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The Good News About Our Pitching...


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All in all, our pitching has been good, statistically speaking.  As of 4:41PM 4/17/14:

 

#2 in the Major Leagues in strikeouts.

#7 in the Major Leagues in batting average against.

#6 in the Major Leagues in HR/FB (which indicates we've been unlucky in that regard)

 

We know we have a powerhouse offense (at least when 2/3 of our outfield isn't injured) so I think these pitching stats bode well for our future.  Coming into this season, pitching was our #1 concern and it seems like Dipoto addressed that pretty well.  His HR's notwithstanding, Trumbo is around the Mendoza Line and that trade is holding up pretty well as time passes.

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I'll say it...I'm concerned about Weaver too.  But if the rest of the staff can stay healthy I really like our 2-5. 

 

Weaver's numbers are very strange at the moment.  I'm still not convinced there's cause for concern.  

 

He's given up just 14 hits, but over a third of them have been HRs, giving opponents a very Trumbo-like line of .212/.293/.500 against him.  Even with his walk rate up, he has a 1.125 WHIP.  Peripherals on all his pitches show nothing particularly alarming with the exception of his slider, where opponents have done some damage.  So basically, the difference between a good season and what we've got from Weaver so far is a couple of missed locations on the pitch he uses the least.  

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Weaver's numbers are very strange at the moment.  I'm still not convinced there's cause for concern.  

 

He's given up just 14 hits, but over a third of them have been HRs, giving opponents a very Trumbo-like line of .212/.293/.500 against him.  Even with his walk rate up, he has a 1.125 WHIP.  Peripherals on all his pitches show nothing particularly alarming with the exception of his slider, where opponents have done some damage.  So basically, the difference between a good season and what we've got from Weaver so far is a couple of missed locations on the pitch he uses the least.  

 

Very weird.  I don't know though.  I've seen all of his starts and several of them seem as if they could have been way worse, a lot of warning track outs etc.  

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What is the staff's ERA?

This. What matters is how many runs a staff allows. According to xFIP Joe Blanton was a better pitcher than Jered Weaver last season. 

 

Perfect example of why dismissing exceptionally high or low HR/flyball ratios as if they were random chance is nonsense. 

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