G-Man wrote: Pedantic wrote: G-Man wrote:
mikcou wrote:true if Dotel goes through a ruff spot lidge will probably get the call to close
I'd say right now qualifies as a "ruff spot"....
How does now qualify as a rough spot? He has a 3.13 ERA with 13.07 K/9 and 3.29 K/BB, as well as a .216 BAA. I'll bet most relievers in the Majors wish they had "rough spots" like these.
what do his SEASON stats have to do with a "ruff spot" (read: SPOT)?
I am simply saying that in his previous outing where he went 2 IP he looked less than spectacular and then he followed up that appearance with a blown save (regardless of berkman's error he should be able to shake that off and still get the job done).
In any event I am still counting on dotel to be a dominant closer and think by season's end he will have justified the relatively high draft picks his owners used to roster him.
I give you his season stats to show you the big picture. Sometimes, people here are incredibly shortsighted and are ready to dethrone excellent pitchers like Dotel because they don't K four batters every inning. If pitchers like Dotel were perfect in every game, there'd be no need for ERA, now would there? Even Gagne gives up runs here and there.
From May 20th to June 9th, Dotel threw in nine games, striking out 13 and issuing only one walk, while only giving up one ER during that stretch. He then gave up two runs on his next outing, a 46 pitch affair.
His next outing came two days after he had made 46 pitches. In outings prior to June 13th that came on two days or less rest this season, he has averaged slightly over 18 pitches in the previous game. He also threw 34 pitches on the 15th. That comes to 80 pitches combined for the two games!
I would call this "spot" more the result of poor use than anything else.