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Ender wrote:You have to kind of be careful with K/9 and BB/9 with guys like this. Nolasco has 7.6 K/9 compared to 7.9 K/9, doesn't seem so different does it? However lets take another look.
In 2008 he struck out 186 of 868 hitters faced or 1 per 4.67 PA.
In 2009 he struck out 37 of 212 hitters faced or 1 per 5.73 PA.
If you take 2009's rate and appy it to 2008 he would have only struck out 151 hitters instead of 186, his strike outs are down pretty significantly. When your strike outs go down, your HR spike and your BABIP spike all at the same time it generally means you are giving them meatballs to hit. BABIP is most useful as an indicator when it changes and nothing else does in which case you pretty much just have luck/defense at work.
In his first start since being sent down, Ricky Nolasco allowed three runs over eight innings for Triple-A New Orleans.
He was pitching at Las Vegas, making the outing more impressive. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out seven in the complete-game loss. Nolasco is expected to make at least one more start before being recalled.
Philly_05 wrote:I want to see 1 or 2 more good starts before I put him back into the active. But I have to say these last two games are a great step in that direction.
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