Pitching Perspectives (7/6-7/19)


Due to the All-Star break and my vacation last week, this edition of Pitching Perspectives covers the last 2 weeks of the season. The Royals are now 37-54, in 4th place, and 11.5 games back of the 1st place Detroit Tigers. Their 2-8 record in their last 10 games is the worst in the division.

The Rotation:

 

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

PC

ERA

WHIP

Zack Greinke

6.0

7

3

3

2

9

0

100

X

X

 

7.0

9

1

1

3

7

0

108

2.77

1.62

Luke Hochevar

6.0

9

5

5

1

5

2

101

X

X

 

6.1

7

2

2

0

9

0

97

5.11

1.38

Brian Bannister

7.2

3

1

1

4

7

0

115

X

X

 

5.0

7

4

2

4

3

0

111

2.13

1.42

Gil Meche

5.2

5

2

2

5

5

2

114

X

X

 

3.2

6

8

6

3

6

2

87

7.72

2.04

Bruce Chen

4.2

4

7

7

5

3

3

92

X

X

 

3.0

6

3

3

3

2

0

78

11.73

2.35

Totals:

55.0

63

36

32

30

56

9

 

5.24

1.69

Week 1: 3.62 ERA and 1.21 WHIP
Week 2: 1.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP
Week 3: 4.38 ERA and 1.10 WHIP
Week 4: 6.46 ERA and 1.67 WHIP
Week 5: 2.54 ERA and 1.15 WHIP
Week 6: 6.44 ERA and 1.53 WHIP
Week 7: 4.21 ERA and 1.38 WHIP
Week 8: 4.75 ERA and 1.44 WHIP
Week 9: 6.17 ERA and 1.71 WHIP
Week 10: 1.74 ERA and 0.94 WHIP
Week 11: 7.48 ERA and 1.60 WHIP
Week 12: 4.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP
Week 13: 2.66 ERA and 1.32 WHIP

Zack Greinke turned in 2 more quality starts and now has a 2.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 5.67 K/BB on the season. He is now 10-5 on the year, but the Royals are 10-9 in his 19 starts. The bullpen and lack of offense are severely limiting his realistic chances of winning the AL Cy Young award, but if Roy Halladay ends up being traded to a NL team, Greinke could wind up winning the Cy Young in unanimous fashion.

Gil Meche has a 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 1.78 K/BB on the season and is now on the DL. For his part, he wants to come back next Monday and I applaud him for that, but it is time for management to actually manage the situation. 2009 is a lost cause and the best thing for the future of the Royals and Gil Meche is to give him some extra time on the DL. I am willing to sit through an extra Sidney Ponson start or two if it ensures that Gil Meche doesn’t suffer additional injury this season.

Brian Bannister continues to impress and perform well this season. I am still steadfast in my belief that BB should be dealt before the deadline. With a 3.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 1.81 K/BB on the season his value will never be higher. I don’t believe in his ability to replicate his current numbers in 2010, but trading Bannister only makes sense if the Royals can get fair value for him.

Luke Hochevar has a 5.09 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 1.75 K/BB on the season, but he continues to provide flashes of significant ability. A good sign for the future returns on their investment in Luke is that fact that in his last two starts he has struck out 14 batters in 12.1 innings pitched. Admittedly, I got overconfident in the early returns on Kyle Davies this season so I have to temper my enthusiasm here, but Hochevar could evolve into a legitimate 2 or 3 starter.

Bruce Chen has a 6.86 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 1.44 K/BB on the season. If he gets hit hard in his next start or two, it may be time for the Royals to turn to Lenny DiNardo who has a 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 4.61 K/BB in 96.2 IP for the Omaha Royals. Lenny D is a lefty, just like Chen, but he has unfortunately struggled in 4 of his last 7 starts.

The Bullpen:

 

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

WHIP

John Bale (L)

3.1

2

1

1

2

4

0

2.70

1.20

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.63

1.56

Roman Colon (R)

4.1

6

4

4

7

3

1

8.31

3.00

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.42

1.53

Juan Cruz (R)

5.1

5

5

4

3

4

1

6.75

1.50

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.91

1.31

Ron Mahay (L)

5.0

4

2

2

1

4

1

3.60

1.00

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.35

1.58

Joakim Soria (R)

3.1

3

1

1

0

3

0

2.70

0.90

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.88

1.00

Robinson Tejeda (R)

1.2

2

3

3

5

3

0

16.17

4.19

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.40

1.94

Jamey Wright (R)

6.0

6

6

6

6

4

1

9.00

2.00

Season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.87

1.47

Totals:

29.0

28

22

21

24

25

4

6.52

1.79

Week 1: 2.30 ERA and 0.83 WHIP
Week 2: 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP
Week 3: 3.75 ERA and 1.25 WHIP
Week 4: 2.52 ERA and 1.36 WHIP
Week 5: 1.69 ERA and 1.50 WHIP
Week 6: 2.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP
Week 7: 8.04 ERA and 2.04 WHIP
Week 8: 9.50 ERA and 2.22 WHIP
Week 9: 4.50 ERA and 1.07 WHIP
Week 10: 4.62 ERA and 1.20 WHIP
Week 11: 7.97 ERA and 1.72 WHIP
Week 12: 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP
Week 13: 3.79 ERA and 1.16 WHIP

It was not a good 2 weeks for the bullpen. Only John Bale and Ron Mahay pitched better than their season numbers in terms of ERA and WHIP. Colon, Cruz, Tejeda, and Wright were all terrible. Soria posted a higher ERA than his season total, but still kept it below 3.00 and was the only member of the pen to not issue a walk.

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Tags: AL Central Baseball Brian Bannister Bruce Chen Gil Meche Jamey Wright Joakim Soria John Bale Juan Cruz Kansas City Royals KC Luke Hochevar MLB Robinson Tejeda Roman Colon Ron Mahay Zack Greinke