Posted at 10:44 AM on October 6, 2005
by David Zingler
As promised, here are the pitchers…..
Brad Radke 9-12, 4.04 ERA, 117 K/23 BB
The Twins $9 million man, along with Shannon Stewart, is most culpable for the team’s failures this year. I wouldn’t be against shopping him this off-season.
Grade: C- (midterm: C-)
Also: Radke must have some compromising pictures of Ron Gardenhire, who continually falls on the sword for his veteran hurler.
Johan Santana 16-7, 2.87 ERA, 238/45
After a disappointing first half, Santana regained his dominating form. If weren’t for the over-emphasis on win totals, he would take home another Cy Young.
Grade: A- (midterm: C)
Also: Santana is the only Twins player that deserves a special trip to the game to watch, no matter what the standings may say.
Carlos Silva 9-8, 3.44 ERA, 71/9
Although he won just two games in the second half, Silva was the team’s most consistent pitcher wire-to-wire.
Grade: B+ (midterm: B+)
Also: Eric Milton, the man Silva was dealt for, went 8-15 with a 6.47 ERA in 2005. Milton made $5.3 million; Silva took home $1.75 million.
Kyle Lohse 9-13, 4.33 ERA, 86/44
The much-maligned hurler numbers are strikingly similar to Radke’s – he must not have the photos.
Grade: C- (midterm: C)
Also: Thanks for the memories, Kyle.
Joe Mays 6-10, 5.65 ERA, 59/41
After a solid first half, Mays self-destructed down the stretch.
Grade: D (midterm: C+)
Also: It’s been nice knowing ya, Joe.
Jesse Crain 12-5, 2.71 ERA, 25/29, 1 save/11 holds
The vulture picked up enough victories to finish second on the team. Crain should be mainstay in the ‘pen for years to come.
Grade: B+ (midterm: A-)
Also: Crain began his career 10-0 before picking up a loss.
Juan Rincon 6-6, 2.45 ERA, 84/30, 25 holds
Rincon shook off the early season steroid suspension to become one of the team’s most valuable players.
Grade: A (midterm: B)
Also: I’ll give Juan the benefit of the doubt on the steroid thing. Of course, I also did for Raffy. Maybe I’ll never learn.
J.C. Romero 4-3, 3.47 ERA, 48/39, 11 holds
While his numbers looked solid, Romero allowed way too many inherited base runners to score. He looked like a stud in 2002, but has regressed since.
Grade: C (midterm: B-)
Also: Will Justin Morneau be wearing Romero’s #33 next year?
Matt Guerrier 0-3, 3.39 ERA, 45/24, 1 hold
An unknown entering the season, Guerrier was one of the team’s most pleasant surprises.
Grade: B (midterm: C+)
Also: The anti-Crain, will Guerrier ever pick up a win?
Terry Mulholland 0-2, 4.27 ERA, 18/17, 3 holds
The wily veteran finished strong after a shaky mid season stretch. Not a favorite of the stat-heads, Mulholland was an excellent mentor to the team’s young pitchers.
Grade: C (midterm: C-)
Also: Has Mulholland thrown his last major league pitch? I doubt it.
Joe Nathan 7-4, 2.70 ERA, 94/22, 43 saves
Like Santana, Nathan was lights out in the second half.
Grade: A (midterm: B)
Also: With his value peaking, should the Twins consider trading their closer for a bat?
A C- for Radke? This is incomprehensible to me.
I suppose you must be grading him compared to expectations (which would get you in trouble if you were a teacher), but why would you expect anything different from 200 innings of pitching at about 8% better than the league-average ERA? Radke has been doing this for a decade.
The Yankees or Red Sox or Dodgers would have been thrilled to get this kind of performance from their signings (who were mostly more expensive and longer-term). Almost every player who lifted a bat is more accountable for the Twins' failure than Brad.
The best pitcher in the league gets an A-.
Geez, Roy, I'm thing that the Yankees, BoSox, and Dodger bloggers would have an issue with any pitcher who consistently put his team in a 3 to 5 run hole in the first inning.
Stats are one thing, real-life situations are different (check, for example, the way-to-small number next to Silva's "W").
I don't want to divert attention away from the shoddy bats, but Radke can go and make a least a couple of Twinkie fans happy (Dave Z and I, if no one else).
"Geez, Roy, I'm thing that the Yankees, BoSox, and Dodger bloggers would have an issue with any pitcher who consistently put his team in a 3 to 5 run hole in the first inning."
Actually, I believe that most fans are interested in pitchers who don't give up a lot of runs, not so much in the distribution of runs allowed by inning. If you offered Red Sox or Rangers fans a pitcher whose typical start is 3 runs in 6 2/3 innings, the number who would say "Sounds good, but it's essential that he give up these runs in the fourth inning rather than the first" would be rather small.
"Stats are one thing, real-life situations are different (check, for example, the way-to-small number next to Silva's "W")."
Um, isn't the number below the W a stat too? The only difference is that it is not primarily the result of the pitcer's actions.
Brad Radke threw 18 quality starts and got 9 wins, Tim Wakefield threw 17 quality starts and got 16 wins. The difference is (a) Wakefield's team scored a ton more runs than Radke's in their respective starts, or (b) Wakefield possesses some magical winning quality that Radke lacks now, but apparently had the one year he got a little support and won 20 games. It's not rocket science.
Seriously, a C- on Radke, A- for Santana, and B+ for Silva!? You're crazy. If Radke's era would have been 3.99 instead of 4.04 you probably would have given him a B right? There's basically no difference. The guy had an awesome WHIP and K/BB - virtually the only things a pitcher has any sort of control over.
Also, if anyone deserves an A+, it's Santana. He led BASEBALL in strikeouts (and only walked 45 too). Do you know the last time an AL pitcher led all of baseball in K's?? 1995 - when Randy Johnson pitched like a god for Seattle and even then he just had to beat out Hideo Nomo. This year Santana out-K'ed Clemens, Oswalt, Peavy, and Pedro - while not having the luxury of striking out the pitcher 2-3 times per game. Silva only walked 9 guys all year and was among the league leaders in ERA!!? Plus, that was with a ripped up knee - for a B+?
I hope no one else actually takes these 'rankings' seriously.
These grades are very serious. They will be entered as evidence in the player's upcoming abitration hearings.