the closer's job back. That is simply wrong as if Coffey stinks the joint up, Weathers is still an option for Cincy. I do not think that a likely scenario, but the hate for Weathers around here is simply ignoring the facts of his numbers. There are plenty worse around this year, from Todd Jones who has imploded, to Valverde who has also imploded, to whoever Atlanta, TB and Florida have closing on any given day, to Baez, F. Cordero and Guardado before they lost their jobs.