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  1. Glad someone finally said it: Blackburn stinks

    Comment by serious man — January 14, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  2. 5.5 WAR over the last two years is reasonably useful. Great? No. Terrible? No. Walking the average line? Yes.

    Comment by sean — January 14, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  3. Nice to see the Twins lost one reliever (Keppel) who can’t miss bats and were able to replace him with another (Condrey). Oh wait…

    I’m convinced that having a “pitch to contact” staff can work enough during the regular season not to hurt your team too much but man can it kill you in the playoffs. To me it’s been the reason the Twins never seem to get out of the first round of the playoffs. Especially against the Yankees.

    Comment by deckholm — January 14, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  4. On Liriano:

    will he ever approach his pre-TJ peripherals/skills?

    Comment by Joe M — January 14, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  5. Interesting that Lidge could post that kind of contact rate, considering how 2009 went for him otherwise. As a Phils fan, it gives me some hope for 2010, if his knee doesn’t explode.

    Comment by Argive — January 14, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

  6. What’s interesting under the relief pitchers is how bad Lidge was last year, despite missing bats, and how well Condrey performed, despite not being able to miss bats. I understand Condrey way outperformed his FIP, but that is some serious luck.

    Comment by Rut — January 14, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

  7. Given Lidge’s HR/FB, when batters made contact, balls traveled a long way.

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — January 14, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  8. Not until he gets his velocity back, if ever.

    Comment by philosofool — January 14, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

  9. I was under the impression that the slider that gunned down so many opposing hitters required the motion that killed his elbow, so it’s pretty unlikely he ever regains 2006 form. That’s not to say he can’t be better than 2009.

    Comment by R M — January 15, 2010 @ 1:50 am

  10. RJ — aren’t you going to say anything about the upside of high contact rates, i.e. Dave Duncan’s ground ball factory? It isn’t necessarily bad to induce high contact rates if your GB/FB is high and HR/9 is low.

    Comment by Christian — January 15, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  11. Hey, at least Bob Keppel pitched a no-hitter for the Binghamton (AA) Mets back in 2004. I was there in person so there is at least some evidence that Keppel belongs on a pitcher’s mound…as long as that mound isn’t anywhere near the big leagues…

    Comment by MJ — January 15, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

  12. also, check out the speed differential between his FB and CU. used to be 10+ MPH, now, now like 5 MPH.

    Comment by serious man — January 20, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

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