FanGraphs Baseball


RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. Good for Lou Piniella. Not since June 4th, 2002, when he sobbingly carried that miniature Australian version of himself off the field, has Piniella had a squatty, quick-batted underdog to love and cherish. I just hope Ryne White is up to the task. He looks a bit too McAnulty for Sweet Lou’s taste.

    Comment by Choo — November 19, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

  2. The stats may say that Heilman pitched well but his strand rate and LOB % both might indicate otherwise. He had good stuff when wasn’t trying to nibble on every pitch but he still walked too many for a 7th/8th inning guy. As a Cub fan, I have to say good riddance and nice job getting more than some fungos for him.

    Comment by odbsol — November 20, 2009 @ 8:53 am

  3. Agreed. He seems to be almost universally disliked on BleedCubbieBlue.

    Comment by John — November 20, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  4. I don’t typically hold grudges against players, but after Game 7 in 2006, just hearing “Heilman” upsets me. Yadier f’ing Molina

    Comment by MPC — November 20, 2009 @ 10:38 am

  5. Heilman is one of those guys whose mere appearance does not inspire confidence. I know we’re “not selling jeans here” but that guy always just looked incompetent. We called him Nibbles…

    Comment by Tim Kelly — November 20, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  6. I shed no tears upon hearing the Cubs traded Heilman. He is an irritating pitcher to watch.

    “What’s that you say? Bring me in with 2 on and nobody out? Absolutely, please allow me to throw 10 straight balls – a catcher visit and a pitching coach visit – before yielding a 2 run single, then finally getting my act together and getting out of it with 0 of my own ER.” 46% of his inherited runners scored in ’09. 46%!

    What I find most interesting about Heilman is that his slider hibernated from ’05 – ’07, which coincides with his 3 best seasons as a pro. In ’08, it reappeared, and his FIP was the big loser.

    The slider seemed to come at the expense of his changeup. While his slider has proven to be a valuable pitch, the lack of a changeup seems to have turned his fastball into a steamy pile of dung (-7.7 and -2.2 runs in ’08 and ’09). That (to my untrained eye) has made him a pretty mediocre pitcher.

    Comment by China Brown — November 20, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current ye@r *

Close this window.

0.185 Powered by WordPress