Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Walk On 

Seven walks. Seven walks the D-Backs drew off of Rockies pitchers in their 2-0 victory last night. Was Stephen Randolph in the house for the Rockies? (No, just Byung-Hyun Kim, who walked two in a scoreless 7th inning.) I wondered if that had to be some sort of record for the D-Backs, but not even close -- on September 22, 1999, the D-Backs drew twelve walks off of… well, the Rockies at Coors Field. (The D-Backs did set a record for lowest attendance at BOB, but that will rectify itself once the team establishes itself as not totally without a shot in 2005.)

So the patience of the hitters on a night when the bats themselves weren't doing much is a good thing. The strong performance of the pen -- 3 innings, 32 pitches, 2 hits, 2 Ks, and no walks -- is another.

And this, well, Very Small Sample Size Theater is proud to present!...

Pitcher A 10 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 9.00 K/BB
Pitcher B 12 IP, 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 3.33 K/BB

Which pitcher would you rather have? (Oh, by the way, Pitcher A costs about $350,000 this year; Pitcher B costs you about $25 million and a catcher.) I still think I'd rather have Randy Johnson (Pitcher B) than Brad Halsey (Pitcher A) this season for many different reasons (not least of which is that Randy will still have a better season at year's end). But if we're allowed to gloat or worry over other things with very small sample sizes, why not this one? Halsey pitched well last night, yay for him.

(And, for those who are concerned that I'm too glad, Oscar Villarreal got put on the DL, with Lance Cormier called up from Tucson. The injuries to the bullpen continue. There. You happy now? Thanks for killing my buzz, guys…)

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