Matthias wrote:Dock Ellis once threw a no-hitter with 8 walks. Moral of the story: it doesn't matter how they get on base, it only matters how many of them there are.
Too many free passes are not a good thing...good hitting teams in the AL will kill him if he continues to put guys on base.
Even with two worse-than-normal outings, his WHIP is still only 1.22 and was 0.93 before those two. So he isn't putting that many guys on base, which is my total point. He's just putting them on via walk instead of a hit. And in the end result, a baserunner is a baserunner, no matter how they get on.
Comparing him to Billingsley and Cain? Really? So far this year....
Matsuzaka 4-0 3.14ERA 1.22WHIP 28K's 17BB's
Billingsley 0-3 6.14ERA 1.98WHIP 20K'S 11BB's
Cain 0-2 6.64ERA 1.77WHIP 19K's 15BB's
And Cain and Billingsley get to pitch in the NL versus AL.
About the only similarity I see above is the K/BB ratio. Everything else looks like, "a different stage of development".
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.