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  1. Having two excellent relievers with different skill sets is probably an advantage for the Mariners. Putz can be used when a double-play is important and if an opposing batter happens to face both in one game, he has to deal with two distinct repertoires.

    Comment by Sky Kalkman — May 12, 2006 @ 10:17 am

  2. David, excellent article, I have to go get Soriano in my Fantasy league now. :^)

    Say, that reminds me of Bill James’ theory about fly-ball type pitchers and fly-ball type batters and same for grounders, and I don’t remember which cancels which, but it was laid out like the lefty-righty situation, where in one case (facing same sider for left-right) the batter is neutralized and in the other (facing opposite), the batter kicks butt. But I cannot remember if it was fly-fly to neutralize or fly-grounder – I would assume similar though.

    In any case, I was wondering if that still holds or if that theory is now outdated or has it been updated to some other nuance? I noticed that ESPN still provides that type of split information so I would tend to think that it is still applicable to some extent, just how much I don’t know. Thanks either way and keep up the good work.

    Comment by obsessivegiantscompulsive — May 12, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

  3. obssesivegc – I haven’t seen that particular research, but it sounds pretty interesting. I think we have the data to do the research here, maybe we can take another look.

    Comment by David Appelman — May 12, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

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